Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?
Bridgette Burton : I have always had this tug inside my heart for creativity. Whether it be sewing, quilting, illustrating, or designing surface patterns, it all makes me so happy! I am self-taught, and have been picking up bits and pieces along the way. After I turned 30, I realized that if I didn’t make creating art a big piece of my life I would never make the time to do it. So, I went for it, I started taking art classes and reading everything I could about entrepreneurship. It’s been quite a journey!
KIH : What is your first memory as an artist?
BB : I remember sitting in class in 6th grade being bored out of my mind, trying so hard to pay attention. I picked up my pencil and decided to sketch him. From where I was sitting, I could see his profile, so that is what I drew. It turned out quite nice and I was surprised at what I created. I think the bell rang and I was so consumed with this sketch that I didn’t even notice!
KIH : What is your creative process?
BB : I daydream a lot, probably more than I should. I will get an idea in my head and daydream about it until I can’t help but get it out on paper. That is where the magic starts for me. I sketch and then import it into Illustrator. From there I can change things around, re-arrange, re-color, and get a good solid motif. After that, I keep experimenting until I am happy with the results. Some of my inspiration comes from photos I take of random things or while outdoors, others come from the ideas that pop into my head while I am exploring. Last week I was in Spokane and I saw this beautiful ceramic vase and immediately I thought of a design that would be perfect on it. Out comes my sketchbook and camera!
KIH : What is your favorite part of the creative process?
BB : Sometimes it’s like a puzzle for me. I do love puzzles! If I can figure out how to arrange motifs or incorporate a color scheme I feel very accomplished.
KIH : What common threads do you find show up in your artwork?
BB : Right now I am in love with vintage and retro inspired mid-century designs. I find that it is popping up into my artwork more and more. I also like blues and corals together. It seems that my artwork mirrors the favorite things I have in my life a the moment.
KIH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?
BB : My favorite piece is my Credenza Madness piece. I did a whole collection around it. I had searched months and months for a credenza for my dining room. Finally, I saw one in my price range and we bought it. It’s so beautiful. I ended up sitting in front of it for hours sketching it from all different angles.
KIH : What is your work space like?
BB : Right now it’s messy! I am starting to experiment more with watercolors so my table is covered in practice sheets! I have a very small studio. My husband took our old dining table and cut it so my sewing machine fits in it flush for when I quilt. I also have these beautiful shelves with mason jars attached underneath, a chalkboard, a bookshelf full of fabric, and a desk that he made especially for me. I have an old antique dresser that holds some artwork that used to be my Great Aunts. I like lots of uni pens and pencils around. My sketchbook is open to some hand lettering pages that I was drawing for a recent course, Make Art That Sells, that I am taking to expand my portfolio.
KIH : What inspires you?
BB : Everything. Anything. I find subtle patterns everywhere I go – manhole covers, buildings, home decor. I see the world in a completely different way than most people.
KIH : What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?
BB : I love the dog beds, totes, pillows, curtains, and outdoor canvas prints.
KIH : How did you find Kess Inhouse?
BB : I found it through another artist that posted on Facebook that she was a Kess Inhouse artist.
KIH : Would you recommend Kess Inhouse to other artists?
BB : Of course! I just ordered luggage tags with my design and was asked countless times where I got it. It’s amazing how many artists there are out there looking for a great company to work with.
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