I’ll never forget the first time I saw one of Belinda’s projects. It was mixed media, it was steampunk, it was layered, inked & exceptionally unique. For me, it was love at first sight. I have since followed Belinda’s work and have been amazed at the sheer talent, from paper crafts to modern art to mixed media installations of gigantic proportions! Belinda is an artist, a teacher and above all, she’s down to earth with a heart of pure gold.
I’m so excited that Belinda has agreed to join our team as a guest designer, and I cannot wait to see what magical elements she will bring to the table.
You may find Belinda’s full bio here and possibly learn more from our short interview hereunder.
Please could you briefly introduce yourself?
I am an art teacher to adults at my own studio where I teach 6 classes a week, I am a wife and a mother. I think outside the box and love being creative, whether that is making art, cooking or gardening, I like making things!
We all know the life of an artist is tough, so why do you do what you do?
I love seeing people gain the confidence to create. No two people tackle the same project in the same way. No day is the same. I don’t do monotony well…
Do you have a specific process to get the juices flowing or does it come naturally?
I collect everything I think I would need for a project around me, then I start putting things together…it flows from there.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
The question “What if?” I ask myself that a lot as I am working on a project… What if I did it like this? What if I did that? What if I took this away? What if I added that?
What role does the artist have in society?
The world would be a very bland place without artists. We make it a visually pleasing place to live.
If you could change one perception in this world, what would that be?
What types of projects do you most enjoying doing?
Mixed media and art installations.
What’s your strongest positive childhood memory?
During the school holidays…Catching tadpoles in the local stream, riding my bike wherever I wanted to go and just being free to be me.
If you were an artwork, which one would it be?
The Mona Lisa, I love her smile and I wonder what she is thinking…
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Being asked to mentor a student and watching her grow and gain confidence.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Forgetting where I have to be…and not arriving… I do this often… I live with my head in the clouds!
What jobs have you done other than in the arts & crafts industry?
I was a fashion model doing both magazine and ramp work from Std 7 (grade 9) to Matric, then I waitressed to pay for my art equipment at Tech. After that I was a Graphic designer for 3 years before going on my own in 1998.
Your incredible steampunk installations! I’ve been to both Truth in Cape Town and being from the Stellies area, Steam is my go-to restaurant when I really want to impress guests! It’s like walking into a massive work of art. I followed the progress on your blog (link) for Steam, but could you share what your biggest challenge was with these mammoth projects?
The physical engineering of the installation…it’s all very well having hair brained ideas and making wonderful creations if they are not practical! They have to physically stay on the wall or hang from something… I have to think through the whole idea from start to finish including electrics.
If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
Red lady jane with the strap and a little heel
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always be kind to everyone, you don’t know what they have been through.
What couldn’t you do without?
My family, they are the reason I breathe.
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
Photography, I love taking pictures, I have clocked a few cameras in my lifetime! I read, but mostly I create at my desk… You will always find me at my desk…
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am an introvert!
What is your favourite:
Movie: Not a movie kind of girl…
Book: Night Circus, Standing Under a Rainbow, The Secret life of Bees, Tuesdays with Morrie, My Husbands Secret… too many to just pick one!
Do you collect anything?
Vintage stuff… I have piles of suitcases, typewriters, a cash register, cameras…
Know any good jokes?
Could not tell a joke to save my life!
Do you social media? Or what is the best way to get in touch with you?
I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, have a Blog (which suffers from neglect at the moment) and a website for my art school.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Belinda. You can find Belinda on all the social platforms above.
Watch this space for more, as we embark on an exciting creative journey…