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Meet Plush You! artist: Suzannah Ashley

Say hello to Suzannah Ashley!

Tell my readers a bit about yourself
My name is Suzannah Eller, but everyone calls me Suzi. I create and and occasionally sell my arts and crafts under the business name Suzannah Ashley.  Using my first and middle name is a nod to my childhood, and what my mother yelled out a lot during my early years whenever she'd come across one of my "masterpieces". By the time I was 7, I managed to get glitter permanently banned from our house. While I no longer draw 10 foot monsters in magic marker on the hardwood floors, or carve into the wooden furniture, I've never lost my fascination with creating and making things. By day I'm a graphic design and production monkey. Once the workday ends, I morph into an aspiring craft superstar. I don't care what the material is, I love to create from anything I can get into my grubby little hands. Currently a lot of my work has been focused on plush making and painting, but I've dabbled in many craftmediums, and have gotten my hands dirty trying various techniques.

What do you love most about making plush toys?
I just love being able to take an idea and make it into a cute cuddly piece that you can actually hold and squeeze. Whenever I am making a new plush toy, softness and cuddliness is a key factor. I want to be able to hug it when I'm finished, and feel that wonderful squish of a plush toy stuffed just right. I especially love taking creepy ideas and creatures and turning them into something cute.

Is this your full time job?
No. I currently work full time as a graphic designer, and this and my other crafts are my side business / hobby. However, beginning in 2013, I'll be converting to part-time at my job so I can work more on my art and crafts while teaching myself more about web design and animation.

What sites do you look at for inspiration?
I like to use Google's image search to make sure what I'm doing hasn't already been done before, or done in the same way I was planning on making it. I also look a lot on Etsy, Flickr, and Deviantart to absorb as much plush design information as I can. I like to see where people are making their seams, and how they are constructing their plush overall. There are so many techniques out there and I'm still just learning.

Did you do anything fun for the summer?
Not really. This summer was pretty low key. I'm more of a fall/winter person anyway. I try to hide from the sun and its super burning powers since I can burn in about 15 minutes.

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