March 16, 2011


Tell Us About You...
My name is Mindi Morrow.  I was born and raised in Fort Worth.  I am married to an ER RN.  We have two dogs; Red and Tex and a cat; Ruby Tuesday.  We live in a wonderful neighborhood I like to refer to as Mayberry.  Beautiful old trees, good friends that watch out for each other and unusual wildlife right in the middle of the city.

What is the first thing you can remember 
making by hand?  
I was always making new homes for my Barbie’s from album covers, boxes, scrap fabrics and anything else I could find.  I altered their clothes and pierced their ears with the colored sewing pins.  
How and why did you make it?  
Mostly for entertainment and I guess because I thought I could embellish the plain and make it unique.  I realize now I was reclaiming and recycling at an early age by using found items.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? 
The least inspiring thing can inspire me.  And inspiration comes from everywhere.  Especially a trash pile.  It was such a disappointment when they did away with big trash at the curb.  I see something and I ALWAYS think, “I can make that”.  I always keep paper and pencil handy to jot or sketch down my ideas.

What are your favorite materials?  
Fabrics are at the top, but I love lots of things old and new.
Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
Believe in yourself and your product.  If you don’t believe, it will be hard to convince anyone else to.  I was recently relieved of my day job.  Interestingly it’s the second time in my life that I’ve found myself in a dead end job where I was really bored to death.  I had just had the dream of Red Dog Barkery and the timing seems right to give it a go. 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am passionate about yoga and organic gardening. 

What handmade possession do you most cherish?  
It’s not the handmade possession but the possessions to create the handmade.  I recently lost my mother to a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  She was the most creative and inspirational person I’ve ever known.  I wish I had paid even more attention to details when I was growing up.  She could sketch and make her own patterns, transform a room in a day and do anything creative with what seemed like little effort.  I most cherish the tools and the ability to create that I inherited from her.  I have all of her sewing supplies; I think of her and feel her presence when I create.

What advice would you give to artists 
who are new to Etsy?  
Since I am new, that is hard to say.  I guess I would have to say be patient and do a lot of research on what is out there and how it is presented.  What makes your product different and something that people would love.

How do you promote your work?  
Through EtsyRed Dog Barkery FacebookTwitter (though I really haven’t gotten the hang of tweets), local Indie shows, some private Sip and See’s and word of mouth.  I find that if you can get someone started talking about their dog, they love talking about them, just like me.

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
My creative process is always present, but often goes into overdrive.  I recently met someone that described herself as a “fabric whore” and thought that fits me pretty well.  I love beautiful fabrics; the colors, the textures and putting unusual ones together to create one of a kind results.  I love reading shelter magazines and am surely disappointed in the loss of some of the best ones.  One of my favorite things is to sit down with a new magazine and a paint fan so I can look up all of the colors referenced and see what they look like in light and not just in print.  And inevitably, I’m up looking for my pencil and paper to jot down ideas I’ve found that I can create.

What first made you want to become an artist? 
I don’t really consider myself an artist.  Just an individual that loves to create.

for the love of dog,

Red Dog Barkery

Thank you Mindi for the interview, much love and well wishes to you and your budding biz!

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