Hi! My name is Krystal Figueroa and I am a freelance artist and fine art instructor. I am also a I'd like to take a little time to tell you about myself, my love of art, what and why I create, and FemmeLiberte. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and perhaps even before I could remember (ask my mom). I cannot emphasize enough how vital art is to my sense of being; it allows me to express myself and affect others in ways that words never could, and it creates a sense of joy and freedom that brings about connection, healing, and deeper understanding of self, others, and the world around us.
I began mainly as
Two months ago, I was working for an after-school program at a public middle school, and we were looking for project ideas to share with the students to keep them engaged and entertained in the program. My supervisor found instructions online on how to make bi-fold wallets out of duct tape. It was a major challenge at first, as I had to not only teach these kids how to make these wallets, I had to teach myself as well, and distributing pieces of duct tape among several impatient middle schoolers was a challenge in and of itself! I also discovered during this process that duct tape now comes is all kinds of colors and prints! (I currently have 17 colors and prints in stock, and I'm still collecting more!) It was only a matter of time before I had the process down pat, and I began to realize that the possibilities with this new medium were endless. Through my trusted trial-and-error method, I began fashioning my own duct tape clutch purses using duct tape I found at Walmart, Target, and Michaels, and purse findings from Jo-Ann. I love purses and accessories, but I've never been one to break the bank when it comes to buying such luxuries, so when I learned that I could make these things on my own and make them uniquely my own, I was all about it!
What I didn't expect was the overwhelming positive response from others for my duct tape creations. Most people I know have never seen anything made out of duct tape, let alone something that doesn't look like it's made out of duct tape, so it has definitely been fun seeing people's responses to my work. I started off making clutch purses and giving them away as gifts for family and friends, and eventually I began selling them through word-of-mouth and online. I now make duct tape wallets, purses, cell phone cases, jewelry, and hair accessories! When I realized just how popular my duct tape creations were and that I could actually turn my hobby into a professional venture, I decided it was time to take it to that next level. I decided to create an online/at-home shop and custom-order service for my unique handmade accessories and original artwork, and I named it FemmeLiberte.
FemmeLiberte was a username that I had come up with a few years ago when I was in a process of self-discovery. FemmeLiberte is a combination of two French words, "femme" and "liberte," which mean "woman" and "free," respectively, so FemmeLiberte essentially means "free woman." It's who I am and who I want to be. Freedom can mean so many different things to many different people, but ultimately, it is something that we all desire and seek throughout our lives. Through my work, I want to embody, express, create, and inspire freedom in myself and others, even if it's something as simple as helping someone feel just a little more attractive after putting on one of my accessories or something as great as inspiring a child to create art and help other people. My mission is to create quality, one-of-a-kind products that inspire fun, creativity, confidence, passion, strength, joy, love, and a sense of freedom that comes from being uniquely YOU! If by reading all this, you've been inspired to buy some of my creations or to simply CREATE and SHARE, then my mission has been accomplished! Thanks for your time and have an amazing and creative day!
Wow! Thank you Krystal for sharing! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop Femme Liberte
Now what's a guest post without a giveaway!? That's right folks Krystal will be hosting a raffle for a giveaway of 4 duct tape bows of the colors of your choice! You must be one of the first 20 people to do the following (it's a little different from my usual giveaway rules) to be entered into the raffle:
1. Like Femme Liberte on Facebook and leave a post on the wall saying that you were referred by this blog and that you
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