I can’t quite believe it is Thursday again – where does the time go?! I am very pleased to be able to introduce you to a very talented lady today – am so glad that she agreed to take part as I really admire her work. Please give a warm welcome to…..
1. Whats yer name and where d’ya come from?!
My name is Sue Hotchkis and I’m a textile artist who currently lives in Guernsey. Although I’m a northern lass at heart, born and raised in Hull, and then living and working in Manchester.
2. How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you get into it?
I’ve always created from being a small child. I had my first sewing machine when I was seven, and would draw and paint and make my own dolls clothes. After gaining a degree in Embroidery and then an MA in Textiles I completed a PGCE and went on to teach Art & Design to adults and Textiles to pre degree students at Tameside College Manchester. When my husband got a new job in Guernsey I was given the opportunity to give up teaching and concentrate on my own practice.
3. What is the hardest part of your work?
Besides never having enough time to be creative, I would say it’s the composition of my work. Although I want the work to look effortless, they are in fact well thought out. The piece has to look balanced. This part can be very frustrating. Pieces are added and taken away until it feels right and this can take a long time. In addition to that utilising social media regularly to promote my work, networking with other creative people and exhibiting are all time consuming tasks that can be challenging to fit in when what I love most is to be in the studio producing.
4. And what is the most rewarding?
Creating and finishing a new piece. Sometimes I look at things I’ve made and I can’t believe I did it. It’s also rewarding when someone buys a piece because they really love it.
5. What do you class yourself as – artist, designer/maker, crafter, creative?
I’ve always considered myself an artist but I do design and create my work. I hate boxes and labels, trying to succeed is hard enough as it is without putting boundaries on yourself.
6. Who from the creative world do you admire?
There are lots of people, these are just a few; Jock McFadyen, Gerhard Richter, Howard Hodgkin, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Turner , Jo Budd, Jane Mckeating, Alice Kettle, Shizuko Kimura and Janet Echelman.
7. Where does your inspiration come from?
I take photographs all the time, especially when travelling. I find inspiration in the insignificant and overlooked. I’m particularly drawn to man-made objects that have been distressed by the passage of time old cars and boats, crumbling walls, peeling paintwork, that sort of thing. Initially I study the photographs that I’ve taken of a specific place or object. Then I work with its qualities, colour, form, texture and composition.
8. Do you listen to music/watch TV whilst you are working, and if so, what?
I recently entered the digital age and bought an iPod touch. I like the freedom of putting it on shuffle, knowing it will surprise me with what it plays , anything from Florence & The Machine, Adele to Paul Weller, Nic Drake to Japan If I’m writing or really having to think about my work I don’t listen to anything , as I can’t concentrate with noise.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still making, creating and exhibiting. It’s possible we might be living in France in five years so that would bring new challenges.
10. What sacrifices have you made for your art?!
I’ve given up trying to be a domestic goddess!! It’s never going to happen. Being an artist and having a tidy house with all the washing and ironing done is impossible, for me anyway.
I am sure you will want to see more of Sue’s work, so here is the link to her website.
If you like her work, please head on over to her Facebook page and like that too – Sue Hotchkis
You can also follow her on Twitter right here – Sue Hotchkis
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back with another interesting person next Thursday, or stop by on Monday to find out what I have been up to this week.