Kristy Conlin is an Associate Editor for CreateMixedMedia.com and the Fine Art Community at F+W Media. She has a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish (that has imbued her with a serious crush on Mexican and South American art) from the University of Cincinnati. Kristy has been surrounded her entire life by craftiness—her mom, dad, grandmother and brother are seriously artsy/crafty—and there’s probably no craft she hasn’t at least tried. Encouraged and inspired by the authors she works with, she says 2012 will be the year she commits to art journaling and she’d love to try torch-firing enamel jewelry. When she’s not at work, and not editing (words or photos), Kristy is reading, running, watching movies or writing.She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, dog and two cats.
Q: What kind of art are you known for?
A: Now mostly photography. I spend a good number of my evenings altering and manipulating. I love the mood and atmosphere you can create with just a little tweak here and a little tweak there. I’ve also dabbled more than a little in jewelry making, knitting, sewing, painting, and just about any craft you can think of? I’ve done it.
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: I read a lot of fiction, and, unfortunately, nothing stands out in my mind as being extraordinary lately. But I would like to give a shout out to two of my favorite authors, Jennifer McMahon (I think “Don’t Breathe a Word” is her best) and Jenn Lancaster (she wrote the hilarious “Bitter is the New Black” and I’ve laughed out loud reading every one of her books). I’m currently reading “Everyone Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge” by Mark Yarm.
Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/ magical thing you wear?
A: I feel magical when I wear my cowboy boots. Does that count?
Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”—Henry David Thoreau. I love this quote so much – it reminds me to live every day to its fullest and to not be a part of the mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation. Alternate choice would be “If you’re bored, then you’re boring.”—Harvey Danger. Similar sentiment.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Invisibility. I’m a writer at heart and currently working on a screenplay (if you know anyone who could give a leg up in the industry, call me!), so the snippets of dialog and emotion I could absorb would be a boon. Is that wrong?
Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
A: Sewing. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t dislike it. It’s just that I’m not particularly good at it; it’s not a natural talent for me. I recently made a custom Kindle sleeve—I was calling it a prototype. It’s kind of hilarious. I use it because I love the fabric, and design-wise, it’s exactly what I wanted, but my stitching is a bit … wonky. I guess I won’t be making my millions this way!