artist interview: travis graves

artist interview: travis graves

I think many creative people, like visual artists, musicians, authors, etc., can at times suffer from a lack of self-confidence and motivation. One of my biggest hurtles was to take myself and artwork seriously. I realized in graduate school that if I wasn’t invested in my own artwork and didn’t care enough about it, then no one else was going to either. I came to realize that I needed to make my artwork for myself first. And if I thought it was worth doing, then it would have something of value to offer others.

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if you love art, here's what you should do

if you love art, here's what you should do

Let's be honest: it's really really hard to make a living as an artist of any kind. The likelihood that any one person is going to "hit the big time," is relatively small. This doesn't mean that creating a sustainable art career is impossible, but that the battle is mostly uphill.

If you're an artist yourself, OR simply an art-lover, there are many things you can do to encourage and support my work and the creation of art in the world at large. 

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artist interview: joan bauer

artist interview: joan bauer

I've always appreciated classic art. I don't care for contemporary or modern art, and have always been very drawn to the impressionists. About a year after we moved to Tennessee, I kept gravitating towards my art books that are now all in my studio (they used to be up in my living room). I'd study them at night. I'd pour over Monet and I'd say, “How can I do that in fabric?” I had no idea that there even was such a thing as fabric art. All I knew was traditional quilting, until I went online and I searched for “impressionist fabric,” and all of a sudden it showed up for me.

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