We welcome 2017 with our amazing CCB Crew Interview Series. If you are new to the Collective and our blog you might want to go back and meet some of our crew members through their interview. Here is a link to our Crew Member Spotlights where you will learn what inspires them, a bit more about their style and some of their favorite projects. Today Crew Member Candy Rosenberg gives us a little insight into her creative world. Candy has been a long-time supporter and friend to Canvas Corp Brands, long before there was a Crew. Her support of the brands truly helped to inspire us when we were just getting started.
CCB – Where do you reside?
Candy – Grants Pass, Oregon
CCB – Describe your design style….
Candy – My style is very vintage and steampunk. I tend to use neutral colors, textiles such as canvas and burlap, old newspapers and vintage ephemera in my art. I am known for creating dress forms of from tabletop size to life size.
CCB – Who or what do you give credit to inspiring your creativity?
Candy – A majority of my family are artists of one kind or another. My Grandma Candy hand-painted the backdrops for big stage productions in Las Vegas for many years, my dad was a cartoonist and graphic designer and my mother a home crafter since I was a baby, think macrame!
CCB – What inspires you most today?
Candy – My mood inspires me the most. Colors and the world around me tend to get me thinking about what I want to create and my mood dictates what direction it goes.
CCB – What is your favorite Canvas Corp Brand Product? and why? Just one please!!!!
Candy – My favorite product of Canvas Corp is their new DIY Paint Line. But overall my favorite will always be Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and pieces of burlap. I know that is more than one, sorry.
CCB – Why is it your favorite?
Candy – I have made many projects using Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels and 7gypsies over the years, but this one stands out because of the disbelief that both Christine of Canvas Corp Brands and my students in what was used to make the mesh. It was not metal or a special craft product, it was deco mesh, which used to be offered by Canvas Corp. Today you can find the mesh in just about any craft or decorating store. It looks so much like a metal mesh. This album was a class at CHA a few years ago and is COMPLETELY made with Canvas Corp brand products.
CCB – Do you teach and if so tell us a bit about what you teach, where you go and some of your favorite places?
Candy – I have been an educator for a number of manufacturers since 2009 in the craft industry and have traveled all over the US, Australia and Canada. Teaching is truly my passion and I often teach at the yearly Craft and Hobby Trade show and run around frantically for months getting product, making kits, shipping everything there, getting there and running straight to the shipping room and making sure everything is there. Then setting up class for 100-200 people is nerve racking, however, when the doors open and the students pour in…I am as calm as can be…its my happy place.
Candy – I am the happiest doing…..Mixed media, home decor type projects. I own and operate a vintage refurbishing furniture company and use all different textiles in my projects.
Candy – My favorite place to be creative…..It’s funny, I have a beautiful craft room with everything anyone could want yet it is not my favorite place to craft. I prefer to craft with friends, I am a social crafter except when I am working on a large project for CHA or for a magazine and I need to concentrate.
Here is Candy’s studio…we are drooling a bit.
CCB – Tell us one thing fun about you we might not know…
Candy – Something most people don’t know about me is I built a race car and had it almost done when I got pregnant with my oldest daughter and had to scrap that idea.
CCB – Share with us anything about your creative life that you feel would inspire others….
Candy – My number one priority in creating is to inspire others to not hold back and create with your heart and soul. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks, just do you.
Candy loves to decorate dress forms and she does so in her vintage steampunk style so very well. This dress form was created for a CHA show of the past and it blew our mind. Love the use of old 7gypsies papers and so many wonderful details.
There is never a creative dull moment at CHA where creative manufactures, designers and buyers come together to share their new products, their designs and their wow. This year the name has changed, but the same focus on creativity is stronger than ever. If you have a chance to go to Creativation 2017 you will want to go and see what it is all about, it will open up new worlds for makers, retailers, vintage shop owners, furniture makeover shops, flea markets and other wholesale accounts looking for new creative products.
It is fun for us to explore the creative world of our Crew. To learn more about the Crew visit the Crew Web Page.