Michele Lynch is a talented artist who is teaching two classes at ADAA 2013, her large and small Steampunk Souls. She is new to teaching, but not to the creative process. I’m thrilled to have her as part of the ADAA faculty! Michele has been published in Art Doll Quarterly (Fall and Winter 2012) and in Sommerset Studio (Fall 2012). She describes her background for me as a circuitous path.
AnLiNa Designs: Hi Michele, please tell me how you arrived at this point in your creative journey.
Michele: I’ve been experimenting with different mediums for as long as I can remember, trying to find my own style. It wasn’t until I took a job in management in a stress-filled corporation that I allowed myself to just create exactly what my heart told me to create. When I did that, my heart sang with creativity. All of the different mediums I had experimented with came together into the artwork that I create today. My work is available on my website www.michelelynchart.com, on my blog http://michelelynchart.blogspot.com/ and in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/michelelynchart. I will admit that since Facebook has come around, I’m more active on there then my blog or website! I love interacting with people and I think that it fills that need for interaction more than a blog or website. Look me up on Facebook! Either my personal page or I have an art page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-Lynch-Art/177238942307655?ref=hl
AnLiNa Designs: How did you discover doll-making and sculpture?
Michele: I discovered doll making years ago when polymer clay was new and when the internet became available (yup now I’m really dating myself!).
AnLiNa Designs: What media do you like to work with and why?
Michele: I work with a 2 part epoxy, called Aves Apoxie Sculpt. I like the strength it provides and that it does not have a negative reaction to any paint or varnish that you use on it.
AnLiNa Designs: Have you made the transition to full-time artist? Are you selling your work anywhere?
Michele: Yes, I have finally made the leap to full-time artist. I sell my work online and at galleries both in the US and internationally.
AnLiNa Designs: When you start a new project, how do you start?
Michele: I usually start with the idea and sketch it out, then I plan out what mixed media pieces I will be adding to the doll. Next I build some kind of armature.
AnLiNa Designs: Where do you find your inspiration?
Michele: I get inspiration from thrift stores, antique stores, fairy tales, dreams, movies,…really just about anything. I keep a sketch book that I jot down ideas or a quick sketch. My family tells me, it’s a scary place inside my head, LOL.
AnLiNa Designs: What are your favorite materials to work with?
Michele: Other than epoxy and paint, I don’t have a particular favorite material. I love all materials! When I see a vintage object that I love, I try to figure out how I’m going to incorporate that piece into the next piece of artwork.
AnLiNa Designs: Who is your favorite artist and why?
Michele: This is a tough question; there are so many wonderfully talented artists out there! I would say Mark Ryden, Tim Burton, and Kathie Olivas top my list.
AnLiNa Designs: Is there a famous work of art (visual, performance or musical) that you want to interpret in a doll?
Michele: Wow good question. I had never really thought of that…now you have me thinking! I have seen Wicked several times and think that could inspire a doll.
AnLiNa Designs: What do you think makes a retreat a valuable experience to participate in, both as a teacher and as a student?
Michele: I think there is nothing better to fill the well of your creative soul than meeting new people and sharing a creative experience, very inspiring!
AnLiNa Designs: My last question: Describe a day in your class room and your favorite part of teaching.
Michele: I’m new to teaching so I can only say what I wish for, and that is an abundance of creativity. I don’t want students to make a doll exactly like mine (of course if you want to that’s fine too), I want everyone to think outside of the box, because I think that is when creativity is at its highest. That’s when the magic happens and the unique artist in the student shines through.
AnLiNa Designs: Thanks so much Michele! Have a Happy New Year!