Sunday, October 21, 2007

This week's craft goddess: Casserole

Casserole is Anne Weaver, a Little Rock, Arkansas, artist, writer, teacher, and Stampin' Up! demo. Anne's papercrafts live at the intersection of creativity and precision. Her unfailing instincts for color and composition make even her smallest and simplest works touchable and fascinating. My reaction when I first saw this twofer--a Christmas card with a Christmas ornament attached--"This is candy! I want to eat it!"

Anne's generosity with her time and talents has inspired a whole group of Little Rock crafters. Her Thursday-night craft free-for-alls, to which she invited her friends and customers to come and play and use her vast collection of Stampin' Up! images for free, led to the organization of the Art YaYas.

And Anne's gifts aren't limited to papercrafting. Her current project: She's creating (without a pattern) a classic jeweled Elvis jumpsuit as a Halloween costume for her 3-year-old daughter who is obsessed with The King. Anne also quilts, and she upcycles clothing into perfectly fitted, wearable altered art.

Anne is a garage sale queen, always seeking recycled and repurposed items to use in her creations. She calls these finds "crap."

Anne suggested what I intend to be a continuing element of these artist profiles--an original haiku by the artist about her work. Here is Anne's:

My art is made from crap
Find cool crap. Save, hoard!
Mix texture, color, and shape.
Glue crap together.

Go visit Anne's Etsy shop at You'll love it.

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