When and how did you discover your current medium of choice?
About four years ago I moved into a new apartment and couldn't wait to decorate the walls. I didn't have a lot of money to spend on home decor so I knew I'd have to get creative and make some art myself. I started with a few pieces of driftwood from my last Big Sur trip that I had been wanting to use for a project, found some fiber art inspiration images online, and went from there! Pretty much all of the skills I've learned along the way have been self taught by trial and error.
Describe your messiest breakthrough?
If we're talking physically messy, I went through a phase about a year or so ago experimenting with botanical dyes to use on my yarn. It took quite a bit of practice to get it down and I still have a lot to learn but I have turmeric stained kitchen utensils that have never recovered!
What is your routine of doing your art and what has been helpful in keeping that?
Now that I have an art studio it makes it much easier to organize my time and create a daily routine for balancing making art and running my business. Working from home became difficult because I was constantly surrounded by my unfinished projects and I always felt like I had to be working. Now when I'm at home I can relax and unwind for the day and go in to the studio the next day feeling refreshed and inspired to continue to create.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
I can't live without a sharp pair of scissors and a wooden yarn wrapper (a creation my boyfriend came up with to make the process of cutting 100-1,000 strands of yarn at a time more efficient). It's essential when I'm making one of my large tassel wall hangings!
What is your drink of choice in the morning? Coffee, Tea, something else delicious?
Lots of coffee for sure! Especially after a long night catching up on projects.
What do you like to listen to when you create?
It definitely depends on my mood, but right now I'd have to say anything by Rufus Du Sol!
If you were a…
Artistic Tool: Paintbrush
Beverage: Kombucha Cocktail
Vehicle: Just like my Honda CRV I'm reliable and always ready for an adventure!
Song: Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers because all of my friends call me Dani :)
Join Danielle for her Driftwood Wall Hanging Workshop at Makers Mess!
Saturday 9.15 | 1-3p