ABOUT WOMEN OF ARTS.
WOA - WOMEN OF ARTS IS A PLATFORM FOR ALL FEMALE CREATIVES.
FEMALE REPRESENTATION IN EVERY CREATIVE FIELD IS UNDERESTIMATED.
INDULGE INTO THE WORLD OF ALL FEMALE TALENT CURATED ON THIS WEBSITE.
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WOA IS FOUNDED BY LIEVE OTTEN.
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Ever since I was a small kid I was interested in 'creativity' not necessarily art but mainly just the act of creating. Something that comes from within myself and something that gives me the power to make whatever I want to make. I would say that I started to develop a interest in art itself when I was around the age of 13, I was just going to high school and as all teenagers 'trying to find myself' and what I like doing. Since that age I became heavily invested in the art that I was going to make and from that point on I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in art.
After graduating high school I've applied to an art academy. Scary as it was the field of study that I choose that year wasn't my calling, so after one year of doing that specific study I switched to another category on the art academy. I went from doing Fine Art to Graphic Design which is currently what I'm still doing today.
But I didn't neglect my more autonomous/ Fine Art side. Outside school I'm busy with creating whatever I want and not everything that I make has to do with Graphic Design. I keep everything in balance this way.
In 2018 I started my own small business called 'Noisyvelvetness' or as it is now called 'Studio Noisyvelvetness'. I wanted a place where I would also sell my work but also make a more professional environment for me and my art. Without judgment I can post whatever I want on my website.
As what do I define myself?
I define myself more as a visual artist. I can't imagine calling myself one certain thing because my art and everything I do is all very different. I think that not putting myself in a certain category gives me a lot of freedom to be able to create without restricting myself and my imagination.
What inspires me the most?
I do have subjects that spark my interest when I am making my art , I am interested in the way color creates forms and some of my illustrations have undertones of political statements and subjects going on in our society. No matter what I am doing I would say that the aesthetic plays a huge role in making work for Noisyvelvetness , I would even say that the aesthetic is what makes it a work of Noisyvelvetness. But at the same time I'm really just the type of person that goes with the flow and eventually will see where I take myself. Often times I don't have a certain inspiration it comes along itself.
What am I working on now?
I'm currently working on more digital stuff, like digital drawings and stuff like that. Off course it's something that a lot of people do in this day and age. I was someone who didn't want to work digital because I would feel like it didn't represent me as an artist, however my interests change almost every single day and I've taken a lot of interest in it lately.
But no matter what I always make sure that somehow I have a balance of more than one thing. I may be focusing more on doing digital stuff with my art but at the same time I'm working on projects that involve doing stuff by hand. Like screen printing etc.
What is my cultural background and does this have a connection with the work I make?
My cultural background has got some stuff to do with what I make. I come from this dead ass city in the Netherlands where honestly nothing special is happening with art or creatives. I sometimes feel stuck in this city because everything is so limited. I am limited by the options that are here so I'm making my own options. At times this is frustrating because not everyone cares that much about it, but at the same time even if just some people like my art that is already enough for me.
I think that my background makes me want to create even more because I sometimes create as an escape from reality. Imagining myself coming from a different city or continent. So in a sense I'm also very Utopian and that is something U can definitely tell from my own work.
How do I get in the right workflow?
I think that for me, yes I deal with art blocks and stuff like that but often times it is just a case of starting. I get more inspiration to make more when I'm already doing it, it makes me motivated to try out new things. Once U get in the mindset of creating U just have to do it.
Why did I decide to make a platform for all female creatives?
This came from within myself actually. Doing research for school and wanting to find someone who I as a young female can identify myself with. Whenever I was doing research it was so hard for me to find female artists/creatives other than the classic ones like Frida Kahlo & Yayoi Kusama I just couldn't find any female talent that had the opportunity to tell about their work and get any representation. Even though I literally go to an art academy where more than half of the students are female and are talented as heck. I just know that this is the same for other art academy's as well, I believe that if more female artists get the chance to get some representation even if they are just students the equality in the art world would change drastically.
And that's where WOA- Women Of Arts takes a role. By just giving a small interview about questions that probably a lot of people want to ask but never ask and giving them a platform to be able to place this interview, the representation level of females will go up.
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