"(Creating) just happens. That’s just what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. It’s my escape. Nature & music are the most important part of anything I create. Whether it’s the music I’m listen to or the forest I’m in while I’m working, it influences my flow & ideas (I don’t usually plan my art ahead of time - I like to create as I go. So my environment is important). I also like to “shop” for my art supplies outside. You can find almost anything you need in nature, it’s like a huge craft store but everything is is raw & beautiful, natural, and free! My back yard is currently a small little forest. I get little glass bottles that wash up every spring near the little stream, deer antlers that have fallen off, fallen tree branches, etc. My daughter loves exploring out there & bring me cute rocks and feathers or anything she thinks is worthy in her little mind. " says Fiber Artist Alivia Guillaume about her process, her materials, and her daughter.
"Everything I’ve learned is self-taught. I never use patterns - I create all my own patterns and designs. I love getting custom orders and recreating/combining people’s images they found on the internet or creating something they’re imagining in their head.
"I hope to be making art to support myself and daughter during our travels for the next few years. And I hope to just continue to grow my skills and keep learning more as a maker/creator. I always challenge myself to do better and be better at whatever I’m doing. I’m always trying to learn another little skill/craft. I can’t imagine a world where I’m not always making something."
"I’m a stay at home mom so I’m blessed with all the time I want to create. But being a SAHM doesn’t pay well obviously. When my daughter was a baby I would sell a few of my pieces when we needed extra money for food, diapers, formula. Since becoming a SAHM my art has been more than just art for me, it’s been a way to support myself & my family. My artwork is allowing me to stay with my child every day and raise her myself instead of putting her in a childcare to go to work. But when you’re a stay at home mom you can really lose touch with the world and who you are, you spend a lot of time inside your head, and you don’t get much time alone. So art for me is something I can do WITH my DAUGHTER, it’s something I do to keep my MIND CLEAR & keep me in tune with MYSELF, and now it’s becoming my source of income too. Art is slowly becoming everything I need"
Alivia's colorful, nature-inspired macrame work is now available at Reclaimed & Co. in downstown Sturgeon Bay. Stop by to see what she has been working on, and help support her as a living artist.
product photos by Melanie Wahlen Art
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