Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview with Shannon Marie

Interview with Shannon Marie, jeweler, photographer, graphic design artist, and co-leader of the Art School Grad Team on Etsy.

"House on Wey Road" by Shannon Marie
won an Instagram contest this year - for sale by request
 1) Was there a particular moment or person that inspired you to become an artist?
This is such a hard question to answer because I have such there is such a vast collection of artist’s whose work I love and inspired me at some point. Definitely Audrey Kawasaki, Camille d’Errico, Fafi, Danny Brito. Photographers like Benoit Paill. I love Neo Victorian and Steampunk jewelry designers like Bella Lili and Lara Lewis. I listen to Cibo Matto, Bjork, and Son Lux on Pandora while I’m working. I have a serious Tumblr addiction. I think it all comes together to help me brainstorm new ideas, and constantly learn and improve my business and my abilities in art.


2) Have your jewelry, photography, and graphic design influenced each other, or do you think of them as completely separate endeavors?
I try to keep them separate, in my mind at least, for my own sanity, but they definitely overlap sometimes as far as helping customers and achieving goals. I think my experience in jewelry has definitely helped me in opening up my own graphic design shop because I am better able to assist customers with the more technical side of Etsy when they need it. Artistically, it’s a relief to be doing it all sometimes. I am the kind of person who feels “burnt out” quite fast, and it’s nice to be able to turn my back on my design orders when there’s a lull and just make jewelry in and out of a whole day. And vice versa. I really do love lots of contrast and bold colors, and I think that comes through on both ends sometimes.



Shannon Marie's table set up from the Holiday Bazaar in Millbrook, NY, in Nov. 2012

3) What is your most treasured creation and why?
I have one particular print that I made in the first year I started selling my photos on Etsy while I was still pregnant with my son. It’s just this really dreamy nature print of these crabapple blossoms that were blooming in front of the house where I was living at the time. It still just feels really surreal to me when I look at it, and makes me think of where I was in my life at that time. I think really great art does that – Even if nobody else notices it, even if it’s only me that feels something, I feel like I’ve accomplished something good.

"Country Garden" by Shannon Marie
4) Describe your perfect studio day.
Any day that I get something done. (HA!) I am now a work-at-home full-time single mom, so I am grateful for any amount of time I can get in my actual studio space. Right now it is a disaster area, but I make it work.

5) What tips might you have for other emerging artists?
Always experiment. Make time to create. Don’t limit yourself to one medium.

6) Are you planning anything special for your shops this holiday?
I am going to list as much new jewelry as possible between now and Christmas. More agate and druzy necklaces, beaded earrings, and mini photo prints in the 4x4 size. Big sales on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and post Christmas for ‘Boxing Day’! (I always have spontaneous sales through Facebook too) www.etsy.com/shop/littlefever

"Early Autumn Road" by Shannon Marie

((Art School Grad members/readers can take 20% anything in my jewelry shop using coupon code 'ARTSCHOOLGRAD' at checkout!))

I also have Logo Designs at half price in my design shop now until the listing runs out –
www.etsy.com/listing/110713929/sale-custom-logo-design-product-label

7) If you had to describe your work in five words, what would those words be?
Simple. Eclectic. Shiny. Loud. Fun.

8) Where else might fans find you? 
Fashion Tumblr: littlefever.tumblr.com/
Personal Tumblr: oh-darlingdarling.tumblr.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/LittleFever
Instagram: instagram.com/little_fever
Twitter: twitter.com/little_fever
Polyvore: littlefever.polyvore.com/

Shops: littlefever.etsy.com
runningwithfoxes.etsy.com
society6.com/ShannonFerguson/prints
www.redbubble.com/people/autumnletters/shop/iphone-cases

Friday, March 23, 2012

February's ASG Exhibit Best in Show: Kenny Bayne

The artist, Kenny Bayne
Kenny Bayne is February's Best in Show winner of the ASG Art Exhibit "Silent Reflection."  Below, ASG Co-leader Julia Finucane interviews the artist:

1. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I've been interested in Art from a very young age and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My parents and friends encouraged me a lot which spurred me on to improve and learn to use other mediums. At school my Art teachers were fantastic and spent a lot of time giving me advice and assuring me that I should go to Art School and continue my learning. I'm glad I followed their advice!

2. Where are your favorite places to paint?
I like to paint wild coastlines and beaches in Scotland near where I grew up in the Scottish Borders. I've always loved going to the coast in really bad weather to experience the power of the sea and observe the fantastic light conditions. I live in Northern Germany now on the Baltic Sea coast and am really enjoying exploring a new location to base my paintings on. 

"Coldingham Bay" by Kenny Bayne

3. When not creating art, what are your hobbies?
I spend a lot of time outdoors and like to Surf and Snowboard whenever I have the time.

