Being a Los Angeles native I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the City of Angels. Every once in awhile LA makes me proud with things like the Smog Shop, a mega green environmentally friendly events space. Of course I'm drooling over the vertical gardens.
When I started my little handmade business I was worried that I would run out of ideas and be stuck. Well I have found that the opposite has become true. TOO many ideas, never enough time. I'm finally getting around to a couple ideas that have been kicking around longer than my business. This new project will combine my love of vintage fabrics, zakka and sashiko. From i make stuff, purl, truck, fancy tiger, and m soto.
An unexpected effect of having an etsy shop has been meeting and making new friends. One person who has been a great friend, an endless source of inspiration and my favorite blip.fm dj is Regina of everyeskimo.
generously offered to give this week’s lucky winner a Notebook Map Set. To enter, cruise on over to Nicopapergoods.etsy.com
and pick a favorite listing, then return here to tell us what it is. One entry per person, please. The winner
will be chosen at random next Wednesday, February 24th. Now read on!
us a little bit about yourself, you know, the boring stuff. Where you
live, married, single, spinster, polygamist, kids, pets, three thumbs,
etc. My name is Andrea Kohler. I am a homesick (occasionally) Swiss Heidi. I grew up in Zurich Switzerland where I met my Swiss/American husband. After a few years back and forth, we decided to move to Seattle, Washington. We live with our thirteen year old son Nico in an 100 year old modest but characterful house. No dishwasher, dryer or TV. (If anyone has an extra dishwasher, please send it our way!)
How long have you been making your craft? When I was sixteen I started a 4 year bookbinding apprenticeship. I am 53 now and still at it, you do the math.
Can you elaborate how you got to this point in your art/craft? For fifteen years I run a thriving bookbindery in down town Zurich. In the evenings I taught bookbinding in a craft School and earned my living. Today I have the freedom to explore the creative proses.
What is your greatest weakness/dirtiest pleasures? I am rather messy but in a creative way. Not very patient. I am addicted to etsy and to nuts, bad combination!
When I lived in the city I use to go to ABC Carpet for inspiration. Most things were waaaaaay to expensive to actually bring home, but it was always nice to look. My favorite floor was about 2 floors up from the street, which was the bed and bedding department. It was always really quite and no one was ever in there. One day I actually found a sales person asleep on a bed. I wish I lived here, those beds were so soft. All images from abchome.com.