Name: Ana Brito
Business name: Wren & Rita
Website(s): http://wrenandrita.com, Facebook
What kind of items do you make?
I sew just about anything, such as pouches to store all those miscellaneous knitting gadgets, needle organizers, small draw string project bags, tote bags, large project bags.
How long have you been in indie artist?
I’ve been an indie artist for many years but my business was created during the summer of 2009
What got you interested in your art of choice?
Yarn is my passion and I’m a knitter at heart but I just never had much interest in designing items since everyone else does it so well. I’ve been interested in sewing for many years but was always “scared” of the machine. One day, after moving to Pittsburgh in 2005, an idea for a circular needle organizer popped in my head and the rest is history.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Knowing that I’m creating items that are useful as well as appealign to the eye.
What most inspires you?
All my crafty friends.
What makes your creations unique?
Face it, I haven’t invented the wheel but my items are well thought out and well made. I take great pride in creating pieces that you will use for many years.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
Typically, it depends on the time of the years, but I love my earthy tones and colors. Lately blues and greens and grays.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
Organization! Don’t you want to know where those size 7 needles are rather than buying another set?
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
I’m much more aware of where I buy things. I believe in supporting local artists and local shops whenever possible.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
I continue to work on my spinning technique and have fallen in love with my turkish spindle. I purchased a new wheel last year as well as a blending board. I love blending natural undyed fibers.