This month’s member feature comes one day late (with my apologies!) My, how the days do get away from me. This month we bring you a talented artist whose preferred materials can all be found at your local bike shop. Read on for more crafty inspiration. . .
1.Your name: Bronwen Mauch
2.Your shop name?
3. What do you make? Personal adornments and Objects of Desire for the upcycley-bikey set
4. Why do you do what you do? Is it your passion? Have you created
jewelry/clothes/collages, etc for a long time? I have been an artist all my life, and have been creating Tireless Hearts for the past four years. Last year was the first one that I did the Hearts full time. I am very passionate about what i make, as I have worked with bikes and art in one way or another for nearly 20 years. I have always felt strongly about recycling and sustainability. Tireless Hearts is one way of dovetailing all these elements together in a very satisfying manner.
5.(kind of in the same vein as #4) What inspires you? Everything – inspiration is NEVER the problem – picking which inspiration to pursue to a complete product is the real challenge!
6. What are some of your favorite pieces in your shop? I really have a fondness for the original Tireless Heart Charm, the product that started the whole line. Each on is different, and the heart as a symbol is such a deep one – I rarely get tired of working with the ideas and concepts that come from it.
7. How have you acquired your skills? Books/classes/college/self taught? – I have learned to overcome my natural shyness and just bust on in and start conversations with anyone who might have some sage advice or experience to offer – jewelers, artists, business people, shop owners, galleries, you name it. I do a lot of internet research, read books, go to seminars and workshops, too.
8. Do you make a living off of your art/craft?- do I make a living off my craft? Not yet, but I am building up my business, and don’t expect to yet. I have taken on a day job to offset expenses, but hopefully I will be able to learn enough and develop the business end of things so that I can derive most of my income from the Hearts.
9.What is your favorite part of your crafting enterprise? Do you love selling at craft fairs? Or maybe you prefer online networking? Or maybe it’s searching for the perfect supplies at beads stores. . . it can be ANY element of running your crafty business. - my favorite part is making the work and developing the ideas that come to me. That is definitely the most satisfying and energizing part of it.
10. What are some new techniques and/or skills you would like to acquire in the near future? -new techniques? I would like to be better at the “dull” stuff: bookeeping, inventorying, and keeping in contact with boutiques,etc.
12.Lastly, tell us anything extra you would like included in the blog post. It can be a coupon code for a discount in your shop, a funny anecdote, anything! -I am still trying to figure out how to do coupon codes, so I haven’t anything to offer in that area, but I do have my work up in a gallery in Jingletown – Gray Loft Gallery – during the next two weeks, until the 26th of February.