Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Frances Holliday Alford - Grafton, Vermont

1. How do you describe yourself? I am an artist and a Renaissance Woman in training. I focus on my fiber works, but love all kinds of art, exploration and growth

2. What is your creative process? Most of my work is intuitive. I start with an idea and then let the art speak to me. By impulse I am able to balance color, design and texture. I believe that I am able to do this because there is a well educated muse inside who understands integrity of workmanship. With this in mind, I can let the child artist play.

3. What's your style? My work is multimedia with a story to tell. I like to work in all the styles but in the end, they look like my work.

4. How long have you been a quilt maker/fiber artist? Officially fifteen years, unofficially since somewhere around 1951 and started first grade.

5. Do you listen to music when you make art? I prefer silence. If music is on it is likely to be classical or cw.

6. What do you do when you are blocked creatively? I don't experience this often. But here are some things that work: Finish a UFO, make multiple small pieces (4x4 ),or get out some paints or Shiva Sticks and just let the paint do the work.

7. Do you teach? I was a public school teacher for 25 years. I do not teach regularly now, but find I love it when I do. Now that I have a separate studio, I am up for teaching there.

8. Are there artistic endeavors that you have yet to do? I will not live long enough to complete my endeavors. There is an unending source of inspiration and I am pleased about this. I want to write some books, do some municipal installations, more ceramics, and larger quilted constructions.

9. How do you balance your family life and art? It is done pretty effortlessly. The seem to be the same. I have an off site studio and have regular hours. I keep work with me to do in odd snatches. Lately I have been leaving the work at the studio and spending my evenings with my special man.

10. What is the best part about what you do? It is all the best part. Thanks for asking.
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