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Monday, January 23, 2012

Featured artist: Tawny from QuietDoing

Today I bring you Tawny from QuietDoing, she makes wonderful wallets and accessories and more pretties...read on and visit her shop my friends!

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1. Tell us as little or as much as you would like about yourself.
How do you do. My name is Tawny Manguerra and I am an artist in Fullerton, California and my brand is QuietDoing!

ZipPouch, Eyeglasses Case, Sunglasses Case, Coin Purse
2. What do you sell?
As QuietDoing, I sell handmade accessories for one and all like wallets, purses, cases, and pretty much anything that I think people might find fun and functional.

3. Why handmade?
Handmade is so extremely personal to me. I'd much rather give handmade because with it holds a special kind of thoughtfulness and many times even great story behind it that makes that gift the most unique thing ever received.

4. Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life?
I think my inspiration to create is fueled by problems that need solving or the desire to find a way to make things on my own with whatever I have available.
I find inspiration in music, nature, vintage and found objects and try turning those items or ideas into a new and great design. Whatever I make, I know it will be truly one-of-a-kind and to me, that's thrilling. The feeling I get the moment I hold something that I have created in my hands, inspect it and then admire it, is the feeling that keeps me never wanting to stop creating.

iPod Classic case
5. Besides creating what else do you do? Do you have a full time job?
I've been fortunate to find myself making a full-time living in what I am doing as an artist which comes as a surprise to me because I never dreamed of having such success when I first started. I work alongside my fiance, Casey, who is also an artist, musician and screen-printer and we print projects for ourselves and others out of our home studio called thePlant.

6. When did you start thinking you were an artist?
I started thinking I was an artist when I started needing to explain to people what I do with my life. lol. I maybe hesitated from calling myself that in the beginning because I still wasn't sure that being an artist was what I absolutely wanted to do with my background in English and Comparative Literature or was it the only thing I was doing at the time. When I first began QuietDoing, I did do it very quietly and never really spoke a whole lot about myself as an artist or my art; I sort just ... did it. When I start a project, sometimes I'd rather not talk about or explain what I'm going to do. I get too excited to execute and complete it to even utter a word about it. All of a sudden, I was an artist and I was relatively successful. I started using the word "artist" instead of designer, crafter, maker-of-things-like-this *holding up an example because it really does explain me muuuuch better.

7. Who has been most influential in your craft work?
I'd say that my parents most explain my ability to create and the things that interest me (my mother is a chemist and my father is a computer engineer and ultimate DIY'er), but my most influential inspiration to my current artistic career comes from my fiance, Casey. Casey taught me how to screen-print before we started dating and he continues to be the person that keeps me creative and hungry to learn more about making and about absolutely everything.

Keys Bi-fold Wallet
 8. Where would you like to be in five years?
In five years, I'd be so grateful to still be living off handmade and thriving with the artist workshop we are planning to build later this year within our budding artist community in Fullerton. Oh, and to be design blogging, I never have enough time to blog and I keep telling myself that I will do it.

9. Is there anything you'd like to try doing that you haven't done?
crafts, sports, life in general?

Blogging! Teaching Art. Skeet shooting. Seeing in 20/20 without contacts or eyeglasses.

10. Besides online where else do you sell?
I sell in boutiques all across the state, country and world! Yay!
Check out the stockists section on my website to find one near you.

Muerto Bifold Wallet

Ways to contact you:

* shop * website * blog (argghh...she said!) * twitter * facebook *  email *


  1. Thank you for taking the time Tawny and yay!! for your inspiration ;)

  2. Thanks, Claudia!
    Readers can get 20% off at http://quietdoing.com using the discount code: MONCY3.
    Hooray for supporting handmade!

  3. I love Tawny's work! The iPod case with the cassette decorative cutout brings me back in time!


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