Hello, hello. I am very happy to be bringing you an interview with a super nice, very talented, ultra crafty guy today. I will have his Instagram account linked down at the end of this post so be sure to check him out!
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Timothy Bedell and I’m from Haverhill, MA, United States.
What types of crafts or art forms do you do?
I do card making, laser engraving/ etching, crocheting, knitting, candle making, soap making, photography; in short I love to dabble.
What do you enjoy most about card making?
The thing I enjoy most is the joy that it brings to others. The look on someone’s face when they see a custom piece of work gives me feels.
How did you get started in card making?
I have always loved giving one of a kind, handmade gifts. One day I saw a Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Video and fell in love.
Have you always been creative?
Pretty much, yes. I was a very creative and inventive child. I loved finding alternate and unconventional ways of using items as well as giving new life to things that other people thought were trash.
Card making is considered by some to be a hobby in which only females participate. Have you ever experienced any judgement or discrimination based on this outdated stereotype?
Yes, I have. One such time occurred when I joined a card making class. The instructor was thrown off because I was a guy and she’d only brought things to create cards that were very flowery and feminine. It actually worked out fine because I love making cards that are beautiful and elegant.
What has been the highlight of your card making journey thus far?
The response I have been getting has been an amazing highlight. It’s especially rewarding when the cards I personally feel are subpar turn out to be a big hit!
What changes, if any, would you like to see happen in the card making industry?
I’d like to see more men and more breaking of stereotypes.
What is the best thing about being a male card maker? What is the most challenging?
The best thing is that people will often underestimate my talent because I am a male in this field. The most challenging thing about being a male card maker is just that; being a male card maker.
How would you describe your creative style?
My style is intuitive and out of the box.
What is something that you struggle with in terms of creativity?
I would definitely have to say color theory!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from within as well as from the energies of my materials.
What words of encouragement or inspiration do you have for crafty guys or anyone else?
Don’t let stereotypes hold you back from bringing your joy and talent to others.
Timothy, it has been a treat meeting you and getting to know you a bit. I love that you like that people underestimate you. Sometimes being underestimated can be a real advantage. Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to seeing many more of your beautiful cards.
If you’d like to see more of Timothy’s work you can find him
Until next time,