Monday's Feature: Meet Stacie Wooten


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Meet Stacie Wooten.

 
AE:  Who are you and what is it that you do/make?    
SW:  My name is Stacie Wooten but, most of my friends call me Stay. My company's name, StayWoo, is a combination of my nickname and my last name. 

Really, I am an artist. I have always been artistically inclined although, I was more comfortable with my logical self. I paint, crochet, and design jewelry. I also sew and crochet apparel. I love doing different things and hate being boxed in. By this time next year, I'll probably have fifteen other things to add to the list of things I do/make. 

AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
SWI graduated from college with a degree in Pre-Medical Science (remember...logical self) and went on to teach in the public school system. Being a teacher was extremely challenging. One year I would have a job, and then nothing the next. At the time, I was a single parent and needed to supplement my income so when people started noticing the art on the walls in my apartment, I started selling it. 

It was extremely hard at first because I'm pretty shy with my work. At the time, my husband (then, boyfriend) was a huge factor in me ignoring my fear and just jumping in. 

Initially, I was either selling paintings off of my wall (or my husband's wall) or I was doing commissioned work. I would sell a painting every once and a while. After some thought, I decided to create little pieces of art that people could wear and voila! My earring company was born. 

I learned how to crochet as a child from my grandmother and how to sew from my mother. I don't know where I learned to paint but, being able to combine all of these gifts into one business is a dream come true for me.

My work is inspired by many things: my family, nature, current trends. Some of it is inspired by custom pieces that my customers request.

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
SWI can be found on Etsy and my own website. I can also be found at different art exhibits, arts and crafts shows, or natural hair shows in the Southeast area.

AE:  What is your website/contact information? 
SW:  My Etsy shop can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/staywoo or you can access my website at www.staywooart.com. I also can be found on Facebook (StayWoo Arts), Twitter (StacieWooten1), Instagram (StayWoo), and I have a natural hair channel on YouTube (GranolaHeads2010).


I actually stumbled across Stacie's YouTube channel which led me to her blog.  On her channel, Stacie was demonstrating Havana twist styles and as a fellow crocheter, I couldn't help but notice her handmade earrings.  So you know I was curious.  I'm so glad to see Stacie's other artworks and have this opportunity to introduce her to you.  

Peace & Love,


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2 comments:

  1. love that big funky colorful ear rings. Nice reading this post ! THanks for sharing. checking out her site right away

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  2. Stacie's work is beautiful! I love the art. Her earrings are wonderful and bold! It is amazing how life changes can help us transition into a more fulfilling life.

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