GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: KRISTIN MOURI

How old are you?
36

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

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

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
Does wire stop motion puppetry count? lol Years ago I bought a book with the intent to learn, but never found the time.

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?
My forever go-to’s: Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors, batik fabrics, Gingher scissors and Aurifil quilting thread.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three art supply items that you would have with you?
That’s tough… I guess I would have to say a sketchbook, a Col-erase pencil in Indigo Blue, and a jar of Sepia Dr. Ph. Martin’s. I would just have to figure out how to make a paint brush. haha

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I still 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?
Viewing art quilts at quilt shows because everyone uses fabric slightly differently. It pushes me to want to expand any boundaries I’ve set for myself.

What piece of art do you most closely identify with?
If you could time travel to experience any art movement firsthand, what would it be and why>Transport me to Ancient Greece and Rome, please! The technique… aesthetics… just beautiful.

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.

What is your absolute dream project? If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
Until I do it, my dream project will always be to create a large art quilt of Notre Dame Cathedral because I absolutely adore Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I did a mini version for this gallery, so I’m one step closer! lol

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
It currently remains the same: To be viewed and taken seriously as a fine artist even though my medium of choice is a little unconventional.

What would you do if you were only two inches tall? 
I’d learn to communicate with bugs so they could help transport me (Ant-Man style!).

If you could shrink any piece of art to carry around in your pocket with you, what would it be and why? 
This would be a bad idea for me. I have a bad habit of leaving things in my pockets and washing them. haha

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
Aside from the size, I wanted my pieces to be cohesive, so I decided to do a series of Tiny Towers. I just really liked the idea of taking something so large and shrinking it down. And of course the towers I chose are deeply embedded in my geeky fandoms.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
Just that tiny can be mighty. 🙂

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
Can we talk about thread blobs? lol Quilting something so small was definitely a challenge. The details didn’t always read the way I wanted them to, and one piece became such a mess, I almost gave up on it. After walking away from it for a day, I was able to come back and figure out a way to fix it.

Would you rather have the ability to shrink very small or become a giant? 
As a huge Ant-Man/Wasp fan, of course I’m going to say shrink very small. But imagine becoming a giant and trying to walk without stepping on anything or anyone… no thank you.

Is this the smallest piece of artwork that you’ve ever created? 
Smallest art “quilt”? Most definitely.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes! And it’s a pleasure every time.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Sometimes it would be nice to Ctrl-Z on traditional art. 😉


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