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Made in Iowa: Silk scarves are wearable art

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Every woman knows that accessories can make an outfit.

One of Amber Kudaís hand painted silk scarves, though, does more. Kudaís scarves, with water color-like images, are wearable art.

At 25, Kuda of Cedar Rapids is owner and chief visionary of The Creative Place. She started the company to encompass her other creative endeavors, including the whimsical paintings and portrait photography, which she sells at farmers markets and arts and craft shows in Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois.

Q: How and when did you get started?

A: I started The Creative Place in 2009 after learning the trade of silk painting. I am self taught in this unique trade and continue to learn new techniques and develop new designs.

Q: What three words best describe what you do?

A: Unique, whimsical and colorful.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Everything. Sometimes itís a fun pattern on a piece of clothing, or a certain color of a flower I see. Literally inspiration is anywhere and everywhere.

Q: Whatís the best part about being a crafty/creative person?

A: Turning my passion into a career and being able to truly love my job.

Q: Do you remember your first craft project?

A: I can remember several all through school and college, but the first is probably finger paintings I did as a child.

Q: When you become rich and famous for your work, what will you do?

A: Exactly what Iím doing now, except hopefully at an out-of-the-house studio and having my house paid off.

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