Wallpaper Wednesdays 19 | Artist Feature - Sam Eldridge
Meet Sam Eldridge, a talented artist based out of Vancouver, BC. If it weren't for Instagram, I wouldn't have discovered this gem. She just recently (within the past 2 years) started seriously pursuing her art, so Ena and I are so thrilled to have come across her. Her work is complex and filled with dimension and texture that is just too hard not to keep glancing back at over and over again.
Her pieces are vibrant and exciting and are pulsing with liveliness and energy. In addition to her abstract art, you can see that she is talented in other areas as well. She picked up stitching not too long ago, and in that time, has developed an intricacy to her patterns that make them miniature works of art themselves. One of her recent pieces, which took 30+ hours *gasp* of stitching, was featured at a miniature art show at the Ghost Gallery in Seattle. You gotta see it here!
What do you think of her work so far? Could you see one of her pieces hanging on your walls? Share with us in the comments!
We asked Sam to create wallpaper designs for us and what she created is beyond words. Her Q & A was so interesting to read, too; I get a sense of her personality, and I'm loving her even more! She has an inspiring story to share, so enjoy the read and enjoy your free downloads at the end.
Q & A
1. DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A PASSION FOR ART AND WHEN DID YOU START PURSUING IT?
My passion for art started when I was just over two years old. I had (my first) hip surgery and afterwards I was stuck in a big, awkward cast that held my legs open in a froggy position. My dad built me a special little table with a hole in the middle to accommodate my cast, gave me some art supplies, and the love affair began! Because of my two surgeries and my other physical impairments, I’ve never really felt in control of my body (although I can definitely walk and somewhat successfully run, so I have it pretty darn good!). Using my hands to make art makes me feel so much more competent and powerful in my body. I started seriously making art about two years ago, and I opened my Etsy to tentatively start selling things in October of this year. I’m excited for whatever comes next :)
2. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
I find my inspiration from other artists (I spend a whole lot of time poking around on Instagram and getting excited by all the beautiful work). I like looking at people who use really bold brush strokes and pile on the colour to get me thinking about my next painting. I’m also really inspired by thinking about and playing with colour combinations in my mind -- I had a long mustard yellow and teal phase recently, and right now I’m especially stoked on bright orange and lavender. If I’m looking to do an embroidery or a more realistic painting, I draw inspiration from leaves, plants, flowers, and natural shapes (like waves and crystal clusters). Sometimes it feels like just the act of NOT painting for a few days is inspiring itself, since my desire to create builds up until I just can’t resist reaching for my paintbrush.
3. WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU USE?
I use watercolour, ink, acrylic, oil pastels, wool, and thread. I want to use every medium! All at once! The more mediums the merrier!
4. IN THREE WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART?
“Experiment with Everything”
5. DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE CREATING ART? IF SO, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
I actually don’t listen to music on my own (I know...it’s terrible! I don’t even own a pair of headphones! I don’t have a favorite band!) so I usually hum along with whatever my partner puts on (hip hop, jazz, and blues, with a dash of Leonard Cohen). I tend to tune out whatever is happening around me if I’m really focused on a piece, a trait I inherited from my father - a man who will build furniture in the basement for ten hours straight without noticing the CD ended after the first hour.
Read the rest of the Q & A HERE.
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A heartfelt thank you to Sam for collaborating with us!
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