She creates original Folk Art and is co-creator of Casual Creative located in South Main Square right next to Davidson Icehouse (yum). If that wasn’t enough, she is also in charge of the Fall Art Festival in Davidson.
We are grateful that she answered some questions for us, and I hope you enjoy the answers as well!
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I am a maker. I love to make! Primarily a folk artist painter , I enjoy brush lettering, doll making, and pretty much anything I can cut, glue, saw in half and sling paint on!
Tell us about your business/craft.
I love all things handmade, that’s why I co-founded The Casual Creative. There I can highlight my own business, The Art of Kristen Feighery, as well as showcase other artists and handmade work I love. I also teach classes on how to do the simple process I use in my paintings. People think you have to be super creative to paint, I’m here to show people all you need is a little courage and a desire to be artsy. Art can be anything!
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
Growing up in the coal mining mountains of Southeastern Kentucky I was surrounded by quilters, painters, musicians, and crafters of all kinds that were completely self-taught. I fell in love with the ‘makers’ and art of where I’m from. Their hard work, ingenuity, their unwavering faith in God and grit inspires me every day. The simplicity and beauty of Kentucky and its people motivates me to create work that honors our lives and traditions.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
One of my passions, even though I’m horrible at it, is banjo playing! My Granny would make me watch her fingers play banjo then hand me the instrument and tell me to play. I was terrified to try, but where I’m from that’s how you learned…watching. She passed away when she was 100 years old, and when she died my husband bought me a banjo. I found a teacher right here in Davidson and learned to play simple tunes. I love it. It’s not just a part of my Granny, but now it’s a part of me.
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
Finding time to create everything I have in my head and making my work look like the final piece I envision. Other times, it’s trying to think of subjects to paint. It’s either feast or famine; I have a million ideas or none at all.
How do you overcome that challenge?
Talking with other artists always helps. I visit museums, take a break and write, or try something new like paint pouring. When I can’t think of something to paint, I just fling, pour or drip color on canvas to get some creativity going.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter tool you couldn’t live without?
Honestly, I don’t know if it qualifies as a crafters tool, but I can’t live without my heat press. I make all my prints now and use a 400-degree heat press to transfer my prints onto wood so folks can have affordable art. It’s my favorite tool in the world!
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
I painted a piece years ago that showed the apostle Peter out of his boat and sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus who was walking on water. Behind him, all the other disciples are just as panicked inside their boat while a storm rages. Jesus is as calm as a cucumber though as he reaches down to help Peter up. I think of that painting every time I need a reminder to step out in faith, no matter how hopeless a situation is. Pray and have faith. Just do.
Here are some pictures of Krissy’s beautiful work: