Faheema Chaudhury: Unicorn Crafts

Email Address: faheema@unicorncraftsart.com

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business: I make adorable Shrinky Dink jewelry that is so cute, you might just get a cavity. All the designs are my own illustrations and every piece is handmade with love by me at Unicorn Crafts Headquarters. It's here that my trusty sidekick, Tali, keeps me company while I make playful jewelry for the kid at heart.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Shrinky Dinks of course! Lately I started to dabble into other materials like resin and wood but still keeping my very colorful and bubbly style so there is no doubt that it's a Unicorn Crafts item.

Q: Who inspires you? Oh my goodness, what doesn't inspire me?! Cartoons, movies, fashion, pop culture, food, and this may sound cheesy but I'm inspired by my very creative friends. When I see them at craft fairs and art shows it's great to look at what they've created since the last time we did a show together. I love bouncing ideas off them and even letting a conversation trigger a new sketch.

Q: Name three guilty pleasures of yours: Anything sweet! I really don't feel bad eating sweets though because it fuels my creative juices. No one wants a grumpy gal to design jewelry so I have to make sure I'm filled with sweets so I can create sweet designs. 

Watching Gilmore GIrls over and over and over again. No joke - I think I'm on my 7th cycle of watching the entire series. As soon as I'm finished with the show, I start right back up from the beginning. 

I love love love going to Joann or Michael's and walking through the entire store, even if I don't need anything.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a maker or supporting makers? Meeting creative people of all sorts and forming friendships and bonds that aren't superficial. When I first started Unicorn Crafts and did my first craft show, I didn't know anyone around me. I seriously felt like an awkward teenager at a new school. During that show, I met some of the most lovely people that I am honored to call my friends.

Q: As a professional in the booming handmade economy, what part of your work do you find most difficult? I love what I do but I wish I could eliminate the numbers part of the job. Taxes and finances are the worst for me because all I want to focus on is the fun, creative part. I have to force myself to be good about all the responsible adult portions of running a business.

Q: What drives your creative process? It's a matter of inspiration. When I'm inspired, the designs just flow out of me. Usually I take into account what I'm am interested in - TV shows, characters, animals, foods, etc. and that is the source of my new designs. I try not to follow trends too much because I want to genuinely like all my designs and plus I know not everyone will necessarily be into Unicorn Crafts and that's alright. For the kids at heart on the other hand; I have so many goodies to choose from.

Q: Where can people find your stuff? Besides my online presence at www.unicorncraftsart.com and faheema.etsy.com, I am thankful that there are stores all over the states that carry my line. A list can be found at www.unicorncraftsart.com/about