This Month's Featured Artist:
Annie Beez Folk Art
How did you get started in your craft?
I started out making dolls for my children when they were small. I created an all cloth Victorian rag doll for my oldest daughter for Christmas when she was 3. It was fantastic! I made several outfits,under garments, shoes, stockings, hats, and then I purchased a beautiful pink doll trunk to put it all in. It was lots of fun! I was addicted to dollmaking from that point on. After our family got its first PC in 1995, I discovered the online doll makers community and I began to learn so much. Eventually I began a fairly lucrative business selling my dolls on Ebay, and it has all just evolved from there.
What are your inspirations?
I find inspiration everywhere. I began my business in primitives because at the time my children were small and I was very interested in creating a warm, cozy and nurturing environment for them. And somehow in my mind, that idea always had a country feel to it. I think I always just wanted to live on a farm! So I was very inspired by the primitive décor that was, and still is, popular. But as my children grew my ascetic has changed. These days I am very much into color, especially the soothing colors of nature and the ocean. My artistic style has changed a lot:too! I have moved from the deep richer tones of primitives to a more shabby-chic inspired style. I have begun working in mixed media, and my paintings can sometimes have a lot of color. I love mixed media because to me it has the same freedom as primitives. You are allowed to be folksy and quirky, messy and imperfect. I have always loved that type of naive art.
What are some of your favorite things?
I definitely have an affinity for cuteness. I still love Raggedy Ann and Hello Kitty!. I love to fill my home with beautiful quilts, pillows made from hand dyed wool, and paintings! I am still very much addicted to fabric! I also have a lot of religious art, which is something I really enjoy. I love a painting where every single element is thought out and put there for a reason; each thing symbolizing something. I love to try to “read” a painting in that way!
And as Olaf says,”I like warm hugs!”
Be sure to stop by my page...my Fairy Queen doll on PFATT is exclusive this month!
Visit Annie's PFATT Marketplace Page:
Read about how Pfatt Marketplace got it's start in the Summer Issue of 'Prim's Magazine"
A wonderful article written by our very own Pfatt Marketplace Artist, Pam Gracia of "Soft In The Head"
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