Meet the Crafters: Roisin Fagan of Bespoke Uprising

Starting today, we're going to feature a series of interviews with some of the Crafters who will be at our Winter Carnival Holiday Market on Dec. 4 and 5. Today's Crafter is Roisin of Bespoke Uprising.

What do you make? all sorts of textile goods, hand dyed and screenprinted things like wallets, teatowels, aprons, purses, and fabrics for others to make things out of.

What is your process? drawing pictures, burning them onto silkscreens, printing yardage. then I draft a pattern and make something out of my fabric.

How long have you been a crafter? I remember being involved with a lot of glitter and pipecleaners and beads with my best friend, Sarah, when we were small.

Why do you do what you do? because I like afternoon naps, and also because I think that beautiful, thoughtful and interesting functional objects make life better.

What is your background/How did you get started? Crafting, along with reading, were my hobbies as an introverted little girl, and then I took a specialized art program in Highschool, and then came out to Halifax to attend NSCAD.

When you're not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work? on Etsy! bespokeuprising.etsy.com

How long have you been involved with Halifax Crafters? Since the beginning, when we were ten people at the Khyber for an afternoon. I was heavily involved with organizing, promoting and general running when I lived in Halifax, but now that I'm in Ontario, I mostly take care of Facebook group and event duties.

What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows? It is a show for both experienced and new artists and crafters, and it is entirely volunteer-run. None of the organizers get paid, which keeps the cost to participate very low.

What are you excited about seeing at the Holiday market? My friends in Halifax! Everyone that I know in the city attends the show, so it is a great way to see them all, without any running around.

Where do you do your work? I have a studio in my house. Rent in London, Ontario is very cheap, thankfully!

What kind of music do you listen to while you work? The CBC Radio One station is always on, but if I am tired or feeling unmotivated, anything to keep me moving. I am prone to procrastination since I work at home, so plenty of Tom Waits.

A place you love? Halifax!

Favourite time of the year? Spring. I love watching the garden come back to life.

Three things you need in order to create? coffee, chocolate, CBC

A favourite quote? "Not all those who wander are lost"

What's your favourite way to procrastinate? oh cripes - the internet. In fact, I am procrastinating right now by writing this.


DawsonDee said...

I think this series of interviews is a great idea, and am really looking forward to reading all of them! What a wonderful way to showcase local artisans and crafts-people.


hatjunkie said...

Fun interview. I love Roisin's work.