Posts in Issue XVI
Immersive Work by Scrap Wrenn
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Working under pseudonyms, Wrenn’s experimental projects have included various architectural video projections, interactive walking-tour theater programs in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park (Brooklyn), several immersive transformations of transitional real estate in the New York City area (Chashama, et al, 2003-8), public installations at the former mid-town Donnell NYPL Library (Chashama, 2010), and an outdoor public sculpture commission on Randall’s Island (“Awakening Asylum,” Flow.12, 2012).

After attending New York University in the Steinhardt University Scholars Program (1998-2002), Wrenn received the Mount Royal Graduate Fellowship Award at MICA (2006-2008). She has published several essays, books, and articles as contributions to exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings, and magazines, in addition to limited edition photography books.

Wrenn teaches formally as a full-time Visiting Lecturer of Art in Photography and Multi-media at Marist College (Dept. of Art & Digital Media), and received an upstate relocation empowering “Tending Space” Fellowship in 2014 (from the Hemera Foundation) that furthered her creative inquiries with dharma practice.

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'Satisfy Your Sweetest Desires': A Profile on Artist - Entrepreneur Robyn Blair Davidson (“by robynblair”)

By Zoë Goetzmann

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When life hands you candy, make art.

Over this past year, New York based artist Robyn Blair Davidson –  or rather “by robynblair” –  has built, established and maintained a successful career for herself through her candy wall art designs, prints and acrylic candy dishes. 

Prior to becoming an artist, Robyn worked as the marketing director for a contemporary clothing company. Up until last year, she was the owner of her own consulting agency through which she helped brands with experiential marketing, partnerships and large-scale collaborations.

So, how did Robyn make the switch from a career in marketing to a career as an artist? More importantly, why candy?  

If you ask Robyn, she can tell you all about her candy obsession, “I love candy and I always have candy on me, in my bag, in my house, everywhere!” Through this intense passion for candy, combined with a later interest in home décor, Robyn made the transition from a marketing professional to an artist-entrepreneur.  

Whilst sitting in her living room one day back in 2018, Robyn got the idea to create her first candy art piece. As she says, “I started to care about my environment and making my space a reflection of who I am and one day, it hit me that I wanted to put candy on the wall! It’s so pretty and happy, so why not? I’ve always thought that candy packaging is an art in itself.”

For her first piece, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, Robyn filled a custom-designed acrylic plexiglass case with Dubble Bubble gum, printing the title of the work in hot pink block lettering.

 She also designed the exterior case to be, “1 ½ inches thick,” she explains, “so [that] it had depth, but also was thin enough to hang on a wall as fine art.”

Robyn then hung her work on the walls of her own home — next to one of her favorite works by Pop artist, Deborah Kass entitled, C’Mon Get Happy! (2010).

“I hung the first piece on the wall, and it made me smile,” she reflects. “It all happened without a single thought of starting a candy-based business or becoming an artist. I just made it for myself.” 

A few days after completing her first piece, Robyn’s friends and family began to reach out to her to ask if she would make similar pieces for them. In March 2018, with their encouragement, Robyn posted a photograph of her work onto her personal Instagram account. Soon, she would create another profile under the Instagram name: @byrobynblair, which now has over 16,000 followers.

In the next month, Robyn would become a full-time working artist who promotes and sells her work to clients all over the world such as in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Dubai, Shanghai, Toronto and London. Currently, she operates the majority of her business and sales via her website: byrobynblair.com.

For Robyn: collaboration is everything.

Since establishing her brand “by robynblair,” Robyn has collaborated with other brands and companies including Name Glo and Dormify. In November 2018, her works were displayed in the window of Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In December 2018, Robyn made a set of pieces for Harry Winston, which were shown alongside the jeweler’s candy-colored diamond collection, Winston Candy.

As a former marketing professional, Robyn understands the importance of social media. She also attributes a portion of her career success to her prior connections in the fashion world.

“Brand partnerships have always been one of the most fun parts!” she exclaims. “I can’t help but feel, if I started my brand 10 years ago, companies like Harry Winston wouldn’t be reaching out to [me]. It’s a different world now and big companies are willing to go alongside emerging artists like [myself] because creatively, they know that’s what resonates on social [media] right now. I’ve been able to leverage connections from my old days in fashion to get a pop-up at Saks, something that would not have happened before Instagram took over!”

Even candy companies have contacted Robyn in order to express their admiration for her work. As she says, “since I started making my pieces, candy companies have been reaching out to me to partner on a new flavor launch or send me candy for future pieces with a nice note.”

