ADDRESS Interview with Djuna Day.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I make shapes. Shapes that make feelings. Feelings that make thoughts.
Describe your creative process. I am writing a language in shapes. I have been writing this language for twenty years and I will be writing it until the end. It is the language that my heart speaks. As I live and create I find new words and add them to my language. My work is a book that I am writing about my heart. When I am no longer here, it will be who I was.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? My method of getting through a block is just to not let my hands stop moving. I go to my studio with an empty head and just don’t stop moving material. It is hard when nothing is coming. But to keep my hands moving is to hold the door to opportunity wide. It can take hours or days, but it always comes eventually; my hands create something that my head did not know. It is often a wonderful surprise!
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? 1. Work every day, no matter anything. 2. Prioritize whatever it is that drives your art. 3. Understand that making art is not a business, but making a living at your art is a business.
What’s your dream project?A very large wall and a mandate to cover it.
What design trends are you excited about? I have watched, in the last decade, the merging of the traditional craft arts – wood, textile, ceramic, into high art. And along with that the widening acceptance of sculpture as common art. This is wonderful.