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Karissa K

14 Nov

Name: Karissa

Location: Pittsburgh

Featured Skill(s): inspired knitting

Astrological Sign: Leo

Vice: ice cream

Virtue: honesty

Favorite Quote: Courage is grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway

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How long have you been knitting?

I started knitting in 2005, so that puts me at seven years now.

How did you get into knitting?

I was playing a pickup game of basketball at college when I jumped up to block a shot. I blocked the shot and came down on my left ankle the wrong way. Hard. I broke my left foot. I’ll spare the boring details of the ER and such, but I missed the first few days of my junior year so that I could get situated with a cast and crutches.

While I was lounging at home with my busted foot propped up, I was really bored. A friend came over and decided that she was going to teach me how to knit to pass the time. She handed me a set of needles and a ball of blue yarn. I made my first scarf—it was full of holes, dropped stitches, knots, and other hideous malformations, but I made it. (I still have it.)

After that, I worked at it and got progressively better. I studied instructions for purling (opposite stitch of a knit stitch) and that was all she wrote. I was unstoppable. That Christmas I gave my two best friends handmade scarves. They were blown away. The next spring, I made a hat for my boyfriend. I studied patterns for different things—spheres, gloves, hats, cords—and while I’m still not very good at following actual patterns (I get lost or lose count of stitches because I’m in a trance) I can knit anything I put my mind to.

For the same boyfriend that I gave my first knitted hat, I made him an alligator creature (inside joke, even though he’s now my ex). Everyone I showed was floored. It was three-dimensional, like a stuffed animal.

I kept making scarves, I tried different types of yarn, I finally made a hat for myself (knitters tend to give away everything they make), and I made a flamingo for a friend. I used a clothespin as the one leg so that it can “stand” by being clipped to something. The wings look “feathered” because I used a cable stitch. And my sphere studies came in handy for that project too.

I also used spheres for the penguin I knitted for my current boyfriend. The penguin was a challenge because I needed to make it stand without weights. I put cardboard into the feet to make them stiff and adjusted the spheres of the body to ensure that the penguin would stand upright. It was a challenge, but it worked. The beak is a cone and, again, the wings are cable knit.

I’m convinced that if I put my mind to it, I can knit anything.

What is one thing YOU can’t do knitting without?

My little bag of tools. Knitting is mostly needles and yarn, but you need a few extra little things to do fancier stuff. I always have a small pair of scissors, a yarn needle, a cable needle, four small double-pointed needles, a few scraps of cardboard, post-it notes, and a pen.

What has been your most memorable experience from/while knitting?

Hmm. Knitters don’t tend to have a wild time. I mean, usually grandmothers are associated with knitting. I think my most memorable experience would have to be knitting the penguin for my boyfriend. I decided to do it merely days before Christmas and knitted furiously after I got home from work. My evenings were filled with the tension of wanting a perfect product to impress my new beau and my own perfectionistic tendencies keeping me from making much progress. At a certain point, I had to decide to let some mistakes be part of the final product. Naturally, I used the yarn needle to go around and close the holes to give it a more finished look, but I still knew the flaws were there. He never noticed them when, days later as my fingers still ached from being prodded with needles for hours on end, I presented him with his first Christmas gift. We’re still together, now four years later, and he still talks about that penguin. I don’t think about the mistakes anymore, so I think that was a moment of personal growth for me.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the knitting industry/scene?

There are some pretty incredible knitters out there. Etsy is full of them, but yarn bombers absolutely kill me. I might like to get in on that someday. I think the public art and silent statement combination is excellent.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in knitting?

If you want to knit, you can. It doesn’t take much except a little perseverance past those first dropped stitches. I find knitting to be very cathartic, so for any ladies looking to de-stress and be productive at the same time, knitting might be for you. (I’m bad at being unproductive, so this really works for me.)

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First thing you do when you wake up?

Pet my adorable dog and bid her good morning.

What’s on your feet?

Pointy flats

What’s on your face?

Urban Decay

What is your favorite accessory?

