GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: KRISTIN MOURI

How old are you?
35

What is the primary medium you work in?
Fabric & thread (and watercolor)

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Fabric & thread

What is your favorite subject matter?
Anything to do with my geeky/pop culture interests.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors, batik fabrics, Gingher scissors and Aurifil quilting thread 🙂

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I highly recommend the book Photo-Inspired Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Wiener for both technique and overall inspiration.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I loved drawing and painting at an early age, but it took me YEARS to find my niche. I ended up majoring in graphic design, and I dabbled in craft shows because I enjoyed tactile creations, but I struggled with figuring out who I was as an artist until I discovered the world of art quilting in 2012. This allowed me to blend my love of fabric with fine art sensibilities.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
I’m not influenced by a specific artist, but what inspires me the most is viewing art quilts at quilt shows because everyone uses fabric slightly differently. It pushes me to want to want to expand any boundaries I’ve set for myself.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Believe in what YOU want to create; don’t just stick with what you think others want to see.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
A large art quilt of Notre Dame Cathedral because I absolutely treasure Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I’m not quite ready for this undertaking, but hopefully I will be one day!

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
It may seem simple, but my main goal is to be viewed and taken seriously as a fine artist even though my medium of choice is a little unconventional.

What is your favorite plant and/or animal? 
Favorite plant would be any flower that has both pink and orange in it (roses, bougainvilleas, etc). Dogs and chameleons tie for my favorite animal… I have fond memories of both.

Is nature something that you’re drawn to? 
I’ve always loved camping and hiking. There’s something wonderful, especially these days, about being able to disconnect from everyday life and enjoying the peace that exists in nature.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
Over 18 years ago, I raised chameleons, so I took this opportunity to pay homage to my favorite, Frodo (yes, I had a Sam, Merry and Pippin too 😉). Given the theme, I thought it would also be a chance to use my dad’s magnolias. I thought the colors would go together nicely. 🙂

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
No deep messages, but I love that things don’t have to go together in “real life” when it comes to art. If I want to pair magnolias with a chameleon, I can! 😄

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
Soon after all my chameleon babies had hatched (there were 57 of them!), I accidentally squished one in the door of the cage (he tried sneaking out the wrong side of the door, where the hinge was). I was devastated, I thought I had killed him for sure! He bruised, but stayed alive, so I kept him and named him Frodo. Little did I know he would end up being so much like his namesake. Though he remained on the small side, he was adventurous, and whenever I opened the cage, he liked to venture out from the living room and enjoyed a particular spot under the dining table.

If you could invent any kind of plant or animal, what would it be/look like/what kind of environment would it thrive in? 
Not particularly creative here lol, but I would love a flower-like chameleon! Imagine one with soft petal-like features that could turn a beautiful shade of pink! 😍

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes!

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM KRISTIN HERE:
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