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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shop of the Week: Artful Bits And Bytes

This week we are featuring Artful Bits And Bytes.  Laurie Anne Sikorowski is the owner and artist in residence and this is her story.

"I love that messy total consuming focus of creating something from the heart" she says.  She also loves color, all color, every color and words, lyrics, and stories. Laurie Anne  takes those loves and places them all together to make her art.  She believes that art creates connections.

One of my questions was what was her favorite item and she told me that was like asking which of her children she loved the most- impossible to choose as each is different and liked for different reasons.  She was able to narrow her choices to two.  
First is "Tempus Fugit" or "Time Flies", a large mixed media paint. This is her largest and most ambitious canvas at 48" x 60".   It was created by collaging old journal pages on to the canvas then texturing it with a combination of modeling paste and paints.  She then began painting both directly on the canvas and also on separate papers that were collaged on.  The base of the body is a photo of plywood from an old abandoned church.  The base of the branches and some of the leaves are printed from an old Polish prayer book.  Sheet music is also collaged into the art. There are lots of subtle layers of meaning embedded within it and I am very happy how it turned out.  I find it fascinating that there are so many layers to such a soft image. 

The second is her literary ladies.  Currently there are 39 listed in her shop.  She selected randomly, "Magenta" to represent them.   For her painting these women, and the whole collection represents a bit of all women.   She sees women as being beautiful, homely, pious, provocative, joyful, sorrowful, black, white, with so many sides that it therapeutic to give them almost intuitive forms.  I agree when she says that the recycled book pages add that extra layer of depth.

Magenta                                               Cutie Qu (my favorite)          Daydream Believer

When asked about her inspiration, Laurie Anne replied "My need to create comes from an insatiable curiosity and need to explore.  It is the journey more than the destination that keeps my interest.  I want my artwork to reflect who I am and connect to the viewer's heart.  Nature, music, poetry, scripture, mythology, people (I am an avid people watcher), graffiti, discarded scraps of ephemera and daydreams all blend and inspire my art.  There are also wonderful artists who I adore: Amedeo Mogliani, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Picasso, Jennifer Yoswa, Mary Englebreit, and finally the kitchy low brow artists of the 60s with their big eyed kids like Eve, Lee, and Goji". 
Laurie Anne's passion is creating. She can't remember a time when she wasn't making some kind of art but it has only been in the past couple of years that she finally decided to share her artwork with the rest of the world.  After her daughters had gone off to college she had more free time and life changes to sort out.  When a friend asked what she wanted to pursue just for herself, she realized she had not thought about it untill he asked.   She knew immediately that she wanted to be surrounded with simple joys and creating.  Art began to fill her mind and heart and spilled onto whatever was at hand. 
A few years ago, she found herself filling countless sketchbooks.  With her daughters gone she had more free time for her art.  Soon she had quite a collection of artwork, and Etsy seemed to be the perfect fit a place where she says "the fine arsty art and the cute craftsy doodles could co-exist".  She wanted to also be in control and Etsy was so easy to set up and get started.  Unlike other venues, it didn't feel scary or un-doable for a novice and it didn't cost anything - only a small amount for listing and then a small percentage when something sells.

Her advice for others is to set goals and try to do something toward them each day.  Find you niche and promote yourself.  She advises using social media even if you are an introvert like her.  On Etsy join a few teams to find the right fit, create and support treasuries, use tags wisely, make sure your images are the best possible, learn SEO and take advantage of available Etsy tools.  Have fun because it is so important in the creative process for without that, why are you doing this. 
Laurie Anne says "I'm still learning and often feel a bit overwhelmed but its ok, I'm slowly finding my rhythm. When someone loves your art enough to purchase it that really makes all the necessary "business" stuff not so onerous after all".  


  1. I love your colorful and playful artwork, Laurie!

  2. Hi Laurie, glad to read more about you, your work is so beautiful! :)

  3. Laurie, I love your work and it's lovely to read the story behind the creations!

  4. It's so great to read your story, Laurie! LOVE your work!