Robyn’s Instagram, @byrobynblair also serves as another means of collaboration for her business. Using her Instagram as a visual portfolio for her work, Robyn will often direct her clients to this platform if they need guidance when picking out candy for specific commissions.   

As she explains, “It’s the most amazing platform that I use to show what I’m working on, and [to] help give people ideas and inspiration as I work with them. Instagram is a great place for my clients to get inspired and see that they like and what they don’t like. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

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Through her collaboration with Dormify, an interior design company that specializes in college room décor, Robyn has also been able to adjust her higher artwork prices to accommodate her younger audiences who might also follow her on Instagram.

As she says, “I was so happy to partner with Dormify and offer poster prints because I never wanted to say, ‘no’ to somebody who reached out for a piece. I love being able to have another price point that’s accessible.

When creating one of her works, Robyn approaches each new piece with a sense of humor, positivity, relatability, nostalgia and thoughtfulness.  

In lieu of paints and a canvas, Robyn puts as much effort into arranging the candy within its cases, as a fine artist would put into a masterpiece. 

“I only use packaged pieces, never loose candy,” she explains. “I also use a special glue to help preserve each piece and I work with expert plexiglass manufacturers to tightly seal my pieces, making sure nothing gets in and nothing gets out.”

 Although her tagline  – “Satisfy Your Sweetest Desires” – would suggest otherwise, Robyn prefers to indulge in sour, rather than sweet candy. When creating one of her works, she is drawn to the bolder, more colorful packaging.  

“I gravitate towards the sour candies and ‘make-your-own-candy’ bag stores,” she explains. “Because I don’t work with loose candy, when it comes to candy packaging, I gravitate towards bright and fluorescent colors that make a big statement. Think: Push Pops, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Dubble Bubble. Their branding is Pop Art in itself!” 

Despite Robyn’s predominantly female audience, she also has a large following of couples who love her candy art creations. Establishing a collection called Man Cave, Robyn expanded her talents beyond her candy art medium, creating artwork out of playing cards, superhero memorabilia, cell phones and even perfume bottles to satisfy her clients’ individual tastes.

“It’s interesting to have clients who are couples come to me saying they’ve been having trouble finding pieces of art together, but they saw my art and both loved it so much. My couple clients see my work as Pop Art, not too feminine, not too masculine, just fun, bright, statement-making art,” she says.

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When brainstorming artwork titles, Robyn tends to choose ones that would make her laugh and would also make her collectors happy. Her ideas are always personal, establishing a relatable connection between herself, her clients as well as the specific candies that are featured in each one of her pieces.

“I think it’s really funny that the first piece I made had, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass  printed on the front, because of all people, I would be the first one to break into something to get a piece of candy if I wanted it badly enough!,” she jokes. “So, I kept thinking about the correlation between the candy I eat and what else makes my life sweet. Life is Sweet and Sugar High [candy wall art titles] fit the mold of more fun and quirky sayings, and I realized that all my phrases are about how candy makes me feel.”

Robyn applies this same logic when working with older types of candy from the 1960’s and the 1980’s, revealing another astute, yet “funny” observation about her clients’ buying habits.  

“Something funny that [I’ve] learned is that not everybody knows how to buy art, but everybody knows how to buy candy,” she says. “I find [that] the pieces that make my clients the happiest have a nostalgic element to them and really connect to who they are.”

Through this whirlwind of a year, Robyn has kept a positive attitude when it comes to her career, looking forward to other projects and collaborations in the future. One of which, includes working with interior designer, Cara Woodhouse of Cara Woodhouse Interiors to turn her new living room into an art showroom. 

Her work also echoes other well-known Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger. In fact, Ruscha even used food products in his previous work in order to capture the socio-political reality of everyday life. Just look up his installation, Chocolate Room (1970) for example! However, in contrast to these other artists, Robyn’s work is far more optimistic rather than ironically sardonic.

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Above all, Robyn desires to keep making work that appeals — or rather, “satisfies”— her own happiness as well as the happiness of her clients and her followers.

“My number one overall goal is to make people smile and to bring happiness into their homes,” she says. 

In times when the world can often feel like a dark place, Robyn’s work represents the necessary sweetness that we all need to lift up our spirits.           

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   Robyn Blair Davidson [Website]: https://byrobynblair.com/

 

Photographer and Interior Stylist Hannah Betts
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Hannah Betts is a photographer and interior stylist based in Rochester, NY.

