Pamela Huntington is a mixed media artist with a background in fiber arts. As her interests grew, the Connecticut Studio in her home expanded to encompass most of the first floor of her home. Encaustics in the kitchen, art journals and customs books on a big table in the main room, fiber arts in a sewing room and digital arts transformed from old images and photographs in the study. She collects vintage and antique pieces, loves to try new techniques and incorporate them into her designs. Her publications credits include, Belle Armoire, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, and Somerset Gallery. She has taught at Art Fest, Art Unraveled, Art-is-You, Art and Soul and Paper Cowgirl. Her work is in galleries, shops and juried shows. When not working she is likely to be outside on her 15 acres with her dog.. enjoying the inspiration of the woodland.
Pamela Huntingon is teaching two classes for Art-Xscape 2014: Tattered and Frayed Album and Spun Cotton Ornaments. You can see the information on Pamela’s class on her Art-Xscape page. You can see more of Pamela’s work on her website.
AnLiNa Designs: Hi Pamela! I’m so happy to have you on the faculty for Art-Xscape 2014! Tell me, where did you start your artistic journey? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Pamela: I don’t really remember a time in my life when I did not create some form or art. Certainly, it has changed over the years as more mediums and new techniques were learned. But the basic desire or need to create has always been with me.
Even as a young child, I spent time sewing, drawing, painting and trying all different types of art. But, no I did not know that I would be an “artist”. My career took many different paths, from working as a journalist for newspapers to writing for advertising agencies. Over these years, I kept making art, but it was not my main career until later.
AnLiNa Designs: Are you a full time artist? When did you make the leap?
Pamela: My full time art career began about 13 years ago, when some changes in my life allowed me the freedom to pursue the thing which has always mean the most to me.
AnLiNa Designs: Describe your process for starting a new piece. Do you know before you start exactly how the piece will turn out?
Pamela: Most of my work begins with a concept. I work in the studio in my home, which allows me a lot of flexibility on when I choose to work and how long. Once I have the idea in mind, I choose the sub straight or container I want for the piece. I love using specimen boxes for work, pulling collected objects, paper, tiny dresses and old books from the shelves..the piece begins to develop. I never finish a piece in one day, leaving it over night or even for days while I ponder the design. Often it will change many times before the final creation.
AnLiNa Designs: Describe a day in your studio.
Pamela: A day in my studio can be glorious or torture… if all is flowing well.. creating will flow and time will pass, an hour will seem like seconds. On the other hand.. there are some days..when I have to slog through the work and it just does not come easily. On those days, I usually leave the studio and do some digital work.
AnLiNa Designs: Do you have plans for your art in 2014?
Pamela: 2014.. my plans are to create some new work, I love doing gallery pieces and seldom have the time to make these bigger works.. so that would be nice. I have a DVD out and would love to work toward a book and another DVD.
AnLiNa Designs: Do you participate in collaborative projects such as Round Robins?
Pamela: I do very occasionally do round robins… but often I do one-on-one swaps..which is my preference.
AnLiNa Designs: Do you participate in a regular art gathering, crit group, or other face to face meeting for the purpose of discussing art or creating it?
Pamela: I talk to artist friends almost daily, but none live in a proximity where we can get together and talk face to face.. it would be nice though!
AnLiNa Designs: What is your favorite part of teaching?
Pamela: My absolute favorite part of teaching is being with the student artists.. they teach me so much and I am grateful for each time I am with them.
AnLiNa Designs: Thanks Pamela!