Welcome to the ninth day of Meylah’s Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway where our featured artist/crafter will be giving away a FREE GIFT to one of our lucky readers! Today, we are happy to introduce you to Sharlet Driggs, owner of Sharlet Designs. Find out a little more about Sharlet and her wonderful creations in textile arts, décor, wearable art and artistic children’s toys in our discussion below.
Meylah: How did you get started and where did you learn how to create your products?
Sharlet: When my son was little we attended a parent-toddler class. A teacher brought out a bag of felting supplies one spring and showed us how to make tiny Easter eggs. I had no idea what she was talking about when she first started. But at the end of the class, I drove straight to the supply shop and have been hooked ever since!
Meylah: Where do you find your inspiration and who are some of your coaches and supporters?
Sharlet: I have a wonderful family and great friends who support me! And nature is a huge inspiration. I had the unusual experience of growing up in agriculture, but also surrounded by creative people: musicians, poets, photographers, writers, even western movie actors! So we spent a lot of time outdoors on the ranch, but had all this creativity being encouraged around us as well. I don’t think I realized how unique that was until I was much older! I love the fact that my art is connected to the agricultural community through the use of wool and other natural fibers.
Meylah: You are fantastic at organizing events in your community, how do you manage to organize such events with such a busy schedule?
Sharlet: I am a project manager by trade, in the construction industry, which is my day job. So in part it’s just what I do. And in part I think it’s that old phrase “When you want something done, ask a busy person!” I thrive when I’m busy.
Meylah: What are some of the key insights that you can share with us for organizing such great events?
Sharlet: I make a detailed list of what I expect to be taking place on the day of the event, and all the supplies, people, etc. that I expect to be there. Then I make a schedule working backward from that date, breaking it down in small parts. I recommend taking on small tasks each day, so it’s not overwhelming all at once.
Meylah: Do you currently sell your work online and what do you think is key for you to have in your online site?
Sharlet: I plan on setting up my own website, but just haven’t had the time! I do have an Etsy Site, which I don’t market heavily but it’s good to refer people to for more information. When the day comes for my own site, really good photography will be the key.
Meylah: Today, you are giving away two of your wonderful wooly soaps like those shown above, what would you want Meylah readers to give you feedback on to win your giveaway today?
Sharlet: I love getting new inspiration and ideas- so if there’s something a reader would like to see me create, I would love to hear it!