Nine months ago, when Skein + Paint began, I don’t think that Dana and I really knew what shape this project might take. We just had this idea that inspired us both and we wanted to follow through on our creative whims a little bit. What has evolved is a project that really is just as simple as that, but more fulfilling and fun that we could have anticipated. We know that there are many of you who enjoy seeing our weekly pairings and we thought it might be really fun to let you in on a little more of the backstory of our project.
So I’m interviewing Dana here at my space and she is featuring an interview with me over at hers. We each came up with our own questions for each other, but it seems we were curious about very similar aspects of each other’s process. It was fun to talk more with Dana about what we’ve been creating together and I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about it. We’ve featured some of our favorite pairings to go along with the interviews! Go get a cuppa and enjoy!
Maegan: What were your original expectations for this project? Why did you think it would be a good idea?
Dana: To tell you the truth I didn’t know what to expect with this project. I was intrigued with the concept so I jumped in. I thought it would be a good idea because I love your photographs and have found them inspiring for quite awhile. I was excited (and a bit nervous) to create a piece of art that was inspired by and would sit well with one of your images. I also love the idea of creating within parameters. It can make things a bit easier.
M: Now that we’ve been collaborating weekly for over six months, what do you enjoy most about Skein + Paint?
D: I really enjoy opening up the monthly prompts. I’m always intrigued with what you have in the works. I also enjoy seeing what you pair with my prompts. It is so exciting to me. They always surprise and delight me.
M: Tell us about your process when interpreting my photo prompts.
D: Once I open the prompt sometimes I get an idea for a painting right away and other times it can take a bit for something to come. I typically get a mood/feeling from your photos and start there. I then notice shapes and patterns throughout. So maybe I will do a sketch or just get right to creating. I’ve had to redo things and tweak things in Photoshop if the colors weren’t right. Having the deadline helps though. You have to let it go at some point.
M: What has been a surprising outcome of our collaboration?
D: I love the creative momentum this project has given me. I love hearing from others that they enjoy our weekly posts. I think what surprised me the most is really how well our art works together.
M: Do you find it more challenging to come up with prompts or interpret mine? Why?
D: I would say both.However, I will say that neither are particularly challenging to me in a negative way. When I’m coming up with prompts for you sometimes I may second guess it or wonder if it would be fitting for interpretation. When I’m interpreting your prompt I can over think it but like I said with the deadline you just do it and let it be what it wants to be.
I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about Dana’s process and our project. Now you can pop over to her beautiful space to catch her interview with me! Also, we’d love to hear what your favorite pairing so far has been!