Q & A with upcoming feature artist Kristian Spreen (@kristian_spreen): Q: How has your studio time changed since Covid?
A: At the time of the pandemic, I was already taking a planned break from the studio. My goals for 2020: Set up a home studio, focus on the functional glassware business and evolve in creating new bodies of work. As an artist, I find it rewarding to continue making similar pieces in order to refine and improve the work. However, I love the inspiration that comes from experimenting and interacting with the material. This break has definitely been longer than intended. I am anxious to get back to the studio atmosphere and manipulating glass in its molten and solid states.
Q: What is inspiring you at the moment?
A: My inspiration often comes from the things that make me happy. I am enamoured with playful graphic surface designs and bold bright colours. Inspired by the ingenuity and sense of community I have seen on social media amid pandemic related and economic restrictions, I have seen amazing works in all different mediums such as ceramics, jewelry and textile art. It makes me happy to see that for many artists, the pandemic has been a catalyst for creativity. It is something to hold onto in these strange times.
Kristian is a multi-talented artist from Toronto. She studied painting and drawing at Sheridan College before discovering the school’s glass studio. She’ll be our featured Shop artist in the July and August. Take a peak at her process and the final product.
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