Artist Profile: Angela Mabray

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Bottle cap card and necklace

Artist: Angela Mabray
Business name: Crafty Goat
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma

Website & Blog:
Crafty Goat store
Crafty Goat blog

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Two-sided magnetic dishwasher sign

What is your creative process like?
In life, I’m a pretty organized person. In art, not so much. I think that’s part of what attracts me to art — the freedom and release. I’ve never been the type to sketch out what I’m going to do at my clay table… I just sit down with a vague idea and go!

I find it very easy to get into the flow of working, and very frustrating when I’m interrupted from that flow, to the point that I sometimes avoid getting started if I know I can’t spend sufficient uninterrupted time on something.

Is there a tool or material that you can’t imagine living without?
I love polymer clay & all its possibilities. I love that it can mimic so many other materials. I love that if you can imagine something, you can create it with clay. And I love that it’s so many things to so many people: sculptors, caners, jewelry makers, crafters & artists all have their own ways of using it. There’s just so many different things you can do with it.

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Tin can pincushion

What inspires you to create?
I’m most inspired by “What if…?” and “I wonder…” I like trying new ideas — wondering if something can be done and then doing it. While I do sell my work, I tend to find it a bit stifling to make the same item over and over again. I feel like I’ve already figured that thing out and I’m ready to try the next thing.

What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?
There’s an amazing amount of information available online, in books, in classes, etc. These can be a wonderful source of knowledge and inspiration — but don’t spend all your time on that. Sitting down and
experimenting for yourself, learning by trial and error — these things will grow you much more than learning things second-hand.

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Mosaic clay box

What takes up the majority of your time besides your art?
I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned, so I spend about equal time creating and blogging. My blog has lots of tutorials and other helpful hints for polymer clay crafters.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Nutella, straight from the jar.

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Spearmint lip balm tin

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    • http://blog.craftygoat.com Angela M.

      Thanks for featuring me, Cyndi! I always enjoy reading your blog, & have especially been enjoying the recent art quotes. Here are a few of my favorites (I couldn’t narrow it down to just one!):

      “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily; not to dare is to lose oneself.” – Kierkegaard

      “We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures… Take a risk a day – one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.” – Susan Jeffers

      “Trust that still, small voice that says, ‘This might work and I’ll try it.’” – Diane Mariechild

      “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” – Linus Pauling

      “Man is not free to refuse to do the thing which gives him more pleasure than any other conceivable action.” – Stendhal

      “If I don’t feel like a fraud at least once a day then I’m not reaching far enough.” – Andy Wibbels

    • http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com Cyndi

      Oooooo…I especially like that last one! I’m going to put these in a post of their own :-) Thanks again, Angela!

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