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Taking a more personal look at the people behind the deviantART admin symbols.
How did you first discover deviantART?
Around summer 2003 I was looking for artsy websites to give me ideas for webdesign, which I dabbled in a bit at the time. I found a plethora of amazing art on dA and kept it on my bookmarks. I never thought about registering though because I always thought my own art was just not good enough to be among some of the awesomeness that I saw on dA.
What was it about dA that made you want to stay?
Beginning on 2006 a friend talked me into finally registering after lurking for almost three years. He encouraged me to upload some of my stuff and I got many positive responses. I was amazed at the community on deviantART, which I had not expected. I thought it was just a website for showing off your art, like a gallery, but once I noticed there was the social network side to it, I was hooked!
What is the story behind your username?
About two years ago I decided to split my artisan crafts work from my photography to have a better sorted, cleaner gallery. At the same time I started selling some of my crafts here and there, so I wanted to come up with a whole identity for myself. I thought about different things that I liked and wanted to incorporate in my name and logo and came up with: cats, green, chocolate, peppermint, stars
I combined these words in different ways. Since I was trying to make it unique, I googled the names that I came up with until I finally found one that yielded 0 results on google. This name was obviously MyntKat. I then designed my logo to go with the name.
What do you remember of your childhood in regards to art?
My mother was/is an artist. We grew up with lots of arts and crafts around us. Not just your average kids crafts either, my mom always came up with new stuff and tried out all kinds of techniques and materials. We would often host crafting parties in which we created polymer clay jewelry, plaster ornaments that we painted, salt dough works or other awesome crafts. Mom also did a lot of knitting and crocheting, painting and culinary arts, so I was always surrounded with creativity.
I also had a friend whose father had a workshop in the basement where we could do some wood and metal working, which was lots of fun! At school we took advantage of after school programs that offered enameling, clay, macrame, wood working and metal working classes. The older I got, the more I took on things myself and tried to combine techniques or learn new crafts.
My mother also took me to galleries and museums or she would sit down with me and go through an art print book. She is very passionate about art and definitely passed that along to me. Unfortunately I have never been able to convince her to join dA since she keeps saying her English just isn't good enough yet.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
We-ell, since I dabble in all kinds of art forms, I never really made that choice. However, I do prefer artisan crafts, mostly because it's something tangible and often something useful. I like the idea of combining art with functionality or decorations. I haven't done any painting in way too long and don't get to do as much photography as I'd like to.
I guess I generally just don't like to limit myself and prefer to keep my options open and my interests varied.
Who or what motivates you to continue creating?
Anything, really. There is no special motivator, I just can't sit still without doing something, so crafts are perfect for me. I constantly think about what I could create next, what technique or material to try out, how to challenge myself more.
Of your own work, which has the most meaning to you and why?
At the moment that would be my myntkat amigurumi.
It's a large plushie version of my logo (which I designed myself) and took ages to finish. So, it's completely designed and hand made by me and I'm rather proud of how it turned out.
What are the duties and title of your role as an admin of deviantART?
I am the gallery moderator for the Artisan Crafts galleries. This means that I of course get to select DDs from the abundance of amazing artisan crafts here on dA, but I also try to be a voice for the community, connect with people and find out what they want and need to feel welcome and valued on this website.
I try to host Artisan Crafts weeks every month or so. For these weeks I pick out one sub-category of Artisan Crafts and take an in depth look at it by featuring artwork, interviewing artists, connecting to the other galleries here in dA and so on. It takes me about a month to put one of these feature weeks together, so I can't host them quite as often as I'd like to, but I try my best.
What are the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of your position?
The most challenging is trying to be fair and covering all parts of the Artisan Crafts gallery equally. There are so many different sections and different kinds of crafts, it's difficult to give enough attention to every single one of them, especially those that I am not too well versed in. Some parts, like jewelry, are much more popular in the community than others and I try not to feature exclusively popular sections but rather try to introduce rarer, more unknown parts of the Artisan Crafts galleries, too.
Sometimes there is negativity to deal with, which can be challenging too, but so far it has not happened very often and I try not to let it affect me too much.
The most rewarding aspect is definitely seeing the community flourish and grow! I love seeing new artists being integrated and connecting to other artists here on the site. And I love the feedback I get from people who appreciate the work I do, it really gives me a lot of motivation to keep going and keep promoting the Artisan Crafts galleries because there are so many amazing artists that are really rather hidden and unknown. Seeing them get some more exposure is very very rewarding.
What can you reveal of projects you are working on for deviantART? Personal projects?
