Art Fair Friday – Dan Lam

At last it is Friday and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest installment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the opportunity to talk to sculptor/artist, Dan Lam. Dan Lam uses unusual materials in a huge variety of bright, candy colours to create one-of-a-kind sculptures in multiple textures. For those who love fun, psychedelic palettes, Dan Lam is the artist for you! Read all about her and her inspirations below.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

While I’ve sold work throughout my years in school, I would say my professional career started after I graduated with my Masters. Making art and teaching was all I focused on (versus going to class, other deadlines, etc) and really started to get my work out there on my own (versus school related motivation).

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

The best advice I’ve received about being an artist and the creative practice is to “just keep making”. As far as my own art goes: “Give the work places for your eye to rest.”

How would you describe your creative process?

It is physically involved, very hands on, and often happening all the time. Sometimes just sitting and thinking about a piece for hours in the studio is still creating.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

I love non-traditional media, I am especially attracted to resin for its versatility. And of course, I couldn’t live without my acrylics!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I think it’s just sheerl amount of exposure that has really exploded this year. Many different art publications that I grew up reading picked up on my work – that was really exciting.

How would you describe your signature style?

Tactile, colorful, yummy.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

One is in nature. The other is in creating. I think making is its own inspiration machine. I can go into the studio, work with a material, create something, with no aim, with aim, whatever my state of mind and make all kinds of discoveries.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think I’ve combined a series of elements together that haven’t been as commonly combined previously. I think most people can identify my work based on texture and color.

Art Fair Fridays - Dan Lam

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No. 5 Calico Wallpaper – Aurora Heaven – Price Upon Request

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No. 9 Marilyn Monroe Bubble Gum Hard Cover Case For iPhone – $4.90

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Her work is just wowa…here are my five…

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art fair fridays dan lam christine dovey heirloom and knot art

art fair fridays dan lam christine dovey heirloom and knot art

art fair fridays dan lam christine dovey heirloom and knot art

Have a great long weekend everyone!
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Art Fair Fridays – John MacConnell

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible talent of John MacConnell, whose works are soft and romantic but also sensual and provoking…a little melancholy, but also filled with joyful optimism. With a portfolio comprised of drawings, sketches and watercolour, MacConnell showcases his subjects in a way that feels rooted in reality, but also subject to a dash of fantasy.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

I’ve been lucky to have been creating art professionally for eight years. It hasn’t always put a roof over my head, but the commitment to making new work through the slow times, combined with some great advice from friends, has gotten me to where I am today. Never putting down my pencil, through the slow times, has allowed my work to evolve and meet lots of great folks that make a supportive community now.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

Find a way to put yourself into every piece.

How would you describe your creative process?

(Step 1) Spend months observing, until one night I…
(Step 2) Blast pop jams + open a bottle of wine. Then,
(Step 3) I spend three hours hating what I’m doing, thinking I’ve lost “it.” Finally,
(Step 4) I spend one hour pulling all together to beautifulness. Depending on the scale of the project, I
(Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 over two to four weeks.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Graphite powder & pencil on Rives BFK, the paper of the gods.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

The opening night of my first New York City gallery show made me feel like a rockstar.

How would you describe your signature style?

Classic, minimal, intimate.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Instagram! It’s vast galaxy of fashion; artists; pop culture; dancers, athletes, models, “models,” & go-go boys; kittens; memes; and trash. Human interaction is the core of my work. Instagram provides so much to observe and absorb!

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I put a lot of thought into each body of work. It takes me months to conceptualize a project. I want to make work that makes the audience have a mental and physical reaction. I like thinking the art I’m creating right now leaves the viewer both excited but a little melancholy, like the rush of finishing your first marathon, then thinking, “what now?”

Art Fair Fridays - John MacConnell

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I love nudes…plain and simple. And though I tend to gravitate more towards female renderings, every once and while an artist comes along who makes me want naked boys everywhere.  Cue John MacConnell, whose beautiful works capture the essence of each muse in way that feels intimate and raw.

