Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
Ayumi and Aaron Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. We are a husband and wife collaborative art group who hide out like hermits in a secret cabin on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon U.S.A. with our pup Ocho. When we combine forces we are able to travel to other dimensions, beyond time and space to bring back images from our travels for your viewing pleasure. To see more of what we do, visit us online at www.apakstudio.com
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Aaron remembers making drip sandcastles by the ocean and Ayumi remembers making a snow rabbit with red berries for its eyes and small pointy leaves for its ears.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
We are inspired by nature mostly… the best artist of them all! The detail, complexity, and variety of shape and form is amazing to us. Traveling is also a big source of inspiration….it’s fun to explore other cultures and environments….it really sharpens up our senses and broadens our perspective of the world.
What are your favorite materials?
Paint, paper, and wood at the moment. We like soft cloth too. We sometimes make plush dolls. We like to experiment with all kinds of materials.
What is your favorite color?
It’s always a hard question for us because we love all colors… so we must say our favorite color is the Rainbow!
What are your most and least two favorite films?
We have a couple movies that win our most and least favorite award at the same time. “One flew over the Cuckoos Nest” and “Deliverance”. We love them and hate them! They are both great films but really scare us…and inspire us.
What are you reading right now?
Unlovable #4 “Wack Attack” by Esther Pearl Watson. Esther found a high school girl’s old diary in the woman’s restroom of a gas station while traveling and started making comics from it. It’s set in 80’s and so funny! She and her husband Mark are well established great artists. It’s well worth checking out their site and get some of their zines. http://funchicken.com/
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
Love what you make and make what you love. Keep it pure and original! It’s fun to participate in any kind of events to support DIY community, show your creation, and meet like-minded folks….
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Not much else….we create even when we’re sleeping! We have a bunch of art shows we’re working on this year ( http://juncgallery.com is showing our work currently )and we do commercial art jobs to pay the bills. Our days go by quickly doing that, but we do love to work on our fixer-upper house, play in the yard with our pup, drink tea, cook snacks, watch movies by the fire place at night, and relax.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
Etsy is awesome as it is! There are infinite amount of customers from all over the world. Thank you so much for supporting DIY kids in the universe!