July 12, 2010


Just who is

Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff)
I’m Julie and I am {Coco1981}
I live with my husband Josh, our 3 boys, and 2 cats in Arlington.
I partner with my husband for our company Cosmo’s Woodshop. Coco is my own little division. 

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
My Mom has a drawing of a flower hanging in her room that I made when I was about 9. I remember drawing it in art class at school. We had been learning about Georgia O’Keefe and I was trying to emulate her style. 
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
From my kids, from other artists, from magazines. Everything really. I love going to the museums in Fort Worth. The paintings and sculptures give me a lot of inspiration. And just people watching downtown. I love color and texture and creating things that are unexpected. 
What are your favorite materials?
I love natural fibers. I use a lot of cotton yarn. I like things that are useful and cotton can be used for so many different things. Of course I also love a nice skein of merino wool or bamboo. And lately I like to make my own untraditional yarn. 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I have three boys. Twin 8 year olds and a 7 month old. All of whom keep me busy. And I watch too much TV.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
That’s really hard! I’m very blessed that I have many people in my life who have made beautiful things for me. I have a favorite from each person. Of course I have to say my children. They draw beautiful pictures for me and are always creating something. Other than that, I have a dress that my great-aunt sewed for me that is made from silk that my grandfather brought back from Vietnam. 
How do you promote your work?
I blog (www.createcraftcherishcoco1981.blogspot.com), I have a Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/cherishcoco1981), and I use Twitter (cherishcoco1981)

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
It depends on what inspires me. If I come up with the design first then I go out and find the yarn that fits with my vision. Other times I’ll find some yarn that I love and I let it tell me what it wants to become. I’m a very organized knitter. And I only like to have one project going at a time. When I come up with a new design I’ll sketch it out and then it goes into the queue of things to make. I’m constantly increasing my yarn stash. I like to have a variety of colors and textures around me to be inspired from.

What first made you want to become an artist?
I don’t quite consider myself an artist, but I’ve always wanted to create things. When I was younger I wanted to be a fashion designer. After I had my twins I taught myself how to knit and I made hats and scarves for my boys. I love going out and seeing something that inspires me and thinking how I can translate it into knitting. 

I just love getting to know more about the person behind the etsy shop!  Thank you Julie for taking the time to be apart of our team and contributing in the ways that you are.  Just in case you have not checked out our newest blog feature-  Coco1981 is currently sponsoring a giveaway - so go back one post and try to win some handmade greatness!