About

Hello! Welcome to my blog.
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My name is Luma and I am an artist living in southwestern Ontario. I specialize in creating hand made, one-of-a-kind folk art pieces with holiday themes! My favorite holiday is of course Halloween, as you might have guessed by the abundance of Halloween related subject matter in this blog. I am a goth girl at heart and I swoon over the dreary tales of Edgar Allan Poe. My dream is to one day have a home likened to that of the Addams Family, adorned with ornate and macabre looking furniture. Read on to learn more about me!

My Art

I have always been an artist for as long as I can remember. I demonstrated an affinity for drawing at a very young age and this was encouraged by my parents and teachers alike. I went on to study art at a local University and earned my Bachelors in Visual Arts but the program left me feeling deeply dissatisfied. I didn't care much for the politics or snobbery of the fine art scene and I had a strong urge to separate myself from it. I am a cartoonist by trade, something that the majority of my professors would cringe at! I am entirely self taught. I began drawing when I was a little girl in MS Paint, with nothing more than a mouse, and by the age of eleven I had upgraded to Photoshop. I eventually purchased my first digitizer tablet (Wacom, naturally) and ever since I have been drawing cartoons on the computer. I have aspirations to publish graphic novels but in my free time I enjoy focusing my efforts into my folk art.

I was raised in the peak of the arts and crafts movement of the 80's and 90's. I am no stranger to folk art. My mother accumulated piles of books and magazines by the likes of Donna Dewberry. In our house if something was plain we would paint it, if it was broken or rendered "useless" we would find a new purpose for it, if we had no decorations we'd make our own; creativity and resourcefulness were highly valued by my family. I have carried that tradition on into my adult life. I make a habit of crafting my own decor, fixing up old furniture and mending and upcycling old clothes. It gives me quite a thrill to do creative things, I think if I didn't have an imagination I would probably spontaneously combust!

My first encounter with Halloween folk art began with a piece of Lori Mitchell's art (from the Bethany Lowe catalog). It was a resin cast copy of a papier mâché witch that was gifted to me by my mother. I was smitten with Lori's whimsical style and the childlike innocence of her work, but more importantly I was enthralled by the idea of "Halloween art". My parents can attest that Halloween means everything to me, so much so that the day might as well be named after me! As a girl I'd bring out Halloween decorations in May, read Halloween themed books repeatedly throughout the year, and change my costume ideas about a hundred times over before settling on a decision. Combining my love for art and Halloween?! It was unheard of! But I knew that I had to try it for myself.

My first folk art creation was a mixed media doll that I made for my mother. He wasn't well crafted and I struggled with the materials but it didn't dampen my spirit. Seeing the piece completed only encouraged me to create bigger and better projects. I went on to make various dolls, figurines and felt projects, and with the encouragement of friends and family I made the decision in 2016 to pursue my dream of selling my folk art.

The experience of crafting folk art has been very fulfilling for me. It's heartening to watch my creations come to life from sketch to sculpture. My goal is to share these creations with other holiday fanatics and treat them with a piece of art that they can cherish for years to come.

My Hobbies

This blog is not about my folk art alone, nay, it also chronicles my adventures in sewing, crafting and home decorating. I am a self taught sewist who enjoys making a variety of pieces ranging from vintage wiggle dresses to goth tops. I love all sorts of styles and I never limit myself to anything ─ expect maybe looking good, that takes priority! Likewise, I like keeping my home in tip top shape and I'm enjoying the experience of decorating as an adult (goodbye Ikea desk!). I also like to experiment with baking, something I used to adore until I had to ditch the gluten and dairy and stick to a fresh veg, fruit and meat diet. My new dietary restrictions are setting a challenge for me that I hope to some day overcome as I play with different gluten-free recipes. I look forward to sharing all of my baking, decorating and crafting adventures with you!