Interview: GreenLeafandOwl

Eva does the most amazing things with polymer clay. Her craftswomanship is superb, and her prices are super affordable.
Shop name/URL:

Green Leaf and Owl

Tell me a little about yourself:
My name is Eva Bush, I’m 25 and I live in Flint, Michigan. I’ve always been creative and really enjoyed art classes in elementary through high school. In undergrad I studied a bit of graphic design, web design and Postmodernism. During this time I met my the man of my dreams, was married and now have a sweet little boy. After my son was born, I was fortunate enough to stay home with him and also create small, colorful treasures to share with others. I opened Green Leaf and Owl on a whim to try my hand at selling my goods. I love my life and the freedom I have to explore new artistic endeavors.

What are your main inspirations?
I have many inspirations – Bright colors, textures and nature. The amazing work of other artists. Cute squirrels running around my yard. The idea of filling my home with handcrafted items made with love. I’m also inspired by the amazing old things I find hidden away at antique stores. I have a small collection of old typewriters and would have more if I had somewhere to store them.

What is your favorite material?
I love acrylic paint, but I also love using vintage materials in my work. Oh, and I love brass because it can achieve such an amazing color over time and it is great for sensitive skin.

What new technique or craft has caught your eye lately? Want to try anything new?large tree pendant

I’m always wanting to try something new. A couple months ago I taught myself to crochet and my mom taught me how to knit. I only made two crocheted beanies – one for my husband and one for my son, but it was a completely useful craft to learn. I also like to sew handy items to use around the house.

What new item in your shop are you excited about?
I?m super excited about my new line of vintage necklaces. I salvage old books from antique stores and use the original illustrations to make one-of-a-kind pendants. I?m striving to use non-toxic and reusable materials to cut back on pollutants and unnecessary waste in my home and elsewhere.

What advice do you have for indie business owners/designers?
Create things that you love and don’t give up easily. Get your ideas out there and be consistent. Great customer service always helps too.