Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Feature: Fish in the Attic Studio

1. Tell us about you and your shop.
My name is Karen Fisher, and I am a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful girls, 7 and 15. I live on Long Island (NY), in a beautiful harbor village. I work out of my attic studio in a lovely Victorian, thus the "Fish In The Attic Studio" shop name! I've been selling on etsy for about 15 months now, currently focusing on cards, but I also create floral designs. My experience, with both buyers and sellers on Etsy, has been nothing short of amazing! What a great group of people!

2. How did you get started in your craft?
I always did some form of art as a kid, and today I can't go a day without creating something! I worked for 16 years, as an interior designer, before having kids. So, when a friend invited me to a stamping party, over ten years ago, I found an new creative outlet that I could do from home, and I was hooked!

My collection of rubber stamps has expanded to several thousand since then! Creating floral designs is an extension of my love of gardening.

3. What tool can you not live without?
The obvious for me, my stamps! They allow me to express so many different ideas, moods or feelings, from romantic vintage, to quirky retro, to adorable child themes. After that, my paper cutter!

4. What inspires you?
I'm inspired by a lot of different things!

I LOVE color! I have to live with a lot of color in my home, and I use a lot of color in my work. I love graphic patterns, an old lace design or a retro geometric! And, I love nature: flowers, leaf shapes, and even insects, like butterflies! I use all of these things in my work!

Currently, I'm loving 1950's vintage ads with beautiful illustrations of "Barbie-esque" women and "cherubic" children. I have an extensive collection of vintage ephemera, from both the 1900's and 1950's, and love encorporating these pieces into my work.

5. Name one favorite item from your store.

As I said, I'm currently loving the 50's retro thing, so I'd have to say my "I Love Lucy" card. It incorporates lots of color, patterned geometrics, and that vintage "Lucy" face! The Lucy stamp is from The Stampsmith.


Judi FitzPatrick said...

Thanks for sharing Fish In The Attic! The cards are adorable.

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