My name is Kelly Fleek, you can see my visual art at www.kellyfleek.com and listen to my music at www.facebook.com/thespiderferns. I am a maker of many things and I work in various art forms as a means of self expression and exploration.
My DIY weapons of choice are virtually anything I can get my hands on from day to day. I love to draw and paint on recycled paper grocery bags and I create sculptures with yarn and up-cycled thrift store fabric. I have an obsession with finding the 'perfect' pair of scissors and I enjoy finding cast away pieces of plywood for my large scale abstract paintings. Often, I grab my bass guitar and microphone to give a voice to my world.
I live in an incredibly inspiring world at the base of a small mountain in the Pacific Northwest. I need only step outside my door to experience nature in it's utmost splendor. I left the city 11 years ago to allow myself the space to create without the distractions of urban living. I habitually collect and read vintage encyclopedias and books on nature. I love the imagery and the fearless descriptions of our world and I find the smell of old books intoxicating.
After a long day of making work which currently involves knitting another wearable sculpture for my new series 'Nature Drag', I retreat to my music studio for band practice with my husband and best friend Alton. Then I hang out with my amazing daughters, now 16 & 20 years old, and we read to each other in front of the woodstove. We are currently reading Erin Morgemstern's book 'The Night Circus'.
When I think about starting a new project, I doodle endlessly, I freestyle knit, making the patterns as I go, stopping only to do a little math here an there along the way. I most frequently sketch on bills that I do not feel like paying or on the back of my 16 year old daughters graded homework.
The best part about running my own business is that I have headspace to myself and the ability to express my creativity on my own timeline, as well as being able to interact with my family and be outdoors when I desire. My advice to anyone about to start their own business is don't panic, the worst case scenario is that you start over, and that in itself can be a great adventure.
If I wasn't a working artist, I would go back to professional baking, I love baking cakes! I am a happy vegan who believes in food subterfuge! No one argues when their mouth is full of delicious food. Nothing feels better than sitting down to a delicious meal with friends and family and unveiling a beautiful cake.
I believe in the interconnectedness of everything that I do. I do not separate the baking of a cake from the completion of a song or having a new knitted sculpture on my needles. In that way, I will never stop creating, It is part of who I am entirely.
The first thing I do when I wake up is have my morning espresso & toast while I answer my emails and complete my 'office work' in bed another perk of working for myself.
My favorite smartphone app is Instagram hands down. I have even begun a new photographic series that you can find on my website that all began with Instagram. My Instagram moniker is of course, knitfreestyle.
My favorite movies to watch when I am feeling down are the first installments of Star Wars and the original Star Trek television series. I also always turn to my friend an colleague, Audiosapian for the perfect music to shift my mood.
My favorite new phrase came to me while working as a visiting artist in a local high school. When describing my creative process, I referred to my work as 'Emotional Architecture'
My least favorite word is Bored. I do not experience bordom....ever.
The fictional characters I most relate to are Molly Weasley and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. My family and my children's friends compare me to a synthesis of the two, extremely flattering actually.
My favorite artists and Makers are Man Ray, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Shepard Fairey, Ilaria Margutti, Cookie A and Celine Dupuy.
My favorite thing about creating work is processing my life, thoughts, and emotions in a constructive and positive way.
You can enjoy my sculptures in action along with my music in the video 'The Happiest Sound' for my band the spider ferns.
[photos courtesy of Kelly Fleek]