Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where in NZ you're based? How does your environment influence your artistic process?
I’m based in Canterbury, New Zealand. The environment has a big influence on my artistic process, I’m almost wholly driven by what mine or my mums garden presents to me, natural patterns and colour especially.
What sparked your interest in art, and how did you begin your artistic journey? Were there any particular experiences or mentors that shaped your approach?
I have been fascinated with photography since I was a child, and before that I was at my happiest drawing as a preschooler. I guess it has always been a part of me, so never takes much to spark, I studied fine arts at Canterbury Uni and though having some breaks from time to time, have always taken my hand and eye to creating.
What themes or concepts do you find most compelling in your artwork? Are there specific sources of inspiration that consistently inform your creations?
In a nutshell, botanicals. Pattern Colour Light
Could you describe the mediums and techniques you commonly use in your work? How do these choices contribute to the overall aesthetic of your pieces?
Still life photography, mainly, with Natural lighting.
Can you walk us through your creative process from ideation to completion? Do you have any specific rituals or practices that help you get into a creative flow?
Nothing specific or any habits, but it is always the idea that I can’t shake, it ends up marinading for a while - months, years - until I find the best way to execute.
For the specific design featured in our book, what is the story or concept behind it? Are there any personal or cultural elements incorporated into the artwork?
Nz flora and fauna
What are your aspirations as an artist? Are there specific milestones or projects you're currently working towards?
A new series of botanical portraits. Possibly with a side of pottery that I’m also dabbling in.
How do you hope your artwork resonates with people who encounter it? Is there a particular emotion or message you aim to evoke in your audience?
Joy and nostalgia.
Where can we follow your journey?!
@staceyweaverstudio on Instagram and Facebook staceyweaverstudio.co.nz Thank you!!