When Meredith Brower’s circumstances led her to a place of deep introspection, she knew it was time to take the risk and let her photography light shine. Like a firefly, she felt the light growing stronger the more she envisioned herself creating great imagery and making connections with her community. By letting her “inner fire fly”, she founded the Firefly Yoga Festival, opened a photography studio on Spring Street in Newport, RI, created a barn studio in Tiverton, RI, and launched her series of Mandala Note Cards.
The garden is an endless inspiration for my work as an artist. I have a huge garden that is grown for my PAPERMAKING STUDIO. The papers I make use all the different kinds of flowers and leaves to make a very artful and sophisticated product. Florabunda is what I call the look of my papers. there’s a complete bouquet in every sheet of stationary. perfect as a wedding invitation jacket.
The POTTERY STUDIO uses the inspiration in a more indirect way. Vines, leaves, flowers, and seeds are painted over a shino base glaze. The pottery is functional. I love all materials maybe I should call myself a mix-media artist.
My current body of work embraces the dreams and nightmares of old. Things that go bump, and bump hard in the night have been explored in a more playful manor. Daydreams from my childhood have been illustrated using imagery found in sailor’s tales of sea monsters and night terrors. My fondness of Japanese block prints, as well as short poems helps develop the stylized patterns, subject matter and execution of the work. Finally, I have chosen to fire this work (painstaking as it is to create) in a wood fueled kiln. This allows the elements to leave their mark on each piece. In some cases it will obscure part of the narrative, leaving you the viewer to add your imagination to fill the gap.
A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, Marc worked for many years as a staff graphic designer and product developer. In 2009 he went out on his own as a freelance graphic artist and also began offering his personal work for sale at art shows and high end artisan open markets.
My inspiration comes from my love of wildlife and nature. I use the ceramics medium to tell a story. As I mold the clay into the form I’m trying to achieve, a story evolves embellished with texture, color and detail. I hope to stir a feeling that these creatures could come to life and play with you.