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Art & Life with Elizabeth Odiorne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Odiorne.

Elizabeth, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I found my artistic passion as a sophomore in college at Arizona State University. I was always creative growing up and knew I wanted to study art in college, but wasn’t quite sure what medium or area. After taking multiple level 1 studio art classes at ASU, and not finding what felt “right,” the only studio left for me to experience was Fibers. After my first day in this class I absolutely knew Fibers was for me! I had such an inspiring Fibers 1 graduate student instructor who made a great impact on me. I immersed myself into my program, hoping one day to become a graduate student. I wanted to teach a Fibers 1 course and inspire students the way I was inspired by my instructor. I worked hard to gain acceptance into the Fibers MFA program at ASU and accomplished my goal of teaching Fibers classes. I was also able to continue studying Printed Textiles under Professor Clare Verstegen, who is still my mentor and friend. I graduated with honors with an MFA in Fibers in 2015 and have been exhibiting my work and teaching Fibers workshops around the U.S.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We are surrounded by visually intriguing, recurring designs in nature, ranging from simple to intricate. My desire is to capture this beauty for you to enjoy. My screen-printed textiles focus on exemplifying and magnifying the complexity of repeated forms. I am passionate about the time-honored tradition of screen-printing textiles and I take great pride in executing nearly all aspects of the process by hand. I am interested in the effects of a “maze” like environment that completely surrounds and immerses the viewer in patterns that subtly shift with imagery and color. I want the viewer to absorb and be engrossed in the original drawings, shapes, composition and colors that I have created in my screen-printed designs that evolve and grow as time goes on. My imagery utilizes a process of repetition that is significant in the memory of shapes and colors throughout my personal timeline. Patterns and motifs signify and reflect on monumental moments or personal achievements. My intention is to imply that the impact of events subtly evolve over time and are a never-ending source of inspiration and reflection. I wish to instill an overpowering visual sensation upon entering my installations or when viewing a single panel – a confrontation of brilliant, saturation of color, layers of delicate linear patterns, embedded with a unique record of personal anecdotes.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Choosing an artistic or creative career is definitely a unique route. You absolutely have to be passionate about your work and your process in order to succeed. Most likely there is a job to help pay bills and buy supplies, but don’t let that hinder your imagination or energy – work on your artwork whenever possible so you don’t lose your creative drive! In some cases, creative jobs come about such as visual merchandising or graphic design which can be an inspiring environment to keep you motivated!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I exhibit my artwork all over North America and primarily in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. I regularly post in-progress and finished pieces on my Instagram @eo_textiles and on my website I currently have work on display in Craft Forms 2018 at Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA. I love teaching fibers classes and have three workshops coming up in 2019: Printing on Fabric, Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat in Prescott, AZ on January 18, 2019 – Embroidery Collage, Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat in Prescott, AZ on January 19, 2019 – Printed Textiles, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN from October 27 – November 2, 2019. I encourage anyone interested in learning about Fibers techniques to attend!

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