För några år sedan upptäckte jag den australiensiska konstnären Tiel Keivl-Seevers. Hon gör fantastiska bilder, tycker jag. Och, jag har fått många frågor om de tavlor som hänger på min vägg. Nu är jag glad att bli den första (och enda) i Sverige som kan erbjuda hennes konst. Alla prints kommer i begränsad upplaga och har standardformat (A3, A4). Läs min intervju med Tiel nedan och kolla på hennes utvalda prints på ZAKKA, min webshop.
Tiel, tell me, who are you?
My name is Tiel Seivl-Keevers. I live in Brisbane, Australia. I work from my studio that is apart of my home where i live with my husband, two children and two dachshunds, Sizzles and Sesame.
What do you do for a living?
I am an artist and part time graphic designer . I paint, draw, design, and illustrate.
Have you always been an artist?
I have always been creative from a young age. Some of my strongest childhood memories are of tactile and visual experiences. We were taught basic maths at a young age with Cuisenaire Rods and it is the colours I remember more so than the counting. The memory of making my Paper Maché elephant in year 1 or my grandfather teaching me how to crochet.
I have worked as a teacher within the arts so I guess I have always wanted to work within the creative industry, but I don’t think it was until I turned 40 when I truly felt confident to say ‘I am an artist’.
Where do you find inspiration?
Nature is a huge influence for me. I am very earth bound and have a strong connection with the environment. I live in a country where there is so much variety within our landscape. Although my home town is fairly stable re its seasons, (it’s mostly hot and sometimes hot and wet), I crave variation within the flora of each month. I grew up in the southern parts of Australia where it gets much colder. The change within each living plant excites me. I go a little crazy when see real Autumn or when it rains after it has been incredibly dry for so long. I also have a strong love of textiles, traditional textile techniques and pattern making.
What is your favourite subject?
I think if I had to choose just one natural element it would be leaves. They come in all shapes and sizes. I collect them on walks, I pick them up from streets or parks in foreign countries. I love their intricacies and watching them grow and die.They seem to have a language all of their own.
What is your favorite medium?
Paper. You can do amazing things with it.
What is your dream project?
I would love one day to work on a large scale painting that would not only include paint, but modern tapestry techniques. That combination of fibre arts and fine arts. And maybe to work with textiles, a collaboration with a designer would be fun.
Thank you, dear Tiel, for sharing your thoughts with us!