I have worked with found objects and wood since childhood and find it hard to resist. The drive may have to do with a wish to communicate visually, a desire to preserve the beauty in carefully crafted but discarded objects, or perhaps simply from the reaffirming smell of freshly cut wood.
I learned to love working with my hands from my father, a pilot, who was also an accomplished mechanic and woodworker. I was introduced to welding as a teenager by the aircraft mechanics at the local airport. Initially, I welded to build and repair cars, but quickly became enamored with the amazing strength and beauty of welded metal structures and started welding for the sheer joy of the creative process.
When I say a great number of different subjects inspire my work, I am not simply making a vague generalization. There are too many subjects, perhaps. I am forever full of racing thoughts, usually with my attention in hot pursuit. It’s the reason why I often work in a short series-based format, and why I have seven different ongoing series of work at the moment.
Growing up in Durham was an adventure. There was a quality to it that you could not find in any other city. It had a starving artist charm that drew you in and kept you here, no matter how hard the lifestyle could be. This place challenged me to become an artist and represent the growing culture that Durham is quickly creating for itself. After leaving Durham for a few years to attend East Carolina University and acquire my BFA in sculpture it wasn’t hard to make the decision to return to my hometown.
Kara Garrett is an artist living and working in Durham, NC. She began her art degree in 1989 in the BFA program at Arizona State University before taking a 17-year hiatus from her education to raise her two sons. Kara now holds a BA in Studio Art with a focus in printmaking from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2014). She has had her prints featured in a solo show at the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery in Wilmington, NC, as well as several group shows. She works mostly in screen printing and relief but also prints using varied intaglio processes.
I am a native of Durham NC and a graduate of North Carolina Central University, and I have been creating Art and Pottery in Durham since 2012. I am self taught and have been working as a full time potter since 2013. My work has been featured at The Nasher, Claymakers, The Chapel Hill Art Gallery, The Carrboro ArtsCenter, GreenHill, Burlington Arts Center, and The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove North Carolina.
David S. Huber has been working as a full-time freelance artist since 2007. Since 2012, he has making fine artisan pipes made of Mediterranean briar. David’s work has been the feature of an eight-page spread in Pipes & Tobaccos magazine, and has been interviewed as an industry expert guest on both radio and print. His work has drawn the attention of many highly revered pipe artisans and collectors in the world.
I am still trying to define the word ‘artist’ or even to accept the title for myself. In my work I just try to give a different meaning and function to objects that I find. I work mainly with recycled metal and wood. I also experiment with a medium that I call photographic sculpture, which challenges the boundaries of 2D photography.
I was an artist at the age of five, when I started copying the Sunday Comics in my hometown of Holly Springs, North Carolina. I followed my passion for art through school and completed an art degree at East Carolina University. A simple soapstone carving made me fall in love with the ability to shape one of the hardest materials on Earth with my own hands; I knew I would be a sculptor.
Originally I trained and worked as a MD in Europe. After moving to the United States I started to explore my artistic side. I took welding and metal working classes and started my apprenticeship with Jimmy Alexander, Blacksmith and then chair of the NC Abana Association. I have been welding, forging and casting metal ever since.
Graduating from college with a degree in Metalsmithing has led to many delightful adventures where I learned from the best jewelry and lapidary teachers in the country. Studying and apprenticing under several master jewelers, I have learned that having a great teacher makes all the difference. My passion, fascination and addiction to gemstones, moving metal and playing with fire is apparent in the variety of techniques I use in my jewelry studio.
My love for the natural beauty of nature stems from growing up in the rolling hills of North Carolina. I’ve spent my life enjoying the great outdoors and all it has had to offer from being a youth in scouting through my adulthood as an avid camper, hiker, backpacker. I walk through the woods looking for the unusual features of trees wondering how they might look as an art object, bowl, platter, of even a walking stick.
The first time I saw a letterpress shop, I knew I was doomed. Luckily for me, a fascination that began when I was 19 has turned into a career as a printer.
I love working on machines that have their own histories that I feel only add to what I can do with them. I love the smell of the ink and the feel of working with type or polymer and the tactile process and result of feeding paper into a press.