Anyone with a tattoo by Kirsten doesn't have to answer "why did you get it" or "what does it mean" because look! Those muted colorways are SO pretty. Her approach to flora and fauna is different than our previously featured tattoo artist Pony Reinhardt, but both women are located in PDX because that place has everything.
JK about the boys. "Lauren & The Lost Boys" is the pseudonym of Australian artist Lauren Webster. What's striking about Lauren's work (besides the work itself) is the consistency and presentation of her style despite multiple mediums. The detail of her hand-painted illustrations look like digital prints and translate to multiple environments including skate boards, cars, walls, and runway models. Fingers-crossed she does an installation someday or I dream up an 80's vampirey adventure lost in those cacti.
Alexandra's family tree includes generations of rug makers and she spent her childhood playing in the family textile factory, which sits adjacent to her weaving workshop. Alex inherited this craft and embraces her ancestry, but reimagined her work's meaning beyond family heirlooms.
"I live in a green bubble. I feel I have a purpose which is to weave more greenery, as a reaction to the gradual disappearance of our natural world. I'm flying the flag for Mother Earth. I keep weaving to raise awareness, to encourage others to love it as well."
Check out the thoughtful interview on FVF.
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"My work incorporates the two mediums of painting and photography. I have a great interest in the materiality and substance of paint, and execute this interest through photography, creating a juxtaposition of the two mediums. I photograph the act of painting onto my skin and then paint on top of the photographs, creating a layering of image of paint and painted image."
As a rider and fellow daddy's girl, Sofi's work pulls all the heartstrings. This Kawasaki KZ440 is her latest (and maybe my favorite) creation built for another lady rider.
"GT-Moto was inspired by Sofi Tsingos' father, George. Sofi grew up following him around his aircraft maintenance shop, playing with old cars and motorcycles. From his careful attention to detail and commitment to quality, Sofi learned what it truly means to be a craftsman."
"I like the process of using something that already exists in the world and not having to make more of something. I like the distress that happens on lath that I don't make, that is there from happenstance and circumstance."
Found via CQ, read their interview at Collective Quarterly
While making this post I realized my disinterest in technology is being inadvertently expressed through my admiration of women using extinct creative processes. Of course, to actually make something with your hands means to forgo some modern technology, but this ideal effects more than the product. Lindsey's art is inspirational because of the purpose, meaning, and satisfaction she finds in making it. It's not what she does it's why she does it. She has direction and passion in her daily life that so many of us struggle to find. Her hands drive the 10 minute process behind each photo, the sun schedules her day, and her home is her work space.
"Wet plate collodion process was invented in 1850 and was one of the first major photographic process invented after the Daguerrotype was patented in 1839. Wet plate collodion which is the process used to make tintypes (on metal) or ambrotypes (on glass) became the popular photographic process through the American Civil War into the 1880's, at which point dry plates were developed and manufactured."
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Cate's vagabond spirit and curiosity have made a maker out of her. Her anachronistic flair and blend of western processes with modern style really pull at my heart strings. As an urban dweller who can't watch enough classic Westerns, all I want is a Havstad custom piece that John and Clint would hat-tip.
It started innocently a few years ago as Cate's most beloved hat went limp and she researched hatters that could salvage it. As she explored her inspiration grew and she followed it; moving to Oregon for an apprenticeship with a Master Hatter. Yes, you read that correctly. She was passionate about something and just went and did the damn thing. After learning the trade, Cate spent a few years laboring out of a horse barn in Central Oregon building her brand Havstad Hat Co. Lately she's been cruising around in her Airstream, which she customized into a studio. Each hat is crafted by Cate using felt fur, natural dyes, hand-shaping techniques, and original equipment dating as far back as the late 1800s. Seriously, I could not have made up anything that sounds cooler than the truth.
Moons, skeletons, and crystals; these are a few of her favorite things. Pony's line work and subject matter play so nicely together in telling her mystical stories. I love how she uses dots and shapes to incorporate the client's skin as a negative space between the elements. I don't have any tattoos, but her work has been challenging my fear of commitment. Maybe someday I'll fight her other admirers for one of those sought-after bookings. Also, she JUST made a limited run of hand-printed serigraphs so get to it!
Payton’s fine arts approach to pop culture imagery fuels my suspicion that she may have arrived via flux capacitor, but luckily she has found a way to live among us. She is the creative force behind Flat Vernacular, a wallpaper, fabric, and interior studio she owns with her equally-talented husband. Meeting Payton is helpful in appreciating her creations, which visually express her whimsical nature, thoughtfulness, and passion. Her fervor has proven that fine art is not limited to oil and canvas, but can live in matrimony with modern design. Her patterns are soft, light-hearted, and organic, but also bold and theatrical.
Payton has jumped to a new page by hand-drawing us Every Little Thing, an adult coloring book where ::giddy clapping ensues:: we can join her wonderland. I actually GASPED when I saw the page of little piglets with guinea pigs. Oh but what colors to use for the butter and butterflies, or sharks swimming amidst cupcakes!?
This past May I finished grad school and started brainstorming hobbies for my new found free time. One of those ideas was a blog about women makers (exhibit A), and the other was trying my hand at macrame. Before I jumped into knotting, I searched for what was already out there. What I found was the mothership of inspiration in Sally England's work, which is light years ahead of the trend. Sally is a trained fiber artist originally from the Midwest (woot! woot!). Her background in sculpture is no surprise when you see the variance in form, depth, and the resulting emotion of her work.