Meet the Vendor: Brianna Kenyon
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! My name is Brianna Kenyon and I am the owner/creator of Pooka Queen. I am Michigan made but reside in sunny California. I have an amazing supportive husband and a lazy co-worker cat named Bular. Pooka Queen emerged from the discovery of industrial felt realized into millinery work. I also make jewelry and have a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry making.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?:
I will always take great joy in making my felt work but have recently rekindled my love for jewelry and metalsmithing. After a long hiatus due to moving across country, I have slowly rebuilt a workspace for wax and metal working. It has been like meeting up with a long lost friend really. Getting to rediscover and learn new processes has sparked new excitement into my making. I am particularly excited about electroforming. I can get forms and texture that I could never achieve in just waxwork and fabrication. My final outcome is a line still in the works. It is inspired by nature and cast from my original electroformed designs. I actually plan to debut some of the line at UCU!
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?:
I’m really excited to see one of my hats in an upcoming show on PBS Kids. ‘Lishy Lou and Luck Too’ premiers this fall and my hat is a stable part or Lishy’s look. It has been so rewarding to watch the band blossom over this last year and my art be part of it all. I couldn’t be more proud!
What was your first memory of making something?:
Well, I did make a pinch pot out of the clay soil from my parents back yard when I was four. I have to say though, the fondest memories are of doodling with my dad when I was little. I remember playing a game where me and my dad would start a drawing, then we would pass them back and forth and just keep adding to each others drawings. It was such an awesome way to stimulate my imagination and was great for bonding with pops. I highly recommend it if you have kids!
What do you love most about craft show vending?:
I love meeting the other vendors as well as the customers. I think it is always a great way to get advice on what shows are right for your product. I have received lots of valuable advice meeting seasoned vendors. It’s also ideal for testing out new product by seeing peoples reactions. That is something you usually do not get from internet views.
Is this a full-time business for you?:
I have been hard at work to make Pooka Queen into a career. Things are really starting to fall into place in just the last year but owning a business does take blood sweat and tears. All which I’m happy to shed for the reward!