This weeks giveaway comes from the wonderful Susan Mack of High Cloud Gifts. She has kindly offered one of her beautiful dream catchers as this weeks prize. She also answered my usual questions so read below to find out a little more about her.
1. Whats your name and where do you come from?
My name is Susan Mack and my Indian Name is High Cloud.I come from a small country town in South Carolina.
2. How long have you been making your designs?
Since I was a child, I have always made crafts but the Indian crafts and Jewelry I began making in the late 80's.
3. Why did you name your shop It's 'High Cloud Gifts''?
I named my shop using my Indian Name.
4. Whats your favourite materials to work with?
I love working with leather. I enjoy the smell of leather. Unique and earthy, the scent keeps me focused.
5. Of your items which is your favourite?
Dream catchers are my favorite items to make. They are always different, no matter how many webs I make. Each is unique in pattern and design.
6. Where do you get your inspiration for your designs and also their names?
I love Native American Art. Sometime, It can be complex and other time simple. While I am sitting quietly, the ideas and directions will come to me. I feel guided when I am making the Native American crafts. Same is true with the names. Each name is given to me. It will "pop" into my head.
7. Do you have any formal training or did this start as a hobby?
I have never been taught, trained, or shown how to make these Native American crafts and jewelry. I became intrested in Native American art when a dear friend of mine had given me a dream catcher many years ago as a gift. She was going to teach me how to make a dream catcher but passed away before she had the oppertunity. Some how in spirit, she kept her promise. I guess this began as a hobby but quickly grew into a business.
8. Do you have any favourite etsy shops which you buy from?
I have many favorite shops. There is so much talent on Etsy.
9. What's your dream for 2010?
My dream for 2010 is that I hope my tribe will finally gain Federal recognition. The leaders of the tribe have struggled for so many years. It would be nice to see peace in their eyes.
10. What's you favourite flower?
Buttercup Daffodils are my favorite flowers. The little flowers are so delicate and cheerful
Onto the giveaway bit!
The same rules apply as before.
You must be a follower (please tell me how you are following so I can check)
You must visit High Cloud Gifts and comment on here as to what is your favourite item