Since I am only on the team for another few months before my year term is over, there really isn't that much in terms of projects anymore. I am working on another Artisan Crafts week that I hope to be able to feature early January and then I will have a projecteducate week late in January. Right now I am focusing on these two things, trying to get everything done in time.
As a personal project I am trying to develop a line of amigurumi for my shop, but it's in the early development stages, so I can't tell you too much about it yet.
What would you like to achieve in the long term and short term on dA? In life?
I'd love to keep pushing to promote Artisan Crafts and artisans here on dA, to be a voice for those who need it and help out wherever I can, both short and long term. I'll definitely be around for much much longer, I am having so much fun here on dA and have met so many fantastic people here.
In life I am just trying to get back on track at the moment since I've had some unfortunate circumstances and a few not too fortunate years, so I don't really dare to make long-term plans at this time.
What movies did you enjoy most?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy will always be a favorite of mine, I was a fan of the book before the movies came out and followed the development and finally release of the movies like a little fan girl. I met lots of great people through LOTR, some of whom I'm still in contact with, and the movies will always be dear to me.
I'm a fan of movies and love going to the theater, so picking favorite movies is always hard since I really like variety and it constantly changes which one I like best anyway, so let's just go with that for now. Come talk to me about movies if you like.
What type of music do you listen to? Specific groups/artists?
Oh, I listen to a wide variety of music. I prefer the harder side, rock, hard rock, classic metal. I'm not really into modern metal though, I actually like to be able to understand the lyrics and am not too fond of grunting and shriekiness. However, there's also pop, country, classic, rap, crossover and much more that I enjoy, I find favorites in pretty much every genre and am always open to new suggestions.
Which books could you just not put down?
I'm a HUGE fan of the discworld series! I've read each book several times and they pull me in each and every time. I just can't get enough of it and heck, if I could, I'd move to Ankh-Morpork today! I just love the humor and absurdities in the series. Especially the semi-hidden social critizism and abundant irony. Love it love it love it love it.
What foods can you never seem to resist? Drinks?
Chocolate. Can. Not. Resist. Ever.
I'm pretty passionate about food actually. I love cooking and baking from scratch. Good food is the fuel of life! And well prepared meals can make everything better. Yes. Everything. No exception.
What are your pet peeves on dA and in general?
Oh lord... I guess the two biggest ones on dA would be that it's "you're welcome" (you are) and not "your welcome" (your being posessive and thus making no sense in this context) as well as people writing it DA instead of dA. It's not a big deal and doesn't get me angry, it just annoys me when I see it again and again.
In general I don't have a lot of pet peeves, I'm pretty relaxed that way... hmm... I guess rudeness is a big peeve of mine, but that probably holds true for most people. I mean, it's not that hard to say please and thank you, even if the person you're talking to is a server, bus driver, cashier, whatever! It doesn't hurt to be nice to people and especially customer service workers need a little niceness now and then.
Something random about yourself that you wish to share?
I secretly still believe that fairy tale magic exists somewhere and I'll only have to find the right wand to use it. But then my rational brain takes over and smacks me across the head for it.
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art? In life?
In art and life I believe two things count the most: honesty and integrity. Honesty to oneself, most of all. Reflection and communication are really important. If you don't know why you feel the way you feel, why you think the way you think, then you can't take the lead and get to where you want to be as a person.
For art, self reflection is super important and honesty with your own skills and ambitions. Going inside and thinking about your motivations, your life, your passions often helps to open up those artistic channels.
Honesty is an important social skill that unfortunately many people disregard. Standing up for yourself and communicating your thoughts and feelings to the important people in your life is so very important in having healthy, happy relationships with people. I'd much rather speak an uncomfortable truth than hide it and let it build up.
What does ART mean to you?
Art, to me, is anything created with the intention to touch people's feelings, to make people think. There is such a wide variety of art, but I also believe that effort comes into play. Sure, you can have the intention to make people experience emotions with pretty much anything you create, but I do believe that challenging yourself and striving to be the best you can be is part of the creation of art as well. There is always room for improvement and working on that, trying to find more ways to improve your own work and create your own style, that's a big part of what art's all about for me.
Is there anything else you wish to say?
Whatever happens, stay positive!
Thank you MyntKat for your strides to better the community.
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Hi. Miss you.
I have really missed this place. Things have changed quite a lot for me, mostly for the better. That being said, I am hopefully I'll have more time to poke around here some. I see pretty much everything has changed since my last visit, so this will be interesting to figure out. Took a moment to even find how to post this heh. I can freakin' search Notes.. but all searches find nothing..hmm. Missing you all. No idea if anyone will even see this. haha Anyway. I am going to try to feature some art (man, I have so missed this) now.. please work.. ...alrighty, that was an adventure. Laters
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