Thursday, May 12, 2011

Joanell Connolly - Huntington Beach, CA

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?     According to my business card, I claim to be a "fabric" artist but I describe myself as a "surface designer" when asked.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  I am trying to learn to be "kind to myself", take a breath and read a book.  The rest will follow or not.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?  I would take classes in all sorts of mediums, all over the world.  Something in Tuscany or Santa Fe or Arrowmont, and not necessarily fabric or paint related.  But I would become a collector of "stuff" I like, other peoples art.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?  I have started many sketchbooks and journals, follow through is a problem.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc.  On my website and my blog.
6.  Do you teach?  where?  No, teaching implies I will teach you something.  I can demonstrate or share till the cows come home and feel good about my sharing.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? Yvonne Porcella in 1987.  Her book, My Colorful Book, changed my life, it was a pivotal moment.  I went from sewing to SEWING and this creative world.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?  - Quilt National but first I would have to be brave enough to actually apply.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.  We bought this home for the studio space, it is an attached converted 2 car garage and it is wonderful.
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?  At this point - my computer, the printers and my  old Bernina sewing machines.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?  I believe we don't have a choice.
12.  How do you balance your life?  That depends on the day of the week and the time of the day.  Balance requires attention and work and does not come easily.


http://www.joanell.com/
http://joanellconnolly.blogspot.com/

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