Awhile back I suggested doing a little Skein+Paint Q&A. Maegan thought it would be a great idea. We hope you agree. I asked Maegan 5 questions. You can read her answers below. You can find her questions and my answers over on her blog here. We’ve also included some of our favorite pairings so far. We would love to hear yours. xo
1. When you suggested your idea for Skein + Paint at the end of 2013 I thought it was a great one. What sparked the idea?
It was actually something you had posted on your IG feed! There was an image of something you were knitting (I think it was my pattern for the mason jar mug cozies) and something you had painted. I was so inspired by the combination of those two mediums. I love how they complemented and worked to bring out different facets and details of each other. There was something really meaningful in the pairing of color, texture, and pattern.
2. What has surprised you the most about our collaboration?
Well, I love seeing what you send me as prompts each month and I love seeing how our work comes together each week! It’s always surprising to see what elements you’ve chosen to focus on when interpreting my prompts. It gives me a small glimpse into what you and maybe others see in my work.
But, also, it’s been surprising to discover how much of my process is on a subconscious level. When working on what to pair with a piece you’ve sent as a prompt, sometimes my conscious mind will try to decide what to compose in a photograph. But I’ll start to hear this deeper voice that wants to go another way…and that other way ends up being much better. I’m working on trying to silence that conscious voice and allow the deeper one to take over much more often.
3. Can you talk a bit about how you come up with a coordinating image to my piece of art as well as how you select images for me to coordinate with?
In each piece that you send me, there will be something that stands out to me…sometimes it’s the colors, sometimes it’s the patterns, sometimes it’s just the overall tone. But I try to create or choose an image that matches or compliments that element that stands out. Sometimes I don’t even know what that particular element is until I’m working on an image to pair with it and I’m drawn to focus on one element or another.
4. How has our project effected your own work?
I’m beginning to understand how differently people view our own work. It’s very liberating to know that, even with our own work, we have a limited view of it. Each person views art from their own perspective and therefore it looks differently to everyone. I think this was always something I had heard and thought I understood. But now I’m learning it at a deeper level.
Plus…that bit I mentioned in #2 about the deeper voice…that’s been huge!
5. What do you hope others will take away from Skein + Paint?
I hope that others are as inspired by the pairing of elements as I was with that initial post on your IG feed. I hope that by seeing these two mediums together week after week that they begin to see beauty in unexpected combinations. When we start to internalize unrelated things coming together beautifully, I believe it inspires us to come up with creative solutions and ideas.
Don’t forget. To read my answers to Maegan’s questions go here. xo