October 13, 2009

Get to Know + Giveaway: Maramiki



Meet my latest fabric crush, Maramiki
Maramiki is the creation of designer and textile artist, Mara Snipes. I am so thrilled to be hosting this AWESOME giveaway - I'm holding a stack of her remnant fabrics and it is simply gorgeous - super soft and would make some really sweet creations. One of you lucky readers is going to win this beautiful little stack to add to your sewing stash! 

I came across Maramiki on etsy, and was very excited when Mara agreed to give us a little insight into her creative life. Have a read, be inspired, and don't forget to leave us a comment - say hello and let us know your favorite item from her shop...... 

Where are you from, in which city do you currently live?

I was raised in Chicago, and am back in Chicago again by way of a glorious nine-year stint in San Francisco.

How did you become interested in your craft?

I've been drawing since I can remember, little pictures with lots of detail, which is how I see things... up close, with attention to line.  I had wanted to start a creative business for years, but couldn't quite narrow down what I wanted to do.  So I decided to find something to start with, and then go from there.  That was such a liberating moment, to just dive in and see what unfolds.  I also wanted to find a way to make my drawings 'functional'... to have them inhabit everyday, useful objects. I love fabric and texture, so I took a textile screenprinting class last year, and then it clicked.  So I guess I consider myself first a draftsperson, who found a medium in screenprinting and textiles.

Do you sell on Etsy full time or do you have a day job?

I sell on Etsy, but also sell to a few local stores in Chicago.  My website launched last year, which has been a great marketing tool and I've gotten a lot of custom work from it.  After taking a few months off to have a baby recently, it hit home that I get back what I put into it, so it's an ongoing commitment to keep looking, drawing, designing, and pushing the envelope creatively.  When I get frustrated or stuck, I remind myself that I chose this: I left the corporate world to slow down my lifestyle and do something more personally fulfilling.  It comes with its own challenges but it was the best decision for me.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I think everything influences me to some extent, but nature is my biggest inspiration - getting outside and really paying attention to what's there. I keep a sketchbook with me all the time, and try to get ideas down as they come to me.  I also draw a lot with my daughters (ages three and four and a half), and the things they come up with blow me away!  It's so easy for children - there's no judgment, which lets things flow much more easily.  I don't try too hard to identify where designs or ideas come from, but I stay open to being moved or affected by things in my daily life: the light, air, weather, color.  That feeling of openness is in itself very inspiring.

Where do you do your crafty work? 

I have a studio in my home, with lots of floorspace, good light, and storage for all of my drawings, samples, fabric, crazy projects, and on and on.  It's pretty organized at the moment but it makes me happy to have the floor covered with scraps and trimmings - it means I've been working.

Thanks to Mara for sharing with us! 
 And don't forget to leave us a comment to enter!
A winner will be chosen at random on October 23rd -  Extra entries will be given for blogger followers and tweeters!

**THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED - Congratulations to our winner Shellie of This Little Family

50 comments:

  1. Her fabrics are so pretty!

    mclayl@uwstout.edu

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  2. I love how simple! Thanks for the intro to Maramiki;)

    christie(at)simple-finds(dot)com

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  3. Oh, I SO love it! I'm seriously trying to build up my (pitiful) fabric stash, so I'd love to add some of that goodness! =)

    (love all of the sweet pillow covers in her etsy shop, btw!)

    thesweetestpetunia AT gmail DOT com

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  4. I like the miki pillow cover small- very pretty.

    ejxd95 at gmail dot com

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  5. I love the cocktail napkins:)

    bloggeraway@gmail.com

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  6. georgeous fabric! I could use it to make some homemade Christmas gifts! Thanks for the opportunity. spiffynpink at sbcglobal dot net

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  7. her fabrics are delicate and gorgeous! her creations are so calming too! my fave in her shop is Yardage - Handprinted Linen/Cotton Fabric. So lovely!

    P.S. check out the giveaway in my blog too!

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  8. Just tweeted it too!

    Get to Know Giveaway: Maramiki @louloubellsewshttp://bit.ly/iwUA2

    my twitter name:@sweettidings

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  9. cute and calm colours! This small pale aqua pillow is so pretty http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22255072

    Will tweet this giveaway at http://twitter.com/hellohelis

    -heliS
    http://helisengezer.etsy.com

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  10. These fabrics are simply glorious! Thank you for introducing me to someone new! I would absolutely love to win this.

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  11. Oh, and I'm now following your blog.

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  12. I love her designs - so simple yet beautiful. Winning some of her remnants would be awesome!

    I also follow this blog via Google Reader.

    anna dot seckman at gmail dot com

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  13. Love it! remnants are fun! Thank you for the chance!
    anne molino at hotmail dot com

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  14. tweet
    http://twitter.com/amolino/status/4916284076

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  15. I hope I get picked...cute cute fabric!

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  16. wooooow..thanks for a chance,
    hugs.

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  17. Wonderful giveaway!! Thank you for this chance!! :D

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  18. Gorgeous! Gorgeous fabrics!

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  19. Thanks!! all of them are gorgeous...I Love the Kitchen Towel - Miki

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  20. great fabric! thanks alot for the giveaway! and your studio looks great!

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  21. such pretty fabrics!
    i'd love to put them to good use!

    elkesten at yahoo dot com

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  22. She does have such beautiful fabrics! I'm thinking of all the little Christmas gifts that could be made with this gorgeous stack!!

    Lisa
    lisabradford101@gmail.com

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  23. Beautiful stuff! I love the Miki Pillow Covers!

    jessicah628@gmail.com

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  24. Thanks so much for introducing me to this shop! I love the fabric!

    Jennifer
    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

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  25. Oh I love all of her pillow covers!

    Erica B.
    iamtheluckiest3@yahoo.com

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  26. I left a tweet about this great giveaway!

    Erica B.
    iamtheluckiest3@yahoo.com

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  27. I would love to make a quilt out of these pieces!

    Erica B.
    iamtheluckiest3@yahoo.com

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  28. What beautiful fabrics, I feel inspired just looking at them!

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  29. I adore her fabrics, pillows, and pillow cases:)
    I follow you!!!

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  30. Light and delicate. Perfect for so many things!

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  31. So pretty! Would love to win!

    tornem(at)yahoo.com

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  32. I'm a pillow-hoarder, so I'd have to say that the pillowcases pretty much rock!

    email is bc.foisy@hotmail.com

    thanks for the chance to win this!

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  33. ooooo fabrics... guilty pleasure!

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  34. Also following your blog. <3

    email is bc.foisy@hotmail.com

    thanks for the chance to win this!

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  35. So sweet! I'd love to make a little quilt out of these prints!

    shellbelle1229 at yahoo dot com

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  36. New follower!

    shellbelle1229 at yahoo dot com

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  37. I am tweeting this give away also!!
    http://twitter.com/LFHerbals

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  38. I love fabric - very pretty!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  39. I am a new follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  40. Thank you so much, Lyndsay. I can't wait to go through these beautiful remnants and create something beautiful for my little girl! Lovely blog; I'll be poking around.

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