Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Are you moody? Stressed out? In love? A little confused about things? Or downright creative?

I’ll be the first to admit that I can be all of those things at once, and I can play that off by saying I’m a little bit complex. Mitsy, from ArtMind, understands this. In fact, I’m suspecting she’s a pretty complex character herself, because let me tell you, she sure knows her emotions.

At least 99 of them, for sure.

What am I on about? It’s Friday (yes, it’s really Friday today! Finally caught up with the days in blogosphere) and I want you to meet this extraordinary artist.

Meet Artmind

Meet Artmind

She’s inspired by anything happy and has a keen eye on human emotion. In fact she portrays feelings so well, I’m starting to suspect that there’s actually nothing that complex about it.

This bubbly artist, loves laughing and her witty little descriptions of her products are a testament to that. They are as amusing as the items themselves!

But anyway, enough from me. Let me pass you on to Mitsy, who has a few things she’d like to tell you.

Torn - 2 - Mini art feeling

Torn - 2 - Mini art feeling

My name is…Mitsy – not a common name and lots of people tend to call me Misty – it always makes me smile!

I make…things from clay, felt and paper. I recently took up the love addiction of yarn.

I’m inspired by…daily life: everything and everyone can be a source of inspiration so watch out!

Stress - 1 - Mini art feeling

Stress - 1 - Mini art feeling

I cannot live without…chocolate (hope my partner is not reading this).

My goal…is to lead a happy life – preferably a happy handmade life.

An item I’ve made that was hard to let go…I have a hard time to let go & some pieces, I will never sell.

I create because…it’s a life neccesity.

I wish I…lived in the middle of nowhere surrounded with all that I love.

Invincible - 1 - Mini art feeling

Invincible - 1 - Mini art feeling

If I could learn another art it would be…sewing – need to get my hands on a sewing machine.

I think…usually happy thoughts.

I blog because…I hope that it inspires people.

One day…I’ll learn to like mussels.

I started…a book too long ago – should spent more time reading.

Restless - 1 - Mini art feeling

Restless - 1 - Mini art feeling

I always…need coffee in the morning.

If I were a color I would be…green – although I love red, I think I’m too modest to be red.

I love…food & cooking – hmmmmmmm.

My full-time job…is not anymore. I like to combine a part-time job with part-time ceramics.

In a nutshell…I’m a happy person living a happy life with my happy parter & happy cat.

In a bigger nutshell..I have still lots of things that I want to accomplish in life.

You can find Artmind here:

Buy it at: http://ArtMind.etsy.com

Read more on: http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com/

See more on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artmind_etcetera/

Know more on: http://twitter.com/ArtMind

Explore more on: http://artmind-etcetera.deviantart.com/

I leave you with a photo of her studio, some felted & paper creations, and of course, with nothing more than feelings.

Oh and P.S.: How are you feeling today?

Mitsy's atelier

Mitsy's atelier

You're a star - greeting card

You're a star - greeting card

Super - 1 - Mini art feeling

Super - 1 - Mini art feeling

Vulnerable - 1 - Mini art feeling

Vulnerable - 1 - Mini art feeling

Chaotic - 1 - Mini art feeling

Chaotic - 1 - Mini art feeling

Growth - brown felt beads on adjustable cottonwaxed cord

Growth - brown felt beads on adjustable cottonwaxed cord

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24650177

Confused - 2 - Mini art feeling

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

plain bananas has friends

Do you felt?

Well, if you’re an English teacher, or a stickler to English grammar, you’d have noticed that something is just not right in that question. Well, it’s not right if “felt” is treated as the past of “feel”. I assure you it’s not. Put your grammar books aside and let’s meet a true felt artist:

Meet Karlita

Meet Karlita

This wonderful artist has stolen my heart. In fact she’s stolen many hearts: there are only so many items I can heart before I realize it’s pointless to try and choose from the creative felted selection she has on display at her shop.

So what’s behind that colorful smile?

XL felted scarf/ jewel blue with olive green accents

XL felted scarf/ jewel blue with olive green accents

My name is…Karla Vandebeek, a.k.a. Karlita.

I make…all kinds of jewelry and accessories.

I’m inspired…by colours, materials and trips abroad.

I cannot live without…1. my loved ones (including two cats 🙂 and 2. supplies!

An item I’ve made that was hard to let go…I honestly don’t remember; if I really want to keep something, i just do (when i first started – 12 years ago – I made everything double, one to sell and one to keep 🙂 ).

XL Felted scarf/ jewel lime colour with olive green coloured accents

XL Felted scarf/ jewel lime colour with olive green coloured accents

I create because…I cannot not create.

I wish…I could create full-time, but since last year I work part-time and have a lot less time to create.

If I could learn another art it would be…metalsmithing, computer design, to design things to make jewelry with, sewing very well, working with clay …. aargh, too many to choose, I might need a second life!

My website is…well i have a few: http://www.karlita.be, http://www.karlita.etsy.com, http://www.karlita.dawanda.com and http://www.karlitashop.blogspot.com [Note: listed again at the end of this.]

Ring with felt in purple with turquoise polkadot

Ring with felt in purple with turquoise polkadot

I blog because…I love to write little stories and it’s fun to keep track of my own life that way 🙂 – it serves like a (little bit censored) journal.

One day…I hope to be able to only create, travel – with my loved ones of course.

I started…because I bought a necklace in Venezuela and my mom challenged me and said I could not make something like that. But I also was always making things as a kid.

Textile jewelry - colourful felt and fabric artistic necklace

Textile jewelry – colourful felt and fabric artistic necklace

I always…used to run to the computer when I got home to see if I had messages or sales- now I bought myself an iPhone and an internet everywhere thing – I’m a total addict!

If I were a color I would be…RED.

My full-time job…part-time working for a city, and part-time my creative business.

In a nutshell…I’m a happy camper 🙂

Handmade enamel ring in turquoise with pink polkadot - adjustable size

Handmade enamel ring in turquoise with pink polkadot - adjustable size

In a bigger nutshell…creating is what colours my life (in bright colours – I’m usually inspired either by colours or by materials). I started by making jewelry collections in 1997 – selling them to stores in Belgium. But I got tired of having to create one necklace several times, wanted to quit but accidently stumbled upon Etsy and the rest is history as they say :). I love all aspects of a creative business: making things, selling them and even the administrative side!

You can find Karlita here:

shop: http://www.karlita.etsy.com, http://www.karlita.dawanda.com

website: http://www.karlita.be

blog: http://karlitashop.blogspot.com

I leave you with a photo of Karlita’s enviable workspace and more of her felted treasures. And don’t hesitate to give her a heart or two — they’ll keep my hearts in good company 🙂

Karlita's creative corner

Karlita's creative corner

felted scarf/ jewel brown with red accents

felted scarf/ jewel brown with red accents

Letterpress necklace - the vintage looking H, with a little green adventurine

Letterpress necklace - the vintage looking H, with a little green adventurine

Felted scarf/ jewel in white with blue accents

Felted scarf/ jewel in white with blue accents

Necklace with felted pendant in turquoise with a green polkadot

Necklace with felted pendant in turquoise with a green polkadot