Friday, November 20, 2009

Vendor Q&A with imoM

What is your craft all about?
imoM is built around the artwork of our father, Ming Yen Hsu. He had a very unique style - it was very childlike and minimalist, and it matched his outlook on life. He was a thoughtful, deep person who enjoyed art and was intrigued by nature, religion, science and medicine. His work includes a dazzling array of original watercolors, pastels and paper collages.

With the imoM shop, we basically present adaptations and prints of his artwork in the form of 4x6 greeting cards, 11x14 posters that can be framed on the wall, as well as various kinds of jewelry inspired by his artwork!

How did you get started in your craft?
For a long time, we talked to our father about one day making prints of his artwork so he could share it with more people, instead of having it remain tucked away in his basement studio. When he died in 2007 after almost a life-long battle with a recurring brain tumor, it was a kick in the pants to really get his artwork out there the way he always wanted. After our sister-in-law started making jewelry inspired by his artwork, we all started thinking more creatively about how to adapt his artwork in other ways than just print.

What is your favorite piece/product you will have with you at the Handmade Mart? I don't have a favorite because they are so varied, but the vivid, lively and colorful ones are the ones that jump out most at me. There are certain prints that are most popular but there is always something for everyone. The cards are perfect to send for the holidays, or as gifts, and a lot of people also frame their cards in sets, instead of actually sending them as cards.

Where can folks find your craft outside the Handmade Mart?
We have an etsy shop at: Also for upcoming specials and new items, follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook under the name imoM.

Visit me at booth #42!

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