We're excited to bring you a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 8th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 26th-27th. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights in which we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Stephanie from France France Kids Shop, and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Stephanie Brewer of France France Kids Shop, and I make clothing for kids!
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I started sewing clothing for my daughter about a year ago. I just really really like that little girl and making her clothes became a sweet way for me to consider her personality and the way she interacts with the world. I made France France Kids Shop partly as a response to a few nudges to do so, and primarily because I like to feel as if I'm part of a larger conversation. I like the way an idea takes on a life of its own when it exists within a community, and how powerful and interesting objects become when they become someone else's.
I received a BFA from Kent State with a printmaking concentration, and I've brought my printmaking background into the mix by screenprinting my own fabric and by seeking out the communal spirit of shared workspace... even though I work alone. As soon as I decided to work in print I reached out to my friend Annie at Fort Frankie to see if I could work with her drawings, which are so fun and earnest and whimsical and bold - really just a great match and catalyst for my own line of thinking. (Thanks, Annie.)
3). What is your best seller?
Well... I started France France about two weeks before applying to Crafty Mart. I can't really answer this question, but I can say that I hope my best seller is pixie bonnets (!)
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
Haha, not very long.
5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
The Rolling Stones