SCARVES! I have dozens—silk, cotton, synthetic; short, long, square, infinity… you name it, I’ve got it. And I love wearing them in different ways.

What are you listening to right now?

Florence + the Machine

What won’t you leave the house without?

Chapstick. Because nothing is worse than dry, chapped lips. Actually, I can easily think of a host of things that are a lot worse than chapped lips—genocide, hurricanes, tumors, male pattern baldness, slow Wi-Fi, really bad hangnails—but still… chapped lips are pretty annoying so I try to keep them at bay by staying armed against them at all times.

Where might we find you?

On a treadmill, pounding pavement, or traversing a trail. Running is my drug. I never did drugs, but I’m assuming that this is what it’s like to have an addiction.

Last thing you do before bed?

Dock my iPhone on my alarm clock and make sure I have an alarm set… because I’ve forgotten an alarm before and let’s just say that it hasn’t ended well.

List one question you wish we would have asked, then answer it : )

Can we give you an ungodly sum of money?

Yes. I accept.

But, seriously… What else do you do for fun?

Running, blogging, gardening, and taking care of my crazy dog take up most of my time. I love making food with friends and sharing a good bottle of wine, though, too.

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

Birthday cake flavored ice cream, but it has to taste like funfetti cake. (Come on. I have standards…)

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Check out some of Karissa’s amazing creations here:  http://www.grammarissa.com/p/knitting.html

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Ashley Clarke

31 Oct

Name: Ashley Clarke

Location: Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh, Pa)

Featured Skill(s): Jewelry Design

Astrological Sign: Leo

Vice: dying my hair too much

Virtue: excellence at bargain/sale hunting

Favorite Quote:

“Let me be, was all I wanted.  Be what I am, no matter how I am.”- Henry Miller

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How long have you been making jewelry?

Since 2008.  I started Changes Jewelry, a crystal & bullet pendant necklace line.  I currently sell, and take custom orders at www.changesjewelry.com

This winter, I’ve got new crystal & leather pouch necklaces (very gypsy meets pocahontas).

How did you get into making jewelry?

I spent a couple years of my childhood living with a friend of the family.  She was a nature loving-hippie-wiccan-feminist and ran a jewelry & gemstone store.  I was in love with all of the little turquoise & quartz stones and dreamcatchers adorning the store.  It took me a decade before I decided to take all these things I loved & learned from her and make a craft (career) out of it.

What is one thing YOU can’t design jewelry without?

Music!  Stevie Nicks brings out my creative side.  Her style was so 70’s witchy and dreamy.

What has been your most memorable experience from/while designing jewelry?

Designing all of the bridesmaid necklaces for my best friend’s wedding.  I was so honored.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the jewelry industry/scene?

Erin Wasson.  She is a model turned jewelry designer.  Her brand Low Luv has the most amazing rings and braclets that are inexpensive and well-crafted.  Think tribal meets Egyptian goddess.  She is effortlessly cool and totally down to Earth.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in jewelry design?

Don’t make what everyone else is making unless you can do it bigger & better.  Wierd is a good thing now-a-days.  Be bold and create for yourself!  There are people out there looking for adventurous designs, and your creations might just be what they are dreaming of.

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First thing you do when you wake up?

Drink coffee, answer e-mails, and cuddle with my cats in bed.

What’s on your feet?

Always leather/suede boots.

What’s on your face?

Eyebrow pencil & mascara.

What is your favorite accessory?

Erin Wasson “Low Luv” rings

What are you listening to right now?

Wierd Owl from Brooklyn, NY

What won’t you leave the house without?

Prescription sunglasses.  I’m blind without them.

Where might we find you?

At Howlers seeing a friend’s band, or at Brillobox ordering a beer.

Last thing you do before bed?

Catch up on reality TV, and cuddle with my cats.

List one question you wish we would have asked, then answer it : )

n/a

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

The herb goat cheese french toast at Coca Cafe.  I have no idea why this came to mind, but seriously go try it ; )

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Natalie Morris

25 Feb

Name: Natalie Morris

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Photographer (also loves dabbling in set design and craft projects)

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Vice: Lists larger than my day is long

Virtue: Easily inspired by others

Favorite Quote:

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

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How long have you been a photographer?
6 years, since 2006.

