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.

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