Thursday, September 30, 2010
Join me, the artist below and about 300 other crafters, designers, photographers and the like, this coming Saturday for the 15th annual Art on the Avenue. Started as a neighborhood gathering of families and friends, it has blossomed into a region gathering of families and friends. Included are kids activities, music, a pie making contest and more. The weather is supposed to be great, so come out and start the celebration of my favorite season, fall.
What: Art on the Avenue, Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, October 2, 10-6pm
Where: Mt Vernon Ave, Del Ray
Me: Space # W54
At Art on the Avenue, you will be able to meet the following talented artist in person. Erika Rubel of Had Matter creates versatile and vibrant functional art. She combines "recycled materials and vintage images" to create wall sculptures that double as key holders, lights and more. As an environmentalist, and designer who does similar work with fabric, I am drawn to products that recycle 'junk into funk'. Many people are out there doing this, but many people do it badly. Erika's work is so well made, clean lines and finished edges, it is sometimes hard to believe these items had other lives.
Erika's eye for form and function make the zany combinations seem natural and normal. Then you look again and realize the edge of this shelf is a toy train track and the side of that bin used to belong in a kitchen. However, the design has been married with such finesse that you accept it just as surely as you would accept a shower in a bathroom.
Erika has stepped slightly out of function into more artistic works with her turn toward insect sculptures. Using such materials as spatulas, screens, and old auto parts, she creates larger than life creatures that look too cool to be cruel. Makes me almost like bugs!
Read on to find out more.
Q~How did you get started?
A~I was becoming very disappointed in my office job and wanted to try to live by my design abilities. I was creating a lot of stuff for my house from salvaged materials so I thought I'd try to make something to sell.
Q~Why do you continue?
A~ Because I love making stuff and I like being self employed. Now all my hard work is for me.
Q~ What is a great(or greatest) success story?
A~ I don't have one particular story. I feel lucky to be successful to live off my work. All the constant sales and returning customers are what makes it worth it.
Q~What is one of your greatest failures?
A~Hard question. My forays into wall lights didn't prove to successful.
Q~Where do you get your inspiration?
A~From the materials. I love working with old stuff.
Q~Why do you make/create what you do?
A~I think that even the practical stuff we live with should be fun and interesting. Not my idea, but one I believe in.
Q~Where is your favorite place to sell? Or Favorite show?
A~I like Eastern Market the best. It's home.
Q~What is one thing you love about your business?
A~Making the stuff.
Q~What is one thing you loathe?
A~I don't loathe any of it though it's a business and some things are just not as fun. Like unloading and loading my booth in the same day.
Q~What is your dream about your art?
A~I'd like to always be able to push it further. I've started to learn how to weld and I'd like to more sculpture.
Q~Where are you based?
A~I've just moved to Capitol Hill in DC.
Q~What would you be doing if not this?
A~Maybe running a store. That's what I enjoyed most out of my other jobs.
Q~What is next?
A~Keep pushing my art as far as I can.
Q~What is your favorite question to ask people?
A~Do you like what you do?
Q~What is your answer to that question?
Q~ What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen sparrow?
A~two coconuts per hour
Erika's work can be found most weekends at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. This weekend, she can be found at Art on the Aveune and the MPA Artfest in McLean. Need some fun organizatin in your life? You need Had Matter.