Business: Yorktown Road
Yorktown Road product is also sold in a variety of small shops and galleries in the U.S. and internationally.
Carol lives and works in Northern California with her husband a wonderfully darling little ones. Her favorite materials include linen (which she often hand-dyes), wool, silk, and re-purposed textiles.
1. What five words best describe you?
daydreamer, curious, unconventional, synthesist (my husband said this one), caring-cookie-maker (according to my kids)
2. What five words best describe your work?
textural, colorful, interesting, useful, free-form
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
Doodling. When I was young, I would make very geometric doodles starting with a small triangle or trapezoid and building it out from there. I still do it all the time. Several of my current sketchbook pages have drawings of partial bags that somehow turned into big doodles and many of my texture experiments stem from designs developed through random doodling.
4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
When I was 17, I took a holiday job at a small boutique. It was a hard-core commission environment and the regular employees were very angry and aggressive and had taken ownership of various areas of the store. They would actually stake claim to specific clothing fixtures. I was regularly placed with the hardest to sell product but somehow managed to have the top sales almost daily which didn’t make anyone happy since I was the temp. It wasn’t a very happy place to work but I learned a lot.
Full time. Favorite part: Every day is completely different but always what I make of it and decide that it should be. I love doing the work that fits my mood at any given moment whether it’s developing textures, creating colors or finding new ways to give a simple piece of linen a new format.
6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Find your own voice, your own perspective. Your work should reflect who you are. As you change, develop and grow, so will your work.
Each venue has introduced me to some incredible people locally and from all parts of the world which is so great. However, I do a few trunk shows and special events each year and it is so interesting to see people react to the colors and textures. More importantly, I get to see how the pieces look on many different women and how they hold the clutches or place a particular bag on their shoulder. The live experience is so valuable and really helps me build a better product and visual for clients I work with online.
you tube - I like to watch / listen to acoustic versions of songs while I work. I love videos.
dictionary.com - I use this and its thesaurus function daily
craigslist - I always check here for things before going to the store. Love the free listings.
9. Favorite artist?
I really can’t pick just one...
Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothea Lange, Henri Matisse
10. Guilty pleasure?
Sleeping in (I’m a night owl) then heading over to Peet’s coffee.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Carol has generously offered one winner their choice of one of the following bags, as seen here, OR the item of their choice from her shop!
- Go to Carol's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative! Tell us how you would use it, why it appeals to you, what you find unique about it....that sort of thing).
You may enter only once (but keep reading for the loophole on that). The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).
Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in your comment below (no need to leave multiple comments, you'll get an entry for each thing you do, just put it all into one comment)!**
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~~~~~~~~~ Last Week's Winners: Kelli Lee! So glad we can fill that finger with something happy! ~~~~~~~~~~