Thursday, 8 December 2016

Stephanie Kelly Clark

Stephanie K. Clark was born in Portland, Oregon.  Her family later moved to a farm in the small town of Urbana, Missouri where she grew up. Stephanie has always had a passion for art and being creative in whatever life gives her.  She has always been supported by great family and friends throughout all her creative endeavours.  Even though she’s loved cultivating her hand at art during her high-school years, her passion for creating art really blossomed while attending Dixie State College in southern Utah 2006. 

Stephanie then decided to take her art education further, studying her undergrad in Painting and Drawing at the University of Utah; where she graduated Fall of 2011.  In Stephanie’s experience at the University of Utah, she had learned by many of her instructors in whom feels has really pushed her to grow creatively and conceptually in her work.  Stephanie had explored many mediums and ways of creating art.  She then discovered her love for working with embroidery and thread drawings (drawing with her sewing machine).  Most of Stephanie’s work consists of fiber art, mixing paint and thread/embroidery. 

 Stephanie is currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah with her dearest husband/Sculptor Artist Robin Clark and her two children. Stephanie has shown in many galleries throughout the country and completed an art residency at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah 2013. She spends most of her time being a mommy, a wife, and an artist; sewing, painting, embroidering and pursuing any avenue to exploring the creative process.

All images copy right by Stephanie K. Clark


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Maximo Laura 

Maximo Laura (Ayacucho, Peru), is an award winning tapestry weaver internationally recognized as one of South America´s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. He is a consultant, designer and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. His work is the integration and synthesis of ancestral weaving techniques, symbols, memories, myths and rituals with contemporary art.
Laura is the fifth generation of weavers that learned his craft as a child at the side of his father while growing up in Ayacucho; he learned his art by never silencing the internal self-exploration or the external exploration of the world, including a lifelong study of art history and literature beyond the borders of Peru.

While he now lives and works in Lima, his work is deeply imbued with the legends and storytelling of his Peruvian heritage and with his own very compelling life experiences. Laura draws from many sources of inspiration, such as Chavin culture which is expressive and totemic; Paracas which is colorful and strong; Nazca and Huari for their geometric forms; and Chancay for its sobriety and linear spirit.

Since his first exhibition at the Cultural Center of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1985, work of Maximo Laura has been in over 140 exhibitions in more than 29 countries (China, USA, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Australia, Cuba, Argentina, among others), with solo exhibitions at the Musée de Bibracte (France), the Smithsonian´s National Museum of the American Indian (USA), the Textile Museum (USA), the Museum of the Americas (Costa Rica), the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Latvia), the Craft Museum of Finland, among others.


All images copy right by Maximo Laura