This current body of work is a direct examination of emotions, stresses and the journey of finding peace in the midst of it all. The desert is a constant source of inspiration for this peace. The colors and objects of the desert constantly find themselves in my work, whether it is in space or photography.

 

Work Exploring the Function of Painting by William Cares
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In my recent work, I am exploring new methods, new materials, and new aims. Many of these pieces have been made from textiles purchased at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The fabrics have been altered by draping, cutting, and painting and have been stapled directly to the studio wall.

These pieces echo the uses of fabric in our everyday lives, such as clothing, bedspreads, and sheets, window curtains and towels, to evoke the missing human body.

Some are about absence and loss, and deal, obliquely, with the death of my father in 2015. Others are a kind of a play on the art historical split between “high” art and popular culture, including fashion. Still, others are more focused on the idea of painting vs. sculpture, and with upending expectations of what a painting is and how it functions.

All of these works explore new ways to use the traditional materials of painting - woven fibers and paint, to speak of issues ranging from race relations and homelessness to our notions of time, death, dreams and aspirations, and our responsibilities to one another in this life.

www.willcares.com 

Body Positive Paintings by Ping Hatta
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Ping Hatta’s dreamlike gouache series want to invite you to live in a tropical state of mind. Think carefree summer, golden tan, effortlessly well-dressed and well-traveled. Her confident fashionistas with exaggerated proportions and various skin tones reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to send a positive message about the body and ethnic diversity that the fashion industry is still lacking.

 

Ping is a Thai fashion illustrator and lingerie designer living in New York City. Born and raised in Bangkok and moved to New York City at eighteen, Ping’s vibrant color palette is a reflection of nostalgic places and a declaration of love to Thai culture. Her talent has been recognized by international brands and publications such as Vogue, American Illustration, Saks Fifth Avenue, Diptyque Paris, Rebecca Minkoff, among many more.

 

Collage Exploring Connection Between Art and Nature by Laura Kay Keeling
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Travels, daydreams, field guides, coffee, and film. Laura Kay Keeling resides in Toronto, ON and pulls inspiration from beautiful everyday moments shared through her 35mm photography, collage work, and installation projects. She has always been drawn to extreme environments and things that come from nature. Her focus is on creating work that instills an overall feeling of calm, curiosity and peacefulness within others as well as introducing opportunities for celebration and self-reflection often with her own humorous twist. She aims to explore the idea of “home”, how we utilize and design living spaces and form connections with our communities as well as the internet, social media & the effect on our lives. She is driven to explore the connection between art and nature and environmental elements are often the main focus of her work.

 

Humorous and Thought-Provoking Collage by David Krovblit
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Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, David Krovblit studied photography at Ryerson University. He worked professionally as a commercial photographer for over a decade, shooting many international brands and campaigns, and has won numerous awards for his work in the field. He currently lives in California and divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto.

Krovblit synthesizes diverse references from popular culture, contemporary photography to 19th-century botanical illustrations to create a fantasy universe in his work that is equal parts mesmerizing and seductive.

 

Krovblit's keen eye for composition results in dazzling work, that is humorous and thought-provoking. His collages mirror and comment on the complex world around him - ultimately weaving them into a thing of beauty.

 

Krovblit's techniques bridge old and new methods of producing collage. He uses digital manipulation to scale and print images at various sizes, then reverts to cutting and pasting for the final product.

Collage/Mural Process

 

Collage artists have traditionally been limited by the size of the pieces they find in print. Krovblit's methods allow him to break away from this size restraint through a unique process.

 

He starts by collecting all of the images from different sources: online imagery, posters, magazines, and his original photography. He then brings it all into Photoshop. At this point, he builds the digital file as the blueprint. Once this is complete, all the layers are printed out to the desired size and scale (current work is from 2ft art pieces to 20ft presentation walls). All the visual components get printed onto massive sheets of paper; ready to be hand cut.

 

Once cut, the pieces are reassembled and pasted onto a board or a wall. When everything is in place, the work is carefully sealed with a coating of epoxy resin.

