The Spellery Vol 5 July 2015 - Page 11

Tall Tale Productions, Inc.

excites me and also I am keen to see more entertainment centered around women. As a feminist it's very important to me. How many films or TV shows do you know with largely all male characters - some funny, some the butt of jokes, some evil and cunning, some heroic, some vain, some clever or stupid? Loads. Loads of films and TV shows are out there like that and they probably have one or two women dropped in there in supporting roles or as a mother or prize for the hero. Aside from 'A League of their Own' (1992) I can't thing of a tonne of stories told about a wide range of women. So this makes 'Good Witches Bad Witches' all the more relevant and important to me. 

Q. Have you always been crafty?

I suppose I've always been artistic. When I was little my little siblings (I have 5) all took music lessons after school. One played the oboe, another the flute, one brother - the cornet, another brother - the piano, and final one - the violin. Instead I went to an art school on scholarship. I felt like I couldn't ever join their orchestra but whenever anyone asked me what instrument I played, I answered - "the paintbrush".

Q. How long will it take you to create a line such as your witches, I see they start out with a drawing, so it must start out as a vision correct?

Each witch character takes me just under a week (I work for myself, so of course that means 10-14 hour days, 7 days a week). I brainstorm, come up with some ideas and do a few sketches, pick a design, refine it at least a little, get out the armature wire and start building up the clay. It takes a few days to sculpt and add painted details.

Q. If you can tell anyone thinking of starting a business, what should that be?

Don't do it unless it's to do something you absolutely live to do, because before long you will literally live to do nothing but your work. Working for yourself means never getting time off.