Tree Stump Pincushion
As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Tina has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Additionally, she's providing Sew Weekly readers with a 15% discount off anything at her shop. Instructions on the discount and how to win this pincushion can be found at the bottom of this post.
Name: Tina Rodas
Shop name: hi tree!
Location: Los Angeles, CA
How long on Etsy: February of 2008
Why do you craft?
That is a loaded question, and something I feel very passionate about. I craft to challenge myself. With every single thing I make, regardless of if I have made the same item 1,000 times, which in most cases I have, I evolve, My aesthetic evolves, my skills evolve, my vision evolves, EVERYTHING about what I do evolves. It is a never ending process of evolution. It is the single most fulfilling thing I have ever done, aside from creating a real, live, breathing human. I will continue that evolutionary process until I stop breathing. This is why, if you love to create, you should never ever stop. Even when you are having a total creative block, it is important to revisit something you have already made in the past and make it again and again and again. Every time you remake that object you learn something new. I promise.
Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions?
The inspiration for my tree stumps came from an interesting (if you ask me) source.I always see my work as being really happy and cute. I felt the need to make something a little sad and twisted. The tree stumps don't look sad, but if you think about it…they are dead trees! Sad face. Other than that, they stem from my overwhelming need to move the hi tree design aesthetic into the 3rd dimension. Next thing you know, I will be applying the same design principles to big tree trunks with twisted branches. It's all part of the evolution.
Any new projects you want to tackle?
I would love to do a HUGE forest installation in an art gallery or museum complete with large versions of my hi tree® tree designs, mushrooms, life sized tree stumps, felt grass and life sized unicorns. Mark my words: One day, this WILL happen.
Thanks, Tina! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers will receive 15% off their orders by using the discount code: SEWWEEKLY at checkout.
Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:
What's one ambitious project of yours that you're going to MAKE happen?
Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions!