1. How did you start your embroidery & painting craft? Did you start at a young age or was it something that you began to do when you were older? Has it changed over time?
I started embroidering during the summer or 2017 over co-op. For painting, I started doing illustrations during middle school, but started conveying them into cute paintings during summer 2018. I think my embroidery has definitely changed, I used to just do various random stitches and hope for the best, but over the past year I learned real stitches and more about color blending.
2. How has your relationship with Industrial Design affected your art style?
I want to work in toy design or design for children post grad. I love making cute illustrations of animals and conveying them either via painting or other art mediums. On the other hand, I use fiber arts as a change of pace from ID work. I did do a cool project in Design Communications this summer combining the two (which can be found here!). I need to be constantly doing something, so on co-op I come home and work on art. I usually feel that my art and co-op work are different enough that it doesn't feel like I'm doing the same thing all day.
3. Is creating art an everyday task for you?
For the most part! I try to do some form of art everyday. Even if I'm super busy, I'll sit in meetings and do blind contour drawings (I have notebooks full of them) to keep myself doing creative things. And as I said earlier, I cannot sit still for more than maybe 3 minutes so I'm constantly doodling or sketching (or embroidering) in classes and meetings.
4. What are your inspirations/influences that helped you develop your artistic style?
5. If you could relive any memory of DAAP, what would it be?
The first DAAP Makers Market. Ellie Friedman and I had worked for months to put everything together and it was a huge success. The morning of it had snowed and I was afraid no one would show. We then found out we were missing tables, so I had to go to random fraternities to steal tables. During the day I cried several times because I was just so excited at how many people were there. (I then fell asleep at a nice dinner with my parents because the adrenaline wore off). I'm proud of myself for passing it on this year and just participating instead of micro-managing Jack + Eliza.
6. What are other forms of art that you enjoy doing?
For Christmas I got a punch needle tool and I'm OBSESSED. I've been making lots of cute pillows to sell at DAAP Makers Market! Its a very different skill but really peaceful and fun to do.