Friday, February 13, 2009

Featured Friday-Ula!!!!

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Every Friday the blog will feature someone inspirational!!!
Today we are so fortunate to share an interview with Ula! I love her art work. I love her style, and you will,too!!!!
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  1. Tell us a little about yourself (short bio, favourite colour, song, movie, etc.)

    Hi everyone, I am 30 years old Polish girl living in France for 7 years now because of love (of course!). I met my hubby Gwen in Poland (my country) and we felt in love each other immediately. My lovely daughter Maïa was born 2 1/2 years ago and she’s always been my biggest source of inspiration.

    I have a “normal” desk job at a university here in France and in the evenings I work on my Etsy shop (paintings, drawings, prints, felt brooches, linen things), I update my blog or I make some scrapbook pages which helps me to relax. Maïa often helps me and we have a lot of fun together.

    • My favourite colour: all of them! But I love especially bloody red and natural linen colours.
    • My favourite song: for creating, for dancing or for dreaming? Because I’ve got one for every moment of my day, hahaha. Last times I listen Norah Jones first album and an old Pearl Jam album “Ten” (I was listening it when I was in high-school and I still love it!).
    • My favourite movie: ohh, there are so many movies I may watch all the time like: Amelie, Gangs of New York, all the great films of Tim Burton and many others.
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2. What inspires you?
  • I think what most inspires me is the Internet and all my favourite blogs and web sites, like: Flickr, Etsy, Made by Eight blog (http://made-by-eight.blogspot.com/), Decor8, etc.
  • Elsie Flannigan inspires me a lot (not only her work but also her way of life and positive thinking!)
  • And of course my daughter Maïa!
3. What advice would you give to a beginner?
  • Do what you love to do and not what is “in” at the moment.
  • Don’t worry if there are some people who don’t like your work – it’s normal, not everyone will like your art.
  • Be curious and open on everything around you.
  • Be patient and you’ll find your own style.

  1. What is your favorite medium or tool to work with?

    Of course paper and acrylic paints!

    I love also working with linen and felt.

5. Do you have goals?

    To have goals is wonderful and I think important for everyone. Without them our life is a little empty. So my future and near goals are:

      • Be happy and positive everyday
      • Find better way to have more time than 24 hours per day
      • Have a real home
      • Make an art journal
      • More scrapbooking
      • Have a baby
      • Spend more time with Maïa
      • Make things happen!

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(from Ula's blog)

6. What is your process like? (Do you start with sketches or just dive in?)

    I don’t use sketches in my scrapbooking pages. I prefer looking at the picture and imagine what I may put around it as colours and papers.

    When I draw or paint I look for the inspiration on the Web. I surf on my favourite blogs and sites and look for some nice forms, patterns and colours. When I found something interesting I build the rest around it.


    7. How would you describe your style?


    Positive, naïve, funny, light, colourful?


    8. What do you enjoy most about creating? What got you started?


    I started creating when I was a child. Then, in high school, and especially at the university (where I studied law) I stopped painting. After 15 years, when I was pregnant with Maïa, I discovered scrapbooking and I felt in love with it! Drawing and painting came later. I also sew accessories like felt or linen brooches, home decors and sometimes I play with polymer clay.

    When I create I forget all my problems, I feel happy and light. I open my heart and soul through my art and when I receive some nice critiques from people who love what I do, that’s the best reward for me.

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Thank you Ula!
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