What camera do you use?
Does this mean you like my pictures? I mostly use my Nikon D40 that I got about two and a half years ago. I like it because it has the basic good stuff of a DSLR (fancy) camera, but it also has pictorial representations on the screen for people like me who tend to forget which direction opens and which closes the aperture. The new version of the D40 is the Nikon D3100, which we got for my sister last year and she loves it.
The camera came with a 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens (longest name ever), which proves to be quite perfect for most of my photos. Ben got me a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO lens for Christmas this year (don't worry - he's a great deal-finder!) and I love it. I use it for close-up shots (like product shots in my etsy store) and super far away shots.
I also have a Holga 120mm film camera that I’ve had for about four years. You can now get them in a lot of places, like Lomography and Urban Outfitters, but I think mine came from Amazon. Urban didn’t sell them back then :) But I recommend getting one with a flash. One word of warning with a holga: it’s an expensive hobby. I only take a couple of rolls of film per year because you have to pay for film, developing the negatives, and having prints made. It adds up. And not a lot of places develop 120mm film these days. But hopefully I can take more rolls of film so I can share my photos with you.
What is your favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor?
A pleasant surprise since moving to Ann Arbor has been the number of delicious restaurants. I would say that my absolute favorite is Jolly Pumpkin. I am easily won over by any place that has both micro-brewed beer and fancy pineapple pizza with soy cheese.
Where did you get your glasses?
I got my current glasses a few months ago from Warby Parker. I like them because I like companies who have helping those in need as part of their business plan. You can see my glasses here.
Where do you go thrift shopping in Ann Arbor?
There are a few thrift stores I frequent, but I realize I haven’t bought that much since being here. I usually go to PTO, Reuse Center, Kiwanis, and Salvation Army. My beloved kitchen cart, which is only halfway painted because there is snow on my balcony and my apartment has no ventilation for safe inside painting, was bought at Kiwanis. Keep an eye out for a post on the finished project this spring. I got the foldable bookshelf in my craft room at Reuse Center.
What blogs do you read?
I read a lot of blogs. They are my major source of inspiration. Here is a list of some of my favorites.
What artwork do you have in your home?
Wow, what a good idea for a blog post! I’ll get right on that.
What do you do for a living?
In real life, I work at an autism center as a research assistant and clinician. I travel around the country meeting with families who have been a part of a research study for the last 18 or so years. I plan on applying to grad school in the next year or two.
How do you do your printmaking?
This is a good question! Such a good question, in fact, that I have devoted a series of future posts to this :)
Where do you get your printmaking supplies?
I have gotten almost all of my supplies at Blick, both online and in the stores in Chicago and Wheaton. I recently discovered that Michigan Book and Supply in Ann Arbor sells most of the supplies I need, so I’ll go there in the future.
Are you single? (thanks, Jessie)
Not so much. The studly scientist from the zombie post is Ben, my boyfriend. He loves science, books, pie, his crock pot, and me.
Where do you do your crafts?
I do my crafts and printmaking mostly in my dining/craft room, which you can see in this post and on the poppytalk handmade artist blog.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to travel?
In December 2010, I went with my parents and sister to London and Paris. I spent the summer of 2008 in Kampala, Uganda doing research for my undergraduate thesis on how the deaf learn about HIV/AIDS. I blogged about it at Sarah in Kampala. In the future, I would like to go to the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Kenya (to see cheetahs!), Ireland, and back to Uganda.