|1-Up Mushroom - by The Wooliverse - $5 USD|
Some of the nerdy side of PJ. One of the many things we've connected on.
I've done a lot of craft shows in my short time was a professional crafter (even helped organised a couple), but I know from this very concentrated amount of experience that when someone recommends that you meet "somebody really awesome," you don't really ask questions. If they were so LEGIT that a craft shows organiser remembers them from the 500 + applications they viewed during the jurying process, you probably just go meet the guy!
At the Holiday Bazaar Bizarre, one of the co-organisers asked me to check out this really talented volunteer and crafter named PJ Church. "He does the most epic stuff with wool that I've ever seen! If you're interested in soft sculpture, you should really meet him when you get a chance," he said between check-ins with the various 150+ vendors at the bustling show. Needless to say, I didn't have the chance to leave my booth at a huge holiday craft fair. So PJ came to me... and I blew his mind that I had already heard of him. :)
One of San Francisco's best kept secrets, I present to you my friend, PJ of...
|PJ says that his workstation is a "little tables I spend hours and hours hunched|
over with felting needles, piles of wool, and bits of inspiring things"
Photo Courtesy of PJ Church
When & why did you start your Etsy shop?
|Cthulhu - Needlefelted Soft Sculture by The Wooliverse - $333.00 USD|
One of PJ's favourite sculptures because of the painstaking detail:
"I'm especially proud of the wings, which are not wet-felted and contain no wire to support them.
The details and structure come from what seems like a million stabs with a felting needle."
Describe your creative process
|Sea Serpent Triptych|
by The Wooliverse - $169 USD
|A Sucker for Love - by The Wooliverse - $20 USD|
Well, it's a conflation of Wool and Universe. Sorta silly. But I did come up with it in a fun way. . .an interesting dream where I was in a universe made out of--you guessed it--wool! In the dream I was fixing broken things with my felting needle. Anyway, there it is. The Wooliverse. I travel to another universe made out of wool, and bring back what I find.
How do you combat "creative blocks" in your life?
Over and over! And those blocks are so illusory, aren't they? Often I don't even recognize right away that I'm blocked. And then I have to really WANT to unblock. And it seems like I have to "relearn" the same stupid lessons over and over. It's always about attitude I think. If I start to see what I'm doing as an obligation, or as work, or about someone's expectations, everything comes to a halt--often including the nicer side of my personality. It is about the process and what you get out of it. So, really, whatever the process, it is still just really, PLAYING.
So, the best practical way to get over a block (creative or otherwise) is to stop worrying about it, chuck the blocked project into your garage, or even the trash, and do something else like color in a coloring book, go to the beach and make sand sculptures and then knock them over, finger paint, get some legos. Zero pressure play time.
|Scrubbing Bubble - by The Wooliverse|
PJ says "This is a fun examples of the cuter side of what I do.
There's a lot more in the Wooliverse than just gods and monsters."
What other favourite hobbies/activities do you enjoy?
I've tried to really narrow it down these days, to be more productive at fewer hobbies. Besides felting/soft sculpture, I am serious about yoga and consciousness. I like to cook, love to travel. I enjoy photography, very casually. I used to be serious about guitar and poetry, but am just a dabbler now. I love reading and video games, but don't manage a lot of time for either.
And I really, really enjoy just walking around looking at the world with some loud music piped into my skull through a good pair of ear buds.
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