I was recently invited to take part in a "blog hop" artist interview series, where we all introduce ourselves and talk about our current work, by the talented English artist Rachel Horne, who now lives in France with her family. Rachel makes beautiful mixed media and textile artwork, and you can see more of her paintings and art on her blog here + she has a artist FB page as well.
Here are the interview questions I received from Rachel:
1- What am I working on at the moment?
Right now I'm mostly working on my creative online classes + my current course is Creative Courageous Autumn.
In the course, we use photography, journaling, crafting, and cooking to explore our creativity and we enjoy weekly, exclusive, in depth interviews with international guests. This time around we have interviews with creative women in the US, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, and Sweden! You can see our Autumn Session guest list here.
We also take photo walks with different themes + prompts each week, and it's loads of fun to see everyone's photos from around the world. Last week "autumn light" was our theme and the photos everyone shared were gorgeous! For example, you can see several of Rachel's beautiful photos from France here.
The creative element really comes into play with lots of yummy, seasonal recipes (we do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen) and also with our weekly DIY projects. Last week we learned how to make image transfers, which we can use in our new and art journals. Another aspect of the course is that many participants are using a journal to document their creative year.
Some participants join us for the entire year, while others join for a season or two. We just started the Autumn Session (it's not to late to take part :) + we'll wrap up this year with a playful Holiday Session.
Our upcoming Holiday Session will feature new interviews, recipes, and fun, seasonal crafty projects - but with the emphasis on relaxation and "easy does it" style holiday celebrations. I really look forward to learning more about holiday traditions from around the world in our quite international group of participants! All the details are here + you are welcome to join us.
2- How does my work differ from other work of its genre?
The main media I use is collage, and I do love collage because there is no right or wrong way to do it. You don't need to be able to draw or paint to make collage - all you need are scissors, a glue stick, and a stack of old papers and magazines!
The materials you can use are unlimited (basically anything you can glue down) - you don't need a lot of space, and the costs of making collage are very minimal.
My latest collage project is 100 Days of Collage and I'm challenging myself to create 100 new collages in 100 days. I'm using lots of favorite quotes in this series, and travel images and maps are popping up quite a bit - so we'll see where it goes. I'm practicing making quick collages and not over-thinking too much or obsessing if each collage is "good enough." I simply want to have fun with this project and do something creative with my hands each day.
3 - Why do I create what I do + how does my creative process work?
I have been making artwork for as long as I can remember. I don't know that I can really explain my creative process, I think it is simply important to make, make, make. Create if you are so inclined - and if not, that's ok too!
I know many artists who feel guilty for not making more work, or "better" work - and I think it is truly counter-productive. Whatever your creative ideas are - with painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, writing, whatever - you should just go for it, give it a try, do what gives you pleasure and makes you feel alive, and forget about what you think you "should" be doing.
Each day I see how freely my daughters (ages 7 + 8) create, and it is beautiful to watch. One daughter is now completely into writing and illustrating elaborate stories, while one daughter especially loves intricate jewelry making.
My daughters simply make and make and make without worrying about the issues adult artists often create for themselves.
I believe this is the true joy of art and creative expression!
p.s. - For a Sneak Preview of what's coming up in the next 3 weeks, check out my 3 Big Surprises here.