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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Audrey Laine Collection


Audrey Laine Sawyer from Audrey Laine Collection

Audrey Laine Collection
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Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

My work is fairly playful and explorative with a strong nature theme throughout. I make shadowboxes that are a surprising juxtaposition of a big and bold form yet delicate detailed silhouettes. I cast found objects like insects and sharks teeth with true to life details.

I am a metalsmith by trade, and use traditional techniques with a contemporary spin. All of my shapes and imagery is hand cut with a jewelers saw. I incorporate lost wax and found object casting. I have also introduced some powder coated elements to my pieces, injecting some pops of color.

How did you learn your craft?:

Initially I earned a BA with concentrations in painting and graphic design. I worked professionally as a graphic designer and in art galleries for several years, and started making beaded jewelry and embroidered leather bracelets on the side. When I moved to the Asheville area, I enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program, where I finally found my voice as an artist.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

I’m excited to see some of my Asheville faves Seed & Sky and Trista Hudzik Pottery, and to see the work of Gretchen Quinn Pottery and Pamut Apparel.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I love to open the windows and let the world in, sunshine or rain, cool breeze or thick, still humidity. I work in my home studio, mostly solo, though my woodworking husband also has a shop at home and we occasionally collaborate on pieces.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Don’t be afraid to express yourself fully in your work and to take ownership of it. Set your own definition for success.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

There’s so many. Recently a woman at a show kept repeating “puppy paws…you should do puppy paws! That would be great, you know, puppy paws!” (insert Boston accent there)

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