Hi I am Vesna. I became a passionate crafter by accident, even though I come from a line of life-long makers. My mom and grandmothers crocheted and knitted and weaved and sewed. I was born and raised in Macedonia and for generations in our culture it was a custom to give dowery of handmade items for the home when the daughter gets married. I don’t remember being very artsy/crafty when I was growing up. But I did learn to crochet from my mom probably around age 10.
I was 15, when I schemed to get out of town and see the world. By 16 my wish came true and I set sail (well I flew actually) to the land of opportunities: The United States of America. For a year I lived Virginia as an exchange student with a very kind couple and their daughter who was just a year older than me. I went to high school, I learned to speak English, we took road trips, we went to the beach. It was fun! Through series of events I ended up going to college and eventually got married here in the USA.
At some point in my 20 I got interested in crocheting. I remembered the basics from my mom for anything further I relied on a book called “The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller. As I got better I started to experiment with crochet and beads. And as I got better at that I got interested in making jewelry. Later on I took a sewing class. I made a button down shirt with two left sleeves. Maybe garment making wasn’t my calling but I got good at tearing apart existing garments and made them into something new. I was recycling! I took a soldering class. I made more jewelry. I learned to bake shrinky drinks, and made even more jewelry with that! I experimented with stitching fabric onto paper and made greeting cards. I bought a couple of stamps to use with my card making, and then a few more, and a few more and I now have three boxes full. I carved my own stamps when I couldn’t find what I needed. I got my hands on any crafty project or workshop that presented itself, preparing myself for the day when I will be a professional crafter!
Today in my small studio, tucked at the back of my house you will find: two sewing machines, a cart full of paints, a chest full of fabric, a basket of clothes to repurpose, a suitcase full of beads, a few boxes of odd and mismatched trinkets, lace, ribbon, paper……and who knows what else.
So welcome! Nice to meet you. I hope you find a project that will catch your interested and inspire you to make something.
Official Bio: I am a mixed media artist with a passion for recycling and using the left over textiles and papers that were destined for the landfill. My work has been published in over a dozen publications by Stampington. I have taught classes at Chandler Parks and Recreation, Craft Rave in Phoenix and online on Skillshare.com