Interview: Artsy Blogger Cyndi Lavin

We’re continuing our interviews with the artsy bloggers today with Cyndi Lavin. If she looks familiar, it’s because we talked to her once before when her fabulous ebook, Every Bead Has a Story was released.

I’ve mentioned before that I met Cyndi from a previous blog network we both worked for. It goes to show you that you never know where new jobs or writing assignments will take you. I like her blog a lot and find so many helpful tips and tutorials, so it’s good that you’ll be meeting her here. I hope you visit her many sites!

Enjoy this interview.

What made you decide to start your blog? When did you begin?

I began blogging back in 2005, but I deleted some of my earliest posts after I changed my mind about what my blogs should be. In the beginning, I posted only pictures of finished pieces and occasionally a link that amused me. As I gradually began to figure out what a valuable platform a blog could be, I switched my primary focus to education, how others could make the pieces that I was making. Secondarily, I focused on what inspired me, creativity, and the design process itself.

Where do you come up with your mixed media ideas?

Usually from the materials themselves. Working in mixed media, whether wearables or non-wearables, every bit and bauble that you pick up seems to have a story to tell, and there is no end to the inspiration that is available.

Please share a favorite blog post link.

I am probably most proud of the e-book that I wrote last year on mixed media bead embroidery, titled Every Bead Has a Story. I released it as individual chapters, and the first chapter with all the introductory material is a free download. So I guess that would be my favorite post as well!

I want everyone who ever thought that they’d like to try expressing themselves through bead embroidery, but thought it would be too difficult to learn, to be able to see how easy it is to get started. Like many other art forms, bead embroidery is easy to start, difficult to master, and impossible to ever be finished with learning. My goal is to never stop learning, and to take others along for the ride!

Let’s switch gears to books. Do you enjoy reading? What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I love to read, and I run two book groups to prove it 😉 The most interesting book I’ve ever read besides the Bible, which is my all-time favorite, is whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. This month it’s the children’s book Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson and The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can learn more than you’ll ever want to know on my blogs and websites:
http://www.beading-arts.com
http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com
http://www.wildestdreamsdesigns.com
http://www.mixed-media-artist.com
http://www.why-not-art.com
http://realfoodfast.blogspot.com

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