Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Artist Profile: Annie Smith

Annie Smith
The Woodlands, Texas
1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you?  The biggest challenge was the size.  The largest square piece I've created was 30" x 30".  Those extra inches made a big difference.  Being a first time Dinner at Eight Artist did add to the challenge because it's something I've dreamed of for several years.

2. Describe your studio space?  My studio is 11" x 13" and packed!  A large sewing/cutting table with an electric lift and a big board take up most of the room.  Lots of fabric and supplies have their homes in various containers.  The most treasured piece in the studio is my grandmother's rocking chair by the window.  This is where Mom sat and embroidered while I quilted.  What you will not find in my studio are things hanging on the wall.  I'm a random thinker, and those things become opportunities for my mind to wander down bunny trails.  While a larger space would be nice, my studio is my cozy, happy place. 

3. Where can people see your work in the next six months?  In addition to the Dinner at Eight exhibition at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Chicago, I will be one of two solo shows at Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas.  Suzan Engler and I will have our art displayed there for the month of February, 2018.
4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist?  I do work in a series, in fact two.  I tend to alternate between them along with exploring newer ideas.  While the series work provides comfort, it can become limiting.  I definitely have lots of new things I want to explore.  Again, that random thinking kicks in, and I have to go with it.  It's all about growth, whether extending existing techniques or developing new ones. 

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy?  I love painting fabrics.  After several years away from this, I will have time to fling paint again.  I also love to spin art yarn.  While I no longer dye my own yarn, I do card my own batts.  I spin with a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.  I have found spinning is a wonderfully calming activity for me.

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