Happy Friday!! The sun is out for the first time in more than a week! And I am so excited about my brand new feature, In the Craftlight, where I plan on featuring a different artist each week. This week, I am very proud to present an immensely talented artist, Briana Morrison. Read the interview and check out her etsy store after that!
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Briana and I live in a small
college town in northern California with my boyfriend Andrew, our two cats, and our roommate Meaghan. I am finishing up my BA in Art Studio this December and will be traveling to Europe for the first time this coming spring. I can't wait! Aside from travel I absolutely love being at home. My goal is to someday be able to support myself as an artist and
photographer so that I can work from my house. Lets see... Some random facts about me are: I love tea & coffee. I feel oddly connected to cats (large and small). I love almost all music but my current obsession is with bluegrass and techno. I really want to learn how to make books and pottery. I can't get enough of antique stores and thrift shopping. Oh, and I would eat sushi every day if I could afford it.
What is your craft?
I am a photographer. In addition to the work I do for my shop The Dizzy Pixie, I work at a portrait studio called Poise Photography here in Chico, CA.
How and when did you get involved in it?
The first time I picked up an SLR was as a senior in high school. I took a beginning photography class for a couple months and fell in love with it right away. Once I started college I stopped shooting for about a year. I was in a really tough place in my life so the next semester I decided to take a photography class to bring a little fun into my schedule. It was in that class that I met my good friend Emily at Love & Laughter and reconnected with my camera. It was then that I switched from majoring in English to Art Studio and started snagging up every opportunity to do photography professionally that I could find.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is "fresh" with a little vintage thrown in. I like to find beauty in the ordinary. I believe a photograph is successful if it makes to think about the place or object and what its story might be. My mind is constantly drifting into and I hope my photos will help others find their way there as well.
Who inspires you?
A lot of my inspiration comes from other contemporary photographers. (I have to thank for that!) I am currently infatuated with Susannah Conway and Welcome, Ghosts.
What inspires you?
Everything! Weather. Music. Love. Life. The sky. Travel. Dreams. Old things. Nature is a huge inspiration lately as well as the actual process of going out and taking the photos. A lot of what I do revolves around the process lately as that's where I find a lot of personal gain.
What are your favorite materials to work with?
As much as I love my I would have to say I am currently loving my new-t0-me SX-70 and my old . Its the process really...you just can't get the same satisfaction out of a digital camera, its too easy or something.
Do you have any particular favorite pieces that you've created?
Lately I've been working on a series of micro leaf photos that I am absolutely loving. I haven't posted any in my shop yet but I'll give you a little sneak peek here. I used a couple negatives from this project to create
cyanotypes and am super happy with the result. I'd like to get some original cyanotype prints on canvas in my shop soon. The only thing delaying me is the weather as sun is needed in order to create these prints and the rainy season just hit.
Where can we find you online?