Artist Spotlight

Occasionally we are going to show off an artist's work that is in the shop and have a brief interview. World, meet Emily. She paints these awesome shoes into a map of the world.

-Give us some basic info about you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.

My name is Emily Cammarata. I live in Nacogdoches, TX. I don't currently have any kids or pets, but its my dream one day to have a teacup pig. I like ice cream, but I'd pick frozen lemonade over it any day of the week.

-What mediums do you like to work with?

I really enjoy photography. I'm somewhat new to it but I enjoy getting to be creative with the setting, angles, and light. I also like making something from nothing; reusing old things to make something practical but with a creative twist.

-Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?

I was creative as a kid. Me and my 64 pack of crayolas were the best of friends. I went through different stages, too. I specifically remember trying origami when I was ten, which eventually turned into Christmas tree ornament making, then homemade card making.

-Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?

Oh shoot. I'll give you one of each. Favorite food is Mexican. I could eat chips and salsa every day of my life. TV show is currently Modern Family. And favorite band, there are too many to name, but I will also have a special place in my heart for Sufjan Stevens.

-Is there anything you'd like to try your hand at doing? Knitting, baking, soap making, wood working, an instrument, etc.

Everything. Knitting is first on my list, followed closely by quilting, watercolor, basket-weaving and also I would love to learn to play the steel guitar someday.

-A couple of artists/etsy shops/photographers you enjoy?

Deeann Rieves is one of my favorite artists, she does a lot of mixed media work that is very inspiring. One of my favorite photographers is Anna Skladmann, she has this series called "Little Adults" that is extremely interesting.

-One year from now...

One year from now I will still be in school, but TWO years from now I hope to be teaching overseas. Korea, Kenya, Afghanistan, wherever. Teaching kids, learning culture, and continuing to pursue creativity.