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Check out my new facebook page for more photos of my work, updates, and promotions: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NPhillippe/159825584107907 - some of these items are still available; just convo me and I can either create a reserved listing or do a custom order :) Also, I recently opened my own funky little art gallery and gift shop in the historic cooper young neighborhood of Memphis, TN... check it out at http://www.facebook.com/AllieCatArts. If you're ever in the Memphis area, stop by and say hello!

My life as an artist began with crafting, painting, and drawing as a young child. I grew up in a small, quiet town, where I devoted most of my time to artistic endeavors- sculpting mud, making clothes from plastic bags, beading, making doll house furniture, disassembling toys- anything I could manipulate into a new form I did. By the age of eight I was selling my “art” at my father’s body shop, where I…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 22
  • Joined February 17, 2010

Favorite materials

glass, wire, found objects, yarn, acrylic, metal

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About

Check out my new facebook page for more photos of my work, updates, and promotions: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NPhillippe/159825584107907 - some of these items are still available; just convo me and I can either create a reserved listing or do a custom order :) Also, I recently opened my own funky little art gallery and gift shop in the historic cooper young neighborhood of Memphis, TN... check it out at http://www.facebook.com/AllieCatArts. If you're ever in the Memphis area, stop by and say hello!

My life as an artist began with crafting, painting, and drawing as a young child. I grew up in a small, quiet town, where I devoted most of my time to artistic endeavors- sculpting mud, making clothes from plastic bags, beading, making doll house furniture, disassembling toys- anything I could manipulate into a new form I did. By the age of eight I was selling my “art” at my father’s body shop, where I spent hours playing in the junk yard and assembling small parts. I spent most of my time alone- and I enjoyed it that way. It allowed me to focus my creative energy. I absorbed inspiration from everything, particularly nature and discarded artifacts.

My mother was an inspiration as well, and she was very supportive in my desire to create. I first discovered my love of glass as a child, watching my mother create stained glass panels and lamps. I was enamored by the vast array of colors, patterns, and textures, as well as the technique itself. I was eager to learn and experimented with creating my own designs, but became frustrated due to lack of manual dexterity. Little did I know at the time that my passion for glass would re-surface in later years.

After high school I went on to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art, where I had the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and learn a variety of new techniques. I was greatly inspired by the local art and music scene. During this time I did freelance work for individuals and businesses across the U.S., and also worked as an illustrator, designer, and writer for a local children’s magazine for a few years. Shortly after graduation I became an elementary visual arts instructor in the city school district, where I have been teaching since 2007.

After a decade of working in the graphic arts, I rediscovered my love of glass while taking a college course for art teachers. I purchased a small kiln the following year and have been obsessed ever since! Although I still enjoy experimenting with other art forms and learning new techniques, glass fusing has become my primary medium.

Fused Glass Insects series - Artist Statement:
Within our culture, there exists a tension between insects and humans. Somewhere in childhood many learned to fear the smallest of creations… bees, ants, beetles, cicadas- things that crawl or buzz. There is, however, a symbiotic relationship between humans and these amazing, beautiful creatures. Insects play a critical role in our delicate ecosystem; they pollinate, aid in decomposition, and provide food for other creatures. We depend on them for our very survival.

In my latest body of work, I explore this relationship and the paradox between admiration and apprehension. Since childhood I have enjoyed observing bugs in their natural environment, although there has always been an inherent fear of getting too close. Through the medium of fused glass, I create insects inspired by nature, science, and childhood memories. They are not meant to be feared, but rather loved and appreciated. Although these insects are inspired by nature, I often use vibrant colors and different color combinations to give them a more whimsical feel. My glass work has been described as playful, colorful, and fun.

Working with glass brings together science and exploration- every piece is a new discovery. Because of its organic and fluid nature, glass lends itself to limitless manipulation. The colors, patterns, textures, and depth of the glass can create moods relating to whimsical to awe-inspiring beauty, much the same as nature itself.

view more work at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NPhillippe/159825584107907
http://www.delphiglass.com/gallery/store?user_id=204136
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nphillippe

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