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le lou ula

Bramble Lee Pryde | @le.lou.ula | Q+A
Interview by @jfgerrard

1)IN ONE SENTENCE..WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am try to bridge the gap between craft + fine art by making sculptural adornment.

2) WHO | WHAT DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

It changes from collection to collection, each collection inspires the next. For example, my most recent collection, “Quotidien”, was to make things a little more wearable, but still challenge that perception of everyday wear. But with my latest collection, it’s super deconstructed.

It’s all about the process, not about the outcome, + just getting back to the idea that I have the privilege of being able to experiment with things for a living: using different types of metals, different types of materials. I’m inspired to challenge the idea of “why can’t you have functionality in a piece of fine art?” “Why can’t you wear a piece of art?”

3) HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH D.I.T.R.O COME ABOUT?:

She made me do it [lol]. We have been living in A similar realm the past year, right before she moved in. We have been wanting to collaborate with one another for a long time. It kept coming up in conversation “We need to do something together!” “Your words need to be in my jewellery.”

Our collaboration came about from a little rant session about the hardships of being a designer, being taken advantage of, + how can we turn around + not be salty about it. here we are now, about to release our collaboration with a very tongue + cheek moment.

4) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR ?

I don’t think there has ever been a time where I haven’t been an artist + where I haven’t not allowed to be an artist. My path has been varied + I’ve tried to be something I’m not, but if I didn’t take the corporate route for a few years, I wouldn’t be the entrepreneur that I am now within artistry. Let’s be honest, no one in art school teaches you how to run yourself as a business.

5) WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PAST 5 YEARS?

The past 5 years have taught me resilience. I’m firm in what I believe, + that can maybe bother people, but I’m at that point where I don’t fucking care what other people think. I have to be happy with myself before I care if someone likes me or not. This is what you get. You can’t be all things people.

6) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?

Keep doing exactly what I’m doing, but richer [lol].

7)ANY ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE OUT TO ANYONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT AS A DESIGNER?

Save lots of money. Definitely learn all techniques + find your voice. Don’t show your work to people till you’re ready. Do the work.

 

cory nespor

@corynespor | Q+A

1)IN ONE SENTENCE..WHAT DO YOU DO?

I make ideas real.

2) WHO | WHAT DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

Everyday Life..The note books that I have which is the driver. It’s a cup of coffee. It’s a weird movie. It’s a bike ride.It’s just life, just trying to make sense of it. Sometimes the best stuff about us is inspiring, + more times than not, the worst stuff that happens to us is inspiring.

3)HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH D.I.T.R.O COME ABOUT?

She forced me to. [lol] She’s a force. She said it was happening + I had to say yes. She’s good that way.

4) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR ?

I didn’t. It’s just what it is. It was meant to be I guess. It took a long time to figure it out. I’m rolling with the punches.

5) WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PAST 5 YEARS?

I am messy. I’m imperfect. I have a lot of learning and growing to do. But I think that I am doing okay.The only thing I ever wanted in life was to be a good person. As messy as I am, I think I’m pretty close.

6)WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?

That’s interesting because a day at the studio feels like a month..a month feels like a year. Obviously, I’d like to still be doing art. I’ll be married. Have a kid or two. Location? I don’t know. The “where” of it doesn’t matter. But i’ll be making stuff + hopefully helping people.

7) WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT YOU’VE EVER WORKED ON?

nvrlnd.: Definitely the Fortune Teller booths for Calgary Folk Fest. Having 16 weirdos work on the same project was pretty cool.

Personally: nvrlnd. Giving myself up to this project has been profound. It continues to teach me a lot. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done + I’ve very excited to continue doing it.

I’m excited to see where it takes all of us. It’s gonna be pretty amazing.

 

tiffany lynn cuffley

@tiffanylynncuffley | Q+A
Interview by Connor Curran of
@locallaundry

1)IN ONE SENTENCE..WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a creative. That’s how I explain it all. I do visual art, performance art, + movement art with figuring skatinG. I also teach art to kids.

For me, it’s all about being creative + passing it on to younger generations. I love to explore all avenues.

2) WHO | WHAT DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

I draw my inspiration from exploring all the creative avenues that I love, especially movement + interaction.

I work for PREP ( Pride. Respect. Empowerment. Progress) Program + work with children with down syndrome. i love the way the children + I interact with one another. The way they see the world + the way they communicate is incredibly inspiring to me.

3) HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH D.I.T.R.O COME ABOUT?

We met each other at nvrlnd. We got to know each other + realized that we both love street art + hip hop.

“You paint + love street art? cool.” “You like lyrics? cool.” “You like hip-hop music? cool.” That’s how it went. [lol]

4) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR ?

My childhood was being an athlete. I had a routine to get up at 3 am to go to figure skating, go to school, sleep + do it all over again.

I found myself trying to find an outlet when I even had a minute of time. When I wasn’t skating, I would begin painting. Art was alway something I did for “fun” + was “on the side.”

I never imagined that 5 years later, I would be here + it’s organically growing as a career.

5) WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PAST 5 YEARS?

In relation to being an artist in Calgary, I don’t follow a specific avenue. Just like a 9-5. You can be trapped in a job vs getting trapped in a creative idea. It’s okay to not just be an artist.

6) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?

My art will look a lot different + to continue to follow my creative path.

 

john f. gerrard

@johnfgerrard | Q+A
Interview by @le.lou.ula

1) IN ONE SENTENCE..WHAT DO YOU DO?
I make art.

2) WHO | WHAT DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

From my studio mates @ workshop STUDIOS, other artists on instagram, I’m inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat. I am inspired by different thingS + people, but it comes from a place of compulsion. I have an intense need to make sense of the world with making art.

3) HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH D.I.T.R.O COME ABOUT?

I met Sam through a lovely lady named Bramble ( @le.lou.ula). I had her over for a studio visit + we decided to do a continuation of my “Figuring Frames” Project.

4) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR ?

I love having the freedom to make my own hours + making art has always been something that I have to do + making sense of the world with it.

5) WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PAST 5 YEARS?

I learned that I am resilient. I am able to get through different hurdles. I feel supported in what I do, + I have learned the importance of community + relationships.

6) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?

Well, I am going to go to sleep, and I’m hoping that someone will “Wake me up when I’m famous” [ lol] . I hope that I will still be doing what I’m doing. Creating everyday, new collaborations, + hopefully teaching others. I’m actually teaching a art seniors class in October!

7) HOW DOES YOUR WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH CROSS POLLENATE WITH THE ART THAT YOU MAKE?

A big part of why I create the artwork that I do is to destigmatize mental health + the word “psychosis.” I have a place + an outlet to talk so openly on issues about mental health + my own personal experiences. No joke, there are times when I’m making my mind maps that were made during vulnerable times when I’m not in my right head but there is this balance I have to find where I don’t romanticize psychosis but make it ok to not make sense all the time.