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Maddie Spoto: Folk Dreams

Academy Of Handmade

Email Maddie: maddiespoto@gmail.com

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business: I am a maker, designer, and traveler creating everyday copper and silver jewelry. While beautiful in its simplicity, my jewelry evokes adventure and inspiration to follow dreams and live freely. With texture, oxidization and organic colors I translate nature into wearable pieces of art for taking the road less traveled.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Copper! I love copper, it is not as popular as silver (which I also do love and work with), but it is so gorgeous in its own right. Copper responds so well to oxidization and creates a gorgeous color range. Turquoise is all the rage right now, and I am loving it. The color and uniqueness in every piece is seriously cool and it looks so good with copper!

Q: Who inspires you? My family. We are all so creative and we love going out there and getting stuff done, plus we make sure it is done right. I look at my family and I see so many entrepreneurs, and more specifically, artists. It is no wonder, it became my dream to peruse my own passions and to dare to hope that one day I would be my own boss. Being your own boss is normal in my family, and I love that! 

I am also inspired by artists such as Sally Mann, Richard Serra and Monet. Talk about evoking an emotion. All three of these artists have mastered the feelings they want their viewer to feel when they see their work. It is truly something to strive for in any art or craft.

Q: Name three guilty pleasures of yours: Only three! Okay...
1. So bad it is good TV and reading - We don't have cable, so I get my fix on Hulu or through a pretty easy-to-read book. When I do have time to sit down I usually just want to decompress and let my mind go. Even though these are pretty mindless endeavors, I am very emotionally attached.
2. Pinterest...well, duh, who doesn't love Pinterest?!
3. My pillow. I find it difficult to sleep without it and in the morning I am usually so comfortable that I can't get out of bed (it is a serious problem, I am not a morning person).

Q: What is your favorite part of being a maker or supporting makers? Being a maker and supporting other makers makes me extremely proud. I love wearing art, and representing fellow makers that are doing awesome things. Being a maker myself, I know how much heart goes into the the things I make, so it easy to support others doing the same. I believe there is room for everyone in this world to share themselves. We just got to find our tribe, and the only way to do that is to support one another!

Q: As a professional in the booming handmade economy, what part of your work do you find most difficult? The thing I find most difficult is, in fact, finding your tribe. There is so much out there - so much to do and see, that it is either overwhelming or intimidating. It takes a long time to find a network of support, and to find your customer base. They are out there, but reaching them is the difficult part. This is where I struggle most, because I know what I am offering is valuable.

Q: What drives your creative process? (supporters have creativity too!): My creative process is very organic. I am all about the moment and doing what I am feeling at the moment. I know not very scientific, and maybe, not even the most productive, but moments are fleeting and if I don't pursue them right away then they are gone. I also have the habit of creating this master plan for things and then I rarely ever stick to it, but I still achieve the goal I set out to do in the first place. I also like to work in stages. If I am going to start a piece, I usually start a bulk of pieces to get the process moving, I find I get a lot more pieces done that way then doing one at a time.

Q: Where can people find your stuff: That is easy y'all! My jewels can be found on Etsy at www.folkdreamsjewelry.etsy.com. You can also find more photos of my work at www.folkdreams.com!