Tuesday, May 31, 2011

art talk with Abbey of Aesthetic Outburst

Name, age, hometown, blog/website

Abbey Hendrickson
Owego, New York

When did you first discover your creative talents?

My parents are both very creative and have always encouraged my creative pursuits. As a child, I also had a babysitter who let us draw all over her basement walls. We still keep in touch with her and when I went to visit a few years ago, all of the drawings that I had made when I was four or five-years-old were still there. It was kind of magical to see walls absolutely covered in marks that I made thirty years ago! That creative freedom had a tremendous impact on me.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated to create?

It sounds so cliché, but inspiration is everywhere. I thought it would be more difficult to find inspiration when we moved to my rural hometown, but our move has had the opposite effect. There just aren’t as many distractions here and, after taking some time to settle into life here again, it’s great!
As far as motivation goes, two very young children keep me on task on a daily basis. Having interests and a career are important to me and I’m trying to set an example for our kids. My husband and I are always working on some kind of project and try to get our kids involved whenever possible.

How would you describe your style?

The best way to describe my style is ‘organized eclectic’. That description applies to my artwork, the way our house looks, and the way I dress.

Who are some people that have inspired your work?

My husband, Phil Hendrickson- http://www.philliphendrickson.com/, is my biggest source of inspiration. We’re also extraordinarily lucky to have a group of smart, creative, and interesting friends. Also, as I mentioned, my parents are really creative and are never afraid to tackle a DIY project.

What is something funny that's happened to you recently?

Our three-year-old and one-year-old do something funny every single day. I can’t think of a specific moment, but laughter is definitely a priority at our house.

How do you bridge the gap between creating and running a business?

Hmmmm…I don’t have a good answer to this question. The simple answer is that I don’t. Finding balance is not something that comes to me very naturally, so I’m constantly trying to figure out ways to bridge that gap.

Describe yourself in 5 words.


Any advice for aspiring artists/designers?

Be authentic and keep your chin up. It isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it.

Thank you, Abbey!  I love love love your work!  If you'd like to see more of Abbey's work and beautiful projects, check out her flickr page.

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xx, Dawn

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