I might only live in a one bedroom apartment, but…
Today we are featuring an interview with Sheena of Skate Betty, Enjoy!
- When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with creating unique things just for fun. My Dad ran a screen – printing shop literally out of the basement of our home and my mom is an incredibly talented sewer and baker. My siblings and I all had a blast designing our own clothes and custom prints while living off fancy decorated cakes and homemade chocolates. As I got older I got very interested into film-making and began making hand processed optically printed short films. Very tedious and hands on kind of stuff. I started recycling skateboards about 5 years ago and that’s really when I began to learn about the recycled/upcycled crafts movement.
- What is the story and inspiration behind your work? What do you do when you get a creative block, how do you get inspired again?
Before starting my business SkateBetty I was working in the skateboard industry for over 10 years and during that time I started making small recycled skateboard trinkets for my staff as holiday gifts. We all collectively really enjoyed trying to figure out what we could make with the old busted boards lying around our skate shop. Soon people started requesting custom pieces and if I didn’t know how to make something I would learn it. If I couldn’t find the info online I would go to my local woodworking shop and talk to the guys there. When I decided to try to make a go of actually making a business out of my trinkets the local skateboard community pitched in a started giving me their used skateboards. All the staff and customers I have worked for during those 10 years turned around and started doing everything they could do to help me out, I have thousands of donated skateboards in my shop and I just have to look at that pile of decks and I am inspired, grateful and indebted to each story tucked away within each piece.
- When did you first get into crafting and art? Do you typically work with the same mediums?
SkateBetty is my first attempt at crafting and I am now hooked on hand made goods for life. i am blown away by how much talent and creativity exists in the crafting world! Like my fellow upcyclers I am always thinking of ways to reuse others things. I also recycle vinyl posters into upholstery and have gone from making small trinkets to large unique furniture pieces.
- What project are you most proud of ever making?
I love all my gems from wedding rings to 6 foot tall bookcases. Each piece has huge sentimental value to me.
- What do you like to do for fun when your not making art? What is the one things people would be shocked to know about you?
When I am not recycling skateboards I am all about spending time with my awesome little family and our pug. I play guitar in a band with my husband. I like to write folk metal wall of sound music. People are often shocked to find out I have very little education.
6. Who are some artists, bloggers or designers you look up to in the Eco Friendly community?
I am very inspired by Haroshi. Not only is he an insanely talented recycler he is a humble grateful man.
7. Why do you think the Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Upcycled Movment is so important? What is your one best tip for a small change anyone can make in their life to be kinder to the environment?
I think the Recycled/Upcycled movement is an awesome way to challenge people creatively while giving new purpose to the things all around us. I have found that by taking care of what I already have and transforming things to suit my current needs has seriously reduced what I buy
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