Friday, May 13, 2011

Gwen Mayer - Woodland Hills, CA

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?  An artist.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  Have a glass of wine, play music, dance, decide on a canvas size, and go to my "Bits and Pieces" container. Then I close my eyes, grab a handful of bits and pieces and dribble them on the canvas a la Jackson Pollack.   When I open my eyes, I usually find inspiration and direction in the randomly placed pieces.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   Have it all professionally framed.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?   Yes, but more often I go to my photos, and "Idea Folder".
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc
At the Thousand Oaks Community Center, my website, my group's blog and hopefully at some of the SAQA exhibits.
6.  Do you teach?  where?  I'm a retired language teacher and now volunteer.  At the moment, I have no desire to teach anything else.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why?  Frida Kahlo for her strong stories, vivid colors, and naive style.  Katie Pasquini- Masopust, and Leslie Gabrielse for their techniques, artistic knowledge, creativity, and outstanding artwork.     
8.   Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?   Visions, Quilt National, Textile Museum in Washington DC and Philadelphia
9.  Describe your studio workspace.   13' x 15'; wood floors, organized, large window with a view of all the foliage,flowers, finches, fountains in my back yard; lots of photos of family/friends;  art/artquilt books and magazines;  way too much fabric and paraphernalia for one lifetime!
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?   Scissors, pens/pencils, and sewing machine.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?   Fabric, fashion, and sewing are part of my DNA and allow me to express myself without words.
12.  How do you balance your life?   Exercising, gardening, dancing, volunteering, getting together with family and friends, and being grateful for my great life. 

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