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BF: Hello and welcome to The Beauty Forager. Please tell us a little about yourself.
ML: Call me ML, for I am a Vietnamese-American with a Vietnamese name, born, raised and residing in Houston, Texas with my husband. I currently work as a stationery designer. I’ve been crocheting since a child when my late grandmother first taught me, but it wasn’t until I made a crochet blanket for my first niece did my passion for it blossom. I love to keep things simple, from my life and work to design and photography, because it is truly the simple things in life that matter most. I love a modern, minimalist style and often aim for clean, elegant designs.
BF: The Beauty Forager is all about sharing beauty with others. Tell us about the work that you do.
ML: I crochet. There is always something new to discover about the techniques involved in crochet. I’m very fascinated by the textures that come out of simple patterns or a combination of stitches, and thus I use the concept of minimalism to help bring light to its simplicity.
BF: Inspiration is all around us. What inspires you?
ML: Minimalism and abstract art inspire me the most. Growing up around a busy urban city, there is nothing like finding beauty in simplicity to balance me out. Lines formed in a building or furniture or even in a landscape inspire me. Light bouncing on walls or forming shapes around corners, the rippling surfaces of water, paint strokes on a blank canvas… I usually enjoy moments and captured photos that carry the simple elegance of such things around us.
BF: Outside of your creative work, what hobbies or interests do you have?
ML: I love to read fiction novels, watch my favorite shows on Netflix or Hulu (while crocheting), stretch and relax with yoga practices, and spend time with my husband.
BF: Life is busy! How do you create balance in your life?
ML: Yoga definitely helps me find that balance. I look to take half an hour a day right after work to find time to myself to refresh, recuperate, and recharge. Then I get right back to what I need to do for the day.
BF: Do you set goals? If so, can you share a short term or long term goal with us?
ML: It’s always been a long term goal of mine to constantly keep it simple, especially in a yarn-loving craft such as crochet. There are so many colors, fibers, and projects to choose from, and (as I succumb to it too) we want to have them all! As I learn to cultivate minimalism more in my life that “less is more,” I hope to inspire others who want to do the same. For now, a short term goal is to incorporate more crocheted home decor, because I definitely love a simple yet cozy home.
BF: If you could collaborate with another creative, what medium would it be and why?
ML: What a good question! As I am inspired by abstract art, it would be fascinating to collaborate with an artist or painter somehow! I’ve been having this idea in my head as of late, and if anyone could help “paint” this picture out for me, it would have to be a painter.
You can see more of ML’s beautiful work HERE.
THE BEAUTY FORAGER IS BORN
One week in and I’m overjoyed with the kindness and support shown by my sweet friends at The Beauty Forager. I was asked the other day why I chose to start up a new Instagram feed when my art feed is off and running? It’s really quite simple – I wanted a place to showcase some of the amazingly talented artists and creatives I come across everyday. Whether it’s a fellow artist, photographer, potter, or fiber artists, there’s something so beautiful and unique about each medium and I think we can all learn so much from one another. Simply, their work deserves to be shared! I’m happy to report that I have some remarkably talented people in the lineup to be featured, and I’m so thankful they’ve agreed to share a little with us about their process and life. Stayed tuned!
I’ve attempted to write a blog before, however, was rather unsuccessful at it. If I’m to be completely honest, at the core of my futile attempt was the belief that I didn’t really have all that much to say of interest to anyone. I now realize that this was an unwarranted thought, as with all our life experiences, we have stories, opinions, thoughts and advice worthy of sharing. Perhaps it’s a confidence that has come with age, or just a realization that my words hold as much value as that of others? No matter the reasoning, my approach to blogging has changed as I no longer only look at it as a direct means of communicating with others, but as a diary of sorts, a place to journal my thoughts and feelings about the world around me. I think it’ll also be a great avenue to house some of my favourite photos, ones that I want to archive for safe keeping. So, as this blogging adventure begins, I will say that if you are here reading this, thank you! Please feel free to reach out if you want to chat further about anything I’ve shared. I always love hearing from you!