// STUDIO SESSIONS //
// by Bramble Lee Pryde
// When it comes to the artist life, Katie Brennan embraces and embodies every aspect. From curating, to consulting, to honing her own practice, she is a well-known, active member in the artist community and we are so excited to have her as a part of our collective. Her abstract painting is bold, dynamic and a must see up close. When I visited Brennan’s studio it was important for me to understand where it all starts for her.
KATIE BRENNAN: Music is a big part of things, but only in combinations with a bunch of other factors. Good lighting. This doesn’t necessarily mean daylight - I don’t really need spaces with windows. I need to make my space dark a lot when I want to project things and windows just make this harder. Wall space is also uber important. I like to hang as many things as possible because I work on multiple things at once and having things in my periphery helps resolve things with magical effortlessness. Lastly, a chair. I need a spot to perch, or laze some days, and contemplate what I’m making. Stepping back from your work is an absolute must.
// So the simplest of accommodations foster the backbone of your creations? I love it. Once you have established your base what does a meaningful studio session look like for you?
KATIE BRENNAN: A really great studio session is marked by a space of time where things magically all come together. Those moments where it’s almost like the paintings make themselves and I’m just there as a kind of helper. Sure I hold the paint brush and mix the paint and apply it to the canvas or paper, but really all the decisions for how I’m doing that seem to come from somewhere else. It’s also incredible fun.
// I enjoy your heightened awareness of working as a conduit for the paint to flow to the canvas, by medium and means. When you are able to clear your mind like this where does it wander to? What projects are you dreaming of next?
KATIE BRENNAN: I’m finally really starting to acknowledge and ponder my fascination with painted fabrics and ceramics - my instagram feed is full of both. Ideas are starting to percolate on how I might want to take some of work onto fabric. But then I’m also in love with the recent macramé paintings I made over the summer. I bounce all over the place with my ideas and where to go next. I work best in small suites of work where I explore one idea or an aspect of idea and then hop over to something else. Having things all over the walls helps with this.
// WOLF + SADIE is the independent, Canadian design studio of multi-disciplinary artist Bramble Lee Pryde, where she works as a metal-smith and sculptor. Specializing in monochromatic, metal heavy jewelry, WOLF + SADIE has amassed a devout following of artists, musicians, bloggers and stylists since its inception in 2013. Carried in a handful of boutiques across North America and online, Pryde was recently listed as one of the 10 "designers who are refining the notions of dark clothing" by Paper Magazine, and has been featured in several seasons of the television show Pretty Little Liars.
Pryde found her way to metalsmithing while traveling abroad as a fine arts student. During her travels, she discovered the vital role of jewelry in the stories people tell about themselves, learning that women, above all, are the raconteurs who sustain and pass sacred traditions to new generations. Pryde's work as a sculptor has led her to the creation of le lou ula – small runs of hand built vessels & home objects – that parallel Wolf + Sadie's colorless palette, while experimenting with different finishes. While working in a variety of mediums, Pryde explores these concepts by adhering to the ethos of the slow fashion movement, consciously producing each piece so it reflects significance, purpose and longevity. //