Artist Spotlight – Tiny Peepers

February 14, 2012 by Lauren

-Give us some basic info about you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, what you do, etc.
My name is Kelly, and I’m a screen printer from Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is a great little city with a warm and welcoming handmade community. I’ve got two boys ages 8 and 6, and we three love cookie dough ice cream. Also, every Wednesday is Pancake Wednesday at our house, because if it’s good enough for breakfast, it’s good enough for dinner.

-What mediums do you like to work with?
I love printing on fabric. Mostly I print on tea towels. I love how each one is blank canvas. I also print on amazingly soft organic cotton and bamboo jersey fabric. I buy it by the yard and a dear friend cuts it into scarves for me, then I go to town. I recently added kids’ t-shirts, which are just really darn cute. I’m thinking of adding onsies to the mix this spring.

-Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?
Growing up my favorite things to do were rolling skating and moss collecting. I always loved art, but didn’t really get my groove on until I was older, in my twenties. I started with photography, which kind of naturally led to screen printing. I love clean, graphic designs. And I especially love art that does something useful, like drying your dishes.

-Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?
I love Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, South American, Italian—wait. I love all food, especially when someone else makes it for me. I don’t watch much tv (when there are so many books to read), but I love Mad Men and Arrested Development. Music is such a big part ofmy life. I love The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, The Walkmen, The Clash, X, Tom Waits, and well, I could go on and on.

-Is there anything you’d like to try your hand at doing?
I’d really love to try printing yardage of fabric. You need a whole lot of space, though, and right now I’m printing on my kitchen table in a 1,000 square feet of bungalow. One day, though, I’d love to have a big, airy studio to spread out and see what happens.

-A couple of artists/etsy shops/photographers you enjoy?
Etsy is like an entire universe unto itself. I am inspired daily by the creative talents of the sellers there. I like simple line drawings with a humorous twist. I just had the pleasure of meeting one of my heroines, Maira Kalman. And as a screen printer, you can’t NOT love Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. And Status Serigraph for a lovely show poster.

-One year from now….
I’d love to be doing what I’m doing, and more of it. My youngest son just started kindy this year, so now I’ve got more time to really get to work, if you want to call it that. I have a hard time calling it work, because it is such a joy. (Well, learning QuickBooks is not such a joy.) Oh, and down the road, I’d love to teach screen printing workshops. It’s something you can start doing right in your very own kitchen (like me), and it’s such a great way to express yourself.


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