 

Vintage Map Collage by Susan Lerner
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After a career as a Flavor Chemist, and as a mother of two, I was longing for an outlet to express myself and relieve the anxiety of caring for an aging parent with dementia. On a whim, I took a collage class at the 92 Street Y in NYC, and the minute I picked up a straight edge, I fell in love with the medium. In a short four years, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in over 20 group shows, including Brooklyn, NY; Chelsea, NY; Edinburgh, Scotland and Rennebu, Norway and have had solo exhibits in NYC and Washington, CT. My work has been published in numerous art magazines and in the newly released book “Collage By Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists”. I am a member of @thecollageclub, an exclusive group of collage artists who collage the same page of the same book each week.  In 2018, I organized and curated, @the_collage_garden NYC, an installation in the 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village, NYC that showcased collages submitted by artists from over 25 countries.

 

Statement

 

I have been intrigued by maps my entire life. Well before GPS, road maps were the only source of guidance for navigating direction. Opening a map in the car leads to the exploration of places unknown. Many road trips with my family encompassed my interests in travel, photography, and adventure. I loved the sense of knowing exactly where I was at any moment, along with the ability to control and direct my experiences. But it was the appreciation of discovering new and exciting cultures that captivated my desire to traverse the world and the use of maps guided me across the globe.

 

Using vintage maps in my new series All Over the Map, I am able to re-envision the connection to my past through hand-cut collage. The use of the maps line, color and symmetry naturally inform the direction of the work. The lines on the map are both symbolically and literally the physical link connecting past and present. The juxtaposition of vintage images, constructed as whimsical and surreal compositions, are used without regard to true context or scale. The places are grounded in reality but embody the attitude that anything is possible.

         

I am motivated by the hunt for the images in print and through the viewfinder. I scour book and tag sales for vintage materials such as atlases, maps, books, magazines, globes and vinyl record albums. This adventure, like the physical journey of the map, parallels my artistic odyssey. The process of hand cutting then layering pieces, which often include my own photographs, into exaggerated form is both meditative and stimulating. Each piece is meticulously cut to create a one of a kind dreamlike composition, which allows the viewer to decide what is true and what is imaginary.

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@mixdmediamashup

Vibrant Imagined Landscaped by Drica Lobo
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Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.

 

Her paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

 

The artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.

 

Drica Lobo currently lives and works in Hermosa Beach. Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore, and China. She is a member of South Bay Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.

 

‘I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I'm committed to making the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside. Colors are feelings, and it can also be possibilities.’

Small Sculptures by Kelly Sheppard Murray
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Kelly Sheppard Murray is a Raleigh, North Carolina artist, educator, and designer with BFA, and MFA degrees from UNCG and ECU respectively. Murray’s career as an artist has emphasized three-dimensional design and fabrication for nature, health, science, and history museums, although her personal practice includes a wide array of media and processes. 

 

While maintaining a professional practice in design and fine arts, Murray teaches 2D & 3D design, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation at Wake Technical Community College. In 2014, Murray was awarded faculty rank as Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College 

 

Murray is a 2018 recipient of the International Encaustic Artists Emerging Artist Grant. Other recognitions include being selected as a 2016 the Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, as well as a 2000 and 2012 recipient of Regional Artist Project Grant by the United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County. She now maintains a tenant studio at Artspace in order to be able to continue sharing work and having a conversation with the public. 

 

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition Kelly Sheppard Murray: Sculptures at Wilma Daniels Gallery, Wilmington, NC; Knoxville Tennessee’s Dogwood Arts 2018 Regional Arts Exhibition, Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s 2018 North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Artspace’s 30th Anniversary Retrospective Juried Exhibition.

 

 

Statement

 

Guided by the idea that consistent small actions create significant impact, I create small sculptures to allow my own daily actions to grow the body of work over time. This process of creating over a year or months is meant to also tie to the notion that our small actions affect the world beyond us. I encase, cover, stitch or layer found, industrial, cast-off or surplus materials to create objects or images that are not easily identified as natural or man-made. The pieces are made in a somewhat without plan or design but instead rely on a tactile knowledge and personal vocabulary built over a lifetime. I don’t plan these pieces but respond intuitively to materials and the forms. This process provides me the opportunity to discover something that I may not have otherwise imagined. 

In our slick, digitally saturated lives, I believe we need to be reminded of the living breathing tactile world that surrounds us.  My color choices are may be connected to nature while the forms remain ambiguous and non-specific but hold a hint of familiarity. 

I draw from the shapes of plants, moss, lichen, fungi, geological forms, and seashells. Because I am interested in how human behavior alters natural or man-made forms and spaces, I often place the irregular nature-inspired shapes in relation to grids, geometric structures, and repetitive patterns to try to consider the relationship between contrasting and sometimes conflicting forces. Combining and considering the similarities or differences in these shapes and forms allows me to deal with the intertwined relationship of human activity with nature.

