Journal

Artist of the Week: Rebecca Hsieh

"I'm very product oriented so my satisfaction usually comes at the end. When I'm crocheting, there comes a moment where I add the eyes and a mouth and all of a sudden, it becomes 10x cuter."
 

 

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring local artist and member of the KP crew, Rebecca Hsieh! I like to say that Rebecca is like Etsy but a real person; is there a craft or a cuteness she doesn't do?? Rebecca has been crocheting vegetables and fillings galore for an interactive ramen-inspired NOOD photo booth featuring you and all your friends, open tonight during First Friday from 4:30-7pm! Come through!

Who are you?

I am an educator, artist, aerialist, and dabbler of things.

What do you do?

I like to try new art mediums which is not great for my studio space since I have accumulated quite a bit of materials. My focus though is in fiber arts particularly in contemporary embroidery and crochet.

Who/what inspires you?

Like many millennials these days, I find inspiration in nature, traveling, plants, textures, food, and my pets. I will often stop walking on the trail to crouch down and look at what's growing - a patch of moss with tiny mushrooms starting to sprout and yet, it looks like a whole little world. Especially living in Juneau, it's hard not to be inspired by all the nature around me not only by how it looks but also by how it feels. I like to feel the surfaces of rocks, trees, and leaves; or how squishy the ground is beneath my feet. It's also really hard for me not to touch all the yarn walking down the aisle in a craft store. I also love food - cooking it, eating it, making crocheted replications of it - the possibilities are endless.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

I'm very product oriented so my satisfaction usually comes at the end. When I'm crocheting, there comes a moment where I add the eyes and a mouth and all of a sudden, it becomes 10x cuter. When I'm embroidering, it's really gratifying when all these lines of thread becomes a picture.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

The wonderful thing about crochet as an art form is that it is incredibly easy to restart and fix mistakes without wasting any materials. There's always a redo. 

What’s next?

I have a plan to do a series of various social justice oriented embroidery pieces where a profit of each piece would go towards an organization that corresponds with the theme of the piece. I have also started making cards with hand carved stamps - so designing more to have a bigger collection to span the greeting card world.

 

Life Can Be Extra Tuf But I am Here for You Card

 

Gemstone Soap

See the complete ramen collection for sale and for props at Rebecca's NOODS photo booth tonight at Kindred Post from 4:30-7pm! Plus, more here!

Artist of the Week: Keiko Brodeur

"Children's book illustrators inspire me the most of all, but I am also inspired by nature, fashion, photographs, television and everything around me."
 

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring artist and illustrator, Keiko Brodeur! Keiko's work hits us in all the adventurous feels; so much of it combines the beauty of the outdoors with the sweetness of sharing it with someone you care about. Learn more about her and her process in our interview, and definitely check out her our full collection of her work online

Who are you?

 

I'm Keiko Brodeur and I make all the products for my little company, Small Adventure.

What do you do?

Drawing, painting and designing are the most fun and important activity for my business but I mostly do administrative work to keep everything chugging along.

Who/what inspires you?

Children's book illustrators inspire me the most of all, but I am also inspired by nature, fashion, photographs, television and everything around me.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

I have a couple of favorite moments: the first is when a painting is finally coming together and looking good and the stress of creating melts away; the other is when I get a shipment of brand new cards in my studio and I can hold the final product of designing and manufacturing in my hands.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

There are so many paths you can take as an artist. Do what feels right for you!

What’s next?

I'll be continuing to try to make better products and illustrations for Small Adventure. I'd also like to start some personal projects I've been meaning to work on for awhile now.

 

Spending Time on Lake Card

 

Sunrise Hike Card

 

Happy Camper Card

See more of Keiko's work here!

Artist of the Week: Jerrod Galanin

"My biggest inspirations are my family, I come from a long line of Tlingit artists."
Photo by Ash Adams

 

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring Sitka-based artist Jerrod Galanin! Jerrod shares his Tlingit culture through a variety of mediums, including exquisite hand-carved metal jewelry that help ensure cultural stories stay with us for generations. 

Who are you?

I am Jerrod Galanin. My Tlingit name is Lkheinaa . I am L'uknax.ádi (coho)

And I am Kaagwaantaan yádi.

What do you do?

I am a multidisciplinary artist. I make hand engraved Tlingit jewelry. I also work in wood, fur, paint, photography, horn and more. 

Who/what inspires you?

My biggest inspirations are my family, I come from a long line of Tlingit artists. I have a beautiful wife who is very supportive of my culture and art, and two amazing daughters that inspire me to be  my best self.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

My favorite moment in creating art are the moments when a new concept or idea flashes in mind. There is a wave of excitement as you rush to see it come to fruition!

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

Before I give advice, I want to stress that I am nowhere close to being a master and I try hard to push myself and to better my understanding of this art form and my culture all the time. Here is some advice to newer artists that I think about all the time: try to avoid shortcuts. In the end, your shortcuts will hinder your growth and potential and you’re the one who gets the short end of the stick!

What’s next?

Next, I am excited to start moving into new mediums and mediums that I don’t work in as much. I recently designed my first button dance robe which was a great pleasure and learning experience. I also plan on creating works for the SHI 2020 juried art shown in three categories; goat horn spoon, wood, and metal.

Copper Lovebirds Cuff

Silver Raven Cuff

See more of Jerrod's work here!