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Sonja Sandell

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My creative journey started as it does with so many.... having the desire to create my own items for my home... experimenting with different styles and mediums... finding out real quick that following directions from patterns and trying to create the 'right way‛, was never going to be my way. That led me to start a home based pattern business "Hickety Pickety" around 1986.

In 2008 I was totally burned out with the pattern business.... I took a full time job that had nothing to do with creating.... I became a poker dealer. I didn't create for 6 years. In 2014 I started having the urge to create again.... I went back to what I knew... creating art using fabric, paper mache, cross stitch, punch needle, wood.... I even tried my hand at knitting and crocheting.

But, I just wasn't finding anything that really excited me... then I saw a video on YouTube in 2015 about Mixed Media Art. Folks kept telling me to take classes to learn how to paint the 'right way‛ a 'better way‛. Being taught by someone to do things 'their way‛... just doesn‛t appeal to me. I want my art to be done in "my own way".... the 'FUNKED UP' way! I view my style as being very whimsical and naive, but funky ... so I started calling it 'FUNKED UP ART'! It just shows that even at almost 60 yrs. old... it's never too late to learn new and exciting ways to create art....since finding mixed media I now only deal poker once a week!

For Original Hand Made Art ~ Patterns & More
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