September 20, 2017

We’re kicking off our 2018 fiber art workshop series with a fun three days of playing with paint led by Lyric Kinard. In this design intensive, Lyric will offer a perfect mix of surface design techniques and instruction in the elements and principles of good design.

In preparation for her workshop, we asked Lyric to fill us in a bit more on her approach to art;

Q: When did art first enter your life?
LK: It’s been with me in one form or another all my life. Music, writing, architecture.. all were important to me before textile art found me about 20 years ago.

Q: Do you have certain themes in your work or subjects that reappear?
LK: I have a broad range of interests in subject matter, but my abstract work almost always involves circles and grids and my portraiture is usually inspired by the women in my family.

Q: If you could give only one piece of advice to a beginning artist, what would it be?
LK: Make lots of art. Lots and lots and lots of it whether you think it’s good or bad. Don’t give up or get frustrated if your work doesn’t live up to your vision – learn what you need to learn from the bad art. Your bad art is often the very thing you needed to create in order to get to your good art.

Q: What drives you to produce new art?
LK: The most honest answer would be a quickly approaching deadline. 🙂 The other answer is that my head is full of questions and “what if’s” and ideas. It’s full to bursting all the time so when I make time for my studio there is always something to play with.

Q: What show, project, or event are you most looking forward to in 2018?
LK: I want to continue an abstract series I started last year inspired by mill wheels. I still have many ideas to explore inspired by the ideas of time and stone and grinding… and of course the circles and lines.

Find out more about Lyric on her website and give her a follow on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, & YouTube.