Hi There! in the ongoing quest to introduce metalsmiths and their community I'm continuing with Interviews of the Metalsmiths Unite Facebook group members-
Here is an interview with Metalsmiths Unite Member Brandy Stark-
"The Guardian: Triton with Trident".
How would you describe what you do as an artist?
I do hand wrapped wire metal sculpture with found objects.
what inspires your designs? Mythology. Sometimes my own life experience, but I'm in love with ancient cultures...so, mostly mythology.
how long have you been involved in this type of making? (how did you start?)
Since 1995. I started in an undergrad beginning sculpture course at University of Tampa. I didn't like clay, woodworking, textile art, etc. I thought about welding but fire and explosions come to mind. Prof asked me if I could bend 1/4 inch thick wire metal welding rods. I could. He told me that the basic shape is the triangle for the torso, and the rest is history.
where are you located?( email if you want to share, or city/town that you live in)
St. Petersburg, Florida
do you have a website or etsy/artfire/1000market etc store? (list url here)
what other ways do you market your work?(shows, galleries, stores)
I show all over the place -- international, national, local. I am also on the board of TESA. I also show through Art Pool and am a member of the Florida Craftsmen.
do you teach? if so, where- I teach REL and HUM at St. Petersburg College, University of Tampa, Eckerd College, and Hillsborough Community College.
any advice for newcomers that you would like to share? Build up your muscles and invest in good tools.
where do you envision your work going in the next year? (artistic or business direction)
I don't know right now. I am pleased to be winning more awards for my art and it is getting more media attention. I guess I wish to just continue on that way for a while.
anything else you would like to share?
When I was a child, I never saw myself as a) buying wire cutters b) admiring wire cutters or c) having a favorite pair of wire cutters as an adult. Life is strange, huh?
Please note- I'd love to hear from other MU members- would you like to get featured on this blog? you may contact me via Facebook message and I will be happy to send you the list of interview questions!
I will be heading to the Yuma Symposium this week, and hope to meet with many metalsmiths there as well- (I will be composing a blog post about the Yuma experience for certain!)
I hope you all are doing well and are getting plenty of studio time- and I hope to hear from you soon!