The Hello Wonderful interview series started in December of 2014 and I can't believe that we are now at interview number 23! I've found this whole experience so rewarding and inspiring and whether you've been along for the ride from the very beginning or you are just joining now I hope that you find it just as wonderful.
We are kicking off 2016's interviews with Lucy Poskitt! Do you have weaver fever? I do! I'm crazy about weavings and wall hangings and all those textil-y fibre-y magical things. Lucy makes the most fabulous work and it was so fun to give weaving a go at one of Lucy's workshops last month with my sister! It was great to try something a little bit outside of my comfort zone and also to learn more about Lucy and her process. I am so excited to share Lucy's interview with you below!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hello! I’m Lucy Poskitt and I'm a textile artist! I’ve always had my hand in one art form or another from collage to printmaking, drawing to installation art but my most lasting obsession is with textiles, specifically weaving. I make woven wall hangings and tapestries on my many looms (last count-7, yikes), from my home studio, I teach classes and workshops as well as work part-time at an amazing alternative art materials store. I currently call Vancouver home but I’ve lived all across the country- Victoria to Halifax with stops in between- which informs my work on a daily basis.
What do you believe in?
I believe in art as a powerful tool, a little like magic. It transcends barriers, teaches without words, makes us think and feel things outside our own experience. It's healthy for us, healing and thought provoking.
I also believe that if you're making art that comes from a true and honest place - where you don't need to impress anyone or worry about it being seen - that it can actually change your life. Art doesn't need to be "good" to do that, you don't need to be a professional, or devote tons of time to it, just a little daily practice to get out of your head is all. Creative play is for everyone, even established artists- exploring outside of your comfort zone without worrying about consequence or the end result is one of the most liberating things I've ever felt.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
I feel my most wonderful out in nature. Setting my never-ending to-do list aside, (physically and mentally) and going for long long walks as far away from the city as I can totally calms me. If it's raining, even better! and if it's raining and I get to come home to a luxuriously long bath, a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, wine and a good movie then I'm pretty much in heaven.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
Not exactly a mistake or a wrong turn, but... A couple of years ago I developed a chronic case of insomnia. It started in early January, right after a crazy year of planning a wedding that rolled right into a crazy Christmas at work... I'd basically been busy busy busy for 6 months straight, and as soon as I didn't have to occupy my thoughts with that stuff anymore my brain didn't know how to turn off.
It was the lowest I'd ever been, incredibly depressed, medicated, exhausted and afraid. I spent my days worrying about if I'd get to sleep at night and my nights worrying about how I was going to function the next day without any sleep. The insomnia went on for months... until I started weaving again. Really! I'd taken a hiatus from art-making for a few years but as soon as started giving my brain "projects"- something to think about during the day, to anticipate and plan and problem-solve - I was able to sleep peacefully once again. It was a total life-saver, and I haven't looked back.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?
I have so many memories of experiencing wonder as a child! As a little kid I was always making up stories that explained the world to me in sorts of magical and fantastical ways. I remember looking out the window of my grandma's house on the North Shore and seeing the lights of the Lion's Gate Bridge at night and thinking, "What if those lights were fireflies holding the bridge up?" I have a very vivid memory of looking at a bonfire and “realizing” that the sparks were travelling up into the sky to become stars. I was totally the kid that played by themselves for hours and had a “very active imagination”, (which sort of describes me perfectly as an adult.)
I was lucky to have a mom who totally encouraged this kind of thinking. One of my fondest memories is of us drawing diagrams of what made the cat purr, like the actual mechanisms inside the cat that caused this sound- a series of levers, a barrel full of pebbles, a little man pushing the PURR button when it was time. I love that she encouraged me to think in a “what if, why not” kind of way.
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?
Christina Luo is an amazing calligrapher, teacher and designer. One of the most genuine, open and kind people I've met in Vancouver! The sense of calm that you get from seeing Christina's work also flows off of her in person. I totally admire sweet Christina's drive and always look forward to our chats, she makes me feel like everything's going to be okay. (Tara here- Christina also mentioned Lucy in her Hello Wonderful interview here! How sweet is that?)
Marisa Pahl is an amazing painter of miniature watercolours and also a passionate advocate for the environment. She is devoted to sparking conversation and change through her art and has embarked on an inspiring 100 day project that you should check out here. She is also one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of meeting, a total gem.
Anna Szul is 100% a superwoman. She is the hardest working person I know, running Studio126 with her partner Ryan, designing and building custom furniture and curating art shows while being a great mom to her two wee kids. She also somehow always finds time to be an amazing friend and ally, always enthusiastically supporting and encouraging other artists and designers. The world needs more people like Anna.