Friday, April 30, 2010

Rachel Parris - Birmingham, Alabama

1. How do you describe yourself? I am an observer, a seeker, and a creator. I am still evolving. At this stage in my life I feel that I am truly living the dream...most days.

2. What is your creative process? I think my creative process is mostly internal. I get an idea pictured in my head. Since my ideas generally exceed my technical skills, I then do a lot of thinking about how to bring it to life. I can still get easily sabotaged by the basics.

3. What's your style? Wow! It is hard to think of myself as having a style. I tend to be a story teller. So I think my style at this stage of the game is mostly whole cloth pictorial. I really enjoy working with digital images on fabric.

4. How long have you been a quilt maker/fiber artist? Almost four years.

5. Do you listen to music when you make art? I am quite comfortable with silence, so, I do not always listen to music when I work. But when I do, it is usually meditative or jazz or country.

6. What do you do when you are blocked creatively? I get outside, read my favorite blogs, read books by good teachers, or just leave it alone for a while.

7. Do you teach? I do not teach. I student.

8. Are there artistic endeavors that you have yet to do? Tons. I want to do all sorts of surface design, portrait quilts,etc.,etc.I want to learn to draw.

9. How do you balance your family life and art? Whichever one needs the most attention at the moment gets it. But if it is a toss-up, the family side of the coin wins.

10. What is the best part about what you do? Meeting wonderful people. Growing, growing, growing.
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