Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Maker of the Week - Tracy Evans

Tracy Evans is a textile artist based in the South of England. Using traditional hand weaving techniques she creates hand crafted products for fashion and interiors using a rich mix of natural fibres such as lambs wool, silk and cotton.

One favourite living craft maker.
Margo Selby for her ingenious use of structure on the loom and incredible colour sense

What was the last art/craft/design thing you purchased?
A silver ring by Sharon Justice, loved for it's simplicity.

At age 18 who influenced your style? Was there any individual who very much helped you on your way?
That was about 100 years ago but it was probably Vivienne Westwood's buffalo girls collection, complete with backcombed hair!

What’s currently on your i-pod, cd player, tape recorder?
Jamiroquai, Michael Buble, Damien Rice

Where and what is your studio?
A home office, (or posh shed) in my garden in Gosport, Hants, which just isn't big enough.

What is your favourite (art) website? because I love looking through the Craft Directory and having a nose at everyone's work.

Surprising activity/hobby?
Spinning class although you would never know it from the size of my bottom!

Do you have a good work/life balance? Are you able to switch off from art work?
Rarely, perks of having a studio at home I guess. Although some days it's hard to get motivated when working alone, I always know when it's going to be one because the vacuuming takes priority!

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?

Do you think art and craft has any real importance?
Absolutely, it is a celebration of imagination and skill.

What do think are crimes against good taste & decency in art/craft/design?
Copying someones ideas and passing them off as your own.

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