So …if you have been reading a long lately you may be aware of my friend Jasmine Mansbridge and her great art work. Well, now you can read more about her on page 100 in the latest issue of Frankie magazine issue 45 which was released today. What you don’t know about Frankie? In their words:
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Red Scissors – My work is influenced by the quality and design of the material I am using – how it feels and how it layers with other pieces. I use a range of new and vintage fabrics, including, cotton, wool, linen, cashmere, silk and synthetics. I like to retain the shape of an original garment when up cycling it into a quilt or wrap and at times the raw, selvedges will be seen. No two pieces are the same. In the Red Scissors project, I have drawn on the Indigenous and Asian influence in the patterns and prints of Jasmine Mansbridge’s work. Here you see several images of the work in the exhibition and the quilt in the early stages of coming together.
Yesterday I introduced you to Jasmine Mansbridge and her artwork. One of the things that I am really interested in is how busy, creative people find time to balance life. I am super impressed by her discipline to paint and the way the process of creating offers Jasmine peace and ‘quiet space’ to reflect. It is probably that quiet space you and I crave. Enjoy!
How do you find time to balance family life and the creative process?
Balance is something I have to work on daily to achieve. I exercise as often as I can, usually early in the morning; it clears my mind and gets me ready for the day. Without it I get grumbly and my head gets jumbly! I also try and paint every day, in the middle of the day when my little ones are napping. It is a matter of just stepping away from the house work etc… which will never ever be completely done anyway! Even just two hours a day equals 14 hours a week. My paintings are intricate and take a lot of time so I have to just be consistent and patient to see them completed. I also don’t over commit as that makes me a stress head, which isn’t fair on my family.
At the end of a day I cook and we eat together as a family 90 percent of the time. This helps me unwind. I have a great husband who helps with the menial stuff and easily does his 50% at home. When the day is done I pretty much always pray and kind of review what has gone on in my day and thank God for my amazing, blessed life.
What project are you working on right now?
I am having a solo show opening this Friday 21st October. I have started two new pieces to help me transition when that’s done. I have lots of ideas, short term/long term, and then BIG dreams! I have loved working collaboratively with other textile artists using my fabric, for the Red Scissors Project. I would like to play around with this idea further, re upholstering retro chairs would be a good start. I would like to exhibit in Melbourne in the next 18 months, and also at 24hr Art in Darwin in the future. Big dreams are a show in Berlin & Tokyo and to travel and photograph houses/homes all round the world.. and that’s probably enough for this interview.