Friday, March 14, 2008

Participant Bio: Tisra Fadely

I have been married for nearly ten years now, and am Mommy to three children: Grant (7 1/2), Dean (5), and Lael (3). We are currently a year into the process of adopting our fourth child and should be matched with an infant girl from Taiwan in the coming months.

So, these are obviously some pretty busy years for me- but they are also some of the most creative years I've ever lived!

I was raised in Southern California and had a super-artistic mother. She did pottery, jewelry, leather working, painting, stained glass, drawing, and glass blowing. Was there any choice but for at least a little of that to rub off on me?! :-) (Incidentally, my dad can play the saxophone by ear, and is a great gardener but I got none of that!) As a young child, I drew constantly and played with craft stuff all the time. Academics took over as I hit middle school and high school and I spent less and less time feeding the creative side within me.

But, a funny thing happened when I started staying home to raise my own children- that creative spirit wiggled it's way out again. I thank God often that He allowed me to rediscover that part of myself. I am forever changed.

Just like my mother, I'm a "dabbler". A little of this. A little of that. I work in linoleum block print, knitting, sewing, painting, and drawing. At this season's Mamamade Market, I will have available framed and unframed art, artistic photography, and blank art cards. My Etsy shop is here.


RheLynn said...

Oh how wonderful you are adopting another baby and you already have three! I'll be going over to your Etsy shop and taking a look at your prints :) My mom was very artistic as well but always made it clear that it was 'play' and not 'work.' I've had to overcome that mode of thinking in that art can be work AND play, and that it is all the better for it. Look forward to meeting you!

David and Samantha said...

We'll have to swap adoption stories. We actually began our journey with FFC to adopt from Taiwan, but switched to Japan later on. I saw your blog many months ago in the yahoo group for people adopting from Taiwan. Long before I knew of Mamamade! Pretty cool. -Samantha