quote above is from the introduction to Sandra Evertson's blog, sandraevertson.blogspot:
was a single specific moment in time when it struck me, ' I just might
be an artist!' And I must admit it was quite a relief for me. This
explains everything, it all makes perfect sense now! Those frantic
urges to quickly search out paper and pen, a lack of attention for the
ordinary and the mundane but endless patience and diligence for
anything frivolous or whimsical! Then there are those impulses
bordering on near obsession with all things quirky and impractical. As
my squirreled away misfit collections of the odd and interesting grew
so did the desire to create, the two traveled happily hand in hand..."
Sandra Evertson's joyful personal discovery as she grew into her
artistic life is reflected in her exuberant style. Humor and
sentimentality collide in her many creations, which include altered art
and objects, tableau, dolls, fabric crafts, prints, stamping and
jewelry. In fact, there seem to be no bounds for
her. Still, there are stylistic threads throughout her work;
her love for vintage images and artifacts, her fascination with
juxtaposed techniques and materials, and her storytelling. Sandra
with VintageImageCraft (VIC) in October, 2008, about her inspirations:
VIC: In your
introduction to your book, Fanciful Paper Projects, you trace your collecting gene
back to a childhood urge to save fascinating and sentimental
objects. Can you describe how your art today reflects back on
the things and images you treasure and the stories they hold for
things we choose to collect and save over the many years tell so much
about us; bits of paper, ticket stubs, pressed flowers, gum ball
machine trinkets and prizes, old dolls and toys and, well I could go on
forever. Everything I love and treasure seems to influence
the way I create and the things I create!"
vintage images and
characters you use often take on new and comical meanings. Can you tell
us why you are attracted to the imagery of the past and how you look
for the artistic twists that make them your own?
illustrations, postcards and such, were just so beautifully done. You
details in that artwork that just isn't around anymore. I
really appreciate quality work and it seems to me that those artists
always had hidden messages within a piece. Really, I just try to
capture a little of the humor and fun they passed along to us."
artists and crafters reach for favorite and familiar materials again
and again. I've been struck by the eclectic nature of your
reach, from paper to candy to embroidery to metal crafts. How
do you think about materials in your art and how do you keep your
horizons and supply cabinet so large?
"Ha, Ha, here
is where the "collecting gene" comes in handy! I am
fascinated by so many things, and I tend to get tired of a certain
material if I keep at it too long. When I discover something new it is
very exciting. I like the whole problem-solving thing; it's fun and
keeps me challenged and that keeps me growing as a artist. Besides, I
just figure, life is so short I want to give absolutely everything a
try at least once!"
Fanciful Paper Projects
is as much fun to read as it is
at. Each creation has a story - or a funny
interpretive twist on a visual cliché. Tell us how storytelling plays
into your creative process.
favorite thing, storytelling; it is just freeing! Sometimes the story
comes before the project or sometimes the project rises out of a
story. I never know. It’s funny but, I do feel many times
that I am just along for the ride, the conduit you know, not really in
my control?! So I just go with it. The stories just flow
right in and I have to hurry and write everything down,
sketch it out, lest it escape! I love make believe and if it
can be captured for a brief moment it can create magic!"
VIC: As with
your art, your
two books on
scrapbooking from Instant Memories, Babies and Weddings, are very rich in vintage
images. The page layouts hearken back to Victorian family
scrapbooks. What advice and direction would
you give a scrapper who wants to achieve a vintage look?
antique and thrift store and flea market you can find! Search
through the forgotten bins and boxes under tables; that’s were the
“good stuff” always is. Collect, collect, collect! And use
out of the ordinary things, like old banking receipts, deeds, birth and
wedding certificates, stuff like that. It gives a "family heritage"
feel to your work! The Victorians believed More Is Better - really
that’s all it takes to achieve that look!"
Stampington & Company has carried several exclusive rubber
stamp designs of yours, the Ink Blot Experiment and Fanciful
Gallerie and Dramatis
elements from vintage illustrations with sheer lunacy. What future
do you see for your stamp designs?
lunacy! I LOVE that. I have achieved my goal, and to me no
higher complement could be given! Well, I just wanted some
seriously FUN images to work with and I really didn't see anything on
the market that spoke to me, so I created exactly what I had been
imagining. As for a direction, wow, who knows? I will know it
when it hits me."
written about how
inspired you were by Jo Packham's book about the creative dynamics
between women artists and their workspaces, Where Women
In fact, you'll be authoring a regular column in the new quarterly
magazine based on the book. What kinds of themes and insights
hope to share with readers?
"Well, the Where Women Create
magazine makes its grand debut on
November 1, 2008, and will be available from Stampington
& Co. as well as craft and book stores. As
a matter of
fact, I am attending the launch party at the International Quilt
Festival 2008 in Houston. Many of the artists featured will be there,
signing their issues and meeting and greeting. It is going to be
fantastic; there are so many artists I'm looking forward to
One special section of the magazine is "Where Women Shop," and some
exclusive and wonderfully fabulous art will be offered by the featured
artists. As a contributing writer, I just want to explore the many
different, unique and fun ways to decorate with all the beautiful
artwork everyone is creating!"
VIC: On top
of it all, you serve up a steady stream of visual inspiration
instruction in your blog, www.sandraevertson.blogspot.com. It must take a tremendous
amount of time and creative
energy. I guess I want to ask "how do you do it?", but right now I'm
more curious: "Why do you do it?"
my FAVORITE question I have ever been asked! A steady stream,
huh, tremendous amount of time, yep. Why? Well, it’s simple, it is just
like breathing; I SIMPLY MUST! It is the best way I know of
to express myself, and it's mine, all mine. I can do anything I like in
my little ol' corner of blogland!"