1). Kitchen Table Studios is a family venture, correct? Tell us how you all began crafting together.
Well my sister and I have always been crafty together since as long as I can remember. My mother-in-law is very artistic and always working on some amazing thing. So, one day, following a few glasses of wine, we decided it would be fun to start up Kitchen Table Studios and begin selling our wares at local art markets & fairs. It’s great because it gives us an excuse to make more things and it’s just nice to spend crafty time together.
2). When I think about your vintage-style designs, the word “kitschy” always comes to mind. Then, I think of the name of your business, KITCHen Table Studios. Coincidence?
Ha-ha! I never noticed the word KITCH in kitchen before – I love it! I wish I could take credit for such creativity and puniness. But, we actually came up with the name because two of us live in teeny apartments and always had some project spread out all over our kitchen tables. Also, I’m the only one who really delves into the realm of kitsch. Conchita, my mother-in-law, makes beautiful mosaics and amazing hand-painted and tiled trays. My sister, Heather, is a great sewer and knitter and makes beautiful things, but she’s taking a break from joining us on our crafty ventures at the moment.
3). I love your Etsy site. You have so many designs to choose from! (One of my personal faves is the Emma Vintage Ring!) Do you have a favorite piece?
Ooh, that’s a good question! I’m not sure if I have an absolute personal favorite. But, my favorite things to wear that I make are the rings. So, if I had to choose it would be one of those. But my favorite things to make are the hair pins and enamel flower brooches. I have the best time dumping out my (getting out of hand) supply of vintage plastic and enamel flowers and putting them together in different combinations until I find one that strikes me.
4). What three words would you use to describe your craft?
Kitschy, retro, fun
5). Where can we find your craft outside the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market?
Well, you can find the jewelry I make on etsy any time. But, we also always try to do local shows throughout the year. We don’t have anything set up just yet, but in the past we’ve always done the Holiday show at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, which is usually in early December.
Extra-geeky bonus question: Quick! What’s in your pockets right now?
Hee-hee, I’m wearing a skirt at the moment and it doesn’t have a pocket to be found. But in my bag, you can find just about everything.
Check out Kitchen Table Studios in Booth #8 on September 12th!