Posts Tagged ‘artist-to-artist’
You’re originally from Long Island — how did you end up in the Northwest?
Dara: After studying art for 2 years in North Carolina I determined it wasn’t the place for a Long Island Girl, so I decided to check out Seattle, since we had some family friends here. I started taking classes at Seattle Central and then one day walked by Cornish, and fell in love with the school and eventually attended and received my BFA. » keep reading »
For the latest installment of our Artist-to-Artist series, South Park Arts founder Wendy Woldenberg chats with Elizabeth Knopf. Both are fantastically creative jewelry makers who draw on found objects — Wendy uses natural forms to create jewelry in precious metals while Elizabeth represents nature by upcycling discarded materials. Both are veterans of Art Under $100 and will be happy to see you at the 2010 sale!
Elizabeth: Wendy, I am wondering how long have you been making jewelry and what some of your favorite materials to work with are?
Wendy: I started making jewelry to help pay my rent back in 1990. At the time, I mainly used wire and fimo clay, and sold everything for $5. With every piece I made and sold, I became more and more addicted to the sense of accomplishment. Lately, I have been really into using yellow gold and brightly colored faceted gemstones. But, I also like to use shells, river rocks, beach glass, and white metals, too.
When did you start making jewelry and what materials do you like to use?
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This is the latest in SPArts’ new [kinda]monthly artist-to-artist series, where South Park artists reveal a little about themselves and their work in this little corner of Seattle. In this edition, South Park Arts member, photographer, and Lil Photo Box creator, Michelle Smith-Lewis, chats with fellow talent-filled photographer, South Parker Raina Anderson. Raina is a military brat who has lived all over the country. Her back ground is in women’s advocacy and mental health treatment and living in South Park got has gotten her interested in community advocacy. While she’s not able to be a full time photographer, writer or crafts gal, she tries to spend as much time as I can being creative.
Michelle: So, let’s get this party started!
At what point in your life did you realize that you were to be an artist? When did you decide that your medium would be photography?
Raina: I don’t know if there was any one real defining moment. Both of my parents were artists, so there was always something to dabble in. My mom was a writer and photographer, and my Dad was a painter. My dad always tried to get me to paint with him, but I wasn’t very good at it-I usually ended up with more paint on the floor or myself than the canvas. There had always been cameras in the house and my mom always shared her passion of it with me. I think my desire to get out and play supported photography more than anything, so it won out.
Hmmm…I think that photography as my medium was pretty set when at 8 years old I had 4 or 5 cameras. » keep reading »
In this edition of SPArts’ monthly artist-to-artist series, Lettie Haggard talks to Rusty Oliver, who runs South Park’s HazardFactory, an industrial arts studio specializing in the “artistic re-direction of technology”, where he teaches welding classes and offers open studios. On May 19, 2010, Lettie ventured from her adorable Witch Hat House near Marra Farm northward to the industrial banks of the Duwamish to meet Rusty at the HazardFactory.
Lettie: Hi Rusty, I’m Lettie…
Lettie enters the large warehouse and notices metal things everywhere. The space is very well lit and organized. She can tell this guy is serious about what he does. She spies a structure made of truck gears, a metal shaft and a bicycle wheel attached to the top. It looks like some kind of lightning rod or a work in progress. She knows she has to inquire about the contraption.
Rusty: This is a sculpture that I am working on. The base is a truck gear. It has electricity running through the spokes. The wires of the spokes are tunable, when you turn the crank it creates an electric current and it makes sound.
Lettie: That’s really cool! Could a person ride it like a bike?
Rusty: No, I think you would be electrocuted!
This is the second entry of SPArts’ new monthly artist-to-artist series, where South Park artists reveal a little about themselves and their work in this little corner of Seattle. In this edition, South Park mixed-media artist Wren Crosley chats with her betrothed, Aaron Cone. In addition to planning a wedding, they recently collaborated on the crowd-pleasing River Horse, a 2010 entry in the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival. Here they discuss Aaron’s art, growing up with artist parents, and a little bit about his philosophy on life.
Wren: Sooo, Aaron. We all know you are this really great, fun guy. I’d like to hear more about you as an artist. What are your earliest artistic memories? What do you think has helped shaped you as an artist?
Aaron: For some reason that makes me think of the refrigerator my dad kept his art supplies in, out in our yard. I suppose it was my mother and father who encouraged me to be artistic as a child. » keep reading »