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Sarah Petit

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m Sarah Petit and I’ve been making pottery for about 17 years. I make functional pieces in soft, organic forms that feel good in your hands.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Each piece starts out as a ball of clay that I pinch into shape on the wheel or by hand. The piece kind of grows between my fingers. I try not to force things. So much of success in pottery is in knowing when to work the clay and when to let it rest. Everything depends on how wet or dry the piece is.

Then comes glazing, which is a whole other thing. Lots can go wrong in the kiln and you can spend forever tweaking a glaze recipe. I usually keep it pretty simple, and use a lot of neutrals and blues.

In the end I want to make something that you’re going to enjoy and keep using for a long time. It should have its own personality, but it shouldn’t feel too precious to use every day.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I love the process of making things. I make functional art because I think the things we use every day might as well be interesting and special.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Beyond, of course, the history, architecture and bones of the city, I love the inclusiveness here. I’m constantly surprised and amazed by the way people are working together to make things happen, and they do it beautifully. I see a lot of the “rising tides raise all ships” mentality– I hope it stays that way.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

I’m inspired by nature, even though that sounds so cliché. I studied biology and botany in school and I’m fascinated by the beautiful systems that make us tick—functional art at the highest level. And I’m inspired by organic forms that aren’t quite perfect. You recognize a maple leaf when you see it, but each one is slightly different. That’s how my pieces are, which means they can’t be replicated by a machine.

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Lindsay Cashews

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a designer/performer/photographer/artist/writer/muse.

I have a pseudonym (Skandoughless or SKNDLSS) that produces art, textiles, and clothing.

I have a degree, I promise.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

I call them “Glimmering_Facets,” the moments of fleeting inspiration. When I see a color, muse, thing that triggers me into creating, I can’t stop until it is manifested. Its manic insanity at that point, and eventually something is created as an artifact of that moment.

Collaboration is also extremely important as a catalyst for the physical manifestation. Creative partnerships often create results from new information / exchange of practice.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

It inspires people to their utmost potential.

To awaken, to create visual confrontation to a set of circumstances that may differ or compare to the viewer’s own. The moment of human relationship is interesting to me, because it speaks to a bigger picture.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

It is inspiring to me to be in a community that is constantly recreating and reimagining itself. The people who have been here a long time vs the adaptation process with constant influx of new people in the city. I have been here over 3 years now, and with each day I meet someone new who is creating something, and working really hard to push themselves. Of course having low financial obligations in the city also allows me to finance my own practice. Without food and shelter it’s really hard to create.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

People, conversations, music, perspective. Pushing for freedom. A constant need to be better.

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BakPak Durden

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My name is Bakpak Durden and I don’t know what I want people to know about me.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

My artistic process involves determining subject matter; which usually involves some sort of wordplay, mythology and or something anatomical. After which i try to incorporate a number of things that relate to said subject matter. Integrating triangles, circles and lines to tell a story (kind of like a riddle)

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

Because it’s a controlled state of madness

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Everything is full circle.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

Cinematography and music.

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Megan Lynn Kott

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

West by Midwestern gal who uses watercolor to illustrate cats & other creatures.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

I try to emphasize unusual colors, using the subject matter of cute animals, things that make me laugh, or pop-culture references. Often combining all three into a sketch, then using watercolor to render it in my own personal way. I usually top it all off with some silly, humorous, or saucy statement. I try to weave text into my work whenever possible.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

Art feels good to make. I often ask myself if I would still make art, even if no one else saw it. I think I would.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

I see in Detroit a city of people doing it for themselves. When government, infrastructure, and industry has failed them – they still wake up every day and get it done. There is also a crazy artistic energy going on in Detroit right now, I feel honored to be immersed in it currently.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

Cats!, bats, redheads, comedy, strong women doing bad-ass work, science, sad animals, cute animals, did I mention cats?

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Jasmine Stader

All of my work revolves around a theme of Impermanence. “Change and external forces are forever present” is my mantra. This statement makes me feel as if my personal choices have an impact but full control is not only an illusion but also unimportant. My art is an outlet for reflection. When I create, I am able to shift my focus away from judgements and superficial thoughts to a holistic view. Creating makes me feel as if I am a minuscule spec in the universe and fills me with gratitude for the short time I get to experience and observe this crazy world.

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Rachel Knorp

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My name is Rachel Knorp and I’m an Artist/Designer based out of Southeast, MI. I want people to know that I’m down with the sickness.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

My artistic process is sort of all over the place. Sometimes it comes as easy as sitting down and starting a sketch to making the final layers of paint until completion in one shot, to coming back to it 4 different times that week reworking it and still not being satisfied, having a piece that has been sitting in my studio for a year unfinished, or working on a painting for 16 hours straight with 1 short break to eat and maybe 3 pots of coffee. The essence of my process is nothing short of having a method in madness.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I make art because I don’t know any other way to live. I have so many ideas trapped in my mind minds at all times just bursting to come out. Art has taken me a lot of great places in my life and I want to keep riding this weird wave of creative freedom until the day that I die because any other wave seems pretty boring.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Detroit is strong, and determined. Those are two of the most inspiring traits to carry, and among so many people in this extremely wide community who I have met, present those traits with pride. Not only pride in themselves and their abilities but pride in their city, and all of the resources around them which helped to make it all possible. The social creative aspects of the city are gleaming with opportunity and friendships; you can never have a bad time here. If you do then you’re probably an asshole.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

So much! Too much! A lot of my work is specifically inspired by the atomic era, horror/sci-fi films, and female liberation. In a broader sense, I’ve recently been deeply inspired by the general work and lifestyle of Wayne White. When you quit your job of 3 years, feel like you need to choose a career path immediately but have too many interests and want to DO IT ALL , watch “Beauty Is Embarrassing” and the art-based chaotic lifestyle you lead won’t feel so crazy.

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