January 31, 2009

helen dardik : artists who blog

Helen's website: www.oneluckyhelen.com
Helen's blog: www.orangeyoulucky.blogspot.com

Why did you decide to start a blog?

There are a few good reasons that led me to blog land. The main ones are: self promotion, easy archiving, instant gratification (reader comments) and virtual human contact. I work alone (out of my home office) and for most part, there's no one to turn to and say -" Look!" Blogging really fills that hole.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I love orange and... I need a constant reminder of how lucky I am... and Oh, that funny first generation Macintosh computer joke always cracked me up: knock knock... who's there... orange... orange who... orange you glad you bought a Macintosh? ha ha! Very juvenile... but I like it.

How has blogging affected your work as an artist/designer?

Somedays it pushes me. 'Get up and do something creative!' it tells me. It keeps me in creative shape. A blog is like a demanding garden. You must water it regularly, weed and nourish. It will grow. It will bring fruits and flowers.

What are your favorite artist/designer blogs? Why?

Heather Moore - I love her aesthetic, her sense of color and pretty much her everything.
Print and Pattern - Bowie has always got something new and interesting to show:)
Jenn Ski - She's an endless source of information, a talented designer and a vintage diva.

I'm also crazy about - Grain Edit, Matte Stephens, Whorange, and many many more:)

Why do you think blogs have now become so popular with artists and designers?

In most part, artists and designers are eccentric people. Blogs help them find like-minded people and connect. Plus, it's a sneak peak into someone else's world and a generous source of inspiration.

Do you have any advice for artists/designers who are starting a blog?

Make sure it doesn't feel like a chore! Have fun and keep it up.

What has been the most positive and inspirational aspect of having a blog for you?

All the talented people I've met. All the kind feedback I get. All the sweet comments and entertaining stories that come my way.

What do you find the most difficult/most rewarding part of having a creative profession?

The most difficult part for me is the instability of the business. You never know when the project/money is coming. It's difficult to plan out / budget ones life. However, that problem is completely overshadowed by the excitement I go through every time I get a new project or make a new pattern.

Other than your blog, what has been the most effective way for you to promote your art/design?

I have a bunch of wonderful reps in Lilla Rogers Studio, and they do a fantastic job promoting my work. Once a year I get a postcard sent out with my work, and for the last 2 years I've been to Surtex (a NYC trade show).

How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

I don't always 'maintain' that balance. It's a tight rope, and sometimes... well, I fall.
I like working so much... especially if the project is very interesting and I just forget about time and eating... I do get the 'guilties' all the time.... and than I go on mad make it up for everybody sprees. One thing that is helping me to get away from it all and bring back the healthy balance is the 'going out' every Friday. I do it no matter what - deadlines and all else aside.

What are your main goals for 2009?

This year I would love to:
* organize and de-clutter (to reduce stress and last minute crazies)
* sleep more.
* spend more time with my girls:)
* write and illustrate a book for my girls.
* translate some of my patterns into fabric.

Thanks Helen!


Barbara Brown said...

man i would love to see her prints on fabric, i'm sure a lot of people would. her art instantly made me think of author J.Otto Seibold's illustrations. i am loving your interviews.getting introduced to other artists i would never find on my own.

Jacqueline said...

Such a great feature! I love Helen's work! Great interview! Thanks for your well wishes...im feeling alot better now. n__n Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Btw, i love your work too..so beautiful! Hearted your shop. n__n

Victoria said...

What a wonderful artist! I hope Helen does get into fabric design, as I think her style would be a fabulous and fresh contribution to what's out there.

Vana said...

how cool! I love these series. It seems that most of us blog for the same reasons:) found you via Mrs. French's blog...which BTW i love.

madame M. said...

I just discover your blog ! I think it's a very good & interesting idea ! thank you :)

Dee Beale said...

Very talented lady, great interview.

Billy said...

Thanks for the interview! I already followed Helen´s blog but reading about her was great. Thanks again, Stephanie!

sandra said...

i loved seeing helen's work, it's new to me! this blog is fabulous, stephanie. great idea to make it a blog of its own :)

heather smith jones said...

It's so nice to meet Helen, she's given me new insight into blogging. :)

Thanks ladies!

jess gonacha said...

i looooooove helen's work!! and i love the new site, stephanie-- it looks awesome!

aimee said...

a wonderful feature, stephanie! i'm an admirer of helen's work for several reasons - the first, obviously, for her talent and beautiful illustrations, but also for her ability to manage her career while raising young children, and for her willingness to share bits of her life and creative process on her blog. she could probably design in her studio 24/7 and still need more time to satisfy the demand for her work, yet she still finds time to connect with her readers and other artists. i find it very refreshing that she acknowledges her gratitude for being able to create and for what she has. it's totally evident in her work - her designs burst with optimism and happiness. i have no idea how she manages it all, but wow, she is inspiring!

Cicada Studio said...

FINALLY I've gotten around to reading this. I'm so interested in Helen's perspective, because for me, she's the one who's "got it all together". So glad to hear that we have some things in common. What a talent and a sweetheart to boot. A true inspiration.

I enjoyed this!

Michelle Dransart (Shell) said...

I just found this blog, and I love it! Its so inspiring to read about other artist who blog! I am an artist who just began the blogging process in October of last year. I absolutely adore reading about other artist's creative processes, but have been a bit shy blogging mine. My goal for this year is to be more open, and therefore write with a bit more intimacy (I tend to be very short and sweet in my blog)and also blog more often.
Maybe one day I will have the honor to be a guest on this fabulous blog. In behalf of all the other blogging artists out there, thank you for you interviews!
Be well, ~Shell

jean benabou said...

I really enjoyed reading the article and can relate to all the reasons for blogging.
Fantastic work!

Lara Brehm said...

i love helen's work and it makes me happy everytime I read something about her life and how she gets all the nice patterns and designs done! :) thank you for the interview!

BFArt School Girl said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

rezhead said...

i also thought of j otto seibold and growing up in the late 50s and early sixties... awesome artist!

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