featured artist :: tanis alexis

from the archives: 14.09.09

name: Tanis Alexis
links: blog | shop | flickr | facebook | twitter

What do you make?
I make art.
I make crafts.
I make handmade felt.
I make creative objects that sometimes have function, sometimes not.

What or who inspires you?
Nature inspires me.
Unique people inspire me.
Music inspires me.
The love I receive from my family & friends inspires me.

How did you get started?
I’ve been creative since I could hold a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. My mother is a designer and my father was a fine artist and silversmith. I think the creative energy is genetic.

I began the business aspect of my creative endeavours after too many bad jobs and bad bosses. I realised that my ideal was to be my own boss, attempting my own projects and using my own two hands.Thankfully I have the full support & encouragement of my husband/best friend along this journey, without whom, I wouldn’t be doing any of this!

What are your favourite materials to work with?
Wool & fibres
Linen, cotton & natural fabrics
Paint, ink & stitching
Textural paper
Natural elements

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
Somedays the hardest part can be staying motivated. Learning to get out of my head & into the real world is smart too. Creativity can sometimes be a very isolating place.

Being your own boss can be tough. I like to break my own rules!!

Funny enough, one of my favourite parts is breaking the rules!! Hahaha!

I love to push boundaries and experiment with new and unique ideas. It’s a constant push/pull energy and I feel it’s a matter of dialing into that fine balance for my own personal success.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Oh sheesh! I might be the worst person to ask since I continue to learn lessons daily. My advice coule be; to do what you do for the pleasure & passion rather than just the capital.

My recent personal advice to myself has been to not be so stubborn in my choices and decisions…and to go with the flow more often, to be more flexible…because who knows what could be around the corner!

Art vs. Craft – Are these terms different? Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter? I think they are different words, yes, they connotate different reactions for different people. Just as they have in the past.

But as time ticks by and we all evolve, I believe those words will continue to mutate and merge just as the creative projects themselves have been.

I consider myself a creator…

a maker, a designer, an artist, a crafter, a hoarder of materials & supplies, a thinker, a dreamer.

I am very intrigued & curious by what the words “Art” & “Craft” will be defined as in another 20 years!

(photo images courtesy of Tanis Alexis)

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  1. Lori Sandstedt

    Tanis is an inspiration to many people…and I’m in love with her artistic aesthetic. Besides being uber talented, she’s a sweet soul and wonderful mum.