Meet the Makers is a series of posts dedicated to featuring local artists in Davidson, NC and the surrounding area. We will also feature Regional and unique fiber artist.
I have a confession to make. A year ago, when I had this crazy dream to open a yarn store, I stalked Cheers To Ewe. I watched this video so many times I won’t admit how many times though.
At the time, I thought OMG Kim what are you doing? How in the world can I compete with everything they are doing already? I was scared.
After I finished having a panic attack and removed the paper bag I was blowing into, I realized that this world is full of abundance. If I choose to look at it as competition, then the fear will take over.
But what if I looked at it as a collaboration? A way to support each other in our common interest.
Ladianne and I are kindred spirits, in many ways. We both value creating and know that you can create not only through artistic expression but also through being an entrepreneur. We also value community, and lastly, we both have a love of yarn and crafting.
I got to know Ladianne recently. She is, in fact, our first wholesale order. We will both have Yarn Stores with similar classes and products, but I am sure that we are going to support each other actively.
I look forward to collaborations and comradery.
If for anything, for the sake of yarn!
We hope you enjoy Ladianne’s answers as we get to know her better!
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts – which is a fancy way of saying I am a connector of ideas and things. I love unexpected intersections, and I bring that love into my work. As a businessperson and as a craftsperson, I seek constant learning and growth. That seeking led me to become a TKGA certified Master Hand Knitter as well. That has been one of the single most impactful experiences of my creative career.
Tell us about your business/craft.
I co-own Cheers To Ewe Yarn Shop with my wife, Sheri Osborne. Our shop is an extension of our shared creative life, and a place where we welcome everyone to explore their creativity. Alongside the shop, I am a working artist focused on pattern and place. I paint watercolor/pen & ink images of places I visit.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
I am motivated by the “AHA!” moments that hit when I’m turning ideas and possibilities over and over in my mind. As a knitwear design, I’m always inspired by how other people knit my design and make them into their own creations. Another critical component of my art practice is painting landscapes using watercolor and pen & ink. I focus on the patterns created when natural areas and human structures, like buildings or power lines, meet. I often bring that into my work as a knitting designer.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
My real passion is creating. Whether I’m building a business like our yarn shop, creating graphics, creating artwork, or creating knitting designs, I love to create!
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
Time constraints are part of the package when you own a business. So – I’ve become VERY good at using every minute I can for creative work.
How do you overcome that challenge?
I get up at six every morning and often knit for two hours first thing, and regularly again for at least two hours at night. I knit very little at the shop because I’m focused on running the business, but any time I find myself in a waiting room, or with some small, odd chunk of time on my hands I knit.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter tool you couldn’t live without?
Happy accidents! Seriously. Some of the most excellent ideas are born out of happy accidents. Learning to embrace uncertainty and failure is a key to a blossoming creative life.
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
When it comes to my artwork, probably my Artemis sculpture – because the piece was part of an exhibit that brought in the highest number of visitors the Court Street Gallery in Statesville had ever seen. Also, I spent 13 months putting beads on the bodice with tweezers.
When it comes to my knitting design work, there have been some amazing moments – both my Umbrella Sky Wrap pattern and my Rustic Dreams sweater hit number one on Ravelry. I was thrilled when that happened! Honestly, whatever I’m designing at the moment becomes a new favorite!