Hey crafty friends!! New Friday with a new artisan... Today we're featuring sweet Tanya whom I luckily came across at an online craft market... Her clean-finished projects are so eye-catching that you will never leave her page till you see them all :) Let's introduce you to: Tanya Lerdkasem
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
I’m a mother of two who enjoy crocheting, knitting and sewing. I picked up needles six years ago and it became my passion. People know me by “hearmade by tanya” through my Instagram and Facebook page. I also have my online store at http://www.littlemajlis.com/shop/heartmadebytanya
I am based in Muscat, Oman. I’m the admin of ‘Crafty in Oman’ Facebook group and the start of me being involved with crafters, organizing craft fairs and workshops. Our group is growing rapidly with more than 2,000 members. It’s amazing to see how people are interested in crafting.
I also conduct a crochet and knitting workshop twice a week at my home. People used to think that crochet and knitting is the ancient art. Little that they know it made a come back. My class is always full with a three months waiting list!
2. How and why did you start crafting?
Graphic design is my profession. I love to be creative and think of something new and unique. After i've become a mummy, I decided to quit my full time job. Crafting is a good way to channel my creativity and gives me an instant gratification. I was self-taught along with learning from my mother who is a knitting goddess.
3. How often do you craft? How would you describe your style?
Everyday! Most are at night when kids are in bed. My style is modern and sweet. I love playing with colour, shape and texture.
4. What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
My TV! I feel relaxed at the end of the day crafting and watching my favorite show.
5. Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?
I have so many inspirations until my head can’t stop thinking. Most comes from things around me like flower, tree, animal, weather, people, culture, etc. List goes on. I feel that I can depict anything and make it my own.
6. What is your favorite medium to work with?
Yarn and fabrics.
7. What’s the one craft skill you would love to master?
8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Crafting until 2 am.
9. What makes you smile?
I love when people appreciate my work and effort. That it’s not just merchandise but my heart and soul is inside.
10. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?
I love playing piano and teaching violin to my five years old son. I feel like our soul just connects.
11. What do you do to keep yourself, your space and your time organized?
Nobody knows that I’m a super mum. I wear red underwear outside my pants from time to time.
12. Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
Martha Stewart. I love her simplicity and colour scheme. I like how things change according to season.
I'm smitten with the classy, fresh colours and modern style. These projects tick all the boxes!!! Thank you Tanya for being kind and sharing with us :) Happy Friday,,,