First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I am a teacher, currently teaching at an International school in Germany. My German is not great, but I can get around, and my students love to teach me how to say things in German. They are very supportive!
I have always loved making all kinds of art and have tried all kinds of painting, drawing, and jewelry making over the years. I usually have several projects going at once and go back and forth between them.
How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
I first started using Fimo to try and make beads when I was probably around 10 years old. But I got very frustrated because I couldn't make it look like the picture I had in my head, so I gave up on it and went back to drawing. Now, about 20 years later, I was encouraged to try it again by a friend of mine who used it to making some cufflinks. So I bought a variety of colors and just started playing around with it. I was much happier with my results this time!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from colors. In my drawing and in my jewelry making I love to play with different colors and see which ones go together and which ones really pop out at you. So I can be inspired by someone's garden or a colorful ad in a magazine or just looking at my box of colored pencils. But I usually start out with colors in mind, rather than an idea of what object or shape I want to create.
Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDancingBrick
and Blog: thedancingbrick.blogspot.com.
Rachel, thanks for the lovely interview!