So let’s meet the owner of
Brief bio where you are from and how you started
I currently reside in the greater Seattle area, which has exposed me to a lot of diversity. My own family growing up consisted of half and adopted siblings and that was just our norm. When I started playing with paint and peg people (initially for my own children) and looking around at what the typical ‘peg family’ entailed I saw that the general representation of what was in-stock lacked the diversity I saw in my community. I talk more about what that journey was like on my blog, which also includes interviews by families who represent my customer base. http://kindredtoys.blogspot.com/
How did your Studio get its name?
I wanted a name that reflected the heart of my work, even though I plan to eventually branch out into other areas as well. Because my initial passion revolved around family ties I chose the name Kindred.
What material do you work with?
Wood and paint, mostly but I hope to branch out in the future.
When did you discover your creative side?
I come from a family involved in the arts-mostly literature and theater. My mother was insanely crafty when I was a child as well. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t exercising creativity in one form or another-whether it was writing, painting, or creating “toys” from toilet paper rolls and old plastic spoons as a child. As far back as I remember there has not been a time when I could stand to *not* express something I’m passionate about via an artistic outlet.
What inspires you and what get’s you motivated?
Describe yourself with 5 words?
Passionate, driven, contemplative and quirky.
Those are the places where you can find Kindred Toys:
Zibbet (under construction): http://www.zibbet.com/KindredToys