Collage/Found Imagery and Painting by Sarah Perkins
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Since studying at Chelsea School of Art and Central St Martins, I have been working successfully and internationally as a freelance illustrator for twenty-five years. My commissions cover literary fiction, classics, popular fiction, and gift books as well as editorial and design.

All my images are a mixture of collage/found imagery and my own painting. My influences are eclectic: found objects, textures, and pictures; folklore; rites and customs; the natural world; places I have been.

www.instagram.com/sarahperkinsillustration/

Minimal Mixed Media Work by Imani Pierre
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Imani Pierre is a minimal mixed media artist born in Jamaica, currently living in Maryland. Full time, she is a retail manager and buyer for an independent clothing boutique. In 2012, she began experimenting with painting and scraps of paper, adding collage elements to please her tactile nature. From there, she has enjoyed creating art for her home, exhibitions, and desired commissions. Having always had an interest in design and fashion, she is a self-taught visual artist, finding pleasure in the geometric arrangement of repurposed materials, complimenting the use of vibrant and soothing color choices. Imani’s evolution in mixed media painting, allow her to extend the range of her talents and a keen eye for styling and designing even further.  From styling a wide range of customers to styling her personal works of art – Imani’s art captures the expressive composition and playfulness in blending materials, patterns, and colors.

 

Statement

 

I am a minimal mixed media artist, creating what I feel is pleasing to the eye, and therapeutic to the soul. Inspired by nature with bold colors and subtle touches of calm tones, I find that my work visually stimulates your gaze and slows down your pace towards peace. From the neutrals in soil, bark, and branches, to the irresistibility seen all around us in petals and in the sky; I release my visual inspirations and fascinations into my craft, mirroring what I find withhold a timeless, memorable and colorful energy. As I create, I repurpose materials, and practice the concept of up-cycling by finding different ways to incorporate old bubble wrap, tape, sticks, flowers, papers, and even Chinese food menus! I enjoy experimenting along the lines of mending simplicity with tactile dimensions and expressing through abstract.

Drawing Characters from Everyday Life | Interview with Johana Kroft

Interview by Sarah Mills

Johana Kroft is an illustrator and designer coming from the Czech Republic. After living in London and establishing a studio Idea & Maker with her husband she is now working worldwide. Together they collaborate at a broad spectrum of fields varying from experience, entertainment, advertisement and technology. They bring unique visuals in the form of thoughtful craft and storytelling.

Interpreting her minimalistic style in both 2D and 3D worlds in various styles and techniques. Creating illustrations and motion design videos. Her personal work is elegant and poetic. Inspired by travelling, dogs and emotions.

www.johanakroft.com

On your website, you talk about your love of creating characters and the inspiration you take from your dog Panda. Can you tell us more about your characters and what goes into creating them?

I usually imagine an everyday situation that people know and can relate to. It could be sad, funny, melancholic, or romantic. And most of the time it's more than just one feeling.

I had always drawn characters as dogs or cats, even when I was a kid. My dog is a huge drama queen, and a lot is happening in her life. I'm trying to catch her feelings and situations and share them with people. She makes us happy every day, and I want to keep her character alive forever with my work. A mix breed of Parson Russell, sausage dog and maybe Whippet. That is unstoppable, smart, and scared of everything, a combination of feelings. She is very special.

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You have a very specific color, palette. Is there a reason behind your color choices?

I don't. I always start from scratch with every project, because different colors have a different feeling. I see what works and I build on that, keeping it minimalistic. I think a lot of color combinations come from traveling to a foreign country, but you can go to another city, neighboorhood or a street.

Of course, there is a lot of practice to it. Back in the days when I started with design, I didn't have an idea of how to combine the colors. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. I use it for creating mood-boards. I look at old paintings from masters like Mattise, Paul Klee, Kandinsky or Picasso. One of the exhibitions I saw recently was by Lee Krasner, and I was incredible as I'm in love with abstract paintings. She is definitely a huge inspiration for me.

Another inspiration is Japanese culture – a minimalistic and very clean style with beautiful shapes. One book that I would recommend is A Dictionary of Color Combinations and one more that I like because of colors is Made in North Korea by Nick Bonner. You can explore many beautiful color palettes in books. I'm always looking for palettes that are unfamiliar to me and that I've never seen before. That's what inspires me.

Along with your personal work, you co-founded a studio. What inspired you to begin Idea & Maker?

