It's the old souls, the mountain lovers, the ones with messy rooms and organized minds, the ones who can't stop staring out the window. Its the ones that make you feel and take you to new places. Its the artists. Everyone has ideas, but theres something about the ones running fearlessly toward the what they love. Because they need to. That's inspiration, and its intoxicating.
This is the Northern Craft.
Photos & text: Katie Ring
What is the Northern Craft?
The Northern Craft is a lifelong dream made real. It was born out of the desire to blend new dreams with old. It's my brand, my business, & my platform to share my artwork. The name comes from my love for the North. I live for the mountains and they inspire my craft so much. It seemed only natural that the name would reflect that.
How did you come up with the idea/get it started?
The Northern Craft actually turns one this month! I always wanted to be an artist, ever since I was little. I was miserable in college and my husband was pushing me to pursue something I truly loved so I did. I put my full effort into pursuing art and it took me a little while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. I was falling in love with weaving and it just kind of infused itself into every aspect of my life so I went with it and The Northern Craft was born.
What is your favorites aspect of being an artist?
Creating. I love forming something from nothing. I'm someone who has to work with my hands and I'm constantly moving. I love the freedom it gives me. I can grab my stuff and go to my favorite lake or river and set up outside under the sun. It's absolute bliss and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Where are you from? Where are you going?
I'm from a small town in Northern California. I love it here. I'm a total forest child and I've never had the desire to leave. My home inspires me and I think that's important. However, I love traveling. Some of the best days of my life have been exploring new places and my hope is to be able to incorporate that into my work. Teaching weaving & showing in other cities is the goal!
What is your dream job?
This. Being an artist. I still can't believe it most days. It's also crazy how easy it was. Not easy as in I didn't work for it and there are a lot of hard days for sure, but easy in how simple the decision to do it was. I think we have this idea that doing what you love and following your dreams, is just that, a dream. Except when you work for it, dreams can be realities and then suddenly you're living them.
Food(s) you cant live without?
Sugar. I would freak out if I could never have something sweet again.
What's it like working for yourself?
Hard. I have a home studio and I'm so blessed & thankful to have it, but it's so distracting working from home. I have to be really disciplined with myself in order to actually get work done. There's also no one to go to if something goes wrong. I'm it. All of the responsibility is on me & that's really scary! It's a lot of honesty, humbling yourself, & knowing when to push yourself & when to rest.
Describe your style?
Minimal, urban, boho. That sounds like a band name
Next travel destination?
Well next weekend I'm going to Monterey for a much needed getaway but long term my next big travel goal is Scottland/Ireland
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Best advice you've ever been given?
"You shouldn't be doing something you hate, you should be doing something you love". My husband told me that. We were a month away from getting married and I was trying to figure out what my future career looked like if I kept going down my current path. It was late and he sat me down and made me really think about what I wanted in life. It's totally cliche but I wouldn't have started The Northern Craft if I didn't hear that.
"Dancing leads to babies."
How do you find inspiration?
Nature & other artists. Being outside in the mountains and trees makes me thrive. It's when I'm most happy and I create best when I'm happy. A false stereotype of artists is that we are these brooding, angsty types that make our best work out of our pain. When I'm having a bad day I literally can't create anything. I recently read a study that spending time in nature improves our creativity by at least 50% and I totally agree!
I also love seeing what others artists are doing. I love their work but I get my inspiration from just watching them be artists and be successful. It's what gets me out of bed in themorning. I see them and think, "If they can do it, so can I."
Drink of choice?
I try to drink only water but I totally fail, so it's usually kombucha or a good sour beer.