Our Jewelry Artist interviews are kicked off by Mixed Media Artist Tara Finlay. Tara and I met online thru various art groups a few years ago. We finally got to meet in person at Artfest in Pt. Townsend, WAÂ 2 years ago.Â Tara creates collage and assemblage as well as jewelry, and her work is gorgeous. Tara’s jewelry was recently featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry Issue 3.
Artist: Tara FinlayÂ website:http://www.bytara.com
Â Tell us a little about yourself:Â Â I am a 36 year old mixed media artist living in upstate NY with my husband, two cats and a dog and sharing one great stepkid.
What is your jewelry medium of choice? Why that medium?:Â Â Polymer clay at the moment. I love the medium because it is so versatile. I can mix colors or I can paint the beads. I can use inclusions to simulate stones. I can sand it, buff it, or leave it matte.Â And I don’t need any special kiln or tools.
How would you describe the style of your jewelry?: Chunky earthy.
Do you remember the first piece of jewelry you ever made?: Yes. I made earrings out of two base metal headpins and some seed beads. Heh!
Â Have you always been focused on jewelrymaking?Â I always come back to it, yes. It is the constant in the flux ofÂ my artistic endeavors.Â Â
Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?:Â Susan Lenart Kazmer for one. I love artists that combine materials.
Where do you see your work taking you?:Â First, I need to be more disciplined and consistent. Then I’d like to open an etsy shop, and eventually teach classes.Â
How do you think/want other people to respond to your art?:Â I want people who love it to love it and people who don’t to not. I just want whatever naturally happens to happen.Â Even if I don’t love something someone has created, I love that they created it. That is the important thing.Â Â
Describe some important goals you have achieved.:Â This year my jewelry was published in Belle Armoire Jewelry III, and other pieces were accepted into a book that is coming out soon.Â It is so excited to finally be published. I hope people get as much pleasure out of looking at the magazine and book as I get looking at books and magazines for inspiration. That REALLY makes the whole thing wonderful.Â
How would others describe you? Your work ethic/habits?:Â Â I think my husband would describe me as a perfectionist, but I would describe myself as a perfectionist who is trying to overcome years of perfectionism via art
Â What methods do you use to organize your time?:Â Â When I am working on projects for a deadline, I use lists and calendars to organize my time. I also keep items for each project together separately in a tray so I can keep things straight.
What motivates/inspires your work?:Â Deep down inside, no matter what happens in life, I am an artist. That motivates me. It is the constant.
Â Where people can buy your products?:Â I haven’t opened my etsy shop yet but that is my goal for 2008.
Thank you Tara!!!!
By Barbe Saint John