ADDRESS Interview with Stefanie Dueck.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I am a Vancouver based metal artist specializing in hand forged flatware, custom hardware, and sculpture.
Describe your creative process. Most pieces begin with a scrawl in my sketchbook. Then I move on to the prototypes, where I experiment with variations on a theme, At times, the end results remain quite close to the original concept, while often the designs meander in completely unexpected directions.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I keep all my old sketchbooks and flip through them when I’m feeling stuck. It’s much easier to develop an existing concept than to come up with something completely new. It’s also very true that time alters your perception. Often, the ideas that I initially considered duds end up being the most fruitful.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? I would offer encouragement before offering advice. I do things pretty illogically, so I’m not sure it’s in anyone’s best interest to listen to me.
What’s your dream project? I would love to work on a large scale sculptural piece, preferably with kinetic elements.
What art / design trends are you excited about? Generally trends annoy me. However, I am grateful for the current surge of appreciation for the handmade, and the willingness to support local makers.