Hey guys, today I am excited to have Jo here as part of my Indie Artist Interview series! Jo is a designer and builder of tiny paper structures that are highly decorated with working doors, tile roofs, vines that climb the chimneys, landscaping, sparkling snowmen, glittered windows and use of antique jewelry She has made over 350 and no two are alike- How amazing, right?
Let’s get to know her!
Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Jo and I live in the tiny central Illinois town of Chenoa.When/why did you decide to sell your work?There is a unique gift/decorating store where my husband’s son sells his work. When he showed the owner my “Wee Houses” she asked to have them in her store for Christmas. That was the beginning as they are now at craft shows, other stores and festivals. They can be ornaments, place card holders, part of a Christmas village, etc.
What is your favorite type of crafting?
I love paper – the feel of weight and texture, the smell, the colors, the possibilities.
Explain a little bit about your process.
I design, construct and decorate little paper structures that are 3-6 inches high. Each house or church is unique and highly decorated with old jewelry, handmade snowmen, glittered windows, working doors, landscaping, porches, belfries, ivy covered chimneys and roof tiles.
What does your workspace look like?
My work space is a room in our lower level that is well lighted, all white and about 12×12. I enjoy the ‘U’ shaped desk made from a dining table and everything within reach. My husband and I did all the work and included benches for granddaughters to join me and a cupboard for office needs. My favorite storage is doll furniture from the 1930s.
What is one thing you have you learned from your business?
That people want to give me money for what I love to do!
A fun question- What is your favorite food?
Ice Cream and I make it often. My current favorite is fresh peach with toasted pecans.
While Jo doesn’t have a website, she does often sell her gorgeous wee houses at local craft fairs around the holidays.