Thursday, July 28, 2011

Artist Interview: Littlebighead

Name: Andrea Gutierrez
Name of Business: Littlebighead
Creative Influences: childlike imagination, the natural world, storytelling, vintage eras, Edward Gorey
Preferred Medium of Creativity: pen and paper

Brief Bio:     I love to draw, plain and simple. I'm terribly fond of fauna, flora, constellations, victorian houses, old books and tea. I find inspiration from children and their secret stories. I also like children who have bird heads.
I have worked in oils, dabbled in acrylics and water colors, but I love inks best. I also like to challenge myself with needle and thread with occassional dolls, including making a few owls and mandrakes.
I have conceptualized and created artwork for a few bands, locally AND abroad, for use on album covers and merchandise. I have done logo designs, spot illustrations and designed business cards, T-shirts, and even tattoos for anyone that wants them.
I'm proud to have my work find permanent homes in private collections all over the  U.S. as well as Canada, England, France, Australia and New Zealand.

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What is one of your earliest creative memories?
I remember my childhood home, always either drawing or playing dress up in the backyard. Since I have a older sibling by about nine years, I had learn to occupy myself through imagination. Sometimes that imagination lead to creating. The very first thing I can remember making is a school bus from a milk cartoon which probably lead to the realization of using everyday items for things (like my next creations, toilet roll dolls).

How did you find your creative voice?
I think it was both years in the making and instant if that can make any sense! I truly believe this is what is inherent in me, God-given, entwined in my very fibers. It does and can take some years to truly ‘establish’ yourself but mostly it is a continual discovery. I am not sure if I can really pin point in time when my creative voice came but I can tell you it had blossomed again about a year after my daughter was born. 

Did your creative habits make a smooth transition into your adult life?  What did the evolution look like?
I would say yes. Drawing is something I have always done, even doodling at work (my supervisors knew I was done with my tasks just waiting for the next assignment)! I use to hide who I was, never wanting to share so it was actually few people who knew that side of me until I was older. My boyfriend (husband now) encouraged me by gifting sketchbooks to me and really helped in bringing about my talent. Though it was hidden for sometime, it was a major part of who I was and I wasn’t going to lose that about myself.  
If you had a creative hiatus, what event/circumstance brought you back to your creative lifestyle?
I was plateaued for a time when I was working a lot, became pregnant and had my daughter. Shortly after she was born, I realized that I had lost a bit of myself by not expressing that daily creativity. I realized it was a necessity to my person, like something I needed to survive. I began exploring the internet and finding places and people whose aesthetics I admired and got right back into doodling again. It took me some time to find who I was again but I am glad that I did.

How has GOD been a part of your creative process/lifestyle?
I can not deny that this is a gift He has given. The talent I have comes from Him alone and I am so very thankful for it. As I get older I realize this more and more. I can honestly say that I never truly had a handle on that truth until recently. Now as I am given more opportunities, I see that I want to glorify Him through it. I want to allow the great stories of His truth into my art (and eventual story writing). I have been told in various ways how my work is both childlike sweet and sad at the same time. I know that is direct result of who I am as a person, how I saw life growing up. I am a realist in my surreal expression I suppose! Ultimately, all life is in His providence and I want that to be reflected somehow, whether subtly or otherwise.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peace in Dance...

This piece was shared with me by the lovely Maia of  Music Teachah Designs
I hope you enjoy this dance segment as much as I did

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Artist Interview: Bird From a Wire

Name: Jennifer Swift
Name of Business: Bird from a Wire
Creative Influences: Nature, line, color and pattern.
Preferred Medium of Creativity: I love combining wire and fabric to create my stitched wire sculptures.

Brief Bio:
Jen Swift is an at home mother and artist from Plymouth, MN. She loves to play, experiment, and just enjoy the process of art. She began creating her wire and fabric sculptures after her son was born and has taken the idea and turned it into her etsy business, and publishing. She has been featured in multiple issues of Sew Somerset, and Somerset Home, and has just had a book published. The book, Creative Bloom: Projects and Inspiration with Wire and Fabric (North Light, 2010) along with her blog, Art as Usual, allow her to encourage and inspire others to lead a creative life.


 What is one of your earliest creative memories?

My mother was a teacher so my brother and I would spend hours after school each day as she finished up her grading and prepwork. I remember filling a huge chalkboard with elaborate drawings of princess dresses and of cloud cities (inspired by star wars). I loved the ability to draw lots and draw big. My mother says the drawings were always very detailed. I still like to draw big, but I enjoy my detail work too. The wire uses the same big movements to sculpt as my drawing and the stitching I add allows me to calm down and focus in on details.

Did your creative habits make a smooth transition into your adult life?  What did the evolution look like? 

Actually I had a lot of starts and stops with a ton of teenage angst thrown in. I drew from the time I was little and as I grew my drawings would evolve. First the princess dresses, then landscapes, then mountains, waterfalls, and trees, all the while they became more and more detailed. When I had hard things happen, or something about life confused me I would go back to those same inspirations; mountains, waterfalls, and trees. I processed everything through my art and things would make sense for a little while. I also thought of my ability to create art as something that was unique to me and helped me get through the horrible self- hating teenage years. Then when I got a job after college I used my art skills daily to design flowers but didn’t have the energy to create at home too.

If you had a creative hiatus, what event/circumstance brought you back to your creative lifestyle? 

When my son was born I went into a big depression and both my mom and my husband encouraged me to do art again. I felt God answered my “what do I do now?” prayer by handing me the wire and fabric.

 How has GOD been a part of your creative process/lifestyle? 

I see the Holy Spirit as whispering in my ear. All the creative choices I make from what color to use, to what I paint or sculpt are inspired and I truly feel that inspiration comes from God. I tried creating from me and I felt empty, I need God to fill me. He does that through my time with nature, through my love of flowers, trips to the quilt store, or the quiet times when I sketch.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

That Time Alone is Essential to Your Creative Spirit

“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”
J.K. Rowling