4. You wrote in your profile on Etsy, that you surf in Scotland. Tell us about that.
I started surfing a couple of years ago and could not believe that I had lived in a place with such great conditions and never tried it. I have been hooked ever since and have seen myself crossing snow covered beaches in winter to get my fix. A lot of my paintings are of the sea and the fantasic colour changes stormy weather brings. I find sitting on my board looking out to sea for the next set of waves to roll in really inspires me.

5. What does the theme from February’s ASG Exhibit "Silent Reflection" mean to you and your “Snow and Trees” painting?
The theme of “Silent Reflection” immediately made me think of a walk I went on recently near my family's farm. There was loads of snow and everything was so still and quiet. I wanted to try and capture that feeling in my painting “Snow and Trees.”

"Snow and Trees" by Kenny Bayne

6. Who (dead or alive) would you love to spend a day with and why?
I would love to be able to spend a day with the Artist Joan Eardley. She is one of my favourite painters and although she had a relatively short career as she died young she made a huge contribution to Scottish Painting.

7. Where else can we find you? Online links, galleries, etc.

Etsy Shop

Blog

Pinterest

Friday, March 2, 2012

January's ASG Exhibit Best in Show: Carolina Seth (BigHelmetHead)

Artist, Carolina Seth, with her painting "Big Sumo"
1) What five adjectives best describe your artwork?


     Whimsical, surreal, flowing, playful, magical.

2) Who is your greatest contemporary art hero?


     I have many artists whom I admire, but I take my hat off to Yayoi Kusama. She was such a visionary and ahead of her time, and still such a creative force at 83. I had the fortune to attend one of her exhibits years ago and see her fantastic installation art.

3) What is your creative process (perhaps you might elaborate on some of your creative endeavors from illustrating books to creating wearable pendants)?


     I find inspiration from many different sources. It could strike anytime and anywhere. I quickly sketch and write down any ideas so to not forget.
"Gnomeland"
When I don't have my notebook handy, I'll make notes on any blank paper that is handy and keep it for later.
     I usually have a good idea of what I want to create before starting a new project. I'm rarely in front of a blank paper drawing randomly trying to come up with something. Once my ideas materialize on paper, I add more details, then move on to the actual materials; oil, acrylics or ink (for fine art), glass (jewelry), clay or wood (3D art), etc. During the process, I modify and make changes in color choices, lines and even materials , but the end result is never too far from the original idea.
     With my children's books, the process is not much different. As I read the narrative, I sketch the imagined ideas with pencil and annotate descriptions, to later create with actual materials for the final product.

from left clockwise; "Robo Love," "Mod Nocturne," and "Pierced"
4) If you were able to time travel where would you go and why?
     Late 1800's Europe, at the time of industrialization. An era of great technological and scientific advances, but still full of romanticism and ingenuity. I would have liked to be a crazy inventor that creates fantastic apparatus, with monkeys wearing goggles and lab attire as my assistants.
     Also the late 50's to early 60's in America, I'm a big fan of the design of that era, plus it would be fun and so care-free to be a teeny bopper.

5) What does the theme from January's ASG Exhibit "love" mean to your work, specifically the piece “Soul” from your latest series of wall art?


     Before "Soul", I have painted "Okasan", an illustration of a mother and baby in an minimalist style, which I favor. I knew I wanted to make something within the same lines. With Valentine's Day approaching, the simple yet poetic Aristotle quote about how love is a single soul inhabited in two bodies inspired me, and I immediately knew what I wanted to create.

"Soul" by Carolina Seth, Best in Show for January's ASG Exhibit
6) When did you know you were an artist and why?
     I was always painting and doing something creative as a kid. At age 5 I won a national children's painting contest in my native Spain. On that day, I announced that I wanted to be an artist, forever killing my parent's hope of their child making a decent living.

7) What advice would you give to an emerging artist?
     Research: look at what's in demand in today's market, find your niche within it. Be willing to adapt your style to what could work in the real world, without losing your own artistic self.
     Feed your mind: be aware of trends, and what's in fashion now. Not only in your area of expertise, but in other disciplines, inspiration can come from the most unusual places.
     Be open: be willing to think out of the box and if something doesn't work, try a different approach, modify a bit or completely, and start anew. Don't be afraid of experiment with new techniques or painting your not so usual subjects. You'll be surprised where it takes you and what you can do.
     Have fun: don't take yourself too seriously, but be serious about what you do.

8) Where can we find your artwork (links to galleries, shops, book illustrations, etc.)?
     I'm currently showing at the “Gnomeland: the Evolution of Gnomus Sapiens” group exhibition at
Elroy Artspace Modern Gallery of Art, in downtown Portland, Oregon, in the US.

My art and handmade objects can be found at my Big Helmet Head shops:
Artfire
Etsy
Storenvy

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winner of the Art Give-away!

Thank you all SO much for the amazing comments about our painting collaboration give-away! 


We have just used a random number generator to pick our winner: MDBecker!!!! Congratulations!!!!!


To learn more about the artists and the painting that was sent around the world, check out our previous feature.
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