Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Interview with Wildflowers Jewelry



Today my interview is with Marisa from Wildflowers Jewelry. Marisa is one of those beautiful souls that you find yourself blessed to know and her jewelry carries that same energy. She is an amazing upcycled artist that has some gorgeous and unique pieces. I find her pieces call to me and know that I will own a few others in the future. 
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 36 years old and have lived in Colorado for four years now.  I was born and raised in New Orleans but am proud to call Manitou Springs my home away from home.  I work at Adam’s Mountain CafĂ© part time.  I have a very supportive boyfriend and am the proud adopted mother of a very large calico kitty named Kristy.  She was most definitely high society in a past life but is also a very affectionate cuddlier.  I love reading, gardening, singing jazz standards at the kitchen sink, and studying anything related to flowers and herbs.

 What inspired you to become an artist? 
I think from the time I was very young, I’ve had a creative imagination.  When I began learning about plants and natural medicines in my early twenties, I got re-inspired by the incredible beauty and energy of nature. Also around the same time I became fascinated by properties of different stones and the use of prayer beads in nearly every spiritual practice.  I began beading because it was very calming to me, like a meditation.  I started searching for a way to combine these two interests which led me to experimenting with resin as a means to preserve botanical specimens.

Who is another artist that you admire?  
That’s a really tough question because I admire so many.  I would say, iconically, Alphonse Mucha.  His use of color and art deco design really appeal to me.  The way he portrayed women as goddesses is timeless.  I also love the gorgeous children’s book illustrations of Arthur Rackham.   On a local level, I really admire the work of Audrey Gray (http://www.audreygray.net/). She uses various earth elements as color pigments in her paintings and they just seem to glow with life.



Where does your inspiration come from?  
Colors, patterns, vintage illustrations, and the rich culture of New Orleans all inspire me.   I truly love finding architectural beauty in the veins of a teeny tiny leaf or flower or piece of bark.  If I can communicate a feeling of an entire forest with one leaf it makes me really happy.  However I also enjoy taking something we see every day and representing it in a way that makes us appreciate a different aspect of its form, such as in the abstract shape of a seed pod.  I suppose in creating a piece of wearable art, I’m trying to pay homage to moments of perfect balance in Nature that people can carry with them as their own inspiration.

What is your favorite book?  
I have always been enthralled by fairy tales and mythology and am fascinated by the parallels in stories of different cultures.  “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass had a huge impact on my approach to life, as did “The Secret Life of Plants”.  I am also a huge fan of anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, and Paul Coehlo. 

What is your favorite piece, and why?  
One of my favorite pieces is “Daydream Believer” which has a purple wildflower and dried seeded grass over a piece of upcycled calendar.  I feel it evokes a whole scene with just three components.  I am also slightly enamored with my Feather Heart necklace.  The natural heart formation in the feather is something I’ve never seen before.  It is a departure from my usual style in that it possesses a harder edge than some of my more feminine styles.  The final product is a result of a happy accident which opened me up to whole realm of design ideas.



What do you like to do in your spare time? 
 I read and watch a little television.  I totally nerd out to my favorite shows Doctor Who and Once Upon a Time.  Going on a hike to collect leaves and flowers always sounds like a good idea to me.  I also truly love music and very easily can get lost in a song.


Where would you like to be in five years?  
I would like to expand my creative interests to other forms of visual art.  I would also like to have a degree of some kind that would enable me to delve into ethnobotany, which is the study of how different cultures use their local plantlife for food, medicine, clothing and shelter.




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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Getting to Know Me :-)

So while I am waiting for another of the artists that I have asked to do an interview with I decided that I would do one on me :-). I figured everyone might like to know a little bit more about me and see what makes me tick ;-). So here you go.





Tell us a bit about yourself:

Well lets see. . . hmmm. . . I’m 37, a wife to 3 mostly wonderful children, ages 20, 15 and 9, and wife to one incredible man for 16 years. I am a light worker and earth witch. Though I do not claim Wicca as my own I do incorporated a lot of their beliefs. Mainly, and harm none. I love to act, sing, read, garden and of course create ;-).


 

What inspired you to become an artist?

I have always been an artist with my music and acting but when it came to drawing or painting I couldn't do either to save my life. Then one day I decided to try my hand at beading. I was shown a few basics and something just clicked. It felt right and I started having all these ideas of things I could create and how they would look. And to my surprise 99% of the things I tried turned out exactly how I had pictured them. I knew I had found my art J.

Me and Morgan in Laundry and Bourbon
Who is another artist that you admire?

There are so many artists that I admire. Van Gogh is one of the ones I admire most. Starry Night just speaks to me. At the same time I love newer artists like Bill Duryea,  http://duryeafineart.com/ , his trees are absolutely amazing. Molly Harrison does the most beautiful drawings of fairies, witches and angels, http://www.mollyharrisonart.com/ . I admire glass artists, jewelry artists, singers, actors, pretty much anyone that creates art.
                      

Where does your inspiration come from?

I get my inspiration from everywhere!!! It can be as simple as walking down an isle in a store or as much as taking a trip looking for inspiration. I see beauty and art all around me and I love to incorporate it. With my witches ladders and Trees I love to use the properties of the stones and allow them to tell me where they want to be.
 

What is your favorite book?

I’m not real deep here. I mainly read for personal enjoyment. But I love to read so I don’t think I could pick just one book. Two of my favorite authors are Kim Harrison (The Rachel Morgan Series) and Catherine Anderson (Annie’s Song). I love an author who can make you laugh or cry. One who can make the ordinary extraordinary.  

What is your favorite piece, and why?

I love every piece I create but there are some that are harder to let go than others. If I had to choose I think I could narrow it down to 2 pieces. The first is the Aquamarine Mermaid Witches Ladder. This piece just has such a great and calming energy that I love having it around. Not to mention the colors of this piece are amazingly beautiful. The second piece that I would have to choose is Rose and Gear Steampunk Necklace. I love the difference between soft and hard. Contrast has always called to me and this piece is a good representation of that.
 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Most days in my spare time you will either find me playing Mass Effect 3 with friends or hanging with my family watching shows like The Big Bang Theory. I love to read at least an hour in the evenings before bed while listening to Pandora. And once a year you will find me on The Butte Stage acting in one of their community theater shows or coaching basketball for Parks and Rec. I really don’t like being bored so am constantly doing something.

Where would you like to be in five years?

In 5 years I would love to be living in Asheville, NC and making a full living from my jewelry line and to see my husband be able to write as his full time job. I want to be able to take real vacations and travel the world finding new inspiration where ever I go. But mostly I just want to be happy where ever I am.