TRACY MCCABE STEWART
There is no end to the list of talented fiber and quilt artists. It is unlikely I’ll ever run out of artists that I’d like to interview.So, I’ve chosen one of my personal favorites; Tracy McCabe Stewart.
Her work is impressive. She stands out in a field with so many outstanding artists, that’s not an easy thing to do.
Her unique approach to art is natural, and it’s organic . Her use of color knocks my socks off. There is an hint of an Asian flavor to many of her pieces. These are things that make her work easy to identify. I like her work very much and I know that you do too, for her to have achieved the measure of success that she has.
When you check out her web site and blog you’ll see an impressive list of awards and kudos. But mostly, you’re going to fall in love with her work, if you haven’t already done so.
So here is the talented artist, Tracy McCabe Stewart:
I capture these images in photographs and use the pictures in the initial stage of design or use them as direct material in my pieces. I use my own surface designed fabrics in my work. The spontaneous nature of surface design often leads my creative process. I work intuitively: drawing ideas from the material at hand and expanding from there. I include natural objects in my work: stones, bark, fossils, metals, as well as ancient maps and writings; documenting their travel through time.
I am really into travel. I love to explore the art, architecture, history and food of places. My husband is Scottish and my daughter has been living in Asia and is about to return for another year there. They have both given me great places to visit and explore.
I love animals. I am the adult shoving the little kids out of the way at the petting zoo and pulling over to pet the horse in the field. It can make me rather embarassing to to be with:-) I also have two dogs and spend a fair amount of time in their company.
5-Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently
6-How have you handled the business side of your career?
I am lucky enough to not be relying on art to put food on the table. I do try to post somewhat regularly on my blog, maintain a website and do shows. I am less involved with galleries than I once was. I am in a transition right now with marketing and sales. I’m not quite sure where I’m going to be putting my energy in the future. I am exploring what works for my art and what the best way of marketing my art may be.
7- What advise would you give an aspiring fiber artist just starting out?
I would advise you to try to find your own voice.
Take classes that are about learning a process, rather than completing a project in the style of the teacher.
Take classes in other media.
9-Describe yourself in 5 words.
I think the biggest obstacle has been my attention span! Seriously, I think that my interests are diverse and that means I don’t always spend the time I need to on any particular aspect of my craft. To be a master at something one need to be a bit obsessed; have that laser focus. My interests are spread pretty far and wide.