Did you go to art school? If so, where did you study?
I finally got around to college by age 25 and went to Moore College of Art and Design.
What types of items will you be selling at the bazaar?
Those attending the Bazaar will see light weight knit sweaters with blocks of color that can be worn on a cool evening at the shore or layered artistically all year round. I will also have handwoven and netted scarves.
What materials do you work with?
Yarns that are made out of wool, rayon, silk, metallics are my favorites. I blend them sometimes to create unique color stories and you may find them crocheted, woven, or knitted.
How are your items made? Describe your process.
I create my work using both a fine gauge and bulky knitting machine as well as the floor loom. The process starts with a cone of yarn and a pattern I have developed that gets set up on either machine and a lot of hand work techniques to bring it all together both in finishing edges and decorative details.
Are you able to make your work full-time? If not, what do you do for your day job?
I do spend a full amount of time producing my work and handling the business side of it -Monday thru Friday, 8 hours a day. But I also keep a constant income flow going from local neighborhood weekly cleaning accounts that I service, as well as photographing everything from other designers work to peoples head shots and my favorite, weddings.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Some of my favorite international artists are Friendreich Hundertwasser, Kurt Schwitters, Arline Fisch, Sheila Hicks, Janet Echelman, and Haas&Hahn. Favorites I have studied with are Lewis Knauss, Deborah Warner, and Michael Olszewski, and my favorite local folk are Karen Henderson, Rebecca Landes, e Bond, Darla Jackson, Donna Quinn, Termain Smith, Brienne Rosner, Rene Micheli.
What are you reading/listening to right now?
I am listening to Deadmau5.
Where would you like to see yourself and your art/craft business in the next 10 years?
In the next ten years I would like to have a production line that is viable and be able to also create large scale outdoor art pieces.
You can find Janell at booth #99 at our upcoming Art Star Craft Bazaar