Meet Your Makers : Arleigh Wood

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, painter

Every few months we try to feature one of our Shiny Fuzzy Muddy makers. This month we had the chance to do a short Q + A with SFM co-founder, Arleigh Wood.

Arleigh Wood in her studio at the Eastside Culture Crawl, 2015

Artist Profile Questionnaire:

1.How did you get started & how long have you been in business?

I opened my Vancouver studio in 2000 after travelling in Europe and finishing my Art & Design degree at Concordia University in Montreal and University of Hertfordshire in England.  I started small by making handmade cards and albums and after making thousands of pieces my little fingers got tired of the repetition and I moved my way into mixed media painting including encaustic, photo transfers, acrylic, oil and watercolour.

2. Why do you make the art you do?

My hands and heart need to create.  Its instinctive for me.

3. How do you balance art practice and business practice?

I keep my computer (where much of the business work is done) at home so when I am at the studio I can focus purely on my art practice.  Of course this doesn’t always work but it does help to keep my studio a space for creative exploration.

4. Where do you find your audience(s) and what is the most effective way to reach them?

Open studios, email newsletters, art galleries/dealers that represent my work, high end craft shows, online – Instagram, Facebook and Blogs.

5. What do your customers love about your work?

I think they just love the way it makes them feel. Often the images and colours remind them of places they have been or a person they love.

6. What tips/advice do you have for people who want to start their creative business?

Just get started any way you can, no matter how small. Try out different ideas and show them to everyone.  It’s important to get used to showing your work…there may be rejection at times but it will only make you stronger.

7. Do you have any mentors?

My parents, husband and colleagues at SFM and 1000 Parker st studios.

8. What informs your work/inspires you?

Nature, travel, daily life, the shapes that surround me everyday (currently mountains, thoughts of Iceland, beachcombing) seep into my work.

9. Where do you find your creative community?

1000 Parker st studios, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Artists, Online Instagram

10. What do you do for fun?

Spend time outdoors with my kids, trying new restaurants with friends, visiting art galleries, travelling to new places and taking photographs.