I discovered Callen Thompson’s works through Etsy, where she has an online shop called Beam. It seems like the name of the shop was carefully chosen to represent the whole philosophy behind the artist’s creative process. Probably when one thinks about the word ‘beam’ it is associated with architecture, but not so much with feelings. At least that was my first thought about it. However, I was looking at Callen’s website and I found another meaning behind the name:
Then, I thought to myself, what a great choice!
When I first saw Callen’s works what caught my eye was the dreamlike beauty of her art prints and textiles, with tones fading in and out.
A few other things got me interested in Callen’s creations. All her works seem to be filled with happiness and love of nature. And that is no coincidence, Callen places a lot of attention on communicating with nature.
Here are some inspiring answers to the questions that I asked Callen to answer for our blog.
What do we need to know about you?
I’m a textile designer, painter and UX Designer in Austin, Texas.
I believe that humanity is inherently good and all it takes is finding that good and encouraging it to grow to push out the evil/bad. I think service to others is a big part of becoming a better human being.
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
I am fuelled by time spent outside, whether hiking, going on road trips or working in my garden. I think re-connecting with the earth and the natural cycles of the earth is something we all need more of.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
I love making things and getting lost in the intricacy of craft, beauty, delicate details, pen work, paint, natural dyes, fabric, pattern and wild colour.
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
My work space is in my one room loft treehouse home in Austin. I have tons of natural light and I get to look out into a live oak tree for my view. It’s pretty awesome. I like being around my two Chihuahuas and being so close to my desk for whenever I want to paint. I’m planning to re-organize soon and am building a studio in my garage downstairs. My next project is to build a big long work table for that space.
Describe your typical day.
I work full time right now at a software design firm and at night and on weekends I get to garden, play, paint, design fabric, fulfil orders and sew things. It’s a great balance right now.
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers.
Some of my friends who are creative inspiration for me:
Maura Ambrose, Folk Fibers.
Natalie Davis, Canoe.
Leah Devun, artist.
Levi Dugat, artist and writer for Reveiller.
Alyson Fox, artist and designer.
I love the craziness of these clothes by Australian brand Discount Universe.