Interview with David Church

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Tell us what you do.
I create wearable art in the form of Jewelry. I also create sculptures.

 At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I began my love of jewelry and small objects early on while taking apart watches. We are all artists the minute one can hold a pencil and start scribbling. I suppose I became officially an artist upon completion of my Masters degree in Jewelry Design and Sculpture. I began producing work for sale and receiving commissions while working in a studio/gallery in Boston in the late 70s.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.   
The initial inception of a piece begins in my head inspired by a visual shape primarily from nature then to sketching of possible designs and refining of several ideas into one design. Decisions about types of metals and or other material, use of precious or semi-precious stones and techniques to create and complete the design are all considered before the actual work begins.

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What is your greatest inspiration?
Nature and beauty.

How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
For many years it was teaching combined with making of my art. Renovating our house, knocking down walls, changing the interior space is similar to creating a sculpture that I just happen to live in. Working outside staying close to nature inspires the drive to make. I am constantly watching the world that goes by as the seasons change and the composition of that world changes from people to animals to the environment.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
The proximity to water and the people that live here.


Interview with David Maracle

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Tell us what you do.
I am a Mohawk First Nations Sculptor/Carver in Stone, Multi-Instrumentalist Musician and a Traditional Culinary Artist. 

At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I picked up my carving tools and chisels in 1985, but before this, I toured with my parents, and then finally on my own, the Art Show trail.  At these events, I showed the beauty of my ancestral heritage through my craft & art, which consisted of Stone, bone, wood, leather, beads, feathers & other various materials, mixed media.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.
Giving thanks to the Creator is first and foremost, for my surroundings, my health, and my gifts that I have been given.  It’s as if the stone chooses me to help with their release of what is under the surface.  Creating these sculptures on the Peacemakers Territory, I truly believe and feel the power of my ancestors coming from the land, the earth, and right into my creations. My tools are an extension of my mind.  From files, chisels, sandpaper, and dental tools, these will help my “Original in Stone” come to life.

What is your greatest inspiration?
Being surrounded by nature, all things natural are my greatest inspiration.  Having the Elders to enlighten me with the stories, legends and wisdom of old times of our People and the Newcomers.  I attribute many of my accomplishments to my father Andrew, a respected Mohawk Elder who was an international speaker on First Nations issues and struggles.  My mother Lillian was also very inspirational as she was an accomplished author, poet, musician, artist, and craftswoman.  The combination of both my parents have brought me to this point in life, and through sharing what I have learned from them, I feel will help  teach, inspire, and  educate our future generations.

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How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
By taking time away from the carving, picking up my music and performing, this process helps me to meditate and bring myself back to focus..  I am always trying to better myself in the arts.  My passion for my music has brought me 9 Global Record deals, with fans all around the globe that gravitate to the healing properties of my music. My passion for creating is a combination of many different ingredients. My music not only does it help to heal me, it helps to heal others.  Music is medicine.  Therefore, I feed myself with the music.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
Not only the village of Westport with its unique shops and eateries, and not to mention my Recording Studio Summit Sound is also there, but my most favourite thing about Westport is “The Enchanted Forest Studios, hosted by Brian Mantrop and Kathy Cashman.  I could not have chosen a better place to showcase my artwork, as the creativity runs abound on this property.  I do many shows around the world, and this has to be one of my all time favourites.

 


Interview with Delvalle

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Tell us what you do.
I am a sculptor/potter.

At what age did you first start working with clay?
I was 29.

And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I started to think of myself as an artist when I was 37.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces. 
Each piece is hand built or thrown on a potter wheel.  I trim and finish the pieces, allow it them to dry thoroley before they are fire in a kiln.  The pieces are allowed to cool slowly.  A glaze is then applied and then fired for a second time.

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What is your greatest inspiration?
Nature, flowers, birds. Rocks, wood.  The mist on the pond.

How do you feed your creative process?
I look at a lot of other people’s art.  I work in my studio almost every day. The doing gets me into a rhythm as I work with several things at once.

 How do you keep things fresh?
I am constantly trying new things. Clay is such a versatile medium you never run out of new things to try.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
My favourite thing about Westport is the people.  They are warm, friendly and inviting.


Interview with Nicole McGrath

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At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I drew my first portrait at age 6; busy with piano lessons & sewing, my first painting class was in acrylics, at Algonquin College, age 18. Still busy with piano, sewing and working, I took hundreds of photos destined for paintings… until 2008, Ottawa School of Art: my first oil and first portrait painting class. I have been selling paintings since 2009. I feel like me, others say I’m an artist.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.
Studio and plein air are so different in their process.

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What is your greatest inspiration?
All of natures co-habitants.

How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
I don’t paint to sell, I paint to learn, to play with colour, to experience a moment… if I paint to sell, it’s not good.

-What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
The community.


Interview with Bell Soap’s Karen Bell

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Tell us what you do.

I make all natural soap and bath products. I use top quality vegetable oils, herbs and essential oils known to be beneficial to the skin.

At what age did you pick up a paintbrush? And at what age did you declare ‘I’m an artist?’
I am not a true artist. I make cold processed soap in the old fashioned artisanal way. I started making soaps about 8 years ago as a result of some skin issues and reading about the awful ingredients in commercial products.

Tell us about the process of making your pieces.
I make soap using the cold processed method which using sodium hydroxide and liquid it can be water, milk, coffee, beer and then I mix it with a variety of top quality vegetable oils, butters, herbs and essential oils. It then gets poured into mold, sits for 24 hours, then I cut it into bars and it cures for approximately 8 weeks before I label the bars.

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What is your greatest inspiration?
Likely the garden and the amazing healing properties that come from the earth.

How do you feed your creative process? How do you keep things fresh?
I love talking to customers at shows to hear what they enjoy and would like to see in my products. I’m constantly researching, experimenting and creating new products.

What’s your favourite thing about Westport?
The people!!!! We moved to Westport 4 years ago and are AMAZED by the welcoming nature of everyone here. We’ve been included in all parties, musical events, community large and small. We love it all!!