July 20th Shopping Guide!

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July 20th Shopping Guide!

Field of Artisans

SATURDAY, July 20th

11am-4pm

South Kingstown Town Beach

719 Matunuck Beach Road

South Kingstown, RI

*Please note that beach parking fees apply for shoppers. Bikers, walkers and drop offs can enter the beach for free. Spend the day at the beach with us!

There will be a different mix every Saturday all summer long. Don’t miss this unique mix!

Focal Jewelry Designs

What began as a fall and the dropping of her camera, lead Krista to discovering that the inside components of cameras are quite beautiful (we love a good silver lining)! This inspired her to create her stylish, minimalistic and reflective jewelry brand. Each piece is handcrafted by Krista, based in New Hampshire. She disassembles abandoned and broken cameras to find just the right materials. She then creates, making sure to highlight the object.

Scribble with Jen

With lovely yet fun penmanship, Jen uses freehand lettering and illustration techniques, creating handmade signs on wood, chalkboard, magnets and ornaments. Her chalkboards have that "chalkboard look" but will never smudge. She can create custom work on the spot, so come on by with a gift idea in mind!

Shaka Swim

With an effort to combat “fast fashion” and offer more sustainability in the swim industry, Brittnie hand makes each swimsuit. All of the suits are reversible and made with lots of care, providing a quality piece that will last you multiple seasons and occasions. She also designs the prints, which are super unique, colorful and summer-esque.

Alyssa Adler Art

Alyssa takes inspiration from the “organic symbiosis of nature”. Her paintings are welcoming invitations to wooded paths we’ve walked, desert sunsets from our dreams and sweet hellos from animals in our yards. Along with her paintings, she also works with wood to create wood burnings, resin housewares and more.

Shara Porter Designs

Contrast is a signature of designer and illustrator, Shara Porter. She delights in unexpected pairings between her illustrations and accessory shapes. She handprints original designs on vegan and leather accessories (also designed by her) such as wallets and purses in her New Bedford studio. Her ink is developed with a chemist to ensure permanence. You’ll have so much fun sorting through her cute characters and trendy prints!

Little Rhody Creations

Anna makes jewelry using genuine Rhode Island sea glass. She drills the unique and glowing pieces, transforming them into earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Her style is minimalistic, highlighting each beautiful piece of sea glass. She has a quite an eye for finding elegant pale pinks and even vibrant rare blues and reds.

Black and Tan Woodworking

Aaron sources dried and processed wood locally from RI, MA and CT. His pieces are functional but beautiful as he works with the wood, highlighting the natural grain and art of the wood, rather than hiding it. You’ll find life racks, cheese boards, cutting boards, spoons, coasters and more.

Shear Stones

After moving to RI a couple of years ago, Lessa found herself embracing the beach combing life. She has an eye for seeing figures and scenes in stones and sea glass. Her framed pieces are sweet and thoughtfully assembled. It’s a joy to see what she creates with the treasures we sometimes miss on the southern RI coast.

lzbth Ponchos

Elizabeth sews fun and flattering ponchos to accent any outfit or to take you from the beach to lunch!  Her new ventures include hand painted silks and colorful and intricate woven ponchos. Her silk paintings are gorgeous and translucent and her weavings are multidimensional. Elizabeth has a talented eye for tailoring fabrics in just the right way so they flow in pattern and movement. 

3hc Designs

Handstamped spoon jewelry and kitchenware by Lori!  Lori creates a variety of pieces from leather cuffs, to pendants and ornaments.  She uses parts of the prettiest antique silver spoons in her one of kind pieces.  Necklaces stamped with words like "dream" and "hope" are something we all should be wearing!  Such a fun booth to shop at and a really fun gift to give!

Mack and Hound

Each leather piece is hand cut, hand burnished, hand sewn individually by Ryan O'Keefe.  Mack and Hound offers a variety of leather and dry goods such as wallets, keychains, jewelry, and other everyday carry.  Ryan takes great care in making each piece, admiring the natural folds, colors and grains of the leather.  You may see that he is inspired occasionally by beer and punk.  ;) 

Pat Gauthier

Pat paints amazing acrylic paintings with a focus on RI beaches and nautical themes.  She is inspired by the very path we setup along at South Kingstown Town Beach. So, don't be surprised if you find yourself reminiscing and day dreaming of your Matunuck days in her booth.  The ocean moves her to create and her paintings move us! 

