Meet the Vendor: Ten2Midnight
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Liane Crigler and I am passionate about handmade. I hand craft modern, stylish jewelry with a raw, tactile quality. For me, it is all about texture… That is where I begin – with texture (either from metal or stone) and a theme (a friends tattoo, old coins, spring flowers, just to name a few). By showcasing layered texture, strong lines and the skilled tool marks that distinguish handcrafted adornment, I create miniature anthologies of my own stories & moments that beg to be touched, worn & loved.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?:
The latest group for my Spring/Summer 2014 line is the “Impressionist Collection”. Inspired by Monet’s “Water Lillies” – this collection mixes soft floral patterns with geometric stripes for a playful, yet modern edge. Stones of citrine, iolite, aquamarine and blue quartz lend to the theme and offer a beautiful palette to compliment any wardrobe.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?:
This will be my first time vending at Urban Craft Uprising and I couldn’t be more excited!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Although it is often hard to travel and attend a lot of craft shows throughout the country, I love vending because it allows me to get out of the studio and meet people. People who are interested in hand made, interested in what I do specifically and who love my work. It is great to talk to customers, see what interests them, what works, and what doesn’t – I learn a ton about my product and customer with each show I do. The other great thing is meeting other vendors. I have made great friends and connections through vending at craft shows. The maker community (especially in the North West) has been so supportive and inspiring.
How did you get started in your business?
Why Ten2Midnight? Well, after the birth of our 2nd child, my husband took a swing shift position to save on daycare costs. I worked mornings, while he worked nights. Each night, I put the kids to bed, did dishes, etc. Then I had “me” time. I began making jewelry again after an over 7 year hiatus from my studio. I would start around 10:00 and finish up around 12:00 when my husband came home. On one of these nights however, my husband was home unexpectedly, yet I still was drawn to my studio to work. He jokingly said – “Oh, is it time for Ten to Midnight Studios to open up shop?”
Yes, it was and it was official from then on. With his support (and a great name), I took the leap & started my own jewelry line in 2012. This line is a labor of love. Each piece of jewelry is made in my studio, hand fabricated from sheet and wire. I feel that “touch” & attention to detail lends to the specialness of the piece and imbues upon it the energy and passion I have for my work and life.
Is this a full-time business for you?:
Ten2Midnight Studios is my full time business. In June of 2012 I took the leap, left my paycheck job and went into the studio full time. It hasn’t always been easy, it most usually is scary, but it absolutely was the best thing for me. I love what I do & love making things with my own two hands.