Sam Kearns and her Nightmare Before Christmas shoes

Sam Kearns is a Landis, N.C. based artist who will be at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis. She will be set up from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. Here’s what the artist had to say about her work:

How and when did you first get started in art and why?

“I’ve been making art since I was very young, I think I just needed to get all the ideas in my head out.”

What art form do you focus on and why?

“I actually focus both on making dream catchers and 2D art such as inked drawings and acrylic paintings. These two soothe me in different ways; painting and drawing help flex my more creative and imaginative side, and while dream catchers do the same, they are more about releasing the craftsman in me. I started making dream catchers out of a desire to work with my hands more.”

sam nightmare shoes

What’s kept you involved in art and keeps you wanting to practice your craft?

“It’s more of an addiction at this point. I can’t sit still for any length of time without picking up a hoop or a pencil, and it truly helps I have people wanting to buy my work. As a full time student working two part time jobs with limited hours, it’s great when I am able to supplement my income with something I enjoy doing.”

What’s your philosophy and style to creating art?

“I think everyone should have art, that is why I make such affordable art. It should not be just something the upper class gets to enjoy. Everyone needs a little more beauty in their lives.”

sam dreamctcher

What kind of music, if any, do you listen to when you create art? And why do you listen to that particular kind of music when you work?

“Normally I have my Lana Del Rey Pandora station playing when I am really focused on something. It helps me think without being overwhelmingly distracting.”

 

Have you attended any festivals or have any artwork on display? Also, have you won any awards for your work?

“I have yet to win any awards for my art, but I suppose it would help if I actually entered some sort of competition. I have however participated in many festivals and will participate in many more.”

What’s the most challenging part for you when you are creating new art and how do you work through it? Also, how many pieces of art do you create a month?

“The most challenging part of the process for me personally is getting started. Unless I have a deadline, I tend to think about a piece forever before I actually get with it. As far as how many pieces I complete a month, it really depends on what orders I have or if I’m preparing for a festival. During festival months I might make 50+ pieces (this includes dream catcher jewelry, and small projects as well as large ones), but in the off months, especially if I have projects due for school, I may only produce 5-7 pieces.”

What has been your favorite piece you created and why?

“My favorite piece has to probably be a pair of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ shoes I painted last year. It was the first pair of shoes I actually painted on instead of drawing, and the results were phenomenal.”

sam bear

How have you evolved as an artist and what have you done to help grow as an artist?

“I have always been told you’ll know when you’re evolving as an artist when you start being really unsatisfied with everything you are creating, and let me tell you, it’s true. To be satisfied with all your work is to be stagnant, so whenever I am evolving I push myself to do downright ridiculous things really and it causes me to realize what I can really do.”

What are some art projects you would like to tackle in the future and why?

“I’d like to start making more large dream catchers. I feel it doesn’t take a lot to make a small dream catcher look spectacular, but to keep someone’s attention as they look at the details of a larger one is a real feat.”

What’s your contact information in case anyone is interested in your work?

You can find The Wandering Pygmy fan page on facebook, or email me directly at wanderingpygmy@gmail.com

 

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