If you’re looking for no holds barred, uniquely creative point of view, may we introduce you to the incomparable and so-fun-to-talk-to Margot Potter
-- a.k.a. the Impatient Crafter!
Where do you look for inspiration?
For me, it is everywhere. I will say my fave resource is vintage magazines – the colors, composition, the design. They never cease to get my creative juices flowing.
When and where do you feel most creative?
I need it to be quiet – not a lot of stimulation and not too much distraction – so my living room or studio. And, I’m NOT a morning person. The mid-afternoon is really when I rock and roll!
What is the next type of craft or project you want to try?
Enameling and metal smithing. Also sewing. By the end of this year I plan to at least have a very strong foundation of beginning to sew.
If you could have your own craft studio anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Fiji or Bora Bora in a little hut right near the ocean. I could go for a swim in between projects. Hawaii would work too!
What was the coolest thing you saw at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Mega Show?
There were so many great things! One of the coolest things I saw was from Impress Art
called Alkemé. It looks, feels and performs like silver. This is a total game changer for metal stampers.
Also, the Brother ScanNCut
machine. This machine allows you to scan an image or a drawing and then the machine cuts the shape! No more cartridges. You can create your own designs. And, you can use all different substrates – fabric, leather, chipboard…lots of stuff.
What is the biggest trend you’ve seen in the craft world in the past couple years?
The movement towards vibrant, juicy color. I think this is in part due to the internet and Pinterest showing more color. And, because things are popular and shared through Pinterest, there are a lot of trends that just won’t go away – like chevrons, ombré, chalkboard.
This has a huge impact on the craft industry influencing the designs of products, and goes direct to what’s on the shelves. The end user is savvy and discerning – they know what they want to make and how they want it to look.
What advice do you have for people interested in crafting?
Go for it!!! Just do it. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or color outside of the lines. It’s not about the end result, but the process.
Get Connected with Margot!
The Impatient Crafter website
-- The perfect place for a regular dose of inspiration, tutorials, funny tidbits and more!
-- Just launched! It’s all about style and fashion, articles about/for women served up with a heaping helping of humor.
-- All vintage jewelry, vintage clothing and other vintage stuff Margot has collected over the years.
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