How did you decide on your shop name?
Gallery 32 comes from the aspect ratio of 35mm film which is 3:2. I liked the idea of the name relating to what I do, which is photography.
When did you start crafting? What is your favorite creative outlet?
I have always made crafts. When I was a child my grandmother taught me to embroider, watercolor, bead and anything else she could come up with. She also bought me my first camera, a Nikromat 35mm, and a book on how to take photos when I was around 8. I think that it had a profound influence on my work especially my current digital collages. I have quite a collection of vintage cameras, which all work, and I like to take photos with all of them. Each one has it's own distinctive character which adds to the photos. Recently, I have been shooting with my Nikon D80 with a 50mm lens that I adore.
Are there other crafts you would like to try?
Oh my where to start. I am constantly wanting to try new crafts. My friend bought me 'The Big Ass Book of Crafts' for my birthday and I have been inspired to try and incorporate my photography into some new things. I am about to make some art jewelry with scrabble tile pendants and bracelets. I also want to make some pendants with punched tin.
Do you have a day job?
I am a bar manager so I work at night and have all day to work on my craft. I very thankful to have the luxury of time.
What or who inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by nature and the cycle of life. I often take photos of flowers and landscapes when they aren't at their best. It's a challenge to make winter Kansas landscapes look interesting. I am also inspired by history and objects that are from another time. I like taking photos of old things and presenting them in a modern way. They may seem antiquated in modern society but the challenge lies in making them relevant again.