My friend Kristin LaFlamme asked me to join in the Around the World Blog hop. I will answer four questions about my creative process and will then tag more bloggers to do the same. Check out Kristin’s blog post to read her answers and follow her links to find other interesting blog hoppers.
1. What am I working on?
For the past weeks I have been working on smaller pieces in preparation for a local art show as well as the launch of my new online store. After a long time of mainly focusing on larger wall pieces it has been fun to work on some notebooks, sachets, and pillows again. All of my work is still guided by my interest in nature, botany, and our local surroundings.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I specialize in natural dyes, eco printing, and nature prints. There are many skilled artists around the world exploring and perfecting these techniques, and it is sometimes difficult to make you work stand out. I try to make my prints as simple and distilled as possible, using local plants and simple arrangements. The plant itself is always the star, so my color choices and finishing techniques tend to be understated and simple as well.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
My admiration for the natural world and the effects it has on human life is the main inspiration for my work. Nature is fascinating on so many levels, from the scientific details, to its adaptability and pure beauty. By working with natural motifs and concepts, I attempt to honor the intricacy and resilience of the natural world. I am also careful to use sustainable practices when I create. Most of my dyes and prints are derived directly from local plants, and I work exclusively with natural or repurposed materials.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I almost always start with the surface design, by dyeing or printing the cloth or paper. The result of the printing process will guide how the final piece takes form. For some book projects or larger art quilts I have a concept in mind, but it is common for the outcome to shift depending on the print results. I also love to use patterns and repetition in my work, either within a particular piece or by using slight variations in a series of works. Most of my work is finished by hand. I find hand sewing and stitching meditative and it becomes an important part of the final piece by adding tactility and texture.