Brittany Pleasant is the founder and CEO of The Artisan’s Nook, a community of crochet dolls filled with a sense of creativity and imagination. Brittany also collaborated with comic book writer Greg Pak on his latest Kickstarter for ABC Disgusting, which ended yesterday with a whopping 851 backers who pledged a total $35,706!! Way to go Greg! However, if you missed it you have the opportunity to particupate in a Backerkit page soon that will let you jump on board. It’s not ready just yet, but should be live in the next couple of weeks at abcdisgusting.com!
Brittany decided to carve out some time out of her busy schedule when she’s not running a crochet empire or helping fund Kickstarters to chat with BGN about her work and what inspired her to create The Artisan’s Nook.
Jamie: How long have you been working in the industry?
Brittany: I have been crafting since I was a child, but I’ve been crocheting seriously since May of 2010. It really is something I love doing, so after a bit of prompting from my husband, Marcus, I decided to start my own business, and The Artisan’s Nook was born in February of 2012.
Jamie: Describe why you chose working with crochet dolls and the path you took to get there (education, internships, etc.).
Brittany: I suppose you could say I am at the very beginning stages of being a self-starter. While I have no formal education/training in my particular field, what I DO have, is a love for all things creative. My mother had me involved in crafts from the time I developed fine motor skills, and she, being a very experienced crocheter, taught me the basics of crocheting, which I later went on to adapt to my particular field of art.
Jamie: What are the highlights of your career/current job or project so far?
Brittany: I believe this is what I was born to do. I love the very notion of creating something out of nothing. I can look at bits and pieces of this and that, and visualize in my head the end result. It really is (or should be!) everyone’s career goal to spend their life doing something they love. I have found the something I love, and am working toward making that my full time job.
Jamie: Any lessons learned you like to share about your what you do so far?
Brittany: I have learned that everybody is good at something. If you haven’t found the something that you’re good at, you just have to keep looking. As I mentioned before, my mother had a big hand in making me the crafter that I am today. She was an avid crocheter, and would always make the most beautifully intricate blankets. She tried teaching me when I was very young, which is how I learned the basics. Now any blankets I tried, came out just horrible! They always came out uneven, and stiff as cardboard. I imagine my teddy bears had some wildly uncomfortable nights sleep! I tried so many different things, from changing the type of yarn I used, to changing the size of the hook. When I tried a looser tension, my stitches just came out uneven and sloppy. I gave up after a while, swearing I would never crochet again. It wasn’t until many years later, that I decided to give it another try, except this time, it was after I had discovered Amigurumi. This type of craft lends itself to a tighter tension and smaller stitch. It was love from that moment on! So I have learned that if one thing doesn’t work for you, try another. If crafting isn’t your thing, try music. Just keep going until you’ve found what calls out to you.
Jamie: Any links to past/upcoming projects or a portfolio you’d like to share?
Brittany: I have all of my most recent work up on my site, theartisansnook.com under ‘Products’
I also keep a blog on my site, with anything I am in the process of working on, or crafting tips and tricks.
Jamie: How did you get connected with Greg Pak and his Kickstarter campaign?
Brittany: I have been working toward trying to partner with someone who has created their own original characters, and I happened to meet Greg at his table at Eternal Con this year. I showed him a few of my dolls, and he told me about his latest project, ABCDisgusting. I told him I would love to work with him, and he told me all about his Kickstarter campaign. He asked me to make the two main characters in doll form, as rewards for certain levels of backers. The characters are so cute, and perfectly lent themselves to crochet form. I definitely look forward to working together again in the future!
Jamie: Any advice you’d like to pass along to someone interested in creating their own content?
Brittany: As I said before, please don’t give up! EVERYBODY is good at SOMETHING, and I believe that to my very core. If one thing doesn’t work for you, try another. Just remember to keep an open mind, and try things you’ve previously written off, or even something you may have never pictured yourself doing. You may surprise yourself.