MEET DESERT-RAIN MAGPIE
What was the inspiration behind your piece for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2022?
To work with fellow artists and weavers to create a woven representation of healing journeys. It was inspired by the different journey’s each of us have taken and continue to take exploring different ways to heal trauma and also to share the tools we have learned along the way with the wider community.
What does exhibiting in the 20th year of SWELL Sculpture Festival mean to you?
We are proud to be able to contribute in a small way to such a landmark event and look forward to seeing what the other artists have created also.
If you had to remove one colour from existence, which colour would you choose? Why?
I would remove the colour pink because it is my least favourite.
What is your favourite meal to cook when trying to impress someone?
I think it is hard to go past a roast dinner with all the trimmings.
You’ve been transported into a fictional world of your choosing. Which book, movie, or TV show would it be?
The Jetsons, where I wouldn’t have to cook, clean or spend a long time commuting!
What do you wish you knew about being an artist before you started creating?
Being an artist often involves much more work than a regular job, and most of that work is unpaid.
What tools would you use to manage creative burnout?
Weaving, yarning with community and occasional Netflix binges with treats.
How would your friends describe you?
Busy, helpful, one of a kind.
What is your favourite part of the creative process?
The part right after you have finished a project and you can sit back and admire your achievements.
Where do you do most of your creating? Is it from a backyard, a studio, or a kitchen bench, or other?
In my really comfy recliner in my lounge room.
What is the strangest food combo that you love?
I don’t know that it’s very strange, but turkey, cranberry and cream cheese.
What is your favourite Karaoke song? Do you have a music genre that always inspires you?
I definitely don’t do Karaoke, for everyone’s wellbeing! I like all kinds of music, I really enjoy listening to new music from artists nobody has heard of yet.
Joss Smith is an emerging graphic designer based in Tweed Heads, loving everything visual and immersive. Her passion for the creative arts has led her to study a Bachelor of Visual Communication and Graphics. She hopes to balance her love for the arts, culture and nature with her strengths in communication and management to create wicked designs with wicked people.