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Artist Interview

Brenda Hickson

August 6, 2012

Brenda Hickson is a force. A force of energy, style, music, optimism, heart, and so much soul she must have 10 lives inside her. Everything about her gives off light: from her bejeweled toenails, to her dazzling smile, to her luminous spirit.  A born performer, she's been known to break out into song and dance in the middle of Ode.  We knew if we wanted to celebrate our 2nd birthday in style, Brenda would have to be a part of it.  She, along with a jazz trio and all the "Women of the Loft" will be performing at Ode for Arts Night Out on Friday, August 10th, 6-8pm. A big THANK YOU to Brenda and the The Loft at the Clarion for helping us make this night possible.

How did you get started?
With an innocent question: "Are you planning on having music on New Year’s Eve?"

What do you love about your job?
Music Music Music

Where do you find inspiration?
In my brother, Bill. He is all things good.

Who is your role model?
My husband Paul. He is totally self-contained.

What are your plans for the future?
To love it.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Having fun doing something else

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
“….That Sunday that summer”

What is your dream project?
I’m doing it—- giving talented artists a venue in which to perform live.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Anything that sparkles in silver/gold/red.

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
Drives my car.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
It was a day like all days.

What is your favorite word, and why?

Perfect. I am an optimist and I believe in hyperbole.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
Roll Out the Barrel.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Believe in yourself-- I think I can I think I can

What super power would you like to have, and why?
The power to guarantee a life lived fully, blessed with good health.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?

Drew Barrymore.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Much of life tickles me—but laughing so hard I cried is not in my DNA.

Artist Interview

Thea Price-Eckles

July 1, 2012

Thea Price-Eckles is not only one of the five featured artists at July's Pop-Up Art Bazaar, she is also a stylist-extraordinaire here at Ode. This Friday, she'll be showing her jewelry collection, featuring intricately folded paper/metal earrings fashioned into bold geometric shapes. Her background in architecture and interior design translates seamlessly (and beautifully) into her accessories. Come shop Thea's collection this Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm.

Can you give us a description of what you make?
I am working on a collection of paper and metal jewelry. I am fascinated by the ability of the two very different materials to coexist. In order for the paper to become structurally compatible with metal, it needs to be folded and enhanced with metal spines. The collection is still evolving, and many more designs are yet to be fabricated!

What is your dream project?
A bit of an architect at heart, most of my dream projects are buildings! However, I could probably be satiated with the realization of the rest of my metal spine/paper webbing jewelry designs. And perhaps a little bit of extremely useful and effective paper armor.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would it be and what color/pattern?
I would be a light weight, structured jacket with sheer panels. I have more jackets than underwear! I love them.

What is your go-to "happy" song?
Always changing, but right now, "Marathon" by Tennis.



Paper tessellation by Eric Gjerde

I love this photo, and many other paper designs by Gjerde because they are intricate and inspiring and he always find interesting ways to play with opacity and laying with light.

Artist Interview

Idalia Cintron

July 1, 2012

Idalia Cintron has been creating her own accessories and clothing since she was a child. She is always on the pulse of trends if not one leap ahead. Idalia has been a longtime stylist at Just B boutique in Springfield and will be bringing her latest collection of wares to the Pop Up Art Bazaar on Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm.

Can you tell us what you make?
I specialize in accessories, from clutches to necklaces to headpieces, and my line continues to evolve along track with my lifestyle. Producing my interpretation of what’s on the cutting edge of fashion’s forefront inspires me. To replicate the unattainable, and make it affordable and accessible strongly influences my creative process.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to style a runway show for New York Fashion Week. That, or heavily accessorize the Olsen twins!

MakeShift Jewelry

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
I'd have to be this amazing gold, beaded shrug that I lost! I rocked it as a head wrap, a top, or draped over my jeans. It was one of those items that I had for years and it gave every look an extra kick; a little sparkle never goes out of style.

What is your "go-to happy" song?
I'd have to say "Black Thumbnail" by the Kings of Leon. It amps me up and brings me back to a time in my life when I felt most free--when I had a childlike state of mind and was still too naive to have a care in the world.

This picture inspired the collection MakeShift. I believe it is self-explanatory.

Artist Interview

Erin McNally / 2012

July 1, 2012

Sage storyteller by nature, Erin McNally has volumes to tell us about the connectedness of art and nature, travels and insight. She endlessly inspires us with her self-taught ability to manipulate various mediums - metal, leather, paper - into beautiful, sculptural (and some wearable!) pieces of art. Find her papercuts and jewelry at Bazaar, Friday, July 13th from 6-8.

Photo by Beth Maciorowski

Can you tell us what it is you make?
I am a paper cut artist. Using a single sheet of paper and a fine blade I carve images based primarily on photo's or photo realistic drawings. With each piece I am challenged to work out the puzzle of form, maintaining that each line connects to literally hold the image together. I also design jewelry, often working with the patterns and shapes I see frequently repeated in my papercuts. I work with metal, leather and rubber, striving to find surprising ways to manipulate the material to resemble other materials or forms found in nature.

What is your dream project?
My artwork has a lot of potential to manipulate the space around it,  namely through the interplay of light and negative space. I would love to have space to create a simplistic but large scale shadow installation with my paper cuts.

If you were a piece of clothing what would it be and what color/pattern?
I tend to have a difficult time narrowing down to favorites or expletives. I'd probably be a well worn cotton T-shirt or a good pair of jeans that is just the right wash of dark blue. I love fashion but I usually fall back on basic and classic so that probably best describes me.

What is your go-to "happy" song?
My "happy" song changes often. "This Must Be the Place" by the Talking Heads usually puts me in a good mood!

Show us a photo that inspires you, and tell us why.
I took this it in the Subway in NYC. It is the tar on the platform. More and more as I work with images in my art I see this kind of pattern repeated. It is in nature, plant and animal vascular systems, rivers, birds nests, broken windows, peeling paint, and here, on the pavement. It has a shape of function as well as of decay and destruction.

Artist Interview

Matreya Hughes

July 1, 2012

Matreya Hughes, the designer of Treya clothing, kicked off our Arts Night Out series with her abstract designs screen printed on soft, tissue thin tees. She's returning with new creations and some Treya signature prints. We are looking forward to having her here with us at Bazaar, Friday, July 13th from 6-8pm.

Can you tell us what it is you make?
I design silkscreened clothing. All garments are carefully selected from alternative apparel with design, fit and fabric texture being the main priorities. My design style is mostly abstract and nature-inspired with the occasional nod to eastern spirituality and art. Paul Klee, Joseph Albers and Rothko, among other abstract expressionists, are high on my list of inspiring historical figures. I hope to bring as much joy and comfort to the people who wear my clothes as I experience creating them.

What is your dream project?
My dream project would be to go on an all expenses paid journey through India to find the most amazing fabric available. I would use the fabric to create a line of clothing and interiors (pillow covers, window treatments, etc.) incorporating silkscreened designs and wood-block prints...I would then hope to be discovered by either a large clothing/interiors company, like anthropologie, or a design house so that i could continue dream projects forever.

If you were a piece of clothing what would it be and what color/pattern?
If I was a piece of clothing I'd be a hi-lo halter dress. I'd be fuschia or red and I'd have one of my silkscreened designs splashing across the hemline.

What is your go-to "happy" song?
My go-to happy song is "your love keeps lifting me" by Jackie Wilson.

A photo of something that inspires you and why?
This is a photo of a window display at the Chanel store on Newbury Street in Boston. I find the East meets West, classic meets modern quality inspiring-- so much to learn from the past. I love to use texture and color, or shades of grey to create an eclectic element in clothing.