For this week's Artists Answer, I dove back into some of my favorite shops from when I first found Etsy. This lovely lady and amazing artist does such original and inspiring work that I had to introduce you.
Casey Dwyer is the creative genius behind The Candy Thief and I've asked her to share with us a little about her creative process, so let's dive in!
Casey graduated with a BFA from the State University of New York in Albany in 2005 and has spent most of the hours from then to now fashioning objects of desire. In 2006 she established The Candy Thief and offers a unique line of handmade hair accessories, handbags, pillows and small batch clothing.
Casey thinks of each Candy Thief piece as a place or surface where all her passions meet. A love of printmaking, folk art, fashion, nature, color, and the traditional arts are stitched together to create an absolutely one of a kind, handmade look. Simple, natural objects of beauty that befall one's everyday life inspire most of the imagery found in the work. Leaves, flowers, and feathers make up much of the Candy Thief aesthetic, and the ubiquity of such elements allow admiring clients to truly connect with the pieces.
3. Do you use patterns?
No, I donʼt use any commercial patterns. My line of headbands is entirely original in terms of design and donʼt require patterns, though, I have made myself some template here and there.
When I make clothing I base a lot of patterns off of existing pieces of clothing. They are, in general, the pieces that fit me well that I wouldnʼt mind having dozens of!
My overall advice for any maker, regardless of age or experience, is to constantly be experimenting and expanding your creative skill set. It keeps things fresh and exciting! And never cut corners. i.e.---donʼt rush things!
Finding the right set of tools and materials to physically construct your objects is really important. I think artists need to be open to lots of experimentation. This being said, I can offer a bit of advice for anyone out there who is interested in block printing on felt:
Speedball easy cut lino blocks are the way to go. You can create a deeper relief, which works well with the thickness of the wool felt. Iʼve also found that some fabric inks (I use screen printing fabric inks) require an extra bit of textile medium to yield a rich print.
Keep some on hand!
Again, the block printing is really my cup of tea right now. I love how organic the process is, and that the final images scream “HANDMADE”! Itʼs great to see the hand of the artist in all elements of the design. Iʼve got nothing against screen printing---I just really love the slowness that comes with blocked prints.
Thank you, Casey!
If you want to keep up with this amazing artist, here are her links so you can
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Thanks again dear readers for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about one of my favorite artists and some new techniques and skills that you can use in your own creative process! Enjoy your Wednesday!