|Kristen Sunby, Creator of Canfolk Dolls|
This is her story:
My name is Kristen Sunby, I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, and all through my childhood, I watched my mother Karn Bernabe, create all kinds of crafts. She could make anything! I was always amazed by her talent and so proud of all that she could do. She would help my sisters and I with projects in school and they always had that extra special touch of creativity added to them. My mother has always been my creative inspiration and mentor. I continue to be amazed by her abilities and ideas to this day. She is actually the one who got me to start making my Canfolk dolls. She saw potential in the idea and thought that I could do it. She usually works with fabrics rather than clay and paint, she encouraged me to try and make dolls. After creating a few, they were well received and a new door filled with inspiration opened for me.
I attended the University of Illinois, Chicago and studied Teaching of English. I really enjoyed my literature classes and my student teaching experience. I was actually an English teacher in Chicago for 6-1/2 years before I had my daughter. I do miss teaching, but I also cherish having the opportunity to create at this point in my life.
I have my Canfolk dolls in several stores in the U.S. and also many albums displaying my work on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canfolk-by-Kristen-Sunby/125661707521097 and on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/people/Canfolk . I was recently published in the Winter 2012 issue of Prims magazine and I posted new designs on the Handmade Art Fair Blog at www.handmadefair.com
I have also sold my dolls in several craft shows in the southern Wisconsin/Northern IL.
I have a few questions for Kristen.
Q: What is the most significant decision you ever made?
A: My decision to be a Christian will always be the the most significant decision in my life.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: Frida Kahlo was captivating. She created beautiful work and seemed to have a confident fiestiness about her. I am also smitten by the work of the ladies who created the Gee's Bend quilts.
Q: What makes you laugh the most?
A: My daughter Avery is the funniest person I know. She amazes me every day with her sense of humor.
Q: What are your favorite foods to eat?
A: Strawberries. I eat loads of them and keep the farmers in business!
Q: If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
A: I would definitely travel with my family. I have not had the opportunity to see much of the world and I would love to do so.
Q: What words of advice would you have for someone starting out?
A: That's hard for me to say, because I am just starting out myself! I would say that it is important to have confidence in yourself and your ideas. Try to connect with other artists whenever you can to open up endless possibilities for opportunites!
Kristen, many thanks for sharing your story and unique Canfolk dolls. Please check out the above links to see more of Kristen's creations.