Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An Artist Interview: Lyric Kinard

Here is a closer look into the art and creative

process of artist


How did you start making art quilts?

After I chose not to pursue my professional degree in architecture or continue as a musician in order to stay home with my children, I went a little crazy. A good friend took me to her quilt bee and I was enthralled. It was (and still is) something I can do that does not get undone at the end of the day.

Which have been the smallest and largest art quilts you've created?

The smallest would be artist trading cards, the largest that I’ve finished is Malachi’s Promise, which is a very personal exploration of the connection between generations in my family and the human family in general.

Tell us about some of your award-winning pieces?


Malachi’s Promise is a Tree of Life, a statement about our connections as brothers and sisters in the human family. I believe there is a vital connection between us and between the generations before and after us that must be recognized and nurtured in order to develop a sustainable environment and world society. The larger faces are a collage of my ancestors while there are family portraits printed on the border fabrics.

Who influenced your artistic growth?


It was a Caryl Bryer Fallert quilt that first captured my imagination and helped me realize that quilts could be fine art. While I think my quilts don’t look anything like hers, I have tried to emulate her in many ways. She is a very sharp business woman, a generous teacher and mentor, and a wonderful person. As far as artists whose work I admire, I can never narrow it down as it changes every day.
How do you manage art/work time and family time?


I just do what I can. People think I accomplish so much but I barely get any actual art work done each year. I do most of it in found bits of time which is why most of my current work is small and portable hand work that I can do while waiting in carpool line or at hockey practice. My studio is right on the main living floor and has no door so that I can hear what is happening around me and get involved when I need to.

What inspires you to create a particular piece?
Is it color, texture, concept,...
What is most often the initial spark?

For my smaller works it is often simply the materials themselves. Textiles are so beautiful, so touchable and immediate. I love to manipulate them into pleasing forms, to stitch into them, embellish them. Vintage textiles especially have a story to tell and I love to bring that story to light. For larger and planned works it is often words or poems, mostly relating to the importance of nurturing and mothering children.

I am often inspired by architechture and pottery. 

Do other forms of art inspire you and how?

How fun! I studied architecture and still love all it’s forms, and my mother was a potter - I collect one beautiful piece per year for my kitchen. I am inspired by all forms of art… especially the japanese forms such as shibori dye methods and sumi calligraphy and raku pottery. I love illustration and artist made furniture and beautiful gardens. There is so much beauty both in the crafting of a space or an object or an artwork for the wall.

What suggestions do you have for beginning artists about finding there creative voice and style?


There is absolutely no substitution for simply doing your work. You will not find your “voice” until you’ve made a LOT of work. You must give yourself the freedom and space to experiment and learn and grow and become. If you harbor misplaced ideals of perfection, that every piece you make must be a masterpiece, you simply can not progress. You’ve got to PLAY!

Name 5 of your favorite art supplies?

4x6” sketchbook and a good black india ink pen - always with me! My thermofax machine and screens for printing, my computer for digital editing, any beautiful fabric, thread, and beads I can find.

How do you nurture your creativity?
walking trips, museum visits, journaling,...


Interaction with students and other artists, time with my sketchbook, if I had more time I’d spend more time outside and wandering through galleries, buildings, parks, nature. Someday….

Do you listen to music while you work?

There is such chaos here when my five children are home that I treasure silence when I can get it.

What have you been listening to these days?

My music mix is quite eclectic: big orchestral pieces (Holst, Copeland), celtic, string bands, salsa, early rock, swing, blues, folk and ethnic traditional music from all around the world. Two current favorites are the Alasdair Frasier - Nathalie Haas duo and Nora Jones.

coffee or tea?
Neither if they have caffeine. Tea if it’s herbal - Bella Coola with Hibiscus petals, Rosehip chips, Dried apple pieces, Dried sweet orange peel - yum.

Thank you Lyric.


Diana Trout said...

Lovely post, Alma & Lyric. Lyric's work is beautiful. I love that red and white piece and Lyric's wee sewing kit.

Judy said...

Thanks for a great interview with Lyric Kinard I enjoyed it very much.