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Handsome as all get out.

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Art Fair Fridays – Tyler Thrasher

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to showcase the incredible work on Tyler Thrasher. Using the process of crystallization, this artist creates beautiful sculptures using  insect specimens and animal skeletons. With an organic touch, Thrasher manages to make things that some might consider ugly, strikingly pretty. His pieces fee celestial and have an air of outer-worldliness…almost utopian in their idealism and beauty.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I’ve only been out of college for since May 2015, so I’ve really only been a “professional” artist for about 6 or 7 months! I had a surge of an online following right before graduating that has allowed me to create full-time. That was the real push that brought me to this point in my career.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

I’ve received a lot of really good advice while in college regarding my work, but some of the best advice I have ever received came to me while working at Petty’s Fine Foods in Tulsa, Oklahoma to put me through college. It was the end of the summer and I was working my last day before going back to college. My manager asked if I would like to return during winter for the holidays, and I said yes! After he left, one of the employees who works the meat department pulled me aside and said “Don’t come back. You leave for the summer and pursue your goal til the end. You leave this grocery store and don’t ever look back.” That was the last time I stepped foot into Petty’s, and the last time I dedicated my time to anything besides my work.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is absolutely chaotic. There’s always a handful of ideas flying around, and only a few of them are at minimal, legible. Every now and then, one of those ideas hits the right light, and BAM! I usually stand up, yell “Holy Hell” while holding my face in a fit of wonder and inspiration and begin pacing back and forth thinking on how to execute and bring that idea to life. Once that idea lands, it sort of plagues my mind until I make it happen.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Right now my favorite medium(s) are oil paints and the art of crystallization. These are sort of my two latest obsessions.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I’ve had a few big career highlights! I’ve been invited to a handful of shows and exhibitions, more in the last 4 months than I have my entire life. That sort of came with the social media surge I’ve been experiencing. I’ve also had my work featured in a handful of articles which is always exciting!

How would you describe your signature style?
My signature style I feel is very organic. Even when it comes to crystallizing objects, there’s very little “design”. I try to make it look as natural as possible! Even my paintings and sketches are very “rough” and “blocky”.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration from nature. I’m an avid caver and hiker, and this is where I draw most of my inspiration- from landscapes, to wildlife, to cave and karst formations.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think crystallization sort of sets my work apart. I only know of a few other contemporary artists that use this medium professionally, and our work never overlaps.As for painting and my 2D work, there’s way too many artists for me to reasonably say my work is any different from other artists. It’s a lot of the same stuff, but I love the hell out of it.

Art Fair Fridays - Tyler Trasher

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There aren’t many times when you come across an artist who creates something unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Tyler Thrasher has managed to do that for me. I love that his pieces feel masculine and edgy but still pretty and delicate…they feel balanced, pure, original and infinitely intriguing…

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art fair fridays tyler thraser christine dovey heirloom and knot goat head

 

art fair fridays tyler thrasher christine dovey heirloom and knot amythest ghost cicada

art fair fridays tyler thrasher christine dovey heirloom and knot crystal insects

art fair fridays tyler thrasher christine dovey heirloom and knot ghost cicada

An interesting measure of how these resonate on many levels and with many kinds of people…my 7 year old son went nuts over them…his two favourite things at the moment are insect specimens and crystal so well, I sort of knew he was in the bag. But then I showed them to my 9 year old girly girly daughter and she was equally impressed. She loved the delicate colourizations of each piece and noted that they looked like ‘angel versions’ of each creature.  Similarly, my husband commented on how cool they were and what an interesting artistic process must be involved in creating such works.  As for me, I just think they’re so damn pretty…in a sort of spooky pretty way, which is PS, tied with ugly pretty as my favourite of all the pretties.

Beautiful, beautiful work.

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