I'm Shanalee Hampton. I grew up in Chicago where I eschewed arts & crafts, much to my mother's disappointment. I was frequently told I had an attitude problem and that I wasn't living up to my full potential. I did like to take pictures and write silly stories, though. I thought I was awesome.
In 2003, I discovered that I had actually picked up a skill or two from my self-sabotaged craft attempts growing up and began making mixed media art to some degree of success. In late 2006, I began making jewelry and hair accessories with silk and cotton yoyos, vintage repurposed items and a bit of grandma chic. Over the summer of 2013, I began selling embroidered hoop art in my online shop. Embroidery had been my go to craft for gifts for years, since learning how to embroider as a small child, hating it, and then later discovering a real love for it. It is awesome.
The last two years, my work has become increasingly political. I try to make things to inspire people to do better, be better for the world.
I enjoy cartoons, baking pies, tap dancing, talking to plants, planning adventures, making up stories, making things and being awesome. I live in Portland, Oregon with some people I love.