Craft/Work Interview with annacolumbia!
Hi there! Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? What’s you’re artistic history? What kind of work do you do? What are your main sources of inspirations?
My name annacolombia and I live and work in nyc.
My mom is an artist and was a jeweler, my grandmother a knitter, sewer and baker and my grandfather a builder, so growing up I was always taught ‘how do you make what you want using what you have’… I lived in cardboard box castles and army tents made out of sheets for a long time. I spent years traveling around the country and riding trains with a yoshica t4 and journal after journal. Then one day I decided to go back to school, and applied and got into cooper union. Staying still in one place has been hard since so much of what my art is about is the act of traveling and living off the grid, the ability to be anywhere.
I am predominately a printmaker and photographer, but I also work in metals and textiles.
Do you consider yourself an Artist or a Crafter? Why? (If you consider yourself something else entirely, what? And why?)
I am an artist. But I have a problem trying to sell my art, mostly because I hate the idea of someone owning something and it not being available for others to see.
I do however make things for the purpose of selling, such as zines, postcards, quilts and knitted items.
Do questions/conundrums around art and craft come up during your studio practice? If so, in what way?
In my mind the two live in separate worlds. I think for me the biggest thing is craftsmanship, which in the art world these days is becoming lost. Process is very important to me, and the way I make and look at art.
Have you ever had a hard time finding an audience for your work because it wasn’t clearly “art” or “craft”?
Not so much, but I do see the struggle between the two mediums, more so now with so much of it being accessible through the internet.
If selling your work is something that is integral to your artistic process, can you share with us a little bit about how you calculate pricing?
I find selling work to be one of my hardest obstacles. On one hand I make work to sell, but struggle with pricing. I know people like to do a formula, but for me I find it hard to think about all the time I put into making something, because for me that time isn’t time, its my quiet space where I can breath. On the other hand I also make work that I can never part with. A lot of my prints are one of a kind and the idea of them disappearing into someone’s collection is strange… i’m always holding out for MOMA. I want my work to be available for people to see.
You can see more of annacolumbia’s work on her website and you can purchase some of her print works from her etsy shop, With Dirt Tans and Love. Be sure to check them out!
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Anna is awesome! I actually met her while TAing a knitting class at Haystack- she was taking a enameling class. Instant friends. :0)