Have you ever walked into a store to buy something and thought to yourself…“I wonder who made this?” I’m sure some of you make a conscience effort of doing this, but if we’re being honest, for most of us (myself included) we buy things out of ease, comfort, price-point, without ever really stopping to think about the person or the process behind that product. Mass-produced items from foreign countries (and American companies) line the shelves of our favorite stores and if we’re not intentional seekers and purchasers, we miss out on the beautifully unique, one-of-a-kind treasures of the local, small business community of artists right around the corner.
And that is what Handmade Hive is all about…Supporting the small business community of local artists, designers, makers, and crafters by promoting their handcrafted goods through an online marketplace.
This is the second installment of Meet The Artists, where you’ll get to learn more about the person and the process behind the products at Handmade Hive.
D Polly Kendrick is the owner of Parrott Designs was also a vendor at Handmade Hive Indoor Craft Market back in “2013”. She makes beautifully unique soft sculpture ornaments that can be found in the 0nline marketplace.
Let’s meet Polly, the person behind the products:
“I am a costume designer who came late to actual crafting. It’s great though because I see how a lot of those skills I learned while designing costumes are being use now in the work that I do.
I’ve actually been sewing since my mom sat me down at the Singer when I was 5 and my family has been very influential in my career. My folks were potters, as well as very talented, self-taught artists. My sisters are both artists and so very talented at anything they put their hands to. My brother and brother-in-law are both retired industrial arts teacher that do great metal sculpture. And my nephew…he’s an amazing tattoo artist!! That’s just family!!
In addition to family, I am always finding inspiration around me. Not only am I inspired by so many people who make such fabulous stuff, but I also collect images from lots of places, always keeping an eye out for anything that tickles my fancy. I have a great time collecting bits of this and that and using it in projects. (By the way, Jim Henson and Alexander McQueen are two people who I would have jumped at the chance to spend time with picking their brains.)
At the moment, I have been doing a lot of soft sculpture, but I have been branching out into accessories such as fabric cuffs, neck warmers and detachable collars. And while I have never been good at following instructions or leaving a project alone, in 5 years from now, I would love to still be doing what I’m doing and doing it better!
When I decided on a name for my business, Parrott Designs seemed like a great idea so I went with it. It’s a real challenge and a great gift being an artist and crafter. When I do costumes for theater, I am always working toward a deadline. When opening night comes, I’m done. I have never been good at following instructions or leaving a project alone, so it’s great when I am doing craft stuff because I can take my time, change my mind, redo stuff at a later date. Everything I make is handmade and I love the idea of “always in the making – never made”. That urge and ability to create or enhance whatever comes into your sphere and then be able to turn around and see that piece or those pieces go home with someone who really loves it…that’s what “handmade” means to me!
I’m so glad you’re doing this Meet the Artist’s project because I think most people would love to be able to do what we do, and giving them a chance to read about what we will, hopefully, give them a chance to realize and understand how much time and effort goes into what we do.”
Thank you Polly for taking the time to share your thoughts with us so that we can get a better idea of who the person is behind the products!
Besides the Handmade Hive Online Marketplace, you can also find Polly at local craft shows. She also makes a few special orders. Here are a few of her ornaments that you can find right now at www.handmadehive.com
How about you? Have you had the privileged of wearing one of Polly’s costumes? Or have one of her beautiful handcrafted pieces? Share some love in the comment section below!
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