Christelle Bastide is a very talented artist that loves Amigurumi technique. I wrote her and she replied to some of my questions. I was very interested in finding more about her art and lovely Japanese creatures made from knitted materials. Lovely animals colored in pink, gray, white and warm colors like you can see in the following pictures. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Name, age, education and artistic background.
Hi, my name is Christelle and I’m now 38 years old. Already. I studied French Literature at University during 4 years and I have a Master’s Degree. I do love Poetry. Really. After College, I hesitated between Literature and Art. Now you know what was my choice.
2. How did you discover your passion and how was the road so far?
I loved making things since I was a child: dresses for my dolls, a lot, yes, really, a lot of tree houses and I learned how to crochet all alone, one day, when I was sick, during my teenage years. The passion came instantaneously. But I was very shy and I didn’t show what I did. Later, at around 35, I began a blog showing little amigurumi. I like making things really fast and I fell in love with these sweet creatures from Japan.
3. How does your studio look like? What do you need to get that creativity flowing?
My studio is a total mess. But an organized mess. And I don’t work in it. Always on my sofa. I have a lot of ideas, always. But I miss time.
4. What do you plan or dream for your future?
For the future, I wish I could making a living from my own work.
5. What is your most treasured handmade possession?
I have a lot of treasuries but the most cherished ones are those from my friend Marie, aka Fils et ficelles. She made me beautiful gifts like embroideries, toys for my Son.