You have seen them all over Etsy and Pinterest, and here she is ladies and gentleman – the originator…
I love, love LOVE your antlers. You really started an online antler frenzy! After seeing your pieces on Etsy, they were all over Pinterest! Does it bother you that your art has turned into something that people try to take on for themselves?
Thank you for the kind words about my work! I love that people get excited about what I am creating and want to try making their own DIY painted antlers. I am all for people seeing ideas and re-creating them for their personal use. It does bother me, however, when I see people copying my ideas and trying to sell them. That is endlessly frustrating.
What attracted you to the idea of painting antlers? And what type of paint are you using?
I had been doing large scale installation in college and a few years after, and I wanted to start working on something faster and smaller. I also love animals and natural objects, but the expense and inhumane-ness of working with taxidermy was wearing on me. Once I learned that shed antlers are completely humane they just seemed like a natural fit. The first antlers I made were a mix of paint and sequins (a natural progression if you see my older artwork), but the sequins kept popping off and I realized that using just paint would be more versatile. Now I use predominately acrylic craft paint.
I definitely look at my work as a mix between art and home decor/design. Coming from a fine art background, I tend to create my pieces like fine art (ie. they aren’t indestructible, they need to be treated like fine sculpture and handled carefully) but I know that they fit more into a design aesthetic and I am perfectly fine with that. A good amount of my work is made for wholesale orders to home decor boutiques, not fine art galleries.
After the antlers became successful, I wanted to come up with other items to paint so that I didn’t get bored, and also to prove that I am full of good ideas, not a one trick pony. I saw a post on Pinterest of old sailor knots and that is where the inspiration for the Monkey’s Fist knots came form. The hatchets were a suggestion from a friend that I absolutely loved.
It was fantastic! Last Fall the press and opportunities just kept rolling in! Two of those featured, Crate & Barrel and Us Weekly, I didn’t even know about until a friend saw them in person. (Read more on Cassandra’s Press Page).
That would be amazing! I think I’m going to stick to the smaller items for a while though. 🙂 I’m still loving how relatively quick I can produce one item, it is so satisfying! And I have more ideas for painting the antlers that I haven’t even had time to experiment with yet!