We are so pleased to welcome Chelsey Andrews aka The Paper Mama as the August artist for our ongoing Window Dressing series. Recently I had a chance to ask Chelsey a few more questions about her business and her inspiration and plans for her upcoming window display. We'll be celebrating her window Friday August 1 from 5-9pm with champagne and snacks. I hope you can stop by!
Hi Chelsey! Let's start with the type of things you make for The Paper Mama!
I make brooches, earrings, necklace pendants, magnets, and little pillows. I guess that's a little bit of everything.
How long have you been doing this (making and blogging) professionally?
I've been blogging for 6 years, but blogging officially turned into a business in 2011.
I've been making things to sell off and on FORever. My first business was a catnip toy "company". I named my business Meowi Kazowi, grew and dried my own catnip, and made the cat toys at the age of 12. My grandpa helped me make my first website (we made this on GeoCities, yeah). I may have been a weird cat-obsessed kid, ha! That business disappeared as I turned into a teenager. When I was in college I tried selling random things here and there, but The Paper Mama shop really came around in 2011. Right around the time my blog became a business. What a weird world.
What's your favorite part about being a full time artist and blogger?
I am a maker, that's for sure. I never stop moving and I feel like it's what I was meant to do: to make. That's my favorite part. I make things for a living.
Let's talk about your window! What's the theme/inspiration for your window installation?
My favorite things to draw: animals and flowers.
What limited edition item (or items) will you be making?
Made from a new daisy illustration and a hand drawn "Wander" word I'll have a variety of items for all the lovely Wanderlust shoppers to enjoy! These designs will be made into wooden pins, earrings, rings, pillows, and necklace pendants. All made for the sweetest little Portland shop.
What's your favorite thing to do during the month of August in Portland?
Hide indoors from the heat? I am such an Oregonian. If the weather goes past 80 I start to melt and you can find me either indoors or by cool water. Even though I'm a heat wimp, my husband and I do like to take our daughter to all the local restaurants for a yummy lunch or dinner on an outdoor patio. That's definitely a favorite summertime thing.
And finally, tell us about your most prized vintage find or vintage possession!
Oh, it's hard to pick. If I really have to choose ONE thing, it would be my velvet paint-by-numbers ship painting from the 70's. I really love that thing. It's hanging proudly in our living room.