For the feature Studio Spaces, I highlight an artist or designer from the Indie Fixx Shop through an interview and pictures of their studio, work in progress and other pics. Today, I’m sharing the plush by Kate Keeler with you. Kate’s shop is known as Tinywarbler Designs and she creates the most adorable animal plushes made out of tweed, wool and bright cheery Japanese cotton prints. Let me tell you that when Kate sends me some items for the shop, it is really hard to part with them once the orders start coming in. 😉
1. What’s the name of your shop and what do you make?
My shop is called Tinywarbler Designs and I make small, soft animals that are entirely stitched by hand. I combine wool with various cotton prints including some from Japan. I like my animals to have an old-fashioned feel with modern elements.
2. What’s your favorite thing about your studio or workspace?
My studio space is our dining room table. I love that I get to work from home. It allows my schedule to be a little more flexible and I get to spend lots of time with our dog. The downfall is the clutter that happens. I can’t stand a mess, so I’m constantly tiding my little fabric piles!
3. What do you listen to or watch while you work?
I love to listen to music while I work. It can range from Neko Case to The Velvet Underground, Ricky Nelson to Ice Cube, depending on my mood. I also love listening to This American Life and the CBC.
4. What are some of your inspirations?
I find inspiration in so many little things. A piece of fabric, a song, going for a walk, watching a great movie. The people in my life inspire me all the time too.
5. Anything you want to share? Doing any craft shows this season, have some new products coming out, or get a really big write-up in a national publication?
I was recently interviewed for the spring issue of Canadian Home & Country Magazine. They have a column called ‘living the dream’ and asked me to share my story. You
can read the article online. I also have some great fabric coming and I am working on a few new animals to show it off.
6. What’s the most fun in the whole wide world?
An afternoon nap in freshly washed sheets is pretty fun! So is relaxing with a glass of wine and listening to some good tunes.