Meet the Maker: Shari of Leo's Dry Goods

We are so excited to have Shari back at our Firefly Handmade Holiday Market this November 17th and 18th! She is a Boulder local and has made a name for herself in the local, regional and national art scene. Being a decorative painter for 25 years, her start was in NYC. We talked with her about about her journey from paintbrushes to thread.

Let's start at the beginning. When did you discover you wanted to work with thread and fabric?

Idle hands are the devil's workshop. Never could sit still, always making stuff. My mom was one of my biggest influencers. My birthday is the day before Halloween and my parties were always a creative affair. From making masks to painting pumpkins, it was always a party to make things.

My grandmothers, both, taught me to sew and crochet. Fiber and textiles were always of interest to me. In college I majored in Fiber Art and created HUGE paintings made from wet felting. I ended up with this process because I felt the need to make my paintings from the beginning instead of adding paint to an already existing canvas. I think this deep rooted beginning in college of drawing and painting with materials other than paint, pen, ink stayed with me.

Your work is unique and reflects your amazing talents as an artist. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I am inspired by nature, by humor, by imperfection. I love botanical illustrations and recreating them with thread in a very fluid way. Each piece is a one of a kind and I try and make sure that the joy I have in using thread as my "ink" is exhibited in them. The reason I like embroidering on household/useful items is twofold. I am in the process of creating framed pieces that will be available for the first time ever at...that's right, Firefly, but I love putting my images on tea towels, napkins and aprons is so they are used and enjoyed.

Have you ever made a piece that you refused to part with?

I have not made a piece that I refuse to part with. If I make something that I love so much I would hope someone else would, so why deny them that.

What is your favorite thing about your workspace?

There are a lot of things I love about my studio, I don't have a favorite. On the top of the list is the feeling I get when I walk into it, I love being here. Second, that I can hear my chickens and ducks when I work.

What characteristic do you admire most in other makers?

Characteristics I admire most in other makers is their drive to make things that others are not making, to take it further.

Meet Shari and see her beautiful creations at our Firefly Handmade Holiday Market, November 17 & 18!

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