Lily's Fantastic Jewelry

Lily creates vibrant, colorful pieces that add a touch of color to your look.  While her ankle bracelets have been a bestseller at Field of Artisans, her necklaces and earrings are also very popular across all ages.  Lily is constantly coming up with new ideas, styles and finding pretty new charms to create unique pieces!  Her positive spirit shines through each piece.  

Beauty as Duty Art

Watercolor artist, Caitlin Bailey illustrates images that take us to a different time or story. She’s inspired by WWII propaganda, circus and other vintage themes. She calls herself an “escape artist”, which seems fitting as her work takes admirers through an escape route to imaginative thoughts.

Bandit's Boutique

Kerrin has a vibrant style that is completely eye catching and bold! She creates a mix of modern and rustic art including sun filled, rainbow colored acrylic paintings and nautical home decor.  We love that her brand is inspired by her rescue pup, Bandit.  Proceeds from her sales benefit the East Greenwich Protection League.  

Scarlet's Wraps

Enhance a simple outfit with a lovely wrap made by Leita.  She focuses on shape, texture and the flow of fabric when creating each piece.  Her fabrics are beautiful and range from solid color to interesting prints to textures that catch the light.  These wraps are a perfect addition to transform an outfit from work to dinner appropriate!

Ethereal Daughters w/ Enchanted Branches

A bohemian and gilded nature collection designed by Katrina (also the founder of Field of Artisans). Katrina hand paints repurposed leather and sews it together with feathers from cruelty free farms, creating headbands, earrings, bracelets and more. She also is a prop/event designer with an organic, natural aesthetic that has touch of glamour and gold. She’ll be selling home decor props and seasonal centerpieces.

Field of Artisans canvas totes will be for sale at this market (limited quantities). This bag is a great size for shoppers and artists alike. The illustration was designed by Field of Artisans vendor, Aaron Powers. He will be selling his work with Field of Artisans on June 15th.


Find different artist vendors every Saturday starting June 8th through August 31st.  Our location rotates by the month, so make sure to mark your calendars with this schedule!   

 

*The above images are a strong representation of the vendor's work. All Field of Artisans vendors hand make what they are selling. Please be aware that there may be variety in the assortment you see on the day of the event! :)










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In the Field with Stacey

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In the Field with Stacey

Field Interview: Stacey Messier

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Today's interview is with geometric abstract artist Stacey Messier.  After interviewing Stacey it's clear that her daily life and creative work are tightly intertwined.  Her abstract imagery is full of depth and representation.  She sees emotions, interactions, and sounds in shapes, translating to vibrant and eye catching work.  We can't wait to dive into her work this Saturday in the Field!  

 

Find Stacey in the Field at

SK TOWN BEACH on:

SATURDAY, 7/21

 

1.  You describe your work as geometric illustrations of a feeling or statement.  Do you find that you often respond to visuals over audio or kinesthesia (doing) when learning/creating/working?


I find that kinesthesia follows me when I'm NOT trying to learn new things, but rather in moments when I'm purely allowed to absorb the content. When I read a book for pleasure, you'll see me seated with pen in-hand, underlining, scribbling ideas in the margins, and dog-earing pages. When I learn, I prefer to read first, look at pictures second, and watch or listen last. But, in a former part of my life, I was a singer and co-writer within various music projects. Studying voice and discovering what it means to write meaningful lyrics has always led me to be pulled in by words and phrases that evoke a distinct emotion or visual. Beauty, severity, ambiguity – these concepts ring true in how they feel on the tongue as well as the images they may conjure. 

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2. What feelings or statements translate to your favorite images?  Do you find that more passionate feelings translate to intricate or simpler illustrations? 

It's not the most passionate, the strongest or most colored feelings that translate to new work. Rather, it's quite often smart mash-ups of clever words that yield some of the best imagery for my paintings. For example, currently, I'm reading a book on the science of persuasion. In one chapter, the author speaks to how much, we, the public, hate laugh tracks, and yet they work every damn time. He refers to this as "technically augmented mirth." It's so complex! And engaging! What an incredibly deft piece of vocabularian art. In my mind, I can see small grouped shapes resembling crowds, I see larger rectangles referencing the laugh track and then us, the audience, on the other side of the TV... Let's see how it shakes out in sketches.

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3.  Your color palette is so eye catching and cohesive across all your work.  Do you use the same palette all the time or does it vary while staying complimentary?

My color palette has followed me around for many, many years. There's something so satisfying about working with "gem tones," hues that sing in deep, warm notes in the proverbial cool air. This palette has also been heavily influenced by a love of midcentury shades combined with those we find around us today. Peacock feathers, chartreuse stirred into a cocktail, your grandmother's shag carpet in the basement. 

