FEATURED MAKER: Katie Smith of Punk Projects

Featured Maker: Katie Smith of Punk Projects #artist #crafter #interview
We are excited to have Katie Smith of Punk Projects talking with us today in our new series, Featured Maker! Katie is a talented artist and crafter. In addition to running her blog, Punk Projects, she also makes and sells awesome hand-painted shoes, mixed-media bookmarks, and custom painted tote bags. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop too!

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I’m Katie, I’m from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. I’m an artist, a DIYer, and canvas shoe designer. I’m also a cyclist, gardener, nerd, and tea lover.

I started my blog, Punk Projects, in 2009 to share my art but now it’s become so much more. It is where I write about all of my projects. Every Monday, I post “Make it Monday” on my blog, where I share tutorials written by other DIY bloggers. The rest of the week I post anything from a DIY tutorial to photos of my most recent scrapbook layout or journal page.

What do you make and sell?

I create custom canvas shoes and sell them in my etsy shop. My most popular shoe design is definitely my Minion shoes. I made a pair for myself and everyone asks me if I sell them, so now I do! I’ve also started selling both custom canvas tote bags and mixed media bookmarks in my shop as well.

Featured Maker: Katie Smith of Punk Projects #artist #crafter #interview

Hand-Painted Shoes by Katie

Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere! Pinterest, blogs, stores, magazines, etc. Some of my favorite blogs to read for inspiration are:
A Beautiful Mess, Balzer Designs, and The Crafted Life.

Featured Maker: Katie Smith of Punk Projects #artist #crafter #interview

DIY Card Table & Chair Set made by Katie

What does your workspace/studio look like?

Currently I don’t have a separate room for my studio. We have a pretty big living room so we have a bookcase splitting it up almost into 2 rooms and half of that is our studio. My friend suggested that I get more bookcases to better define the divide which isn’t a bad idea. Maybe I’ll check out antiques world or somewhere similar for some bookcase inspiration at some point.

What are some of your favorite tools or techniques?

My favorite tool is probably my Crop-A-Dile punch. It comes in so handy!

Featured Maker: Katie Smith of Punk Projects #artist #crafter #interview

Mixed Media Bookmarks made by Katie.

Is your business your full time job? Or do you have a day job?

My business is my day job. It’s a dream come true. I’m lucky to have amazing parents who let me live at home while I work on building my blog and my business.

What does a day in the life of Katie look like?

I get up about 6 am every morning and the first thing I do is make a cup of tea! I check my email and facebook then I usually go for a bike ride and then come back and do some computer work/blogging. After lunch I get to crafting, working on design team projects and blog projects. While I eat dinner I usually put on a Star Trek episode and play facebook games.

Do you have any favorite books or resources you’d be willing to share with someone interested in learning how to sell their work?

I have recently gotten a copy of Mollie Makes: Making It! book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in selling their handmade goods.

Featured Maker: Katie Smith of Punk Projects #artist #crafter #interview

Fantastic DIY Flamingo Decor made by Katie

Visit Katie’s blog and Etsy shop.

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