Le 18 January 2018
Meet the Maker

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    Following our recent collaboration with Jess Phoenix, we caught up with her to talk about embroidery, her designs and her inspirations.

    1. How did you get into Illustration / Design? 

    Both of my parents are creative people, who either studied, or worked in the realm of graphic design, so it was no surprise that I chose to be a designer as my profession.

    2. Was is your parents that taught you to knit / crochet / embroider?

    My mother has always expressed her creativity in very hands-on, non-digital ways, so she passed down some of those tactile tendencies to me! She taught me to crochet when I was very young and always encouraged my creative projects. I’ve watched my mom express herself through cooking, crochet, tole painting, beadwork... just to name a few!

    3. What did this mean to you?

    Looking back, I realize how amazing it was to have an example of such a Maker in my family.  While the artwork I create now falls mainly in the category of painting/digital art, I am thankful that I was taught the skills to create in all sorts of mediums.

    4. Do these skills help your creative process now?

    If I have an idea, chances are I can find a way to make it happen, be it painting an image or building an elaborate masks/costume. I truly think the realm of creative possibilities are opened wider when an artist learns to stitch/knit/crochet/sew.

    5. Have you passed these skills on to anyone?

    I taught my husband to do some simple sewing a few years ago, and he loves it. He doesn’t do it often, but when he does, he says he finds it meditative. So much of art and design lately can live in the digital realm, so it’s important for all artists to have those tactile outlets.

    6. Why do you think hand craft is important? 

    It's is one of the reasons I enjoy painting on top of the prints I’ve created. Adding the hand-painted touches of gold and gouache give the piece dimension. As I’ve sought out inspiration for my pieces, one of the realms I explore most are weaving and embroidery artists, since the colors are usually so stunning.

    7. Anything else you'd like to add?

    I’s why it’s  been so exciting to see my artwork translated into embroidery; to see the dimension added to each petal and leaf is satisfying. I’ve never embroidered any of my artwork before, but this collection is making me eager to try!

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