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Miriam Dema: miriam dema art & design

Academy Of Handmade

EMAIL MIRIAM: miriamdema@gmail.com

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business: I make limited edition silkscreen art prints for the wall using a combination of found images and my own drawings and photographs. I do all of my own screen printing from start to finish, including graphic work, exposing screens and printing.  I also sell more complex hand made works of art and paintings.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? I enjoy working with the archival based inks that I use. They are water based, low fume and can be mixed to a beautiful range of colors. I also try not to get too distracted by all the awesome papers available to print on!

Q: Who inspires you? Everything inspires me! My friends and family, the world I see. From the things I collect to the natural world around me and the fun adventures we go on. It's all inspiring! I live in the woods above Los Angeles and spend a good amount of time hiking, seeing wild animals and enjoying the crazy range of things LA has to offer.

Q: Name three guilty pleasures of yours: I don't really feel guilty about much. But here are 3 things I always want more of, but try to keep a handle on ;) 

Cake, because it's just so good I really could eat it every day.

Thrifting, too many things to buy and living in a tiny house means I try to be selective! 

Cowboy boots, I pretty much have never seen a pair I didn't like. Lets not talk about how many pairs I already own...

Q: What is your favorite part of being a maker? Realizing that I'm part of the story people bring into their homes, share with friends and family and enjoy. It's a special gift that every person who buys my work gives me. Knowing that the work will be around to tell an interesting tale long after me is part of what keeps me making artwork to share with the world.

Q: As a professional in the booming handmade economy, what part of your work do you find most difficult? There are hard moments to any business! Marketing is challenging when you just want to be in the studio but having the work pile up around you because you haven't taken the time to market and get it out there is just as challenging. So I suppose, the balancing act is the most challenging act for me. Looking forward to new projects while also taking care of the businessy day to day details.

Q: What drives your creative process? Getting out in the world. Seeing new things as well as being reminded how things more familiar are beautiful as well.ah, the easy part. 

Q: Where can people find your stuff?
http://miriamdema.com
https://www.etsy.com/shop/miriamdema
http://miriamdema.blogspot.com