~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Andrea Ockey Parr ~*~

What does mixed media mean to you?
To me, mixed media means the freedom to combine any sort of materials in any way you believe is best.  It’s an eclectic and thoroughly liberating term that encompasses anything our heart and our hands want to put together.

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How long have you been a mixed media artist?
My art has taken a mixed media turn over the past four years, but I’ve been a glue-dabbler and colorer since I was a kid.

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How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has enhanced my life by becoming a companion of sorts.  There have been phases when my husband would work long hours and I’d be home alone.  Making art was a way to feel like I had company and was doing something worthwhile with my time.

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What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
My favorite go-to mixed media supplies are gesso, paint, gel mediums, fabric, inks and stamps.

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Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Some of my favorite mixed media artists include Roben-Marie Smith, Kelly Rae Roberts, Susan Lenart Kazmer and Viv, aka Hensteeth.

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Tell us about your creative process.
My creative process varies depending on whether or not I have a “vision.”  These visions usually come at inconvenient, although still welcome, times such as in the shower or right before I fall asleep.  If I have a mental visual of something I want to create, it’s easier to get started even if the end result doesn’t turn out how I imagined.  If I haven’t got a vision, I’ll keep thinking and squinting and looking at pretty places and things until something strikes me.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll force myself to sit in my craft space and pull out random supplies in the hopes that it will ignite some enthusiasm to start something…anything!

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What makes your mixed-media art unique?
My mixed media art is unique because it is unpredictable and happy and colorful.  I enjoy working with whatever I’m drawn to at the time and don’t mind that I’m a “phaser.”  If I get sick of a technique or a material, I’m fine to move on to something else.  Hopefully this keeps my style fresh and unexpected, even to myself.

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Where can we find you?
You can find me at my blog, my Etsy shop, or on Pinterest.

Andrea O. Parr-001 Andrea Ockey Parr is a self-proclaimed literary nerd and eternal librarian who gets giddy about Shakespeare and yarn. Her artsy style is whimsical and colorful with some stringy and straggly elements mixed in. She loves layering all sorts of elements and her favorite mediums to work with are paper, stamps, ink, paint and fabric. Her creations have been featured in several publications, including cover art, in such magazines as Cloth Paper Scissors, Stuffed, Somerset Studio, SEW Somerset, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations and The Stampers’ Sampler. She has also served on several prominent Design Teams and enjoys teaching local crafting classes.

4 Responses to ~*~ Mixed Media May ~*~ Andrea Ockey Parr ~*~

  1. butterfly says:

    I’m a massive fan of Andrea’s… and seeing her creations all in one go like this makes me realise afresh just why that is – such imagination, creativity, originality – not to mention life, colour, movement and fun – in every make. How lovely to read some more about her creative process as well as revisit these stunning pieces of mixed media art – wowzer!
    Alison x

  2. Michelle says:

    I could not have said it better than Alison did above. Andreas creations are not only lovely to look at, but they make my heart sing. Such lovely pieces!

  3. Lynn Kopas says:

    Such lovely pieces of art! Thanks for sharing your process! I love your use of fabric in your work!

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