Thursday, September 25, 2014

in the studio with sara knighton and a GIVEAWAY

Today I am super excited to introduce my friend Sara Knighton to you! I met Sara on Instagram back when she was living in Hawaii and when she and her husband relocated to Astoria for work, we finally met in person and I am happy to call her a friend. When Sara is not working at local hot spot Blue Scorcher Cafe, she is jugging a screen printing business, weaving on her loom, selling her wares at the Astoria Sunday Market and playing in the ocean. She is one of those people who thrives on making things and loves learning, experimenting and getting lost in the creative process. I recently photographed her studio and today I am sharing a peek into her world! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey with art.

This story has been told thousands of times, but I've been creating and hoarding supplies since I could walk. I used to sneak into my mother's art supplies and make the biggest mess. I joined the United States Coast Guard when I was 17 years old. Let's just say I watched the the film Blue Crush one too many times and really wanted to learn to surf. I learned to surf at Oswald West State Park, Oregon and then I moved to Hawai'i for 7 years where I became a real mermaid. I had ocean on the brain and painted waves and surfers for years. Now, I paint mermaids and weave scarves to keep me warm after a cold water surf session.

I recently visited your studio space and it is so cool! Tell us a little bit about the space.

I am one of the most fortunate people I know. My studio space at the Young's Building is like a dream come true. It sits in downtown Astoria across from the Street 14 Coffee and next to Gimres Shoes. The building was built in the early 1900's and actually survived the 1922 fire that devastated the city of Astoria, where hundreds of people became homeless and suffered over  $15,000,000 in property damage. Young's Building served as dental offices until the1980's when the spaces were converted into the Street 14 Art Studios.  The building is beautiful and offers space to local artists in the healing art, textile, water color and mix media. The space makes me feel special and important. It may sound silly, but when I'm in there, I feel magical. 

What inspires you? What motivates you to create?

The ocean inspires me. American craft motivates me to create. It's that simple. I'm also a mermaid :) 

What is your favorite medium to work in?

Can color be considered a medium? I love color!!! Anything that incorporates color from paint to fiber. Well, I guess if I have to choose my favorite medium, it would be the human body. There is something about using our bodies to express ourselves through fashion, photography, tattoos, and cosmetics that makes me create. Like you Alisa, I believe in making functional art. Lately, I've been playing with textiles, paint and fiber. One day I would love to become a tattoo artist. 

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up super early, but then I realize it's sunny outside and eventually get to my studio. I work full time at the Blue Scorcher Bakery and Cafe in Astoria, Oregon. So typically I'm juggling art in between the bakery, ocean and my dog. You can always see what I'm up to on Instagram @maidenofthepacific. 

I know that you juggle a lot of different projects. How do you organize your creative schedule?

What is organization and a creative schedule? Hehe. I'm kind of a creative hot mess when it come to my schedule. Sometimes when I juggle my projects, a few of them stay up in the air for a while. They eventually fall down and I finish them. I have a crazy quilt from 2004 I need to finish. Sometimes I use a check list, but my biggest reminder is my husband telling me to finish the project on the dinning room table!

What are you working on right now?

I'm building my mini screenprinting business called Maidens of the Pacific (www.maidensofthepacific.comwhere I offer screenprinted hoodies, t-shirt and tanks. all apperal is made in the USA and printed by me in Astoria, Oregon. I've been weaving at home and printing at my studio. I love infinity scarves and have been working on my own design. 

Today Sara is giving away one of her screen printed hoodies! 

To enter to win leave a comment- 
The ocean is Sara's greatest inspiration...tell me where you get your inspiration from. 
I'll randomly draw a name and announce the winner at the bottom of this post in a couple of days!

In addition, Sara is also offering 15% off anything in her shop. Use code foreveramaiden

To see more of Sara's work head on over to her site-



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