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Artist Interview

Chelsea Dupuis

July 9, 2014

Chelsea Dupuis is an expansive artist: not limiting herself to one medium, she is master of many modes of beauty-making. And there is a common thread in her vast repertoire: a kind of mindfulness. Whether weaving a tapestry, creating a sculpture from recycled materials, knitting a scarf, or preparing a nourishing culinary masterpiece, she puts thought and heart into it. We especially love her intricate fabric dying techniques, so we asked her to create an exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind scarves for us. You can meet Chelsea and shop her scarves at Ode's July Art Bazaar on July 11th, 6-8pm. Here's a little from the designer: 

Five most listened to songs?
Life During Wartime by Talking Heads, Gronlandic Edit by of Montreal, The Devil Never Sleeps by Iron & Wine, Mind Mischief by Tame Impala, Oh, Maker by Janelle Moné.

One thing every woman should have in their closet? 
Black leggings. They are comfortable, sleek, you can dress them up or down -- definitely the most versatile piece of clothing.  Leggings and scarves.  The two things I could never live without!

Best advice I've ever gotten? 
Trust yourself. It's when you let self-doubt slip in that the path becomes unclear. This journey is about doing and going, not about knowing where you'll end up.

Last time I laughed so hard I cried?
Recently, after a few friends and I saw a movie.  I can't remember the name of the film, but it hadn't quite met up to our expectations -- which we all found devastatingly hilarious.

Future plans?
Do what I love and love what I do.  Which involves lots of art, love, and dedication~

I took this image while traveling in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens.  I was really drawn in by the plant's repetition and geometry of each individual head, yet overall it grew out of the pot sporadically and unevenly.   It reminds me of how events unfold as time passes -- things seem to happen at random, yet it all happens in rhythm, each occurrence leading to the next -- similar to the opening of flower petals.  As each petal opens,  it creates room for the next.