Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lyric Kinard - Cary, NC

 1. What do you call yourself - art wise? An Artist.
 2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump? I do the work. It’s all about getting in and starting - making - doing. I don’t believe in waiting for the muse - I believe in being there with your hands already moving and creating to invite her in. I am always recording ideas or doodles in my sketchbook or with my camera so I have a plethora of inspiration when I have time to actually get down to the art-making.
 3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art? I’d spend a year in Italy getting an MFA. Then I’d buy this beautiful three story brick barn in my town. It would make an absolutely lovely retreat/classroom/shop/studio center. I’d make art, teach art, sell art… and travel some more.
  4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.? Always, always, always. I have a small book that lives with me - I call it my paper brain. Everything from quick composition sketches to grocery lists go in there. Ideas don’t always come at convenient times or places and this treasure captures them and holds them until I can make time for them. I also have larger sketchbooks: one for life drawing sessions, one for the Sketchbook Challenge, one for studies in texture or color or different media. One can never have too many sketchbooks.
  5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc I’ll have work up in August in the Exchange Gallery at the Visual Arts Exchange in Raleigh, NC. I also have a piece that will show during May at the Durham Arts Council in the ARTQUILTSmovements show. Check in on my blog to see any other listings that might come up.
  6.  Do you teach?  where?  Yes! It’s a passion of mine. This year I’ll be in Houston, Asheville, Cedar Rapids, and Nashua NH.
  7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? I am constantly finding new loves and inspirations in the art world so it is impossible for me to pick out one. I’ve have always had a particular fascination with Art Deco and Art Nouveau. In the quilt world Caryl Bryer Fallert, as a teacher and business woman has been a great example to me. She is generous with her knowledge and savvy in every way.
  8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday? MOMA, the Renwick, any of the Smithsonian museums? Why not dream big? Oh - some day I’ll be in Quilt National too.
  9.  Describe your studio workspace. Most often, I’m working out of a basket or a little bag - doing handwork during hockey games, music lessons, at the park or whatever else I’m doing with the kids. I do have a lovely studio where a formal living room might be with machine tables, a drafting table, huge design wall, and cubbies and baskets all crammed with glorious stuff!
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without? Paint or Dye, Cloth, and my Thermofax Machine to make screens with!!!
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do? Usually a deadline (grin!) I simply love to create - to bring order from chaos, beauty from nothingness. It feels like my art is the only thing I do that isn’t almost immediately undone. I also am easily bored and forever curious and fascinated with the world around me. I can’t sit and listen - I have to be doing something with my hands in order to pay attention well.
12.  How do you balance your life? Hah! With five children still at home there is no such thing really. They come first, but they know that time and space for art and teaching will be made. Family, Work and Art life doesn’t balance daily or even weekly most times - but over the long run I make sure each gets the time it needs.


1 comment:

  1. Lyric is a big inspiration for me ... so great to read a bit about her!


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