1. So what’s your story?
- Hometown: Kelso, Washington
- Current City of Residence: Seattle, Washington
- Area of Expertise: I specialize in art assemblage pieces using a combination of new and recycled materials.
- How did you get started? Art has been a part of my life from an early age and I’ve worked in a lot of different mediums. 4 years ago I signed up for my first art show, not really knowing what medium I would work in. At the time I was working with paper and paint but wanted to add something. I started looking through all the found objects and vintage pieces I’d been collecting and they inspired me to create these assemblages.
2. What helps to keep you motivated?
Being able to do what I love every day. No one ever told me it was ok to be an artist when I grew up. I didn’t think it was an option, just a hobby. After working years at uninspiring jobs I kept coming back to my art. A few years back, I woke up one morning and decided that I had to do this for real. I have reached a point in my life where this is what I want more than anything. Giving it up is not an option for me, so that is what motivates me. I also want to show my son that if you’re passionate about something, there’s no stopping you from achieving your dreams.
3. When you’re creating, where do you get your inspiration?
My materials are what inspire me. A shape, faded paint on a piece of wood, a rusty piece of metal; all play a part in inspiring my next piece. I also like looking at other artists’ work. Seeing what has come out of their heads, whether it’s painting, textiles or other assemblage artists.
4. What are some inspirational words that you live and work by?
"Don’t over think it- Just make it." "Don’t listen to the voices in your head." The latter may make me sound crazy but I find as an artist that sometimes those voices that want you to create for the masses find their way in and you just have to push them aside and stay true to yourself and your art.
5. Who are some of the artists you admire and respect?
6. When do you know you’re finished with a piece?
This is a hard one for me. It is difficult sometimes for me to stop adding pieces. I usually have to walk away from the piece for a while or I have to stop because I’ve run out of surfaces to put things on.
7. Any tips for other creatives in your area of expertise?
Keep going, don’t give up. There is so much more to being an artist than just making art. You have to wear many different hats. These days, I spend a large percentage of my time promoting myself. It can be frustrating, getting my name out there when all I want to do is create. I love making these assemblage pieces and what keeps me going is knowing that there will be time to sit and get lost in a new piece.
8. Do you have any upcoming performances, releases, shows, exhibits, new designs or publications we should check out?
I recently had an article published in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. I'm currently concentrating on working on new pieces.
9. What's the best way for people to contact you for hire or purchase any of your work or services?
- Website: jen-hardwick.com
- Etsy: etsy.com/redhardwick
- Twitter: @redhardwick
- Facebook: facebook.com/redhardwick
- Flickr: @redheadhardwick
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