How did you get into photography?
I always loved taking pictures when I was younger, but I didn’t realize it should be my career until college. I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh initially for Video and soon realized my true love was a still image rather than a moving picture.

What is one thing YOU can’t do photography without?
A camera, ha!

With all seriousness, I couldn’t/wouldn’t want to work on a portfolio concepts without having a creative team of stylists by my side

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing photography?
I’d have to say from a wedding I shot this past summer. At the reception, they got extremely wild. Let’s just say I thought I was at a bachelor/bachelorette party. It was.. interesting.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the photography industry/scene?
Yes, Tyra Banks.I know some people find her annoying but I love her and what she does for young girls. She is always trying to boost their self esteem and show the beauty within.  I find her really motivating and a big inspiration.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in photography?
Keep chasing that creative dream, never let it go out of sight for too long. Remember this is what makes you happy and do everything you can to prolong this happiness. Take risks!

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First thing you do when you wake up?

Stretch and see if I have enough time to roll over and go back to sleep for a few minutes.

What’s on your feet?

Barefoot with silver nail polish on my toes

What’s on your face?

Mascara, eyeliner, and some laura mercier purple eye shadow

What is your favorite accessory?

I love accessories and have far to many of them to choose just one, but any piece of jewelry or a pair of sunglasses would be my choice.

What are you listening to right now?

Jack Johnson

What won’t you leave the house without?

Chap-stick

Where might we find you?

Out running on a trail or in the city

Last thing you do before bed?

Stretch out and run through the mental check list for the next day

Where can we find your work?

www.natmophoto.com

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

www.stumbleupon.com

Emma Konzel

25 Feb

Name: Emma Konzel

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Graphic Design

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Vice: Oreos

Virtue: I’m a good listener

Favorite Quote:

“No one gets remembered
for the things they didn’t do.”

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How long have you been a graphic designer?
Well I graduated in 2009 with a BFA concentrating in graphic design, so
about 3 years.

How did you get into graphic design?
I’ve always been interested in typography and designing but when I really
found my passion for it was in my third year of school. That’s when I got
to take all the interesting classes and really found the type of design
that I love.

What is one thing YOU can’t do graphic design without?
I cant design with out good inspiration.
Some websites I visit for that are
www.moredesignplease.com
www.ohsobeautifulpaper.com
www.designsponge.com
www.etsy.com
and a ton of random blogs I find when browsing the oh so infinite world
wide web :]

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing graphic design ?
I won two awards in a show juried by Rick Valicenti (of 3rst in Chicago).
He is an amazing designer, I really look up to him. And it was such an
honor for him to even LOOK at my work let alone like it enough to give me
an award!

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in graphic design?
Well with the recession, its been rough finding a job in this industry. My
advice would be to soak up as much information and skills while in school
as possible and keep your options open. Be a jack of all trades (and
master them all as well!)

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First thing you do when you wake up?

I look at the time on my phone and
usually go back to sleep!

What’s on your feet?

Moccasin slippers

What’s on your face?

Mascara

What is your favorite
accessory?

I love a good scarf

What are you listening to right now?

A commercial

What won’t you leave the
house without?

Clothes

Where might we find you?

Belvederes on Down n Derby night, getting my skate on!

Last thing you do before bed?

Say goodnight to my sleepy boyfriend

Where can we find your work?

I have an online portfolio www.emmakonzel.carbonmade.com, where I have a
bunch of work from school and beyond..
I am also working on opening a shop on etsy.com, this shop will feature
unique stationary, including but not limited to, greeting cards,
calendars, recipe cards and hopefully even notebooks..We will see, its
still in the idea phase but I will keep you posted!

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

I would love to own an airstream travel trailer, their design is amazing
and I think it would be the perfect vehicle to have on a long road trip :]

Are you a Loca Lady?

9 Nov

Oh, you crazy huh?

Well, we want to know you!

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