Lauren Yakiwchuk of Lostmitten was inspired for many of her creations by her love of video games. She also loves to knit and crochet, to create journals and other paper goods, does needlepoint, acrylic felt creations, pinback buttons, and jewelry.
She lives in Brantford, Ontario, Canada with her finance Paul (who is also really into video games).
"I always wanted to learn how to knit and crochet" says Lauren. " I taught myself how to knit over five years ago, and just learned how to crochet this past year. I love to create with many different mediums, so basically I work with whatever I can get my hands on - whether it be fabric, paper, plastic, beads, buttons - I like to be creative with whatever I can find!"
Her most successful products are her video game themed items. "Thankfully, there are lots of other people out there who share my geeky passions for crafting and video games!" Lauren remarks.
"I share meaningful experiences with customers all the time - it has been wonderful to meet so many people through my crafting. Lately, I have met a wonderful group of people who are also participating in the "90 Features in 90 Days", so it has been great!"
Lauren tends to keep her most elaborate pieces for herself, not wanting to part with her biggest masterpieces. "One of my pieces is a completely needlepoint scene from the video game, Mario 1 for the NES - and with a fully stitched background and the piece measuring slightly over 8" by 10" - it took at least 30 hours to complete."
The artist is interested in learning more advanced work on the sewing machine, and would also love to get into silk creening.
For the holidays Lostmitten will have video game related crafts, knitted wear, things for the home, pinback buttons, and more.
"I'd love to keep doing this" Lauren says. "It is a second income for me, and more of a fun hobby, and I'd love to keep it like that! I love to continue to challenge myself to create new, one-of-a-kind, and creative items that no one has thought of making before.
Get something for the gamer in your life or something a little more traditional for the Japanese art enthusiast at Lauren’s online store this holiday season: Lost Mitten Etsy Shop
Keep an eye out for her new website coming soon: Lost Mitten
To learn more about the artist and her current works go to her blog: Lost Mitten Blog
Article written by Pippit.