Meet Michelle Oelfke of Homestead Gatherings.
Business Name: Homestead Gatherings
Ebay ID: homesteadgatheringsprimitives
You can find her art pieces for sale at
occasionally on eBay
and local shops.
Michelle (or Chelle as we know her at TDIPT) is married, has a 20 year old daughter and 5 furry critter cat babies.
Chelle, tell us about your workspace/sewing room/studio:
Big and lots of space to make a mess in! It overlooks the backyard where me and the critters can birdwatch.
Do you have any organizational tips?
Nope, I am so terrible at organizing my stuff.
Tell us about your “ideal” workshop/sewing room/studio:
My ideal workshop would have lots of cabinetry for storing all my stuff, a designated workspace for my sewing machine and a sink so I dont have to keep messing up the kitchen one!
What are your favorite techniques?
Painting and aging fabric.
Who or what is inspires you?
Antique items from the past inspire me the most.
What do you collect?
I collect most anything prim, the grungier the better! Also I LOVE patriotic items.
What type/medium/style of art have you NOT tried that you would like to learn?
I'd like to try sculpting with clay.
What would you be doing if you were not creating primitives and/or folk art?
There's a different life out there aside from creating primitives?! I think I'd be stuck behind a desk doing receptionist/office work.
What is the best thing about creating primitive/folk art?
Dreaming up new/different ideas and seeing them brought to life.
What is the most frustrating thing about creating primitive/folk art?
Dreaming up new/different ideas and trying to make them come to life!(~_*)
How many hours do you spend a week creating?
25-45 Depending on the season.
What is your favorite room in your home, and why?
I love my guestbedroom. The reason why is its a room that I can change over and over again and try out new decorating ideas.
How do you manage your time between family, home, and creating?
I am a stay at home artist and try to do my creating during my familys work hours so theres time for them in the afternoon/evenings.
Do you have any advice for an artist wanting to break into selling primitives/folk art?
Do what you really love, not what is the current trend AND stick with it, never give up! Its very hard to gather a following of customers but if you love what you're doing they will come all in good time!
What other Primitive Artists influence and inspire you?
Oh my there are so many out there! Too hard to choose.
Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise us!
I'm kind of shy.
Thanks for sharing your pics w/ us Chelle!
Be sure to look for Chelles new offerings on the 1st. of each month @ www.tdiptmercantile.com