My very creative and sweet ( like chick fil a sweet tea sweet, I always order the large) friend Kristen ( www.alanahtextiles.com ) invited me to be a part of this project and I’m so excited to answer these four extremely broad questions and try to narrow down my answers. The beauty of a self interview is that no one is prodding me and trying to get a boxed answer. The perfectly packaged “right” answer. So here goes: right or wrong, here’s what I have to say!
1. What am I working on?
Well I have several projects in the works right now. I am creating a new line which may or may not require that I take some classes in electrical work! Pretty excited about that; Top Secret for now! In addition to that I have a few collaborations in the works with some others creatives, one is with a modern designer (a lighting project) , one is with a calligrapher ( the coaster project which is expanding!) and another is with Athica, a local art gallery in Athens, where I’ve been asked (along with a whole bunch of other artists) to create a piece of artwork based on a tarot card ! I got the moon! And finally, I’m working on a ton of orders that keep rolling in from my recent feature in Better Homes & Gardens magazine! Everybody wants the same one that’s in the picture. Over and over. Again and again. I could cut that design in my sleep now.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Well, the glass wall vases I make hold water, can hang on a wall and can even hang flat against a window. A lot of other glass work I’ve seen recently, is so beautiful and geometric, but I feel that it’s kind of limited to the trendier, hipster, young crowd. One thing that makes me happy about my designs is that they seem to appeal to all ages. Actually, the first person to purchase one of my wall vases was a very elderly woman who wanted to put fresh flowers in her bathroom. I love that people young and old can relate to the simplicity of the designs and also the solid handwork and functionality.
3. Why do I create what I do?
It’s funny how creatives will dabble in every medium. I’m no different. I’ve gone all over the spectrum from working on a potters wheel, black and white photography, printmaking, fibers, what have you. But I keep returning to glass. I just love working with it. It’s dangerous and fragile, it makes a beautiful sound when you score it and I love the sizzle of solder hitting flux. It’s all very exciting to the senses. I make decor and jewelry because I love both of those things so much. I also love designing, so be on the lookout for more items coming soon!
4. How does my creative process work?
I love to read anything- signs, books, magazines, blogs, fb statuses….it really doesn’t matter. I think that most of my designs begin with something I read. If I read some beautiful family history, I’m tempted to work with old lace and vintage paper and to put it under glass. If I’m reading about the future of fashion and it’s clean lines and structured forms, I get out my sketch book and start drawing up plans for pieces that mimic that aesthetic. It’s fun to always have several ideas at the ready for when I get that “let’s make something brand new” itch! I’d say I get that itch at least once a week! Haha!
Thanks for reading! I’ve invited three more artists to keep up this expanding blog post- I’ll post their blogs here soon!