MEET SADIE, TWW’S YOUNGEST ARTIST!
In an effort to feature Tanglewood Works’ awesome artists, our blog will periodically include a “Ten Questions” interview with a different artist. Our first is with Sadie, who we sat down with about a week ago to learn more about her inspirations, favorite creations and other hobbies. Read on to hear how this 10 year old approaches her craft and some advice she has for others!
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TWW: How did you become interested in art and creating new things out of old materials?
Sadie: I became interested when my Mom was creating different pieces of art, and I saw her and wanted to give it a try.
TWW: So, how long ago was that?
Sadie: Basically, all of my life.
TWW: How did you get the idea to make hand-dyed coasters?
Sadie: One time when my Mom was working with glass and mason jars. Then, she started with some tiles, and I decided I wanted to try that.
TWW: What goes into making them?
Sadie: I get the tiles from Community Forklift. First, I clean the tiles. Then, I paint an image. Once I’m done with the image, I let it dry. Then, I draw the side outline, and I add felt to the bottom. Then, I add a layer of coating to protect the image and leave it to dry. Then, I add another layer of coating and leave it to dry. Then, I add one last layer of coating and leave it to dry. To complete one set, it takes around 3 hours.
TWW: From where do you draw inspiration for your projects (for example, the design on the coaster or even the project of the coasters themselves)?
Sadie: Some from my surroundings (and the colors that I have) and looking at different design aesthetics.
TWW: What are your favorite colors to use in your designs?
Sadie: The blues and the reds.
TWW: What are some of your favorite salvage or upcycled creations?
Sadie: The coasters are fun, especially the flower ones that I made. They took a lot of tries, but those tries ended up making a set. I also like to dye mason jars. I really just like the colors, mixing them and getting different designs each time.
TWW: When you’re not working on awesome upcycling projects, what would we find you doing?
Sadie: You would probably find me bouncing on the trampoline, playing on the tight rope or zipline, swinging on the tire swing, or playing roblox (a social online game).
TWW: When you get older, what do you want to do professionally?
Sadie: Be a professional sports player (lacrosse player) or artist, doing sketches or what I am doing now.
TWW: What are some words of advice or encouragement that you would share with other young artists?
Sadie: Every mistake is another piece of art.