Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Artist Profile: Lyric Montgomery Kinard

Lyric Montgomery Kinard
Cary, North Carolina

1. What other ideas for this theme "rituals" did you have? I followed a lot of different ideas but I kept being drawn to all the meaningful and important rituals that involve touching hands.

2.  Are you involved in any community or group projects where you donate your work?  if yes, what project or projects? I've been involved for the past two years with Virginia Spiegel's fundraisers for the American Cancer society. It became much more meaningful to me as too many friends my own age suffered from breast cancer this past year.
3.  Do you belong to a small group of like-minded artists?  yes/no  Name/where?  What is the best part of being part of an art group? Yes, I belong to the Professional Art Quilter's Alliance - South which is regional here in the SE US but mostly meets in the Raleigh/Durham area. I also am blessed with the association of a fabulous group of professional artists/teachers/authors that call ourselves Artspark. We are mostly a mentoring/marketing group that works together on-line to promote and support each other as business women.

4.  Are you a member of a professional art organization, such as SAQA?  Have you ever held a volunteer position in the organization, and if so, what? Yes, I do belong to SAQA, but have not volunteered with that group. I founded PAQA-S and have served in quite a few leadership and curatorial positions with that group.

5.  What is your favorite palette of colors that you use in your work?  Name 5.  Name 5 of your least favorite colors? Can I say all of them!? Much of my recent work tends to work in monochromatic and sometimes neutral color schemes.

6.  Describe your creative work space in 20 words or less.  Are you messy or tidy? My space is often a frenzied dumping ground when my teaching and travel schedule is heavy. I cannot actually create in there unless I organize it first.

7.  What is your creative process?  Think, draw, design, make or right to the design? I'm all over the place - but the design phase is definitely my favorite part of the process. I sketch and doodle a lot.
8.   Is there a particular object or shape that shows up repeatedly in your work?  Why? Circles - over and over again. I have no idea why other than that I think they are beautiful and very satisfying.

9.   If you had to choose a favorite artist from another media, who would it be, and why? Alphonse Mucha, the beautiful posters and illustrations he created have such sinuous lines. Waterhouse is also a favorite painter - as is James Gurney.

10.  Have you written a book related to Art Quilts and Quilting or have an instructional DVD?  If so, can you tell us the title or titles? "Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises" is a basic design manual that is geared towards teaching quilters the basics of the visual alphabet. I also have two technique based DVD workshops: "Surface Design Sampler Platter" and "Bead It Like You Mean It."

11.  Do you make art full time?   If you have another career, would you describe what you do? and how you incorporate art into your life? I am the mother of five children ranging from a college freshman to a kindergardener…. that's about as full-time as a job can get. Now that the littlest one is in school all day I'm able to spend about half of my day in the studio. I find it interesting that most of my actual art-making still happens outside of the studio during hockey or music practices.

12.  What is your most thrilling news to date in relation to your art quilt life? I was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by the International Association of Professional Quilters. It was a great honor to be recognized by my peers. Publishing a book, creating wearable art for the (now defunct) Bernina Fashion Show - both were life goals that I was surprised to have already achieved at this point in my career.

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