Paula McGurdy, the amazing artist who works with paper that I introduced you to on Saturday, agreed to answer my questions below.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you live.
I was born and breed in Dublin, Ireland but moved to the UK with my No 1 squeeze a few years ago. We live in London with our lil’ man who is now 10 months old and all go! We really love it here, London has so much to offer. There’s always something going on, some show to see, gallery to visit, fantastic bars and restaurants and culture to beat the band! So for the moment this is home, but I have romantic notions of returning to the emerald Isle in a few years time! I studied Drawing in University of the Arts, Camberwell here in London and graduated a couple of years ago. Since then I’ve had a few shows in various galleries and have been concentrating on that and motherhood!
Where do you create your items?
I create my work in my ‘studio’ which is just a fancy way of me saying a desk in the corner of our apartment! I often joke that I’m heading out to the studio and hope the traffic won’t be too bad! I had a ‘proper’ studio I shared with another artist before the little one arrived. But at the moment a space at home is perfect, as time is of the essence for me to grab an hour here or there to work. It’s then I sit down and get something done or all too often get sucked into looking at etsy!
What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I think any of the pictures with the red heart as it is reminiscent of pieces I did for my degree show. Also, the picture titled ‘Vera’ as
the pinhole image is based on a photo of my Dad and my Auntie Vera, who has since passed away. She was a lovely old lady that I was always
in awe of. She owned a haberdashery shop, a real step back in time, that I used to love to visit. She was a very attractive and glamorous
lady with a great sense of humor. I have very fond memories of her.
Apart from creating beautiful pieces, what else do you do?
Why thank you for the compliment!! I work in a a very well know art gallery in London. It sounds more glamorous than it is, I’m mainly
behind a desk, but would love to have my work on the walls. Oh perhaps one day. It’s good to dream, who knows what will happen!!
Any advice on selling things handmade?
Be true to yourself! I have often thought about changing my work to cater to what the masses want, but then I think I want to be happy and
enjoy what I’m doing, not just make things for others taste.
What are your future aspirations for your business?
I would love to make a full time living from creating art I enjoy, and to have my own proper, grown up studio space. This is my dream!
Why do you think buying handmade is important?
In today’s culture, there are so many homogeneous things out there, so to me it’s like a treat for the eyes when you come across something
unique, a one off. It’s special knowing no one else has exactly the same, there are no mass productions. I love that uniqueness!
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