Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx with Catherine Campbell

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Catherine Campbell (My Folk Lover) is today’s interviewee for my Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx series.  I have been a long time fan of Catherine’s dreamy work and if you haven’t yet heard of her, I’m sure you will become a fan as well. Enjoy! You can see more of her work in her Etsy Shop, in her portfolio and on her blog.

What’s the name of your business, what do create and sell and how did you get your start?

I run an Etsy shop called My Folk Lover where I sell prints of my work, original art, calendars and tote bags. I try to keep my shop regularly updated with new work and various other products I think would suit my illustrations. I began adding things to the shop in 2007, and I got my start thanks to a few mentions on some great art websites and various art and design blogs.
When did you get your start and what made you decide to take the plunge?
I think I knew early on that drawing pictures is what makes me happy. I’m not sure if there was ever a plunge, more like a constant up and down kind of path… that I am still on. It took me a while to realise that to get my start, I needed to start really taking it seriously and dedicate as much time to it as possible, which I did towards the end of 2006. Keeping a blog helped me along as it gave me an outlet for all the work I was making.

Who are 3 of your favorite artists of all times?
It is impossible to choose only three! I have a top five and they are: Ikenaga Yasunari, Jen CoraceTracey Emin, Ingres and Klimt.
What’s something you’ve learned as an adult that you wish you knew as a kid?
Sometimes I wish as an adult I learned some of the things I knew as a kid!

If a genie came along and granted you one wish, what would it be?
I want to go on a holiday! I haven’t had one in a while… a luxury style holiday please, somewhere hot and near the ocean where I can swim everyday.
What’s better all the money in the world or all the free time?
Money! Just kidding, although if I had all the money in the world I’d buy myself some free time… and maybe a nice long tropical holiday! If it was definitely one or the other I’d take time any day.

What are your inspirations in your art and life?
I am constantly inspired by nature and pattern, I like always to be growing something in the garden and I love finding and collecting different patterns from all over the world throughout different periods of history. I also like collecting stories of wonderfully odd and inspiring people.
Do you have a favorite type of cookie and do you have a recipe you can share for it?
I must admit I’m still searching for the perfect cookie recipe. It would probably help if I were more of a baker, however I recently bookmarked these Soft Cakey Pumpkin Cookies by By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches on the Poppytalk blog. I’m sure they are going to be delicious!

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