What can be more interesting than this: paper handmade albums, journals and cards inspired by my surroundings, nature, literature, painting, music and film? Tia O’Connor replied to many of our questions. Hope this will help you understand the beautiful world created by the talented artist.
Tell us about yourself. I graduated from the Music University in Bucharest and for years I sung with the National Chamber Choir of Romania. When I moved to Ireland with my husband I started working as an interpreter and translator. I am a freelancer, so I don’t have to go to an office and have a boss. My schedule tends to be quite unpredictable and hectic, but I still have enough time to experiment and work on my albums.
The last work, book, film, that has moved me was…“Upstairs Downstairs” the latest TV series, set up in the 30’s London, for the lavishing vintage costumes and interiors.
Any designer, jeweler, artist, you appreciate a lot? There are quite a few designers that I appreciate, some I know from etsy, a few are local (Cathy White, for instance, who makes vintage handbags: http://www.facebook.
Your favorite piece of work that gave you satisfaction? When experimenting with new materials and styles, the first book of the new series is most likely to be my favorite
A favorite country whose creativity surprises you is…I cannot name a specific country, it is rather a large area – the orient in general and the Middle East in particular.
How do you select the theme for you works ? Depending on what inspires me, I chose the materials and the theme comes with them.
Apart from creating, what do you do? I work as an interpreter with the Irish Courts and social services and I sing with a choir called “the Mornington Singers”.
Where does your inspiration come from? Literature, painting, fashion, traditional crafts, nature.
What does your work mean to you? It is a way of expressing my personality. I think about new ideas constantly.
Who or what has been most influential in your work? Probably the balkan and middle eastern heritage of my native country, Romania.
When did you know you were an artist / maker? When I was 16 and joined the Romanian children and youth choir Symbol and realized that I wanted to become a professional choir singer. Later on, when I started making albums, I sold them in an antiques shop in Bucharest – they sold very well, and that was a confirmation.
How would you describe your creative process? All about it on my website: http://www.
Where would you like to be in ten years? Perhaps England, living at the seaside or may be in Bath (it’s only wishful thinking).
When you want to relax you…Lay on the sofa and read a book or watch a film.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it? I remember enjoying painting with my sister, when we were children.
What are your favorite materials? Right now I like materials that come in a rough form – things that I pick up on the beach (sea glass, sea pottery, drift wood), handmade paper, combined with luxury quality materials (pearls, swarovsky beads, gold, silver, velvet).
Any tips for selling handmade stuff? As long as your creations are original and unusual, you should have no problems in finding a shop where you can sell your works, you just have to keep looking and trying, be perseverant.