Ever since my husband and I met, we'd had this idea to start a studio. We have always felt that our skills matched. He is more technical and likes precision, symmetry, and his decisions are based on reason. My decisions are based on feelings, and my work is emotional, colorful, and asymmetrical. But at the same time, we like the same stuff, such as nature, art, design, architecture, traveling, technology, animals, books, movies, etc. We are like 2 hemispheres of one brain haha!

Both of us worked together now and then on a few projects as freelancers, and it worked, so it just made sense to start a studio together, which was possible in London. We decided to make a website and take it very seriously.

Our first project was a 1-second long product video for Coco&Eve, which is a fantastic hair mask. And it was beautiful to work on a product that we also believe in. On top of that, the people were very cool, and we were given a lot of freedom. The project was very successful. We were featured on Behance and got more opportunities because of it. Watch the video here: https://ideaandmaker.com/cocoandeve

What we like to do is practice our craft on personal projects. We are playing with a combination of 2d and 3d animation. That's something we love. We also collaborate with other productions and agencies. We have an amazing relationship with Unit9. We helped them with a very cool project for Google. And we are very proud of it! We are a small studio, but because of our diversity of skills, we can execute more complicated briefs.

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On Idea & Maker's home page it says, "we craft stories," can you tell us more about your role as a storyteller and creator?

I am not the biggest fan of making roles in the studio. I have a feeling that anyone can be anything if he/she wants. Especially in the creative industry. I started as a designer - after a few years, I wondered if I could be an illustrator, art director, or maybe storyteller. My husband started as a designer, he was doing a little bit of illustration, UX/UI, he switched to motion design, then freelancing as a 3D generalist and now he's building his setups in Houdini. As a studio, we are always switching roles. I can be a producer, art director, designer, motion designer, illustrator, modeler, and storyboard artist in one day. I do everything from an idea to making it. It is all about learning something new every day, and I like that a lot!

We are always excited to approach a brief in a way we feel is right, and because we know how things are made, we can see where difficulties may occur. With that in mind, our building blocks are more stable, and we don't have any issues when it comes to production. 'We craft stories' means that we do everything from beginning to end, and the message or story is not lost somewhere in the middle.

What is currently a source of inspiration for you?

We go to galleries a lot! London's got the best exhibitions in Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery. There is always something that pushes you or inspires you on the next level when you are open to new experiences. I'm reading Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawkings at the moment, and it's definitely something that inspires me a lot. I'm also motivated by talks. Seeing people's hard work is very important to me.

We have decided to move out of London for a little while and explore the world, so I am totally excited about what the future brings. We want to meet people from different countries and cultures. I love new stories and new beginnings. I have never been scared to start something new when I feel uninspired. The last few years I have only lived in cities, and while there are many new impulses, it can sometimes feel like too many. Now I have a feeling that we need to absorb that, explore a bit of nature, and find a new beautiful.

Realistic Paintings Utilizing Projection by Hali Pollard
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Hali Pollard is a recent graduate from Stetson University with her Bachelor's of Art in Studio Art and Communication and Media Studies. Her work has been exhibited in Stetson's 28th and 29th Annual Juried Undergraduate Art Show in 2017 and 2018, where she won the Friends of Art Purchase Award. 

 

Hali presented her Senior Studio Art Thesis Exhibition, Layers, at Stetson University's Student Showcase, where she was awarded the Maris Award Runner-Up. Her piece "Here's a sign," from her exhibition won the Ann Hall Award and now belongs to Stetson University's permanent collection. There are currently two pieces of Hali's that now belong to the permanent collection.

 

Her work aims to elevate the darker side of romantic relationships and associated feelings using projections of light, color, and text. She utilizes the element of projection and dramatic lighting to create layers of meaning on her subjects. Using realistic methods of painting, Hali creates loosely written narratives that come across as familiar but undoubtedly leave questions unanswered.

Abstract Paintings by Fraser Radford
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Fraser Radford was born in 1987 in Brockville, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies (graduated in 2009) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a Fine Arts diploma from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario (2014), and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts (2014). He has held numerous volunteer and paid positions at galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto, and Brockville. He has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada's prominent sculptors based out of Kingston, Ontario.

 

Numerous galleries across Ontario represent his work. His work is held in multiple private collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been exhibited across North America. His work has also been published in several magazines in Canada, and the U.S, as well as The Peace Project, a catalog produced by Gallery 9 in Culver City, California in 2010.