Friday, November 19, 2010

An Interview with Nancy Malay



Nancy Malay is the imaginative artist behind the
Minnesota based

Nancy's work can be found on eBay under the
eBay ID: Victorian*Whimsies


How would you describe your work?
That’s always a tough one, because I create a variety of items in different styles – including Primitive, Victorian and Folkart.  But, I guess you could say my work is vintage looking, with a touch of whimsy and a little sparkle.


How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
I was originally known as “The Christmas Lady”, creating mostly Santas and snowmen. But, I added Halloween themed art about 5 years ago, and enjoy making it all year long.


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
In a word……TIME! There are never enough hours in a day to get done what I’d like to get done.
I love getting up really early – usually about 4:30-5:00 am. (For some reason I’m most creative that time of the day.)  But, I’m also a “night owl”, so I have to fit in sleeping somewhere, too!


What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
This talented group of artists all have such a passion for Halloween, and I think this shows in their work.  And, I like that everyone’s art is so diverse, with creations ranging from primitive to whimsical.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
I was an Indian Maiden one year.  It was the only time my Mom would let me wear make-up at that age, so I made the most of it!


Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
When our boys were younger, I loved making their costumes, going to their parties, and taking them out to Trick-or-Treat.  I still enjoy hearing that doorbell ring on Halloween and seeing the kids in their various costumes.


Where do you find your inspiration? 
It can come from anywhere….buttons, old postcards, or an unusual found item that I think will make a great accessory for something.  I definitely have more ideas than time.


What are your artistic plans for the future?
I love to try different techniques and mediums. I’ve wanting to take a class on woodcarving for a long time, but haven’t been able to fit it in, so maybe this will be the year.


"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.
I’ve had a hole-in-one in golf and my husband has had two (he’s a great golfer—I’m terrible!)


How do you balance your personal/professional life?
This is a challenge at times. But, no matter what is going on, my family always comes first.  I’ve been known take multi-tasking to a new level and go with very little sleep!  And, I love the quote:  “Behind every successful woman is an enormous amount of coffee”! (I do love my coffee!)


What shows if any will you be participating in this year?
I won’t be doing any shows this year.

Follow Nancy on her blog

Nancy Malay's Etsy store ID is NancyLee

Her Halloween themed work can also be found on eBay by using the acronym "EHAG" in your eBay searches.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

An Interview with Jorge de Rojas of Hohohalloween


Jorge de Rojas is the imaginative artist behind the
Florida based

Jorge's work can be found on eBay under the
eBay ID: hohohalloween


How would you describe your work?
I think the best way to describe my work would have to be “retro vintage” if that makes any sense. I strive for a look that is grounded in classic Halloween images, yet relates to our modern sense of humor.

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
I’m relatively new to this Genre, It will be 6 years now since I started creating Halloween art. I started it as part of therapy after an automobile accident that left me home bound for period of time. Once I reconnected with the creative process, there was no going back.


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
I think the greatest challenge for any artist is how do you stay true to your original ideas while growing and developing your style and technique. I’m actually in transition right now. I recently started clothed figures and I’m trying to retain that “cartoonish” humorous touch withoug getting to serious or fussy about the final image.

What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
 To be in such wonderful company, when I first started listing on Ebay I would often look at the EHAG listing in admiration. the acronym immediately stands for a high standard of creativity, and technique.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
It was a Vampire. I remember my Grandmother making a red satin lined black cape as I watched. She was an accomplished seamstress, which is where I picked up my sewing skills that are coming in very handy today. I also remember that I wore that cape out even after Halloween was long gone.

Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
My Halloween Traditions include an annual Open House Party for friends and family and putting up a Halloween tree. I try to add at least one new ornament each year, keeping to that limit has proved to be hard as there are so many wonderful artist in EHAG and in general that it is hard to stick to just one.


Where do you find your inspiration?
It can come from the most unexpected places or objects, a visit to the thrift shop, an oddly shaped branch even an occasional beguiling pose from my cat Talula. Including the vast resource of vintage imagery that is out there.

What are your artistic plans for the future?
I hope in the future to be a little more proactive in getting into publications and become more familiar to new collectors.


"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.
My next door neighbor is a witch, no really!

How do you balance your personal/professional life?
That is a hard one. Since my studio is home based you can’t really close up. It’s finding the time to  get out of the house!


What shows if any will you be participating in this year?
I might have bitten more than I can chew but I’m happy to say that I’ll be joining other EHAG Artist in returning to Halloween & Vine this year as well as Spirits in Sanford and of course the first annual STJ Soiree. I’ll also be sending some pieces to the Madman’s Masquerade event Gallery in New York.


Follow Jorge on his blog

Jorge also posts items for sale on SpookyTimeJingles on the 13th every month.

His Halloween themed work can also be found on eBay by using the acronym "EHAG" in your eBay searches.