Julie Kornblum, who works largely with recycled materials, says, “Gather materials; they inspire me. Respond to the world & life. Experiment, sample, start over; finish when satisfied.”
We also asked the question of whether you need silence or noise to create, and if noise, what kind? Music? TV? Audiobooks?
Kathy Nida, a quilter, says, "My process is all in my head. The entire drawing is composed up there over time. Then it all comes out; the rest is execution. So my process is: think/design, then draw, then choose fabrics and colors. The TV is on or I listen to music during the whole process. No silence."
Charlotte Bird, also a quilter, says, "I do my best work when I stop thinking, letting my hands do the thinking. I am doing more with the intersection of art and science, thinking about subjects like climate change. I get my images from Google rather than drawing. I look everywhere and take photos, especially of pattern and texture."
She continues, trying to get down to 10 words: "I absorb, write, doodle, research, cut-sew-try-fail-redo-carry on. My work is moving from 2D to 3D. I seem to have a two-year cycle. I work in one series at a time. I listen to books on tape while I work, especially murder mysteries."
Stay tuned for the last in our How We Work installments...