Artist Q & A: Sabriel

This is the first in an occasional series highlighting artists and crafters who make stim toys or stim jewelry available at Stimtastic.

Sabriel has been making beaded animals for Stimtastic for about a year.  

Can you tell us a little about how you got started making beaded animals?

I've been beading since I was a little kid. My sister taught me, and it quickly became a special interest. 

What led you to offer your creations at Stimtastic?

After I realized I'm autistic, I wanted to be as much a part of the community as possible. I've been stimming with my beaded animals since before I knew what stimming was, and when I heard Stimtastic offered handmade stim toys from autistic artists I was thrilled at the opportunity to get back into beading. 

What is the inspiration for the types of animals you make? Do you have a favorite?

My favorite to make is the lizards and my favorite to stim with is the damselflies. I basically just make what I remember how to make.

A photo of Sabriel's work station with an in-progress damselfly and sample pals. 

A photo of Sabriel's work station with an in-progress damselfly and sample pals. 

What do you enjoy about working with beads? 

Beading can be really calming, and it's a great distraction when I'm upset and a great way to keep my hands busy when I need to be productive. It's so stimmy too!

Does being autistic/ND factor into your work?

I probably wouldn't remember how to do it if it hadn't been a special interest when I was a kid. I can work for hours because of the way I can focus and I'm sure I enjoy it a lot more because I'm autistic. 

Would you like to share a photo or description of your stim toy collection or favorite stimmy object?

Some of my stim toys, feat. my cat

Photo description: A mostly grey Tabby cat sitting behind a set of stim toys, including a puzzles cube, 6 tangles, a beaded lizard and chewable necklaces.

Photo description: A mostly grey Tabby cat sitting behind a set of stim toys, including a puzzles cube, 6 tangles, a beaded lizard and chewable necklaces.

Where can people learn more about your work? Do you have a way for people to place custom orders?

I have a tumblr, cynicalcripplepunk.tumblr.com, where people can message me to request custom orders or learn more about my work. If I get enough interest I would make an Etsy. 

Posted on June 16, 2017 and filed under Artist Q & As.