Britt Bass‘ work is inspired by the “grand and small.” The shapes and colors she uses are derivative of “everything from the shadows reflected onto buildings to the way the mountains meet the sea.”
The aqueous media she works in successfully portray these inspirations. Britt’s paintings are done in one or a combination of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastels, pencils, inks and others. When it comes to her medium she says, “the messier the better!”
Britt’s studio, though, is bright, clean and well-organized. Along the walls you’ll see her finished pieces, and if you walk far enough back in the shotgun-style space, you’ll find the large work tables she uses to stretch canvases, pack orders and store work. Even farther back and you’ll find her printing room, where her giclee reproductions come to life on canvas and paper. She says that separating all of her workspaces and processes like this allows her to be fully present when she’s creating her works.
Collaborating with other local artists is important, and Britt is no exception. Currently, she’s collaborating with Atlantan illustrator, Meredith Mejerle. She incorporates Meredith’s “beautiful florals” into her own work, creating stunning compositions representative of both artists.
When we spoke with Britt about her work, she shared with us the story of the necklace she rarely takes off. The diamond on the necklace was once a part of her grandmother’s engagement ring. Britt’s father gave her the necklace on her wedding day, and it quickly became her “everyday staple.” A special heirloom and reminder of the grandmother she sadly never got to meet, the necklace has barely moved from her neck since her wedding day. That being said, she’s sure that one day she’ll pass it on.
When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there’s nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.
So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists.
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