Studio Musings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interview with Cynthia Machata of Artisan Whimsy

cover page of March/April 2014 issue of Artisan Whimsy emagazine
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of corresponding with Cynthia Machata, Lead Editor for Artisan Whimsy: A Creative Bead Chat, asking about my work with freeform peyote, self-publishing, teaching and more. 

Artisan Whimsy is the brainchild of Melinda Orr, with the goal of 'bringing the handmade beading/jewelry community together in a place where newbie or skilled artisans could share and learn'.  The free online magazine definitely lives up to it's vision.

The content of these online magazines is more fluid than the mainstream publications we all already know and love.  A single issue may combine artist interviews (such as the one featuring yours truly, starting on page 78 in case you're curious), sneak peaks into artists' studios, lots of gorgeous eye candy for inspiration, and a variety of short tips and tutorials, including tips and techniques for beading, wirework, manipulating photos, improving one's blog and running a craft-based business.  They can even include embedded video tutorials. 

Interested in writing an article?  Consider submitting your idea!
 A little peak inside (I think the layout and design is lovely): 

In parting, I'll also add a shout out to Creative Spark, another free glossi edited by Hope Smitherman and produced by ZnetShows.  Especially if you have a love for crystals or sea glass. 

Do you have a favorite online beading magazine?  I'd love to hear. 

1 comment:

  1. Karen! I'm so sorry I missed this until now! what a lovely shout out to the magazine team. It is a labor of love and we all have so much fun working to put this publication out. Wonderful to get to know you a bit better, and thank you for letting me ask you so many questions!