The other key behind the consistency of my color palette? The climate we live in today is filled with such social smog; I need colors that make me happy when I make work. I have no interest in making statements in color that match the fear around us. I create to stay balanced so that when I escape the news, I truly feel like I've left for a vibrant place I'm pleased to come back to, again and again. 

 

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4.  Your process is multifaceted and with many steps!  How long does the average piece take you? What mediums do you use in one piece?

Small pieces (4" - 6") can take anywhere from 12 to 20 hours. Larger pieces can take a couple of months. The bigger the canvas, the longer it takes. That said, I would MUCH rather paint large than small! But I waiver between loving the portability of the "compact" and being able to use my whole body when I paint large. In terms of mediums, I paint with acrylics. I have a few glazes and thinning techniques I use, but they are quite sparse. If I can find a mason jar, water, and some paint, I'm ready to get started. 

 

 

5.  I love how you pair your illustrations with found and vintage objects like cork or bingo cards.  Is there a relation between the statement and the canvas?  Or is paired based on solely aesthetics?

You are correct; often the found materials drive the direction of the paintings. In formal art training, one often begins with traditional materials like canvas, linen, and wood. But much of my inspiration stems from street artists to Marcel Duchamp – how might a found object lead to a new body of work? Currently I'm working on a large body of work based on the poetry of Luke Bradford. The poems inside his latest release (Abacus) are so intensely cinematic! I had picked up a handful of vintage film canisters waiting for the right project, and now, there are three pieces under way thanks to this glorious combination. 

 

6.  Are you professionally trained in this technique?  Or is this skill something you've developed on your own?

My degree is in painting, and yet I spent most of my career as a graphic designer. So, the answer to your question is "both," because the skills I was able to hone in college led to feeling like a true craftsman. The design career, however, was built on creating logos, illustrations, and other marketing materials which really pushed my creative problem solving. I was constantly constrained by having to embrace the abstract requests of, say, a healthcare company, who wants their website redesign to make their patients feel more secure  – but in a sophisticated place of care. How does one create a virtual environment that makes new and current customers feel a specific way? Now, these thought experiments drive my thought process whenever I discover a new set of words that inspire a new idea for a painting. 

 

7.  Is there a favorite piece that you personally use in your home?  What do you use it for?

The painting that is highly coveted and rarely allowed to leave the house is the very first piece I ever created in what is now my geometric abstract style. We were living in Boston and had just moved into a new apartment in Jamaica Plain. "JP", it's filled to the brim with color and funky houses. I was really inspired by my surroundings when simultaneously, we had a need for some sort of art to be placed above my husband's midcentury radio console. Usually I would never make the time to actually make something, but this was different. I created three studies in different styles and the geometric version won us both over. "Morse Frequencies" is now the first painting visitors see when they walk into our living room in our home in Exeter, RI. 

  

8.  Do you create stickers or apparel of your illustrations?  If not, do you plan to?

I have a Society6.com shop where many of my originals have been translated into a digital format that allows me to offer apparel as well other home goods, including stickers! The incredible thing about Society6 is that it's always amazing to see who has purchased a comforter of one of your paintings. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Stay warm and cozy my friends. 

 

9.  With your multi-stepped process, you've mentioned that you're always looking for ways to work more efficiently so you can have more creative freedom.  What would your advice be to a fellow artist who wants to work more efficiently but is wary of adding shortcuts or lessening the one of a kind quality behind their work?

Oh my, what a wonderful question. First, I'd say, take a step back. Ask yourself, "How might I remove any barriers or things that keep me from truly creating the most meaningful work?" For me, I recognized that I was constantly hand-mixing the same tones over and over again. Clearly my color palette wasn't going to change for a while, therefore I moved to pre-mixing my palette into larger air-tight containers. Second, I started to work on 4-5 small pieces at a time. I loved being able to rotate them in and out, but hated how much I was sitting (sitting is the new smoking, right?). In response to this, I built a cork-board lazy-susan so that I could stand, pin smaller works to said board and rotate them around while painting.  

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10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?

Oof. My dream collaboration would be to create the album art for Bonobo and hopefully feed that into some of the digital animations he uses when playing live. It would be MIND BLOWING to sketch while they're still finishing up the next album, pull in lyrics and sounds for inspiration, and do a live show / gallery pop-up combo in the same night. Lordy. I might need a paper bag to breathe in just thinking about this.

