Q+A with Kae Pea

I was first introduced to Kristen Powers’ work years ago when I started stamping (before the internet, even!), and she was a designer for Effie Glitzfinger Rubber Stamps. Her stamps were always my favorites. Years later, I learned that Kristen is the daughter of the couple who ran Effie and she has taken up their mantle with her own Rubbermoon Stamps. Kristen is a delightful artist who works in bright colors and with stamps, stencils and more. She’ll be teaching in Fort Collins at the Community Creative Center July 21-23. Early bird pricing has been extended, so register now!
What’s your favorite new-to-you tool or supply from the past year?
How many hours a day do you work on your art?
I work in the studio a minimum of 8-10 hours per day but I count the business side of things or time spent experimenting as “my art” too!
Tell us about your studio practice
I work a lot. But I am very spontaneous. I may be working on marketing or email or classes or a number of other things, but if I get an idea for a painting or technique and I feel the urge to try it, I will stop what I am doing and go with the flow.
Do you make art on the go? Tell us about your “go bag”.
a sketchbook, watercolors, and a micron pen
Who are some of your favorite artists, living or otherwise?
This is my favorite piece I did while in art school. It is a “master study” of a Matisse drawing. It was one of the first times that I realized I may really be an artist and even though it is a ‘pretty exact replica’ of his work (which was the assignment) I felt I had the ability to move forward and find my own voice.

What’s your favorite work of your own? Will you share a photo?

I don’t have a favorite really. I think almost every piece is a favorite for a while…but I do have a few that are significant or special to me. (yes I am happy to share!)
How do you differentiate your work and your teaching style from that of other instructor artists who do similar things (i.e., other fiber art teachers, other assemblage artists)?
Well, I think the fact that I own and (design for) a stamp company and develop imagery to use as art tools, rather than ‘just a rubber stamp’ sets me apart a bit. I wear many hats and I feel that it makes me able to share and encourage students in many ways other than just in the ‘making’ process.
Do you still have the first piece of art you ever made? What do you think when you look at it?
Hmmm…well, I don’t think I have the ‘first ever’ but I do have the first from art school. I think to myself, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”
What’s your ideal workshop student?
A student who is excited and passionate about creating.
What makes for a great day in a workshop you’re teaching?
Students who are engaged and happy with what they learned and made.
What 5 items do you always have with you when taking or teaching a workshop?
  1. white gesso
  2. graphite pencil
  3. baby wipes
  4. RubberMoon stamps
  5. waterproof ink
What’s your favorite part about teaching workshops?
That I get to share my passion and enthusiasm with others. Making art fills me with so much joy. I want everyone to feel this tingly feeling!
If a student is new to the type of work you do, what would you tell him or her before registering for your workshop?
To leave the inner critic at the door, to not compare yourself to others and to enjoy the process and company of other creatives!
If you’ve taught in Northern CO before, what’s your favorite thing about teaching here?
It is my first time and I am so excited!
When you visit NoCo, do you have any special shops where you like to stop in and browse?
No, but I can’t wait to check it out. I am looking forward to new sights and especially restaurants!
What should a new-to-you artist expect from one of your workshops?
I teach from the heart. Though I am professional and prepared, I have a spontaneous style. It is how I am. I think I am approachable and sharing. I love what I do and  I try to convey that in everything I do.
Of the workshops you’re teaching this year, which is your favorite? Which do you predict will be our favorite?
Oooh that is too hard. I love all of the classes and projects (seriously)! But I think that Paint the Town is really extra cool and will be a hit!
Do you have any surprises in store? Can you give us a hint?
There may be some artsy goodies and swag involved!
What do you wish I had asked you in this interview?
my age. haha. no just kidding.
What’s your favorite word?
When you’re not making art or teaching, what do you do for fun?
Poppin’ Tags! 
Artworks in this article are representative of Kae Pea’s personal work. To see samples of what we’ll be doing in her workshops, please visit her workshops pages here.

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