Concord-N.C. based artist Jennifer Hope Lawrence will be a guest at the May 31 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis.
Here are a few of her thoughts on her art:
How and when did you first get started in art and why?
“My father made his living as an artist, self taught with a God given talent. I always wanted to be just like him, however, I didn’t inherit his exact talent. I do have a creativity that I discovered about 15 years ago. Between family and a full time job, there was little time to explore the possibilities of what I could do. Now, I’m taking that time.”
What art form do you focus on and why?
“I love anything funny or whimsical. I love ‘re purposing’ things. Being a Baby Boomer, I love all things from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Right now, I make clocks out of vinyl records, or clocks that are funny. I also make rings out of spoons and forks.That doesn’t really sound like and ‘art form,’ but remember, it’s just the beginning for me! I also take custom orders.”
What’s kept you involved in art and keeps you wanting to practice your craft?
“The possibilities of what I can do, or make to me are endless and very exciting! My father has passed away and this is a way of staying connected to him.”
What’s your philosophy and style to creating art?
“To do what you love. Art is so subjective. Yes, I want people to like what I do, but you can’t please everyone. You just have to love it.”
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?
“I have to have music on! I think it just adds to the creative juices. I listen to lots of classic rock, blues, and folk music. If I need to be more energetic, I may even go back to Culture Club (don’t laugh, it’s great to clean house to also!) or hard rock. Sometimes I need some ballads from Eva Cassidy or Adele. Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Raitt are also great for either cranking up or chilling while I create.”
Have you attended any festivals or have any artwork on display? Also, have you won any awards for your work?
“No festivals, no awards. I do display and sell my work at Artistic Treasures in Concord.”
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?
“Most challenging for me is I have Attention Deficit Disorder and I’m a perfectionist. That’s a hard brain to work with!! Music does help keep me on track. Sometimes if I’m having a problem, I just have to walk away and come back to it later with fresh eyes. It takes me longer than the average person to create anything. Right now, I create 20 to 30 per month.”
What has been your favorite piece you created and why?
“Two favorites; A ring made from a pastry fork turned out really cool. A clock that has the words, ‘Who cares? Late anyway!’ with all the numbers piled up at the bottom and really cool clock hands. This one because, well, ADD and all!”
How have you evolved as an artist and what have you done to help grow as an artist?
“Being kind of a beginner, I look at everything on-line or in person with an eye as to what could that be? I remember all my father told me and I think I inherited his “eye” as how to see beauty and art in anything AND how to see when something’s not working artistically.”
What are some art projects you would like to tackle in the future and why?
“I love vintage jewelry and have taken two antique mirrors, came up with a theme and decorated them with vintage jewelry. I would like to do more of those and too many other projects to list!”
If someone likes your artwork where can they see it and what is your contact info for anyone interested in purchasing it?
I owned a shop called Past and Presents and I still post on that facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pastandpresentsconcord.
Artistic Treasures FB is https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticTreasuresUS.
Their website is http://artistictreasuresus.com.