Pamela Gabaldon, Paper Hat Parade, has been making one of a kind art for as long as she can remember. "After graduating from College for Creative Studies in 1989 I was hired to do illustrations at an advertising studio in Detroit. Soon afterwards I began teaching illustration classes. It was a hectic schedule but it was great being surrounded by so many inspirational people. The last 10 years or so I have been working with young children, ages 2-5. They are delightful! I try to capture that fresh promising view of the world in my creations, making things that bring a smile. Using simple, natural wool, lends itself so well to this idea. It's an amazing, versatile medium, perfect for making stuffed toys and needle felt critters."
What are you currently working on?
Lately, I've been working on creating a rag doll with a needle felted head that combines the recognizable children's facial features with traditional rag-doll characteristics. There are always little felted critters in progress all over my studio just waiting for thoughts on how to proceed with them.
What is your favorite piece you have created? I made a little needle felted bunny wearing a backpack with his little froggy buddy inside.
Any funny stories from an experience dealing with your art work? I once did a painting for an exhibit where all the artwork was to be based on a fairy tale of the artist's choice. After finishing it I decided I really didn't want to sell it so I put a ridiculously high price on it...IT SOLD!
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Don't look back, you're not going that way.
What's one thing you can't live without? Starbucks no-water chai tea latte.
What has been the best cultural event you've visited in the past year? Michigan Fiber Festival
What's your strongest memory as a child? Watching Disney movies with my little brother in our jammies every Sunday evening at 7 with our hair still wet from our baths.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
How introverted I am.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Never quit doing what you love. When it doesn't work out, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and do it again. The only person who really has to like your work is you.
See more from Pam, Paper Hat Parade, at Yellow Door Art Market in downtown Berkley.