 

See more of Stacey's work through her Instagram!

 

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Read, Listen, Observe, MACRAME!

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Read, Listen, Observe, MACRAME!

Summer 2018 Inspiration Lists

By: Christine Munroe, Knotty Ambitions

We've asked our summer workshop teachers where they find inspiration, who and what gets their creative juices flowing and we're sharing their top lists with you!

Christine is teaching a summer macrame plant hanger workshop at Field of Artisans on THIS SATURDAY, July 7th at South Kingstown Town Beach!

Tickets and Details: HERE


Reading List to keep the creative juices flowing:

 

- Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

- The Creative Habit by: Twyla Tharp

- A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business (Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading) by: Ari Weinzweig 

- Travels in Alaska by: John Muir


Playlist to create to: 

 

- Time to Wander (Joan of Arc Remix) : Gypsy & The Cat

- Yacht: Psychic City (Classixxx Remix) : Mick Boogie + Stylecaster

- I'm a Lady : Santigold

- Cherry : Chromatics 

- Living/Breathing : Mesita

- Healing Hands : Citizen Cope 

- The Motive/ Used To The Melody : SPZRKT & Sango

- Miss Right : Anderson .Paak

- Still Ray : Raphael Saadiq

- Sunny (Mercury Edit II) : Bobby Hebb

- I Wish (You Were Mine) [Official Remix by Kun] : Anders

- The Heat : Jungle

- Can I Kick It? : A Tribe Called Quest


Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration:

 

- @windychien

She's my ultimate creative role model when it comes to Fiber Art. Her work is compelling, simple and always incredibly intelligent

- @wearepampa

for the love of all things textile and gorgeous  

- @nayyirah.waheed

poems for the creative empath (and really, for everyone)

- @westcoastcraft

highlighting some of the best artists and designer craftspeople working on the West Coast and beyond

- @generalstore

if you like a natural minimalistic style, check them out! 

- @willsmith

because, Will Smith

 

 

THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION Christine, @KnottyAmbitions

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Read, Listen, Observe, PAINT!

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Read, Listen, Observe, PAINT!

Summer 2018 Inspiration Lists

By: Amy Salomone, Functional Whimsy

We've asked our summer workshop teachers where they find inspiration, who and what gets their creative juices flowing and we're sharing their top lists with you!

Amy is teaching a summer painting workshop at Field of Artisans on June 23rd!

Tickets and Details: HERE


Summer 2018 Reading List:

 

"I am a huge science non-fiction fan.  It puts me in a dreamy state of mind.  Perfect for creating butterfly jewelry!"

The Wild Life of Our Bodies, by: Rob Dunn

Death By Black Hole: and Other Cosmic Quandaries, by: Neil deGrasse Tyson 

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by: Peter Wohlleben

If Our Bodies Could Talk, by: James Hamblin

Soul Of An Octopus, by: Sy Montgomery

 

Some backpacking reading:

Through Hiking Will Break Your Heart, by Carrot Quinn

Almost Somewhere: 28 Days on the John Muir Trail, by: Suzanne Roberts

 

Great Reads that I have been enjoying:

All The Light We Cannot See, by: Anthony Doerr 

The Nightingale, by: Kristin Hannah


Summer 2018 Playlist:

"Forget about it.  I am obsessed with music setting a tone.  Some of my current and forever favorites:"

Paul Simon

Joni Mitchell

Nina Simone

Ali Farka Toure

The Mike and Ruthy Band

Nitty Scott

TOOL

Valerie June

Nick Drake

Joao Gilberto

Led Zeppelin

John Coltrane

Miles Davis


Instagram Accounts to Follow:

"I don't spend a lot of time on Instagram, but...here are a few artists that I see at shows and they inspire me to keep pushing myself to create."

@oceanstateofmind

@strawberry moon.3

@insidemycranium

 

THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION Amy, @functionalwhimsy

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In the Field with Cindy

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In the Field with Cindy

Field Interview: Cindy Tischer

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Today's interview is with artist Cindy Tischer of Mabel's Mugs.  Cindy's pottery is earthy yet vibrant.  Each piece adds beauty (and a smile) to everyday activity.  Her spirit is just as vibrant, and she uses her pottery business to support a cause she feels strongly towards, animal rescue.  We are so happy to have Cindy returning to the Field this summer!

