This Month's Featured Artist:
David Everett of "Chicken Lips"!!
How did you get started in your craft?
I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had my hands in something - whether is was fingers paints or Play Doh, I’ve always had the need to create art. I made my first art doll when I was 10 years old. I received a Shrunken Head Apple Doll kit for Christmas and immediately made a doll that looked like my great grandma. I crafted a rocking chair out of balsa wood and had her sitting in the chair, knitting a blanket. She was so proud of it that she displayed it on her kitchen shelf for all to see.
Since then, I have worked in just about every medium out there; watercolors, oils, pastels, airbrushing. I’ve also worked in fabric, making quilts and soft sculpture creations. In fact, when I first started selling my art (about 10 years ago) I was designing my own cloth patterns, making sheep, cows, chickens, and seasonal pieces for Christmas and Halloween.
It was Halloween that really sparked my imagination and became the driving force for me to explore new mediums. I found I just couldn’t make the ideas in my head come to life with fabric. So, I started working in papier-maché – and that’s when everything really “clicked” into place!
What are your inspirations?
I’m inspired by anything Halloween! Undoubtedly, it is my biggest inspiration and the driving force behind what I do. But I do like to mix it up a bit and devote some time to other seasonal creations like Christmas and Easter. I have always been, and continue to be inspired by those wonderful Rankin-Bass stop-action, holiday specials; “Rudolph,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “The Mad Monster Party.” And who doesn’t have their imagination sparked when they watch the classic “Nightmare Before Christmas!”
What are some of your favorite things?
I have so many favorite things, it’s tough to list them! But I suppose the things I like best that involve my art or inspire me would be anything Disney! I have an annual pass for Disneyland and go there at least twice a month. It’s less than an hour’s drive for me, but it feels like it’s a whole other world! It makes me feel like a kid again and never ceases to be a source of inspiration for my work.
I also love any and all art supplies! I can just walk into an art store and start to get that giddy feeling – that need to create! Seeing all those paints, and clays, and supplies gives me a true sense of excitement, wonder and hope. It’s that feeling that I try to capture and convey in every one of the pieces that I create.
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