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The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight Feature is Tara Rex of TaraDara!

{etsy shoppe} www.taradara.etsy.com

We caught up with Tara and asked her a few questions about her super cute line of sewn goodies, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
  • Tell us a little bit about your shoppe.  I own an artsy fartsy sewing company, taradara, that opened in 2010. Accessory covers are my main component, but I also make wallets, coffee cozies, business card holders and more. As a new gadget comes out, I try to figure out how I can cover it and design a new product. So, my shoppe is ever evolving while staying true to my brand and to myself. All my pieces are one of a kind and colorful with a bit of sass and whimsy.
  • What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why?  Hmmm... my favorite product... I would say that I love my wallets. I use my own daily {of course} and I just love that I can carry it with me as it shows the colorful creative side to me. It's also wonderful advertising because there's rarely a day that goes by that I don't asked where I got my wallet {then I hand them my card, of course}. They are a bit cumbersome to make, but I think it's probably my fav at this time.
  • When you're not handcrafting your trendy line of sewn wallets, iPhone and iPad covers, and other goodies, what are your hobbies?  My main hobby is sewing {go figure!}, but to answer you question, I love to refinish furniture. I love to paint wood, yes, I said it. I love giving an old wooden piece of furniture a new look by simply painting it. {my mom is cringing right about now}. I love to update our home {by painting} with new colors or window treatments, which is more sewing. I love blogging. I love playing with my boys and doing sporting activities with them. I LOVE photography {that's a hobby that's way up there}. I think my life is a hobby actually... rarely am I not doing something creative or something I enjoy.
  • What do you like best about The Artisan Group?  There are so many facets that I LOVE about The Artisan Group. I love the comradery of the group, how we are constructive with our thoughts. We are respectful of eachother's art. I love seeing all the different products that we have within our group. I love seeing things that I finally don't think, "I can make that". LOL! Really, it just goes to show that the bar is set high and that there is a strong base of artisans within. I love LEARNING from everyone, we all have different strengths and we are so willing to share and to lend a hand when someone is stuck. Okay, I could go on and on, but I will stop now... You get my point.
Tara recently participated as a display participant in a luxury celebrity gift lounge on January 13-14, 2012 at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.


Sari said...

What a great feature about Tara. Some lovely insight into her shop and background! Tara is another TAGer who really sets the bar high herself! Congratulations Tara on your success and great creative work that helps all TAGers. Thank you for supporting others with your leadership and positivity!

Wee Bindery said...

Wonderful interview Tara! Always nice to learn a little more about a fellow TAG member! Love your shop! Bravo! :D

Michelle Elle said...

Congratulations Tara! You have wonderful items (and a wonderful name as well) :)

Starlet Glam Bath and Body said...

Congrats Tara! Lovely Feature!

Jewelry by Saniki Creations said...

Awesome Tara!! You are full of talent!!!

Honeyprint said...

I love your products! Congrats, Tara!

Heidi at MyBeadTherapy said...

Wonderful interview, Tara! I love that wallet in the photo. Yet another goody is added to my wishlist! :)

taradara made it said...

Thanks, goils! I really appreciate your comments! Sari, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words! Michelle, my name came from my first and my maiden name {Darough}, they used to call me taradara in college.

Janet G said...

This is a wonderful feature!! I love your shop and that you are always creating new products!

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