Hello again, fancy meeting you here *waves excitedly at readers* that’s right folks it’s ‘Exploring Etsy’ time again. Whether you’re a fellow Etsy shop holder or an enthusiastic customer I’m sure you all know how important good product photography can be in showcasing the beautiful creations on offer. This week I’m introducing you to the work of the wonderfully talented Sabina Gibson, whose Etsy shop ‘Mount Royal Mint’ is chock-full of creations and product photographs that are stunning!
Working as a toy designer and soft sculpture artist Sabina lives in beautiful Montreal, Canada. She shares her studio with her husband with whom she’s produced a number of film and video animation projects. This year will also see the release of her own line of children’s toys and her first illustrated picture book titled “Little Bird, Be Quiet”.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
When I was little, my Gram took care of me. Whenever she had a chance, she would love to sew on her machine. To keep me occupied while she worked she would cut images from my colouring books, and trace them onto scrap fabric. She would then add points, connect-the-dot style around the outline and stick it in a hoop. She’d set me up with a large, not so sharp needle threaded with my yarn and I would sit for hours going “over and under” with the needle and thread making all my favourite animals and characters. She was so clever!
What fires your imagination?
I love the art gallery and fashion mags. Colors inspire me and so do walks with my dog Mayble. I think every animal I create has a little bit of Mayble in them. Fantasy films and anime, 80s cartoons and everyday objects. A leaf I picked up, a roll of washi tape or a fabulous skein of embroidery floss. I once found great inspiration from a box of tissue. You never know where or when those little sparks might fly!
If you’re anything like me you’ll have fallen in love with all of Sabina’s work and want to give all of her gorgeous creatures a new home! Make sure to head over to her Etsy shop to see the whole glorious collection, I’d also recommend following her on instagram, her images are always a delight. Until next time my lovely readers, Adieu!
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her Textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.
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