Lyric Kinard is as artist whose artwork ranges across a wide variety of forms – art quilts, art cloth, mixed-media collages, wearable art, books, and more. You can see her artwork on her website and in her Etsy shop. And did I mention she has a book, Art + Quilt, one DVD out (Surface Design), and another DVD on beading in progress? And she has a post today on The Sketchbook Challenge blog? Oh, yes, and she has five children. I am beyond amazed; does she sleep? Does she wear a cape when we’re not looking?
1. Why are you participating in the ONE fundraiser for the American Cancer Society?
Too many people in my life have been touched by cancer. More than one friend is fighting this right now, including Melanie Testa.
fearless by Lyric Kindard. This is one of five fiber collages by Lyric available during the ONE fundraiser on February 16.
2. Tell us about your collages for ONE.
I’ve been having great fun playing with mixed media collages this past year. I’ve recycled horrible watercolor paintings from way back – layering them with old sheet music and layers of textured paint. Vintage textiles get thrown into the mix and wings tend to show up everywhere.
3. What are you working on in the studio now?
I’m very excited to be one of the artists in The Sketchbook Challenge and am prepping a book for some visual journaling. Lots and lots of samples for a Bead It Like You Mean It DVD workshop I’ll be filming in a couple months.
4. What has been the biggest surprise of your art career so far?
That I’m an artist at all! I always thought I’d be a musician. Life takes us on such wonderful and circuitous journeys!
5. Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere! The pattern on a rug, the texture of bark, a crack in the sidewalk or the pattern of a city skyline. It all goes into my sketchbooks – my own personal reference library.
6. Do you collect art? If so, how do you know a piece is right for your collection?
Only very small pieces thus far. I’m saving up for one or two larger works. When you see an artist year after year and can’t get enough of their work – it even shows up in your dreams – that’s how I know I can live with it.
7. What advice do you have for new art collectors/new Patrons of ONE?
First – know your money is going to a very good cause – you are making the world a better place. Second – don’t worry about longevity, value, or if it matches the couch. Go for the work that speaks to your heart.
Glory by Lyric Kinard. Nine canvases at 12″ x 12″ each. A tutorial about some of the techniques used is here.
8. What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Just do the work. I don’t think you can know what your style or voice is until you’ve made a large number or works. Learning and honing new techniques is all well and good but at some point to you have to just buckle down and make lots of art. (Notice I didn’t say it has to be GOOD art – just art)
9. What would you do with a year free to do what you wanted with no responsibilities or financial concerns?
Spend half of it traveling, half of it hidden away in a studio processing those experiences.
10. Any upcoming exhibits, new artwork, books, etc. we should know about?
I’d like to invite you to stop by my blog. It’s a wonderful place to come be inspired. I love nothing more than helping people understand that everyone has that creative spark within. It IS possible to find it, nurture it, and build it into something beautiful that will greatly enrich your life.