Meet the Crafters: Trudi Smith

Meet Trudi Smith of Double Happiness Designs:

What do you make?

I make books and artwork using Japanese Chiyogami papers which are printed with traditional designs in vibrant colours. I take a lot of inspiration from Japan, which is reflected in the form of my books, the subject matter of my artwork, and the attention to detail in my work.

What is your process?

I get inspiration from the things I’ve seen, books I’ve read, places I’ve travelled to...when I go into my studio, I’m thinking of all these things when I make my work. Sometimes, it takes me a little while to get warmed up and start making things, but once the ideas and work start flowing, it’s really just the best thing.

How long have you been a crafter?

When I was five, I won a father’s day craft competition with a portrait of my dad made using a paper plate and dry macaroni. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Why do you do what you do?

I get a lot of satisfaction from working with my hands and making things. I really like designing new books and thinking of things I’d like to make in the future. The end result is great too – getting to display my work and hearing the reaction from my customers is very fulfilling.

What is your background/How did you get started?

My two big loves are reading and collecting books, and making things. When I discovered Japanese paper, I just knew that I wanted to start making books with it. I took some bookbinding classes, and started giving my books to family and friends as gifts. They encouraged me to start selling my work, and happily – other people like my books too!

When you're not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?

I sell my work here in Halifax at Henhouse in the Hydrostone Market, Duly Noted on Brenton Street and Love, Me on Birmingham Street. I also have my own etsy shop.

How long have you been involved with Halifax Crafters?

This will be my third Crafters show.

What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?

I think that Halifax Crafters is different from other shows because it’s all about community. We have a community of great crafters who are very supportive of each other, and the Halifax community is very supportive of our work. I have a number of return customers who visit me at each show – it’s great to see those familiar faces and have a chat.

What are you excited about seeing at the spring market?

I love selling at Halifax Crafters, but I might love shopping there even more! Everything is great, but if I had to pick favourites, I would choose the artwork by Anna Stowe of Good Day Studio, the sweetest accessories by Lyndsay Hubley from LouLouBell and pretty feather jewellery and cute party favours by Amanda Fullerton. Oh, and I have to mention the food – the cupcakes are amazing, and I heard that there are going to be waffles this year too!

Where do you do your work?

I have a studio in my home in Dartmouth. I work surrounded by my favourite things – Japanese paper lanterns, white painted wood floors, treasured childhood toys, and my little dog Milo.

What kind of music do you listen to while you work?

I don’t really listen to music while I work very often. I’m a big fan of podcasts – the Slate Culture Gabfest is a favourite – and books on tape. And – guilty confession – sometimes if I have some really repetitive tasks to do, I watch very bad romantic comedies on my laptop. Lately, when I do listen to music, I love Vampire Weekend.

A place you love?

I have visited Vienna a number of times, and I really love it there. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of history, wonderful art museums, a thriving cafe culture – and just an all around great lifestyle. When I am there, I have the feeling that people really know how to relax and appreciate all the things their city has to offer.

Favourite time of the year?

I really like autumn in Nova Scotia. The weather can be really lovely, and we have beautiful fall colours. I also like to cook, and we have lots of great local produce to buy at the farmer’s markets at that time of year.

Three things you need in order to create?

1 – A dedicated space of my own,
2 – Lots and lots of paper,
3 – Tea and sweets always help the creative process.

A favourite quote?

"Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically" – Sol LeWitt

What's your favourite way to procrastinate?

Playing fetch with my dog in the park.


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