Friday, August 1, 2014
Interview with Jessica Swift: August Lovely Ink Artist
As William Blake says, "To see a world in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. "
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I was lucky enough to interview Jessica Swift and share it with you here. She shares a childhood memory of art-making, her exciting dream project and more. Her enthusiasm for life and art is contagious. Enjoy!
Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
My pieces start out with creating a mixed media textured background out of materials like paper, acrylic paint, cut paper, oil pastels, stencils, etc. I then scan that artwork into my computer, manipulate the colors digitally (sometimes!), and layer text on top. Voila! That is the process, plain and simple.
What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I love to travel, and there is so much beauty in the world. I was inspired by the idea of exploring, and 'radiant' is one of my favorite words.... thus, the phrase was born.
Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things?
I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom when I was probably about 3 or 4 years old, while she drew crazy birds in my sketchbook. I'd copy her birds, we'd color and name them together.... it was the best. That's one of my earliest art-making memories, and I've loved making things ever since.
Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I find a lot of inspiration in just STARTING. The process of putting paint brush to canvas, or playing with color palettes on my computer screen, starts the creative process for me. It's all very intuitive, and I never know what something is going to look like -- the element of surprise, for me, is very inspirational.
What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
Gosh, there are so many! Here's a recent one: getting paid to travel around the world, finding inspiration in different cultures, with the ultimate goal of writing/illustrating a kids book about the experience.
Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
Lisa Congdon, Sarah Watts, Adlane Samet, Carson Ellis, Crystal Morey, Alena Hennessy, Leah Duncan, Stina Persson, Marimekko, Laura Berger, Olle Eksell... I admire and appreciate lots of artists' work. :)
What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
And if you are interested in learning about making beautiful and functional patterns, Jessica Swift will be launching a brand new e-course called, Pattern Camp. You can sign out to get on the waiting list today.