Name: Divesin by Jackie Dives
Website links: Etsy, Blog, Myspace
contest alert at the end of the blog post!
What do you make?
I mostly make collages and take photographs. I have been collaging and taking photographs since I was in elementary school. Right now my collages are taking a couple different personalities.
There is an ongoing series that I work on for craft fairs and for sale on my Etsy site. These are made on wood panels that are hollow in the back so they can be hung easily. I use images from books that would otherwise be sent to the dump. I rescue them and make something new from them.
I am also working on a series of 20 collages that each have a Chinese proverb in them. These are fun and made from all kinds of different papers.
Lastly, I have a show at Libby's Kitchen in September, and for that I am making a series of collages that involve animals.
I take photographs every day of the things I see around town. My favourite thing to photograph is people.
I also make love. I make nutritious meals from scratch, my blog, and a garden.
What or who inspires you?
Like most creative people I get inspiration from things I see when I am out and about. People, places, nature, conversations overheard on the bus. I get very inspired to create when I am grocery shopping at a market, thrifting, and drinking tea with friends. I am currently greatly inspired by these specific artists: Andy Dixon, Ronan Boyle, Jesse Reno, Chanda Stallman, Randy Laybourne.
How did you get started?
Slowly. A few years ago I pulled my hardly ever used sewing machine out of the closet in my bedroom and began making bags. My grandfather died around the same time and I was given a box of family photographs, which I used to make a series of greeting cards. I made magnets, notebooks, brooches, and other cute things. I held a craft show in my little apartment, which turned into a full time store on Main Street. Now, I'm happy to be working from home, taking my time to explore the different forms of creativity that interest me.
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I keep a glue stick and my camera with me wherever I go. I also love very old things from wood to ceramics to books to fabrics, to jars and more.
List 5 of your favourite links and why you like them
Art house Coop: This is a wonderful website that invites people to take part in their art project ideas. The keep new ideas posted on their website all the time and people can participate in any that they choose.
Society 6: I have a studio on this website where I sell prints (http://www.society6.com/studio/divesin). Anyone can join for free and sign up to sell their prints. There is no cost to the artist, all the printing is done by Society 6, and they give you your desired commission. It is also a great place to discover artists.
Craigs List: An incredible resource for finding things for cheap or free.
West Coast Seeds: Where I get lots of my gardening info.
Amazon: I read a lot. I like that I can keep a wish list on Amazon so that I don't lose track of all the books I want.
Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Don't give up. Being an artist is hard. Keep at it.
Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
This is a hard question for me to answer. At a different point in time it might have been easier to define and separate the two words, but presently, I think they overlap and are merging into one meaning. At times I might be an artist, other times a crafter. But ultimately I am a creator. I passionately and consistently create things.
WIN an original collage (pictured above) by Jackie Dives by leaving a comment below and telling us where you would display this wooden panel.
Each collage is coated with a non toxic sealer and is light weight and durable, making it perfect for hanging anywhere! Contest closes Friday, May 14th, 2010, so get your comments in!
(photo images courtesy of Jackie Dives)
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