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"Odyssey" by Angela Cartwright

Catching Up with Angela Cartwright : Interview Page 2 of 2

Interview with Artist & Actress Angela Cartwright

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Q: Describe your creative process when approaching a new project.

There are no hard rules. If you learn and read about different techniques they can open up a whole world to your art. I try to soak up as much information as I can and then put my own spin on it. I just experiment and don't believe there is only one way to do something. I have learned not to judge my art play…sometimes it sucks…but out of that 'playing' something cool happens if you let it. So I have no rules about my creative process…I just go with the muse whenever that happens.

Q: You share so much with your fans and fellow artists through your Web site, blog, and online shops selling your artistic creations. What made you embrace the Internet early on and how would you'd like to see its potential harnessed for the greater good?

I have a geek side. I started learning by hit and miss how to make websites over 10 years ago. I had so many pictures from my past and the art I was creating that I wanted to catalog everything and share it. What better way than through a website. My kids were in their teens and they had just naturally picked the computer up, so I taught myself the computer so I could stay up with the times. But I found I really loved it and all kinds of possibilities with my art started brewing. I loved the design aspect of it all. For awhile my son was my go-to guy but now I have my web tech wiz brother to help me with the technical part. My art website was fun to create and I am able to keep it current because I'm the one that manages it. Now I am rebuilding my show biz website from the inside out…One day you will go there and it will be completely new. If only there were 24 waking hours in a day…it would be done by now.

Q: How has creative collaboration and community online enhanced your artistic life? Is regular participation in this real-time medium important to your creative well being?

It keeps me on my toes. I'm always looking for blogworthy stuff to shoot when I am out and about. My blog deals with everyday life. Sometimes my toes are dipping into my show biz half…other times my current art or gardening.

Q: What are you working on now? What's coming up for you?

I have a new book coming out April 1st. It's called "In This Garden — Explorations in Mixed Media Visual Narrative." It's the second book I have collaborated on with artist Sarah Fishburn. Our first book "In This House — A Collection of Altered Art Imagery & Collage Techniques" had 12 artists interpret 'home' in their artistic way. The results were amazing. Each artist embraced the word 'home' from their own perspective. So we followed it up with 12 artists interpreting the simple act of 'gardening' and we were not disappointed. Each chapter focuses on a particular book/lantern garden, and includes brilliant photographs. It's also filled with tips and techniques for artists and avid gardeners. When you start a project like this it is always a journey and you can learn so much about yourself.

Unruly Shadow StampsAs well as the books we have written, Sarah and I collaborate on a magazine called Pasticcio Quartz three times a year. The word 'Quartz' actually stands for Quality Art Zine, because it is a self published magazine packed full of beautiful art from well known to up and coming artists, tips, techniques, ideas, and more. We have a blast putting it together from start to finish and it usually takes us about three months to produce each issue. It keeps us current and artistically involved. I enjoy collaborating with Sarah on each issue. We both have our own style but we compliment each other well as we both contribute our thoughts and findings to each issue. I love doing the layouts and putting it all together. We have just released our 6th issue of Pasticcio.

Stampington & Company just released a new line of rubber stamps I created from my shadow photographs called "Unruly Shadow Stamps." They can be used in a multitude of ways in ones art. They are my second collection, the "Unruly Girls Club Stamps" were released last year and made from my quirky girl sketches.

I also have a new exhibit of my mixed media altered photo art in the near future, and look for something really exciting happening at my newest enterprise I just like to keep busy and as long as it taps into my artistic side…I'm happy. •

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Updated 1/8/14