Allow me to introduce you to Crystal of Capow. Crystal is a graphic designer and a creator of many things whocurrently resides inf Albany, NY. In her shop, you’ll find photographs, hand-sewn clutches and tote bags, paintings, and more. You can also find a few vintage items!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by so much. There are so many great artists everywhere, and it seems like every time I click around Etsy I find so many more inspiring artists. I definitely find other people’s work lights a fire in me that makes me want to create my own.
Share with us a little about your creative process.
When it comes to photography, I try to carry my camera wherever I go and shoot any and everything that catches my eye. My paintings and photography are very closely connected. All of my paintings are based on photos that I have taken. As far as my sewing, I like to create beautiful unique items that are also useful in every day life. When I sew I usually layout my fabrics and pick some that I like together, then get started cutting the pattern.
How did you get started in your craft?
When I was little my mom taught me how to sew and crochet, she enrolled me in 4-H where I sharpened my sewing skills and learned how to bake. I started with photography in high school, though I had always loved taking snapshots when younger. I learned how to work in a black and white darkroom, and later on moved to digital cameras and digital darkroom. I just recently started painting, I’ve only been painting for about 3 years, and it started because I wanted to make a painting of a photo I took of my dog.
How did you come up with your shop name?
CAPow is derived from my first two initials (CA) and the first three letters of my last name (Pow). It is also the name of a slot machine that my boyfriend has won hundreds of dollars on :)
Do you have a “day job”? If so, what do you do?
I work a full time job and a part time job in addition to running my etsy shop. My full time job is in internet marketing, and my part time job is working as a groomers assistant at a dog grooming salon in a national chain store.
Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?
Gossip Girl. I am obsessed. It definitely feels like a guilty pleasure when I pop in the DVD and watch an episode.
If money and time were not an issue, where would you travel and what would you do while you’re there?
I love beaches, so I would like to travel to the world’s most beautiful beaches. All I would want to do while there is relax, lay on the beach, drink cocktails, and take a TON of photos.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned within the past year?
Persistence and self promotion will get you EVERYwhere! Tell people about what you’re doing, they will be interested and they will talk about it to other people in turn. Don’t get discouraged!
How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
I would like to be remembered for my photography and other art work. As long as one person appreciated and remebered my work, I would be very happy.
Thank you Crystal for giving us a little peak into your life and your craft! You can find Crystal in her etsy shop, on her blog, and on her website!
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