Designer of the Week - Dreamin Bohemian

This week meet Adrienne of Dreamin Bohemian. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and three kids: Zachary 13, Tucker 11, and TyeRiver will be 3 September 29.

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JM: Adrienne , when did your interest in painting start?

ADRIENNE: Ummmm, at birth? I started sewing when I was 5, even had an old black Singer machine my Grandma picked up at a garage sale. I used to make Barbie clothes, and home decor for my doll house. My mom was an art major, so drawing and painting have always been my thing. I learned to crochet when I was 3 or 4....I have stuck with all of it. It is second nature for me. The first few things I sold were the home made Cabbage Patch dolls for 20.00 a piece. I think I sold ten of them. Not bad for a 10 year old! My Grandma took them to her Bingo Hall and got orders. LOL

JM: Are there other artists that inspire you?

ADRIENNE: Yes! There are so many!! My late Grandma Witte and Grandma Kangas were both extremely talented in the needle arts of all kinds. Umm, in ebayland, there are a couple of artists who I just LOVE. Pennie Griff, Dawn Tarr, Shelly Pint. Artists who inspired me from the past are Picasso, Peter Max, Toulouse Lautrec, Georgia O'Keefe, Maxfield Parrish. I am also deeply inspired by the music I listen to as well everything from folk to rap, to rock....love it all!

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay? Do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

ADRIENNE:I started selling my art on ebay in 2000...I think? I have had a pretty big art business since 1997. I have been selling to shops, and businesses that travel al over the country for trade shows. I also am getting started once again with some of my own shows this fall.

JM: Do you remember the first item you sold on eBay? How much did it sell for?

ADRIENNE: The first boutique item I sold on ebay, I think went for somewhere around 15.00. But I can't remember, I think it was a pair of painted Halloween Jeans.

JM: How did come up with your name, Dreamin Bohemian?

ADRIENNE: My name, wellllll, I KNEW I wanted something original, and I wanted it to relate to my Grandma, and my heritage. I have always been a dreamer about my work, and have wanted to learn how to do so many things other people have never even thought about learning. My Grandma Witte, was Bohemian. A true "gypsy" in the best sense of the word! And for some reason, those memories have made a huge impact on my work. The name just seems to be me. I thought of the name back in 2001? I think, and have not wanted to change it. I don't know that it always fits for children's boutique, but it fits me, so there you go. LOL

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

ADRIENNE: Yes, I am in 7AVE. Well, I had just sprung off from a group to go solo, and my good friend Sandy, asked me to guest with 7ave. I really wasn't sure about doing another group, but when I joined the guesthouse and felt so at ease and relaxed in there, when they asked me to join them permanently, I couldn't resist. My favorite part of 7AVE would be the girls in the group! We have some tremendous talent and a great variety of unique designers.

JM: What is your favorite thing to paint?

ADRIENNE:Wow, that is a tough one...My favorite way to paint would have to be wandering aimlessly, and just let my brush go...without thinking about it. The florals and paisley are great because they are all one of a kind, and it is kind of like how some people take a pen and just doodle on paper, I do the same with the brush and paint on denim. I do not like to have to look at something to paint, I want to paint from my mind...not always possible, but I know that it stays original that way. Which is super important to me. Occasionally I might paint a character for someone on request, but it is not as fulfilling for me, as an artist, to do.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

ADRIENNE:New Skills, hmm, well, I have a pretty big bead collection for someone who knows nothing about securely making jewelry. LOL...I will figure it out some day. One thing I know I would love to do better is draft my own patterns. I do it a little bit already, but only for the easier things. I love the idea of something being my own item from the ground up.

JM: What was your first job? How much did you earn?

ADRIENNE: My first job was when I was 16, I worked in an Army Navy store. I think I earned like 4.25 an hour? I guess the most embarrassing part of that was telling my friends where I worked LOL. I remember I got the job so I could afford an air compressor to go with my airbrush I got for Christmas.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides painting?

ADRIENNE:Besides painting, I love to sew, knit, crochet, I spin my own yarns and I am also a weaver. That was my major in college, Weaving...kind of funny major, but I LOVE fabric and yarn construction as well as fabric collecting. Before I moved to the suburbs of Fort Worth, I even had my own little "farm" where I raised sheep, angora and cashmere goats, and anngora rabbits. All for my own yarns and to sell to others.

also, of course, enjoy my kids, my hubby Mateo who always makes me laugh (or tries to anyway) LOL...and my DOGS. I LOVE my dogs. Pablo, my big baby of a Great Dane, and Kivi my SWEET 9mo old English Bully. LOVE them!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

ADRIENNE:Let's see, I would love to thank you for asking me to do this interview, it really made my day! I would love to encourage women to follow your Dreams and stay true to yourself no matter how crazy some of your loved ones think you are for the decisions you might make. Find and follow your own niche and blossom from there. It isn't always easy, it isn't always monetarily rewarding all the time, but it is a fulfilling way to live.

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Comments

| Tuesday, October 10, 2006 2:19 AM | flag
Loved your interview, Adrienne! You are one talented, sweet lady! So happy I got to know you! Hugs~Lezlie :) little*squirt

Laura | Monday, October 9, 2006 8:25 PM | flag
Hey Adrienne, nice interview! We're glad to have you on board with us at CustomMom.com! Your designs are an inspiration to us all!

Jeramie | Monday, October 9, 2006 1:57 PM | flag
GREAT interview!!!!!! I am a big fan! You are such a sweet talented lady!

Chaleen | Saturday, October 7, 2006 6:22 PM | flag
You are an inspiration Adrienne! Great interview - congrats! ~Chaleen

Carrie-onesweetworld8 | Friday, October 6, 2006 9:44 PM | flag
Congrats Adrienne! You are so talented and fabulous :) So happy to call you my friend!

Dianna - Custom Couture Label Company | Thursday, October 5, 2006 3:37 PM | flag
Congrats on a wonderful interview, Adrienne!!! Your work is incredible!!!! Your are truly a talented lady!! Dianna

Mahala ~ trixie_taylor | Tuesday, October 3, 2006 12:49 PM | flag
What a great interview, Adrienne! I love your work, and you are such a pleasure to know!! Congratulations!!! Mahala

Janie ~ Clutterbags | Tuesday, October 3, 2006 9:17 AM | flag
Adrienne...you are one of the most talented artist's on eBay!! I LOVE your work and your interview was WONDERFUL!! Best wishes! Janie

Amy ~ our2peasinapod | Tuesday, October 3, 2006 8:47 AM | flag
Love all of your creations Adrienne and what a Wonderful interview!!!!! :) You Rock Sista!!! Amy

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