 

Find Cindy in the Field at

SK TOWN BEACH on:

SATURDAY, 7/14

 

1.  Tell us a bit about why you chose the name "Mabel's Mugs" for your business!

LOL! The actual story is PG13 and probably shouldn't be retold here! Suffice it to say that Mabel was my beloved first rescue dog and mugs rhymes with another word.....

 

2. How would you describe your aesthetic?  Do you find that there are consistent themes or colors in your pottery?

People have described my work as "rustic and primitive".  I'm learning with every piece I make so  I like to think of it as more light hearted and fun. I make functional work, it knows it has a job to do, but it doesn't take itself too seriously :)  I tend to favor the earth tones and deeper, rich colors.

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3.  You create using both wheel and hand building techniques.  What do you think is the main difference?

Time. Hand building (simple forms) is a much quicker process.

 

4.  Do you have a professional training background or did you teach yourself your craft?  

I do not have a professional background or degree in Ceramics. I started late when my children got older.  I have taken classes at the Guilford Art Center and Wesleyan Potters. I am a long time (and current) student of Nancy Johnson Mercado, potter extraordinaire & clay guru of Fire Witch Pottery.  There is so much to learn in ceramics!  I am learning the business and  marketing and design as I go too!

 

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5.  Where do you find inspiration for the cheeky phrases often incorporated into your work?

Social media, politics, advertising and family are all fair game. I'll have more freedom to create the "cheeky" ones when my own studio is finished!

 

6.  Do you create custom work for customers (or pet owners;)?

Yes I do custom work. I have had the honor of making personalized urns for pets. The owners share their memories and ideas and we work together to design a unique memorial for their furbabies. It is extremely rewarding and healing,

My rescue Mom/Dad mugs are also fun customized pieces to work on, as are mugs or wine goblets for engaged couples.

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7.  What is important to you when it comes to a workspace or studio?

Space and light of course. For inspiration I have pots that my children made when they were very little and pots that I've collected from artists who I really admire. 

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8.  Do you have a favorite piece you've created that you personally use in your home?

My favorite is a set of 2 simple little cereal size bowls.  They are a warm pine color and the glaze broke cream colored on the rim, they have the appearance of being salt fired. I call them my "Charlie Brown" bowls because no one wanted them. I love them and use them daily!

 

9.  What would your advice be to a fellow artist who wants to incorporate a passion or cause into their work?

Pick a cause you are passionate about. Mine is animal rescue. Bring materials about your cause to your shows. Be prepared to talk as much about your cause as your art. I have a donation jar and also donate a portion of any sales to local rescue groups. Most people have no idea of the scope of need for rescue. Best show moment ever; I was doing a show in a church basement, very little traffic or sales. But one lady came by, who had recently lost her dog and she saw the adoption info I had on a dog named "Diamond". She wasn't looking for a new dog but the stars were aligned and she adopted Diamond and became a huge supporter for her rescue group! I am so grateful for having a part in that happy ending .

 

10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

Interesting question. Well.... My pottery dream crush is Bill Van Gilder. Bill is a master potter who's work is functional and beautiful and his how to videos are informative & amazing. I love that he is so unpretentious , he always says, "there are many ways to do thus and such... here's how I do it"....  I'd love to do a series where the sales would fund spay and neuter efforts and educate people on the importance of them. 

 

See more of Cindy's work through her Instagram!

 

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Read, Listen, Observe, EMBROIDER!

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Read, Listen, Observe, EMBROIDER!

Summer 2018 Inspiration Lists

By: Hallie MacDonald, The Blank Space Collection

We've asked our summer workshop teachers where they find inspiration, who and what gets their creative juices flowing and we're sharing their top lists with you!

Hallie is teaching a cactus embroidery workshop at Field of Artisans on June 9th!

Tickets and Details: HERE


Summer 2018 Reading List:

Art & Fear, by David Bayles

"the perfect book for everyone trying to 'make it' as an artist. It's a best seller among artists of all mediums for a reason."

The Secret Lives of Colorby Kassia St Clair

"not only does this book provide a full history of colors, but its beautiful in its simplicity"

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, by Nathan Williams

 "a behind the scenes look at 40 different creative business owners covering everything from their work/life balance, beautiful photos of their work spaces, and the successes and failures they faced along the way"


Summer 2018 Playlist:

"Thinking About You", by The Big Scary

"Ancient Light", by Allman Brown

"City Swans", by Neko Case 

"Make You Sad", by NGHTSWM 

"Completely Not Me", by Jenny Lewis

"The Mentronome", by Pinegrove 

"Modern Act", by Cloud Nothings 

"Naive", by The Kooks

"Cleopatra", by The Lumineers

"Altered Beast", by We Are Scientists 

"Satellites", by Grey Season 

"The House That Heaven Built", by Japandroids 

"Here's Your Future", by The Thermal 

"Caveman", by The Lillingtons 


Instagram Accounts to Follow:

@olandercoembroidery

"beautifully simplistic hand embroidery"

@petrifiedrainbow

"amazing use of colors"

@georgiatebrake

"unique hand embroidery and fiber art"

@sophianarrett

"INCREDIBLE embroidery artist. She creates full scenes that range in subject matter with amazing detail."

