a visit with: Ashley Landon of The Knotty Owl

Over the next few months leading up to our November market, Tuesday through Thursday we'll be showcasing one of our 2012 market artists, their work, and a little peek at where they make the magic happen. We hope you'll enjoy this new series, where we'll ask the same questions of each of our makers. 

You'll get to know a little bit about our talented makers and what inspires them, read about their favorite ways to recharge their creativity, and learn what experience has shown them to be an invaluable piece of the puzzle in selling their work. Come November, won't it be great to walk into a room filled with inspiring, familiar faces? We think so, too!

We're so pleased to start this week's posts off by spending some time with jewelry designer and first time Second Storie vendor, Ashley Landon...

a visit with:

- Ashley Landon - 

What first inspired you to create/make what you do now?
About three years ago, while working towards my degree in Industrial Design/Furniture Design, I began saving my small "unusable" scraps of wood. One day, in an effort to put my growing box of scrap material to use, I began to saw, carve, and drill on a small scale for the first time, and I fell in love.

Your advice for someone just starting out
and wanting to sell their work?
In short, make something that you love, believe in, and can relate to; the passion and enthusiasm you put into your work will be evident to your audience.

- her studio -

Three things or people who inspire you?
My first inspiration is and probably always will be my material of choice - wood, as it naturally informs the different directions that I take my jewelry. A close second are my parents, as they are my biggest support system, and their gift of helping me build my own wood shop and studio has made The Knotty Owl possible. Lastly, geometric shapes and cultural patterns and symbols have a large impact on the aesthetic of my work.

- her work -

Favorite way to take a break/recharge your creative batteries?
My favorite way to break from The Knotty Owl is to play and experiment with another medium. Painting, sewing, and embroidering are three of my favorites, and I find that they naturally influence my new ideas that I take back to the wood shop with me when I return to jewelry making. I can't seem to ever pull myself away from some form of making, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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