The Norcross Art Fest is just around the corner for Oct. 6-7, and Norcross Patch is profiling different vendors for the 2012 festival.
Linda Silverthorne is a mixed media artist who describes her work as "whimsical" and "vintage-inspired." Before the fest, Patch asked her about her inspiration, pieces of work and heroes.
Under what genre is your art classified as? I've heard it described as folk art.
How would you describe your art to a complete stranger? Whimsical, vintage-inspired, holiday-themed art dolls, ornaments and decorations.
How long have you been producing art? All my life! As a child, my mother encouraged all forms of art and crafting. She enrolled me in all kinds of classes from sewing, cake decorating, and quilting to painting, knitting, and sculpting. I was always making things from stuff around the house. I remember making Barbie clothes out of an old bridesmaid dress, crocheting clothes for trolls, shoebox doll houses, mosiacs from trinkets. I was always busy with numerous projects.
How did you first get started in art? Sewing was my main passion for a long time. I went to school for fashion design but ended up running a home dec workroom out of my home. I did curtains, duvets, pillows, slipcovers and did all the design, sewing and installation. Business was really reduced as a result of the economy about 4 years ago and I discovered Etsy. I had been crafting my sculptures as gifts for friends for a long time and decided to try selling them online. That led into also doing craft shows and selling to a few local shops.
Who are your art heroes? Penny McCallister, Flora Thompson of BoneHead Studios, Scott Rucus and so many of the other holiday-themed artists.
What inspires you? I love vintage holiday decorations. The simple style, sweet faces and use of glitter. Old advertising, greeting cards. Sometimes a trip to an antique store or a visit to the craft store can spark an idea. Sometimes it can be a certain piece of fabric or a vintage trim that can inspire a piece.
What is your favorite piece in your own collection? Why? Probably a PumpkinHead gal that was featured in Art Doll Quarterly last year. Her head is made from a gourd I grew and she just has such a sweet face. She's one of the only ones that I have kept for myself.
Do you have a website? I sell on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/JuneBugsByLinda
Where do you live? I live in Cumming near Lake Lanier. I have a studio in my basement that has wonderful light overlooking my garden.
Are you a full-time artist, or do you have another occupation? I am a full-time artist along with Mom to my three wonderful kids.
How many times has your art been featured in the Norcross Art Fest? This will be my 3rd year participating at Norcross. It is my favorite show that I do. The volunteers are so wonderful, the other vendors are great and it is such a fun atmosphere.
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