Tuesday is Craft Crush day! Today, we love love love the sweet designs of Leah Duncan
. Read on to see what makes this Texas crafter’s world turn. Oh, and guess what? Leah’s work will be on display at the Renegade Handmade booth at Design Harvest
this weekend! Check it out!
When did you first start crafting?
I’ve probably been crafting since I was first allowed to hold scissors. I’m not sure if “crafting” includes giving my barbies different hairstyles, occasionally unflattering, or making new outfits for my little ponies, but a girl has to start somewhere! I didn’t start using my craft skills in my art and as a profession until very recently when I taught myself to sew and felt myself being drawn to other mediums besides simply drawing on paper.
What is the story behind your business name?
I was born with it. Then my husband took over me with his last name. : )
What is your creative process?
I try my best to stay inspired so am always watching, contemplating, and absorbing things that could spark new ideas. I’m not the best at saving them for later, so when the lightbulb goes off it’s important that I get it down on paper. My process starts with a sketch, then I clean it up, scan it in, and start to color my drawings which could turn into a print, a pillow, a tea towel, or any other item I feel like breathing a little bit of life into.
Do you have a best seller?
I have a few! My hills print has been very popular, along with my rooster tea towel, doily throw pillow cover, and blooms summer scarf.
Are you working on anything new that youre particularly excited about?
I have a lot of new projects I’m excited about! I have my first tabletop collection in collaboration with an extra special company coming out soon. I’m working on a ceramics collaboration as well with a fellow indie artist. I’ve got a group show coming up which will be the first time I’ve ever shown originals. Other than that, I’m really excited to have launched my first wholesale line this year where I’ve ventured into textiles and other useable goods. So far it’s been a great year with a lot of new adventures.
Who are your favorite artists and designers?
I have a craft crush on those Swedish ladies! Camilla Engman, Elisabeth Dunker, and Sandra Juto are my latest loves. I dream of sitting down to tea with them in Gothenburg and quietly absorbing all of their amazingness. I’d probably be very shy and unable to form words, but just sitting there would be enough for me.
Whats a typical working day for you?
I wake up in the morning, make a fresh cup of coffee, and stumble downstairs to my studio in my favorite pajama pants. After waking up a bit, I get dressed and take my pit mix Oslo for his morning walk. Once my animal duties are over, I start on my daily tasks. Sometimes it’s packaging etsy or wholesale orders. Other times it’s drawing, working on a commission, or new products for myself. I find the seclusion of working from home can sometimes be overwhelming so I’ll often step outside for a walk, a bike ride, or a run so long as the Texas sun isn’t threatening to melt me.
Can you tell us something silly about yourself?
I’m really good at dancing badly in my living room. And studio. Only occasionally in public!
Thanks, Leah! You’re awesome! Check out more of Leah’s lovely work here and here. Itchin’ to see it in person? If you’re in Chicago, stop by the Renegade Handmade storefront or the Renegade Handmade booth at Design Harvest! It’ll be fun!