Tiny Talks is an interview series with Tiny Spoon’s talented contributors. This week we spoke with Jackie Partridge from Issue 8, Cut/Copy/Paste: The Original! Find her artwork, “Looking In”, “Establishing Roots”, and “Establishing Roots Detail” in our eighth issue!
Tiny Spoon: What kindles your creativity?
Jackie: I am very multi-passionate and I use different art forms for different purposes. The environment inspires me to create as I feel my art can be a voice for environmental problems. I love hiking and camping and find I am always inspired after.
Tiny Spoon: Are there any artists/ heroines/ idols/ friends that you look up to?
Jackie: So many! I love abstract and impressionist painters, textile and fibre artists like Amanda McCavour and Meredith Woolnough and land artists like Richard Long and Marlene Creates.
Tiny Spoon: Are there any natural entities that move your work?
Jackie: The passage of time, repetition, labour, change and transformation, preserving nature.
Tiny Spoon: We love insight into the creative process. Could you share what it is like for you, either with your work that appears in Tiny Spoon or in general?
Jackie: I love the creation process of art and being able to experiment and test installations. I enjoy reworking old artworks and turning them into new pieces like through the paper making process. Different materials and learning new techniques keep me creative. Often the material inspires the work or I have in mind a title or a theme and think of which material would be best. I love experimenting and often take photos of my work outdoors which becomes and new or an added layer.
Tiny Spoon: Do you have any current or future projects that you are working on that you would like to share?
Jackie: I have a current exhibition at Cambridge Art Galleries as part of a juried show for emerging artists. You can find more info about that here. I am also working on a grant project that is a series of cyanotypes based on wildflowers in the Waterloo region.
Tiny Spoon: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others?
Jackie: I love two art podcasts – Do it for the Process by Emily Jeffords and the Laura Horn Art Podcast by Laura Horn. Listening to people talk about art reminds me to create and keeps me motivated. I love listening to anything I find inspiring or relaxing while I’m creating. My favourite band to listen to while I’m making art is Said the Whale. I love reading professional development books and books on mindset – my favourites are: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas and Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt.
Tiny Spoon: Is there anything else you would like others to know about you, your creations, or beyond?
Jackie: Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you can’t support an artist, financially remember you are supporting them by sharing their work, liking and commenting on their work online and being a part of their journey.
Tiny Spoon: Where can people learn more about what you do?