Hiya! How's the weekend going?! I'm having a great one so far!!
I had a full-on creative night last night, made 3 cards & an art journal
page, plus sorted out another batch of stash to sell! Starting to feel like I
can breathe in my studio again & have my new Color Bloom sprays on their
way to me now - out with the old - in with the new - destashing is a great feeling!!
I was invited by Kristie Taylor from Scrap 'n Art magazine, to participate in their latest "Mixed Media" feature, so was sent a few questions that I needed to answer.
I thought it would be good to record my answers here, the questions certainly provided some food for thought!
Helen, thanks so much for letting us interview you!
1. We at Scrap N Art magazine have noticed that the days of photos
on top of pretty paper with some nice stickers are a thing of the past.
We see that people are using more and more "extras" & that scrapbooking
has become more of an art than ever before. When did you decide
as an artist that paper and photos just wasn’t enough?
Hmmm…I probably bought my first stencil & mist about 4 years ago, when the
mixed media trend had been around for less than a year I would say.
I always try not to leave the new trends too long because it takes time to
become proficient in things so the sooner you bite the bullet & start the better.
Of course it was daunting but I started slowly & gained momentum as the years
went by. I’ve actually come right around now as I’ve started using less of it now.
The trend now is more for a touch of it rather than having it dominate the piece,
but I do love wet mist manipulation, especially on canvases where you don’t have
to worry about the paper warping, and I have SO many mists after working for
Lindy’s Stamp Gang, that I definitely want to make a lot more of those!
2. What is the strangest thing you have ever used on a scrapbook page?
Goodness, let me think! Well I do put a random selection of stuff on my pages as it is.
My whole family collects things for me & leaves them on my desk so that when I
get into my studio each day I have to start by packing away the little treasures
they have found me, which can be anything from buttons to bottle-tops & vegetable
mesh-packaging. The most random thing I’ve ever used on a scrapbook page
was the underwiring from an old bra! And the buckle/strap section.
Waste not want not I always say!
3. As part of this trend, we see people recycling things
from around the house to use in scrapbooking.
What is your favorite recycled "tool" that you have used.
I love using vegetable packaging. The various different meshes provide great texture
& I also love soft mosquito mesh & dry-wall tape from the hardware store.
For me it’s all about mixing easily available & inexpensive products with high end
papers & embellishments from the manufacturers I love like 7dots Studio & Prima.
4. Have you ever created a page with no idea of which photo would go on it?
No! I can never understand how people can create layouts then add in the photo afterwards. My process always starts with the products I have to work with for
my DT assignment or the challenge I’m participating in then once I’ve selected
those I find a photo that matches BEFORE I even begin. I like everything to be
cohesive on my pages & every piece plays a part in contributing towards the
mood I’m wanting to create, which all revolves around the photograph.
5. What changes do you foresee in the future of scrapbooking?
Whew – tough question! I think the divides between the genres will increase.
Already each part of the world has a different scrapbooking ethos.
America rules the scrapbooking industry as the bulk of papercrafting goods producers are American & the direction there seems to be going back to more affordable products & pages, in keeping with the Project Life concept, which I do not embrace simply because for me I scrapbook for art’s sake so that wouldn’t satisfy a creative soul, but is a great compromise for busy people wanting to document their memories in a fun format.
European manufacturers are on the rise, which is wonderful as I adore the soft, pretty shabbiness that comes out of the Scandinavian countries & the classy nature of the
French products, as well as the insanely artistic contributions from Eastern Europe,
which is the hub of creativity in this industry, so I expect more new & exciting
contributions from the Europeans.
I think shabby is here to stay forever because it indulges our feminine sides & is just
so darn pretty that it feeds our souls in the same way nature does (looking at all
those flowers!). I think the Eastern Europeans are dominating & will continue to
dominate the creative trends in mixed media & artistic scrapbooking & it will
become even more wild & free, which is wonderful news for those of us who
indulge in this outlet for the sheer bliss it brings us.
I would love to see a World Trade Market Fair start up in Europe, similar to CHA,
that showcases the many brands the rest of the world has to offer & who knows,
perhaps that is in the making, or maybe after reading this someone will take my
idea & run with it, I sure hope so! Africa & Australia are on different missions all
together & have their own definitive regional styles & Australia has some great
quality brands that I hope gain more international recognition in the future as well.
As Scrapbooking artists ourselves I believe it is vital for us to promote & educate our
art-form in order for it to grow & develop & for this reason I began my challenge blog
“Scrap Around The World” a year ago - to encourage people from every country
on the planet to share their work, to inspire, be inspired, educate & be educated.
I foresee more world-class artists holding back on their intellectual property in
future after seeing so much idea theft lately.
I would love to see more online workshops as opposed to free videos on Youtube,
so that more fantastically talented people can earn a living doing not only what they
love but what they are skilled experts at. I believe they deserve to earn a living
out of sharing their talents just like teachers, doctors & hairdressers do.
Recognition is wonderful but sadly doesn’t pay the bills!
Here is one of Helen's favorite pages:-
MY BLOG http://helentilbury.blogspot.com
MY CHALLENGE BLOG http://scraparoundtheworld.blogspot.com
Helen, thanks so much for allowing us to interview you.
We look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous creations!