Welcome to Muggles Market Spotlight! (Yes, you are right! It is still not Monday. The next one will be on Monday, I promise.) Today, we are spotlighting one of the artisans scheduled to appear at our brand new Muggles’ Market at this year’s Geek Gala. Today’s featured artisan is E.B. Spider! Brandy Shope took a few minutes to answer some questions about her business and general geekery.
- What kind of items will you be selling at this year’s Muggles Market?
I will be selling crocheted accessories from all sorts of genres. From Harry Potter, to Pokemon, to Mario, to other movies & games; I dabble in a little bit of everything. Bags and hats are my main passion, with a few baby items throw in as well.
- How did you first get started making these things?
It all began with a mushroom purse I did about 10 years ago. I made one and wasn’t happy with it, so I made it bigger and thought “Hey, what if I put eyes on it like in Mario?” I did just that and have been making “nerdy” things ever since! Soon after, I added Luna Lovegood’s Radish Purse. This year I branched out into doing Pokemon pouches.
- What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
With the addition of Pokemon Go related items this year, I have had a plethora of inspiration! I love making my Pika Pouches. You should see when I make them in bulk. I have a whole Pika-Army lined up on my couch. Pokemon items are so much fun to make because they’re so unique and there are so many options to choose from.
- What else can you tell us about yourself?
I am blessed to be a stay at home mom. I have a 4 month old son and 9 year old daughter. I am a hardcore Disney geek. I love Mickey Mouse and love to go visit him in Florida. My favorite video game is Kingdom Hearts, but any Zelda is a close second.
- So this year’s Geek Gala is about space travel – if you could join any TV/Movie space crew – who would it be and why?
I am going to have to pick Star Wars, and not just because it’s Disney now. My daughter is a huge Star Wars nut and has roped me into it. I would love to be able to wield a lightsaber, without having to make the sound effects with my mouth. (You know you’ve done that too.) A cape with be cool too, but I don’t think I’d choose the Dark Side just to get one. Plus, who wouldn’t want their very own BB8?
- Check out their website at: E. B. Spider
And make plans to come visit them on Saturday, October 22nd at this year’s Geek Gala!