Meg Makins: Tell us about yourself.
Samantha: I'm one half of Pin Pals, and I live and work in Montreal where most of my time is spent in a corner of my studio rapidly expanding with knick knacks and craft supplies. When I'm not working you can find me thrift shopping, reading, or walking somewhere.
Sara: I'm the other half of Pin Pals (the drawing, paper puppet making half). I used to live in Montreal but I recently moved to Denver, Colorado. Now I eat green chili, camp in the mountains and drink margaritas!
M.M.: Where do you draw creative inspiration from?
Samantha: All sorts of places, thrift stores, craft books, folk art. Lately I've been inspired by restaurant decor of all types, and watching people.
Sara: All sorts of places. I'm inspired by movies, music videos and TV, food packaging and American grocery stores, people, the way they spend their time and the objects they surround themselves with. I like comedy and I know that gets into my drawings somewhere too. Can I be inspired by the Larry Sanders show? I think I'm inspired by the Larry Sanders show.
M.M.: What do you love most about your craft?
Sara: I can't write or act but I like stories and drawing is my creative outlet for telling stories.
M.M.: Is there another craftsperson/designer/artist that you admire?
Samantha: Some current illustrators that I admire lately are:
Bjørn Rune Lie
Sara: Some of my favorite fibre based artists are:
M.M.: Tell us about your process.
Samantha: I usually putter around for more time than I'd like to admit, then at some point I settle into my desk where I start counting tiny squares from graph paper and transferring them into stitches on cloth. If I'm making jewelry I'll then assemble and package everything, and if I'm working on a larger piece I'll work until my eyes have had it for the day.
M.M.: Describe your 'perfect atmosphere' for crafting...
Samantha: Sunny or rainy outside, talk radio, coffee, semi-clean desk, good lamp, glasses.
Thanks for your time, ladies!