Lori Siebert is an endlessly imaginative artist that we at Creative Co-Op have had the pleasure of working with since 2011. She has a knack for mixing materials and patterns with whimsical themes, often inspired by nature, to create truly joyful artwork! Lori kindly shared with us a glimpse of her beautiful studios (yes, two!), along with thoughts on her inspiration and her creative process. If you want to see more of her work, you can find her home decor items here and her jewelry here.
What themes inspire your work?
I research constantly and try to stay on top of trends. But, at the same time, I have my favorite things to draw and paint. I love words and often start there. I also love all things in nature… flowers, birds, leaves, etc… I love texture, color and pattern and those things tend to be a constant throughout my work.
What are your favorite Creative Co-Op products?
I love almost everything that Creative Co-Op does. The product development team there is so talented. They create products that are so unique and interesting. I particularly love the unique furniture pieces… chairs, sofas and tables. They are so artful and would make such a great statement in any home.
What medium do you work in?
I get bored easily and I love to discover and play with new mediums. I work with acrylics, watercolors, stitching, sculpting, pencil, pen and ink, pastels… pretty much ALL mediums ( except oils… I don’t love the turpentine clean up!) My latest obsession is the Gelli plate and doing mono printing. The textures you can get are gorgeous!
Do you have any other creative outlets?
I LOVE going to antique malls and flea markets… especially on a beautiful summer day! I love to read and to sew. And I LOVE music… all kinds (except heavy metal, yuck!) Watching music performed live makes me a very happy girl! I also love to bake and collect recipes. I make killer pies!
How does the place that you love/work inspire your creative pursuits?
I am lucky enough to have two studios. My husband and I are business partners and we have an office in an old home in downtown Cincinnati that was built in 1847. That is where I do my research and work with our designers. It is a beautiful old building with lots of great features and character. It is full of my collected treasures from flea markets and samples of products that we have designed. I also have a studio in our home which is on 3 1/2 acres in Kentucky. It is also full of treasures and color and whatever recent mess that I have created.
What is your favorite meal?
I am very adventurous about food. I love trying new things. I love all ethnic foods… Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, etc… I really love sushi! But… I also love my mom’s recipes for beef stew and meat loaf too!
Who inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by a lot of people and things. I love work that is kind of naive and folk arty. I love graffiti.
I love Alexander Calder and Paul Klee. I love Outsider art. I love the art from the Bloomsbury Group. I love the art that children make. I actually started a magazine called “Labor of Love” on Magcloud so I could pay tribute to artists and their lifestyle. I am a groupie of really creative people!
What is your favorite place that you have traveled?
I was lucky enough to take a workshop in Southern France a couple of years ago. It was with the amazing artist, Julie Arkell. Held at a magical place called Les Soeurs Anglaises where we spent our days creating with women from all over the world. Dreamy!!!
I also went to Italy last fall with 4 friends. We drank wine and shared meals and laughs in Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome. We even attended a Papal mass and saw our most wonderful Pope in the flesh!!! Truly unforgettable!