Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Meet The Boomers!

One by One! We're running a series of mini interviews, based on questions that we think were originally posed by Gerry of Gerry's Jewel Box as a basis for getting to know each other
(thanks, Gerry). We will go in no particular order, but will do our BBEST to get everyone posted. Next in our series is lizplummer

1.What is the name of your shop/s?
It's my own name - lizplummer. I have a blog called Dreaming Spirals, which is named after a wall hanging I made and I wondered whether to use that name but I decided that as artists usually use their own names I would do so too.

2. What kind of items do you sell?
A mixture of textile art, mixed media and Gocco prints.

3. How did you find Etsy and Boomers also?
I heard about Etsy on an art quilters' Yahoo group a couple of years ago but last year I followed fellow Boomer Marion's (Artmixter) progress on Etsy because I read her blog, and at the very end of last year I decided to give it a go for myself! I wanted to wait till there were a good number of sellers from the UK on Etsy. Marion also told me about the Boomers. I love the chat
and getting to know everyone so I stayed!

4. How long have you been engaged in your art/craft?
I have always been interested in sewing, knitting and crafts of various kinds, but I did a City & Guilds course in Patchwork and Quilting when my youngest son started school, where we learnt design as well as dyeing and painting fabric and that really started me off. The groups and support I found on the Internet encouraged me to continue and I started a blog called Dreaming Spirals in 2005 to document my progress and my sources of inspiration.... the rest is history!

5. Do you consider yourself a hobbyist or a professional craftsperson?
Somewhere halfway between the two at present, I would say. I still have my three teenage sons at home so they take up a lot of my time, although by no means as much as they used to!

6. What inspires you?
Hmm... a lot of my art originates from nature and from the effects of light and reflections. I love bright colours and playing with paints and dyes.

7. Please share with us what a typical day is like in your workshop or studio?
A few years ago I followed a course in a book called The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and one of the things she suggests is to write what she calls Morning Pages, which are 3 pages of writing, journaling really, but stream of consciousness, whatever comes into my head. After finishing the course I kept up the pages, not always in the morning and not every day but I find they help to clear my vision for any problems or questions I have about the way I am going. So often I will start with those. Apart from that, no day is typical. Some days I spend mostly on household things; I am writing a few articles for textile magazines and I might work on one of those, or make samples for them. Or I do a session of Gocco printing, dyeing or printing. Every day I check my emails and work on photos or write a blog entry or work some more on whatever art I am doing.

8. What keeps you company while you are working on a project?
BBC Radio Bristol. I like listening to the chatty DJs or the kind of music they play on that radio station. We have a cat but he usually is fast asleep curled up in an armchair.

9. What is your favorite 'task' related to your art/craft?
Painting, dyeing, and otherwise colouring my fabric - making a mess! Getting inspired by the interaction of different colours.

10. What is your least favorite 'task' related to your art/craft?
Clearing up afterwards... Being in the middle of a piece of work and not knowing how to finish - one of my wall hangings sat on the wall for about a year and I wasn't happy with it but I didn't know what to do about it. But after a while I realised what it needed and did it and it's great now!

11. Would you care to share any 'words of wisdom' with other aspiring artists or crafters?
I mentioned The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. One of the things that struck me was that she said "Allow yourself to make bad art!" What she meant, I think, was not to be perfectionist, allow yourself to play and just do it, get on with it and if it's bad, don't worry. It is in the doing that you come up with the really good stuff, even though a lot of it will be bad. You have to go through that bad stuff to get to the good. And I would add to that, just play!!!

Please leave a comment for this great artist. I'm sure she's love to read some feedback about her interview. What did you learn about the artist that you didn't know before? Do you agree with some of her philosophies?


ZudaGay said...

Great interview, Liz!! I love your work!!! It would be so fun to come and play at your house and be messy.

Sixsisters said...
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Sixsisters said...

I am a great admirer of Liz and her work. Nice blog.

Beth said...

wonderful feature, love that, JUST PLAY...I love your work Liz.

Jean Levert Hood said...

I love your work, Liz! I'm especially fond of your bird/gocco prints. all of it amazes me!

On a Whimsey said...

Super interview! Love meeting and learning more about our BBEST members! Liz is a very talented lady who produces the most amazing 'mess'!!!

Thank you for sharing!

dianeclancy said...

Liz is a fantastic artist and it is wonderful to read her interview!!

~ Diane Clancy

Anitra Cameron said...

Wow. Beautiful work, and an inspiring interview! Thanks for introducing her to those of us who didn't know her!

jstinson said...

Liz, wonderful interview and beautiful work! It has been great being a part of Bbest with you!

Night Sky said...

Hey, I thought I commented on this, already! Anyway, I really enjoyed reading more about Liz. I love my little moleskine journal. I'm afraid to write in it, though. I'll mess it up!

Thanks for the great interview,Liz, and for giving us a peek into your life as an artist. :-)