 

THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION HALLIE, @THEBLANKSPACECOLLECTION

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In the Field with Lynn

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In the Field with Lynn

Field Interview: Lynn Bouchard

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Today's interview is with artist, Lynn Bouchard of Legendary Lynn.  Her illustrations are so recognizable and evoke such happiness and wonder.  The Legendary Lynn booth is a refreshing addition to the Field!  Pick up some adorable stickers or prints for a loved one tomorrow!  She also can do custom pet portraits in 20 min!

Find Lynn in the Field at

Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAY: 2/11

 

1.  Your Legendary Lynn collection is full of magical illustrations!  What intrigues you about fantastical girls and animals? 

Thank you! Fantasy girls and animals intrigue me because they take me to a different world. There's a lot of darkness in real life and my drawings make me believe in magic and romance. I like to be able to share those themes with everyone.

 

2. Have you always been focused on these themes?  Or has your focus changed over time?

For as long as I can remember, I've always focused on these themes. Growing up I'd draw fairies and Sailor Moon. Fairytales were a constant source for imagination.

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3.  Your girls are very recognizable.  Did it take you a long time to develop such a personal drawing style? 

That means a lot. I've made it my mission to harness my style and it did take time. I started to take my illustrations seriously for the first time in 2016. Drawing every day helped so much for developing my style.  

 

4.  Do you have a pool of characters/personalities that you epeat or is each illustration a new girl or animal?

My top three ladies are witches, mermaids, and fairies. These personalities all mean so much to me. I quickly realized they resonated with others too. It's nice to form a connection with someone who gets excited about a character you love! 

My go-to animal is always a cat! I love cats. That's a fact that I think anyone who has ever met me will say they know.   

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5.  Do you use a combination of mediums in one piece?

Yes! I typically use a mixture of colored pencil, Copic markers, and watercolor. I've been working on some digital for future works.

 

6. Your pet portraits are adorable!  What's the lead time on one and how should a shopper go about ordering a custom pet portrait from you?  Do you do people portraits as well?

Thank you so much! For my simplistic, whimsy, head shot animal portraits, they can take around 10-20 minutes. For a full portrait with detail and background, it takes more toward an hour. Shoppers can come to my table at the Field for a whimsy pet portrait to be made right there! Email or show me your pet and I can work on it as you shop around! Shoppers can also find me on Etsy where they can purchase custom portraits of animals and people! My people portraits typically are fantasy types and take the longest to complete.

 

7. I've noticed you do a lot of competitions, partnerships and group drawing exercises on Instagram.  How has social media helped your business evolve?  

Art challenges and art swaps on Instagram helped me greatly. I started creating illustrations by joining in a month long Halloween drawing challenge hosted by one of my favorite artists, Mab Graves. The positive community that came along with the challenge was incredible. Everyone was at different levels and supportive! I honestly might have stopped drawing if it weren't for the amount of support. I've made so many friends and learned so much. Having prompts and themes to your art can push yourself to create things you might not have on your own. Instagram has its problems, but it definitely helped me be confident to share my work in order to start a business.  

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8.  Do you think it's necessary for an artist to have an online presence in order for them to succeed financially or have a chance at making their art a full time job?

I think it is. It's necessary to be present and active in your community. Which online is a huge part of the art world now. It's still difficult to get noticed but it's a tool that helps me to push myself.

 

9.  What would your advice be to a fellow artist ho wants to network with similar minded artists?

Social media platforms are great to find like-minded artists. My start was on Instagram. There are so many art challenges for all different themes and mediums. It's a lot of fun and creates a fast community of support and advice! Another tip would be to look at local classes or artisan shows to stay connected in your state.

 

10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

What a great question! My dream collaboration would be with the artist Mab Graves. She paints pop surrealist girls with large eyes, among many other talents! It would be amazing to create a story book with her. 

 

See more of Lynn's work through her Instagram!

 

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