Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday Feature - V Silcox Designs

Give us a summary of your shop, and how you got started?
answer: Back in 2001, and right after September 11th, I made a life changing decision. On that day, I was sitting in a high rise building in downtown Los Angeles when the news came. Of course we evacuated, and on the long drive home I had pleanty of time to think, specifically about how valuable my family was to me, how sad I was for those who were lost, and what choices I had made for my life.

I gave up my 20 plus year career in construction, to persue my passion for art. All my life I had toyed with pen and ink...and I suppose charcoal as well, but I had always envisioned painting glass, wine glasses specifically, so I figured....why not go with the fantasy. And here I am.

How did you select your name?
Answer: I wanted my pieces identified with a person, not a company name. Hence, V Silcox Designs.

What makes your shop unique?
I'm not sure that I'm all that unique, although I have found my own style of painting, which so far seems to be mine alone.

Do you sell anywhere outside of etsy? If so, where?
I usually average about 35 to 40 art and high craft shows per year, so I'm on the road constantly...from here in Southern the San Francisco Bay Arizona.

How long have you been making your craft?
Answer: I started toying with glass painting in 2001 and practiced for well over a year, trying to perfect a clear transparent painting method, which would resemble stained glass. I didn't show until 2003, and it's been non stop ever since.

Is it your full-time job?
Answer: Absolutely! I average no less than 9 hours per day painting.

How do you balance work, and/or your shop, and home?
Answer: Well, the studio is in my home, so it's convenient. I have a fabulous husband, who handles a lot of the running around. The hardest thing for me is to stay off the Etsy site, in order to get things accomplished!

What is your favorite material?
Answer: Well, of course glass and enamels. But after that, I love fabric painting, charcoal, pen and ink, and over the past year, have started to dabble in graphic design.

What inspires you?
Answer: Light refraction....sounds weird...but it's the absolute truth.

Click HERE to visit V Silcox Designs


Anonymous said...

Great interview! The work is beautiful, and I love the way the candle holder casts shadows of the painting around.


Margaret said...

These are so pretty. Very inspirational interview.

5erg said...

Funny i just
hearted this lamp at etsy :D
it's all over the place ! :P

vsilcoxdesigns said... friend. Thank you so very much for featuring me on your beautiful blogsite. You are much appreciated and loved.

LazyTcrochet said...

Great interview! Your work is amazing. I can't imagine traveling or doing shows with so much glass!

vsilcoxdesigns said...

lazyt, it can be quite challenging toting all the glass around, but surprisingly, not as much breakage as you might expect.

Thanks so very much for your kind comments about my work everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bonghi Nautra said...

My pleasure Vickie, your work is amazing and I enjoyed reading your interview so much, Thank you!

Lily said...

Great interview and gorgeous work! Thank you for sharing.

Merka said...

Wonderful feature. I adore V and her shop. Exquisite!