Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rhody artists ~ Kristin Crane ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Kristin Crane
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Shop name: Kristin Crane
Website: kristincrane.etsy.com
Blog: kristincrane.blogspot.com
Twitter: @kristincrane
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KristinCrane.Designer

1. Tell us about your work
I make handbound books and stationery using vintage maps and inspired by travel.

photo: Etsy

2.  How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
Honestly, it kind of happened by accident. I went to college in Philadelphia and received a degree in textile design. After graduation, I spent 10 years working in the textile industry, designing woven fabrics for the home furnishings industry. I had always been a person to be making stuff, so when the mill I was working for abruptly closed its doors in the summer of 2007, I immediately opened an Etsy shop. What started out as just a way to make some extra money, has evolved into my own little business, and a lifestyle that suits me much better than the traditional 9-5.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration comes from traveling. I love nothing more than to unplug and pack a bag. I'm fascinated by the world around me, particularly how people live their life in different parts of the world. Not surprisingly, I’m a big fan of keeping a travel journal.

4. What’s your favorite item to make?
I particularly enjoy making custom journals because I like to hear from a customer a little bit about where they're going and bringing my book along. I get jealous of some of the amazing places my books get to go!

photo: Etsy

5. What’s your best seller?
If I'm selling locally, then my Providence and Rhode Island journals are usually my best sellers. In my online shop, it's usually popular European destinations like France and Italy.

Rhode Island Vintage Map Journal

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I moved to Rhode Island in December 1998 and can't believe it's been that long!

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I've always really loved that Rhode Island had enough of the things I want from a city, but is able to maintain a small town feel. I {heart} the creative community here and like that people are supportive and excited for each other, and not competitive. Oh, and I love the summers!!!!! (I need to remind myself of that in the winters!)

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
My books are also available through Craftland, located in Downtown Providence. Buy handmade and shop local :)


Lisa Billings said...

Kristins books are great, I have one with my little Pawtucket neighborhood and don't go anywhere without it!

parrott design studio said...

I love Kristin's books! She has made me custom journals and albums and they are wonderful!

Ali said...

I bought one of Kristin's journals with a map of Tanzania on it before going on safari. She makes really beautiful books! That journal has served as an awesome keepsake of my trip!

boliyou said...

So glad you've all had such good experiences and enjoy Kristin's books. Thanks for stopping by!

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