On her blog, Cathy Cullis left an open invitation to readers to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop and share a little about their work. Since talking about my work is still a bit of a challenge for me it seems like a good exercise, but before I get started I’d like to share some love for Cathy. I used to enjoy following blogs with a similar aesthetic to mine but many of them started to monetize and turn into one sponsored post or giveaway after another with very little about the creations that first got my attention. I added and removed lots of blogs trying to create the perfect reading list and when I found Cathy’s it was a keeper. Although our work is night and day, I’m so inspired by her work ethic, range of media and the simple straight forward way she shares her work, process, thoughts and inspiration. It’s everything I aspire to be here on my own blog.
So on with the interview…
Q: Why do you create what you do?
A: I’ve always been creative, my first projects being dolls made from odd socks and collages made from recycled greeting cards and old calendars or ledgers. These early influences from my grandma are still apparent in my work today. I love collage, sewing, and stashing away materials to upcycle. There was a time I created artdolls, which I still love, but over time the variety of things I enjoy started to come together and lead me to the mixed media fabric paintings I’m making today. As for why I continue to make these paintings, well I just can’t imagine a life where I didn’t create.
Q: How does your creating process work?
A: My work comes together in different phases. In order to use handmade fabrics and original images there are days I spend carving stamps, painting, printing and dyeing, then other days drawing in a sketchbook…a habit I’m still working on. When I’m ready to begin new textile work, I gather materials I’m feeling inspired by and just begin collaging, allowing things to organically take shape, layering and layering until it feels complete. Sometimes I have a vague idea about a collection, but no final work is ever planned out in a sketchbook. The spontaneous collage process is the most fun and fulfilling part of what I do.
Q: What are you working on?
A: I’m currently working on combining paper and fabric to create foundations that will then be painted and stitched. It’s important to me to continue exploring new techniques while further defining my style.
Q: How does your work differ from others in your genre?
A: I like the idea of combining skillful execution and playful subject matter so the work is high quality but at the same time can’t be taken too seriously. I’ve received positive feedback from both children and adults and I’m not aware of many textile artists whose work could be displayed in either the living room or nursery of someones home.
If you’re reading and have your own blog, play along and let me know in the comments so I can pay you a visit!