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An Interesting Interview With Stuart Breidenstein

How did you first get involved with crafting?

This is probably the most common answer: I’ve been crafting as long as I can remember. My mom was always good about bringing craft projects and new media into the house when I was young. My first experience with polyester resin is just a hazy memory from early childhood. My dad was a true old-school do-it-yourselfer and I think you can see that influence in my work too.

What are your favorite materials to work with? Do you have a favorite color palette? I like to work with copper and wood, I love the colors that are possible with copper by heating it or using a chemical patina. Wood (especially ebony and manzanita) is also exciting for the more subtle color possibilities.

What are your inspirations in your art and in life?

Music has always been part of my life, I spent the 90’s writing and performing electronic music. I’m moslty inspired by things in nature, particularly small things: seed pods, reeeeely tiny flowers, etc. And by industrial stuff; weathered farm equipment, large machines of any sort, old engines etc.

What is your favorite song or album to listen to while working?

I like early Orbital, Future Sound of London, Squarepusher and glitchy stuff llike that.. Also early jazz: Getz, Gilberto, Miles, Billie Holiday, Coltrane, Reinhardt and Grappelli..

Who are some of your favorite indie artist/crafters and why do you love them?

Jeni Yang is my personal favorite artist. She has a wonderful and bizarre sense of humor. Melanie Beinker is one of my personal favorite crafters. Her resin jewelry features tiny illustrations using her own hair

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

Right now I’m working on goggles. I’m going to do some other larger accessories too maybe work my way up to scooters. It’s nice to give my eyes a break from the tiny stuff once in a while.

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