I’m excited to kick off the New Year with an artist interview with printmaker Cassie Byington! You can check out Cassie’s work on her Etsy shop and follow her on Instagram.
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art? How did you get into printmaking?
I think I have loved art in general for as long as I can remember. In high school, art class was the highlight of my day. But imposter syndrome set in soon after and I didn’t really create art again until after I got my BA in History.
I minored in Art History which helped reignite my interest in art. I think it was learning about Andy Goldsworthy in my Art 101 class that really helped me re-frame how to think about art. He would create simple yet beautiful things out of nature which would inevitably break down soon after he made it. And I realized that he was doing it for the process, the purity of creation, and that is the motivation I wanted to have.
Well, I wasn’t sure what medium I wanted to pursue until I saw block printed art in a museum a couple years ago. They also displayed the blocks themselves and I loved seeing all that texture, the process was so evident, I loved it. I thought, I can totally do that! So I bought a small printmaking kit soon after and just kept going.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It’s hard to pinpoint my inspiration because I feel like it comes from so many places. I think I started out making art that I wanted to have in my home but wasn’t finding it elsewhere. I craved simple but effective images in a world that is over-saturated and over-designed. I love mid-century modern/ Scandinavian design for this reason.
Do you have any fun projects in the works or in the back of your mind for the new year?
I really want to get into fabric printing more, especially kids clothing. Being a toddler mom, I have noticed that simple yet interesting kids clothing is hard to come by. Fabric is more temperamental so it will be interesting!
How has selling on Etsy been going since you started your shop?
Selling on Etsy is hard, it takes forever to gain a following, and I don’t feel like I really have one on Etsy yet. The best way to go about it is promote yourself on other platforms such as Instagram, that seems to be working for me!
Do you like to listen to music while you create? What are some good listens you’d recommend?
I loooove Spotify premium and I will try to convert everyone I meet. It really depends on my mood! Sometimes I listen to 80’s hits or sometimes ambient instrumental music. I think every creative should explore the “Focus” category on Spotify, lots of great playlists in there.
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