Erin Mapes: Art Teacher by day, indie designer by night!
Erin rocks! She is a public school art teacher for her "day job" and designs, explores and creates for her store erinmapes.etsy.com by night.
As Erin so beautifully described herself: I hand-knit scarves, hats, and other items, and upcycle old clothing into bags. I try to live my life in a simple, peaceful, and environmentally conscious way, and my craft reflects that way of life. I call my work "environmentally conscious" because I try to keep the environment in mind when making my work. Sometimes that means using all-natural materials or buying materials from local sellers. Other times it means saving materials from becoming trash by reusing, recycling, or upcycling, whichever you prefer to call it. Like I say on my site, I believe that with a little creativity, you can find a use for almost anything.
I personally find that refreshing and on the cutting edge. It's motivation to where we should all strive to be on our crafting adventures.
Check out some of the items in her etsy store! Again, here's that link! erinmapes.etsy.com