100 Creatives

65: Heather Hales

While Heather Hales cringes when she says it, she's a card-carrying suburban mom. She even has the minivan and sippy cups to prove it. When she's not taking care of her three kids, she's busy embroidering, sewing, teaching and designing.

Heather says she doesn't feel like her day is complete unless she's created something, which on some days might be as mundane as a PB&J. Lucky for us, she doesn't get much sleep and spends her nights creating and sharing on her blog.

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined). 1. scraps of pink fabric 2. Directions to local antique/thrift stores 3. The matriarchs of my family -- all of the women that have come before me 4. The pacific ocean 5. The view from the OHSU campus

2. What was your last big project? Does giving birth to my daughter count?! Actually my last big project was a holiday banner for the publication Holiday with Matthew Mead. I can't tell you too much, but I can say it is a whole new take on Christmas carols!

3. What's your next big project? I'm starting to work with my own sewing patterns; designing and grading them. I'd like to be able pass on a love of sewing and creating to the future generations.

4. What do you think the Phoenix art scene needs more of?
Moms who embroider! Ha, Ha, but really? I think there are so many talented hobbyist that spend their days in boardrooms, behind café counters or sitting inside cubicles and spend their evenings creating. I would like to see more of them discovered and recognized.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? That I adore PHX, from its little bungalows, to its rampant MCM architecture. However, I struggle with this whole oven effect ...

(And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about

I sometimes shop at Wal Mart.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli

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Claire Lawton
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