Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artist Profile: Cindy Cooksey

Cindy Cooksey

1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words:colorful, upbeat, whimsical, fun, different.

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? I have worked in several media, including clay, glass, yarn, pen and ink, watercolor. They all appealed to me. I just love to work with my hands and hopefully with my heart, too.

3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world? I have a few quilt ideas in my head that are not quite ready to come out.
4.  Do you have any studio rituals? Hmm. Always leave it messy?

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey? My mother was an artist, among other things. She inspired me from a very young age to create art, and she instilled in me the idea that art matters, that it is important.

6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Light, radio, windows, space, time.
7.  What is on your design table right now? A basket of fabric for a possible next quilt, a notebook, clutter.

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  It can be a challenge, but I need all three, so I have to make it work.

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? My dog, Ginger and one of my cats, Matilda are almost always napping nearby when I'm working up there.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections? Thinking up the idea. I had two or three ideas that I struggled with for months, but I chucked them all when I found some photos that a friend took of Christo's Gates, and one of them had water.

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