Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Artist Behind The Shop: Ira Grant

This week I would like to introduce you to the wonderful mind of Ira Grant: a terrific artist whose work may be already known by many of you.

Ira´s designs are not only pretty and stylish, they are very creative and spectacular. She has reached the urban women with her trendy bags and I´m sure a lot of you will start "drooling" with the pictures of this interview.

Let´s know a bit more about Ira:

1)When did you start crafting? What was your motivation?

When? Hm...I think since I was a child, part of my study in the school, my motivation at the time was simple a good mark! I have parents who always want us to do well and we, the children will get lots of pressy if our school report doing very well, so will get lots of pressy, that kind a good motivation for a child I supposed:)

2)Which one of your designs makes you feel prouder of yourself?

I don't have particular favourite, but I love my burlap bag series and I have lots of ideas for my burlap next project, and of course My Multitask Bag! I still can't forget the feeling when it was pick as an etsy finds last summer:)

3)What kind of things inspire you?Beautiful dresses!

Oh yes I can help my self to think like this:' I need to cut the sleeves, make it short and change this bit or that bit then that dress will become a gorgeous bag!' everytime I saw those beautiful dresses:)

4)Do you have any favorite book, movie, comic, etc?

Which one and why is it your favorite? Book, I read different type of books, currently I read Japanese Textile by Anna Jackson, hubby bought the book for me and I read anything written by John Grisham, I also love Japanese crafter books.Movie? Don't really watch it lately, but enjoying Mamma Mia with my daughter together a lot:)Comic, Garfield because of his naughtyness and that sleepy eyes! Tintin because snowy the little dog:)

5)Do you have any mania or obsession?

Fabrics, too much buying them! Many unnecessary purchased, is not because I want to make bag with it but just because I love it when I saw and touch it!

6)Is there a place you´ve visited that left a big impression in you? If so, why?

New York, that city lives 24 hours a day! If I still ambitious like I was once before, that city will be a perfect place to me! I start my etsy shop after came back for a holiday there!

7)Would you like to share any advice with your fellow artists?

Never stop learning! Art or crafting is about imaginations, it can be be ups and downs, you don't know what will happen in the future. Just keep doing what you always love to do.

8)Where can people find you? (blog, twitter, flickr, facebook...)

9)Anything else you´d like to share?

Yes, I'm a mum and a wife, somehow my supportive hubby and lovely daughter made me more creative, and I know without them I wouldn't even think to do what I'm doing now.

Thank so much Ira! It has been a pleasure!
Please, don´t forget to visit her fantastic shop!


ira said...

Oh thank you so much for this features Maria:)
big hugs, Ira.

ingermaaike said...

I love to read some more about my good friend Ira!

kraplap said...

great reading about Ira !!

Malene said...

Great feature.
Ira, I share your love of Japanese crafting books...just bought a bunch while I was there.
And the buying of supplies you don't really need...I know that too well from myself! LOL

Star of the East said...

Lovely interview!

Sigmosaics said...

so wonderful to learn more of Ira!! she's such a creative lady and gorgeous friend! thanks to both of you for sharing with us all.

Super pretty picture of you ira :D

Kreativlink said...

Ira is a wonderful artist and a real darling too! :)

ArtMind said...

I love Ira's work because you can just feel that she puts so much love and care in her work! I'm a happy owner of one of her bags and I love using it! What a nice interview with this very special lady! :)

RedBessBonney said...

what a great feature! I love Ira's bags!

Meekiyu said...

wonderful article about a wonderful shop and awesome bags! =D

The Silver Dog said...

Great post - love that red bag with the flower

fleurfatale said...

ooh Ira, how nice to read about you and your crafty interest, I can't sew such a gorgeous bags
but we have already this in common: a supporting husband and lovely chld :-))

Adorebynat said...

Glad to found Ira and her shop from your blog, how I could miss her Etsy shop. Gorgeous bags from talented lady.

Jaimee said...

Oooo, I just LOVE that green bag!!!

And thanks so much for stopping by my blog too ;)

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