To celebrate her quirky style and the debut of her feature article in the new HandCrafted magazine, we’re inviting design star and recycle queen Debi Beard to take over our Facebook page for two one-hour sessions for a live Q&A! Mark your calendars for a chance to get inspirational ideas in real time Wednesday, October 23rd at 9a.m. PST (12pm EST) AND 12 p.m. PST (3pm EST).
Ten lucky participants, five from each session, will also be randomly selected to receive a FREE issue of HandCrafted 2013.
10 Things You Should Know about Debi Beard:
10) Debi Transforms Trash into Dreamy Treasures
Debi is renowned for her dumpster diving abilities to transform discarded materials into unique keepsakes.
9) Debi is an Actress!
“I started taking acting workshops a few years ago, but up until that point I spent most of my life very afraid of speaking in public or being on camera. The first day of acting class I almost left because I had so much anxiety.”
8) Debi Ditched Teaching Plans to Pursue Art Dreams
“I originally went to school to study english literature and planned to become a teacher. Soon after finishing school I realized that this was not the right choice for me and started selling my handmade work full time.”
7) Art Paid Debi’s Way for School
“When I was in my twenties, I sold my handmade projects at local craft fairs to pay for books and school supplies. My designs sold quickly and before I knew it I was selling my crafts to hundreds of retail stores across the country.”
6) Before Social Media there was Face to Face Interaction
“When I first started making handmade items, social media didn’t exist. There was no Etsy, Blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, or even beautiful art magazines like all the Stampington publications. The only way to market your work was through local events, and literally going door to door, meeting with shop owners, and showing them samples of your work. It’s a very different world now and it’s an exciting time to be creative!”
5) Unlikely Creativity
“I was the only one in my family who loved to create. The family I grew up with was not interested in art, and it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I discovered where my creativity came from. I recently found my biological father through Facebook — turns out he is an artist and he has a whacky sense of humor too.”
4) Somerset Life Plays Role in Reunion with Biological Father
“There was an article about my vintage shop located in Solana Beach published in Somerset Life that actually led to me finding my long lost biological father.”
“It’s a long crazy story, but in a nutshell, a photographer named Claire Brocato took a photo of an old rusty bicycle on display in front of my store and posted it to her Flickr profile.
When Stampington’s publisher Kellene Giloff, saw the rusty bicycle picture on Flickr, she e-mailed Claire to find out where it was taken. After discovering that it was taken in front of my shop, Kellene enlisted in Claire’s help to capture more images of my store, which was then featured in Stampington’s “Locales of Intrigue” column.
When Claire arrived at my shop for the photography session, she shared how she had reunited with her daughter that she had been forced to give up for adoption. Even though Claire started searching for her daughter with virtually no leads, (as her daughter lived on the other side of the world) she miraculously found her through Facebook. I had spent years searching for my dad and had given up. When Claire told me her story, I realized that social media didn’t exist at the time I was looking, so I decided to try finding my dad via Facebook. I found him within one week! The sheer randomness of it all is a miracle to me. If Claire had never walked by my store, taken the photo of the rusty bicycle, posted it to her Flickr site — if Kellene had not happened to find that picture, and liked it enough to email someone she had never met before, l probably would still not know who my Dad is, not to mention an entire new family.”
3) Vintage or Bust
“The majority of the supplies in my craft room are vintage. I love to peruse estate sales and find old sewing boxes and craft supplies from way back when.”
2) Debi Doesn’t Own a T.V.
“I don’t own a television or watch T.V. (Which is kind of ironic after spending so many years auditioning for television!) The only shows I miss watching are: Project Runway and Inside the Actors Studio. When people make reference to Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad I have no idea what they’re talking about.”
1) YouTube Inspiration
I started my YouTube channel because I had auditioned for HGTV design star eight times in a row. I was almost selected three times but never quite made it on the show. Out of frustration, I created my own one woman DIY show on Youtube. I had no idea how much fun it would be or that so many people would be interested in watching my amateur productions. In the most recent video, I announce my Facebook Takeover on Stampington’s page and offer a DIY and giveaway for a sugar skull T- shirt made with vintage lace:
Join our creative community on Stampington’s facebook page, share your thoughts with us, and don’t forget to join us for Debi Beard’s live chat coming up in only 2 short days!
Posted: Monday, October 21st, 2013 @ 10:03 am
Categories: How-To Project Tutorials.
Tags: art, Claire Brocato, community, craft, Debi, Debi Beard, design, designer, DIY, dumpster dive, facebook, free, Giveaway, Guest Artist, HandCrafted, Magazines, recycle, takeover, tutorial, upcycle, Vintage, YouTube.
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