Pat Swistak of My Favorite Pastimes is one of Yellow Door's original artists who started when our doors opened in 2010. Pat was born and raised in the creative hub of Ann Arbor and currently resides in West Bloomfield. Being a self-taught artist, she has spent many years exploring different creative mediums. Whether it be jewelry, sewing, glass art, or wreaths, Pat tries to meld a unique combination of design and function all the while embracing the notion of 'reuse, repurpose, and recycle'. She particularly enjoys making quirky items that reflect a range of styles and techniques. Her favorite pieces are those that seem to come together on their own.How long have you been creating your art work?
I have loved to make things since I was a child and am still inspired by the creativity behind all handmade work.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I have always enjoyed creating and offering up little pieces of creativity. With the encouragement of family and friends, I decided to turn my interests into a business.What do you most love about the creative process?
I love rambling around to find treasures...the perfect wool sweater or semi-precious stones with different colors or sheens. I love repurposing eco-friendly recycled items and creating one-of-a-kind items.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
You can find lots of Pat's adorable scarves, pillows, and jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Pat all week!
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