Artist Interview – Whitney Parker

Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Whitney and I produce sewn summary art. I reside in the San Francisco Bay Location with my husband and our almost 4-yr-old daughter.

My background is rooted in vogue layout with a target on bridal. Right after graduating from school, I moved to New York Metropolis to get the job done as a wedding robe designer. I was in the bridal sector for the bulk of my job, which is where the sewing factor of my work will come from.

I test to carry a exceptional acquire to my artwork thanks to my non-traditional history (i.e., I did not study to be a painter). I use an array of products commencing with acrylic paints and unstretched canvas. I ordinarily integrate hand-painted and handmade papers as perfectly as gold and silver leaf and finish off each individual piece on the stitching machine with my signature touch. I test to infuse depth, texture, and a feeling of fluidity into all of my parts.

 

Why do you do what you do?

Well, when my partner and I purchased our initially residence, I promptly found myself wanting to fill the partitions with artwork that introduced me pleasure. I love the concept of currently being surrounded by a single-of-a-form, unique art, but curating a selection of artwork straight away is not feasible. In the meantime, I made a decision what improved way than to commence decorating with my individual art?! So I pulled out my paint and brushes and started out experimenting. I desired to tie in unique factors of my qualifications and experience to the art itself, which is what led me to finishing off the items on the sewing equipment. I have appear to benefit from the stitches significantly as a painter uses their brushes, creating depth and motion with the thread.

In the end, I do this to join with persons and have my work communicate in this kind of a way that reminds them of a unique moment or area. Generating artwork that sparks emotions or memories on a deep amount is so impressive.

 

What evokes your artwork?

Being in California, a lot of my inspiration will come from character. The surroundings and sustainability are very essential to me, so it performs a significant part in my function. I am surrounded by broad mountain ranges, early morning fog rolling around the hills, and sunset seashores – it is no question it serves as an inspiration for significantly of my artwork!

 

How and when did you get into artwork?

Artwork has usually been encouraged due to the fact I was quite youthful. My mother is also an artist, so I was fortunate to have parents who fostered my appreciate for creating.  I was concentrated on unique elements of art and style around the several years, but I have constantly recognized with staying a creator. I went to the Savannah Faculty of Art and Layout and obtained my BFA in Fashion Design and style which is in which the stitching device will come into perform in my function. Although in university I took classes in bookmaking, printmaking, 3D sculpture – I preferred to find out it all! To this day, I even now like studying new techniques and art forms – it is so inspiring.

 

How has your exercise adjusted about time?

Due to the fact I commenced, it looks factors are frequently currently being extra to produce additional texture, far more movement. From layering tissue paper, to introducing sizzling deal with studs, to new stitches on the equipment – my do the job is consistently evolving and I am thrilled to see the place it can take me in the many years to occur.

 

What is your favourite piece of artwork that you’ve designed? Why?

How do you talk to an artist that dilemma?! I come to feel like it alterations from 7 days to 7 days! Rather, I will convey to you about my most private piece. These are the 1st parts I definitely created for myself with practically nothing else in intellect apart from conveying my journey during the most difficult time of my life. I at first experienced no intention of sharing the approach or emotion driving them, but is not that what art is meant to do? To hook up with some others when we cannot discover the words? A way to recover and categorical our innermost anxieties and fears?

 

When I was 9, my young brother, Bo, handed away in a tragic accident, shaping my whole lifestyle. In this piece, I abstractly explored that dark spot I skilled in the wake of tragedy. Just after decades of grieving and expanding, I have acquired to live in the light when also embracing the occasional pain that inevitably creeps in. This diptych is titled “Darkness Comes Ahead of the Light”

 

What is the finest piece of art tips you have been given?

“Don’t allow ambition rob you of your existing pleasure.” This is all-encompassing life advice, but I located it very impactful when starting out on the journey of not only generating artwork but functioning a small organization from it. In the planet of social media and the unbelievable advantages it can have for creators, modest firms and the like to be noticed, it also brings with it a ton of pressure. It is so uncomplicated for me to get wrapped up in how items could be improved, expanding more quickly, profits could be better, etcetera. – that it takes away from the delight I have in what I have constructed and the distinctive voice I am impacting other folks with. It is critical to maintain perspective on what certainly matters.

 

What is just one art tip/strategy you can share with us that you obtain definitely practical?

For any artist who has a number of actions in their procedure, my very best advice is to come across a way to batch your do the job. For instance, I try out to plan out my week by allocating specific times to the phases of my approach. A person day it’s all painting, the pursuing day is operating on the structure for a number of items, then a further day for securing those layouts, and then ending up the week on the sewing machine. Do you see my sort-A organization coming by way of listed here?

 

Do you have any magic formula suggestions or approaches you use to salvage a piece when you make a slip-up?

Really do not be frightened to repurpose! I have had finished parts I was not content with and alternatively of tossing them, I discovered components/regions inside of the piece that I cherished. From there, I slash out what then grew to become the base for a new, scaled-down piece. It is amusing how people today sometimes react when I article a movie of me reducing up a thing I have established – but I have discovered that I have to be happy of just about every piece I place out there.

 

What is your preferred Strathmore paper? Why?

I appreciate the 400 Series Combined Media paper. It holds up so well to the acrylic paint and the deckled edge I get when tearing the paper is just the ideal.

 

What artwork materials could you not stay with out?

Moreover my paint and paper, I would have to say my sewing machine and silibrush. The brush is a common woodworker device I use it to spread glue to adhere the papers to the canvas before stitching. I really like it because it is silicone and therefore would not wreck traditional brushes trying to spread glue. I will not get into the months I used just working with my finger…

 

What varieties of colors are you drawn to for your art and why?

Tender, comforting hues are definitely what anchor most of my artwork. There is a sense of peace when doing work with them and I appreciate that translation in what I do. With that explained, I do appreciate stretching myself and bringing in more saturated colors from time to time to distinction those people far more neutral tones.

 

Who are your major influences (or who were when you started accomplishing artwork)?

This may be an atypical solution – but my track record stems in trend style and design, so my largest influences when I started ended up Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Amsale. They may not be painters, but they are creators. Their timeless and sophisticated factors of see are what however inspire and steer my models.

 

What is the most frequent artwork-connected dilemma you get from your followers?

-How does your sewing machine maintain up to stitching via paper and canvas?

-How do you make the texture on your hand-painted papers?

-What sort of glue do you use?

 

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