Business Name: The Time Is Now
The Time Is Now is also featured on LovelyClusters.com, PaperNStitch.com and FeltandWireShop.com
The Time is Now is the creation of Naomi. She's 24 years old and has always had artistic interests. Her path to here was long and twisted. She is a graduate of The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design where she discovered her passion for paper cutting. She now lives in Tel Aviv and is trying to decide how to decorate her apartment.
Kind, perfectionist, quiet, day-dreamer, talented. Or so people keep insisting.
2. What five words best describe your work?
Decorative, detailed, dreamy, intricate, and Are-you-crazy?! The last one is the most common feedback I get.
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
I do remember as a kid that I loved animation and wanted to be an animator. That’s all I knew of art, you see, but I never attempted it. I remember I loved the times we had plates printed with our drawings in kindergarden. I seem to have always favored artistic outlets with practical uses. That’s why I fell in love with fashion design. I studied it for years and was all set on becoming a fashion designer, but somewhere along the way I fell in love with graphic design. Somehow I ended up in illustration, and as long as my illustrations get to grace book covers, product packages, and print material, I am hooked. There’s something about holding and feeling your work that never stops thrilling me. I definitely want to try my hand at textile design next.
The only job that I really suffered at wasn’t bad at all, really. It’s just that I was drifting, and the hours I worked made it so I never saw the sun. So really I’m lucky, I never had a scarring job. Hope to never have one.
5. Is artwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative?
If only! I’m too scared to make it my full time job yet. I still need to make myself a nest first, but I do plan to make creating my full-time gig. Work is a distraction from creating, but I can’t say I did much of that the 9 months I was unemployed. I think creating for me is very much an emotional state, and surprisingly I am sketching and cutting more now when I have so little time to do it than I did when I was home all day. I’m happier now, too. I’m regaining confidence in myself in as a contributing member of society, and I am regaining confidence in myself as a creative artist.
Mmm, I’m really bad in shelling out advice, probably because still I need them so badly myself.
Confidence, I should say, don’t lose confidence in yourself. And always keep creating, even little things, because I think that’s what keeps the light from dying, it’s so easy to walk away sometimes.
Be organized. Even if my organization skills amount to orderly piles, I know that an orderly work space equals more creativity.
I have to say, I don’t like craft shows. They’ve never been a success for me, but that’s probably because I haven’t found the right one yet. I would like to attempt galleries, or rather I’m being highly encouraged to by people, but I feel like I need to expand my portfolio more for it. Right now I’m relying heavily on the internet for all things. It’s a powerful tool, and I seem to know more about what I can do with it than I do offline. It seems scarier, just because it’s not as anonymous.
8. What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites?
I get my daily dose of humor from http://notalwaysright.com and http://overheardinnewyork.com
9. Favorite artist?
Audrey Kawasaki blows my mind every time.
Rifle Design (Anna Bond)
Feral Kid (Joao Ruas)
10. Guilty pleasure?
I’ll keep my guilty pleasures to myself. Well, I consider my attempts at embroidery, where I really bite more than I can chew sometimes, a guilty pleasure. I’m just starting on embroidering a gigantic headboard that I’ll probably never finish.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Naomi has generously offered one winner their choice of either her lovely Wanderlust print (seen here) or a $25 gift certificate towards the item of their choice from her Etsy shop!
- Go to Naomi'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: mFrame! Carol and I wish you health, happiness, and a speedy recovery! ~~