06 June 2011
5 Questions to... I love grey skies
I love grey skies is Kimberley Laurenti who lives in Southwest Florida with her
husband and 4-year-old son. I found her through Etsy where she sells beautiful
handmade little clay characters called Mooks. She also makes lovely painted and
collage like illustrations. I was intrigued...
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work?
I am an artist that has a fondness for a somewhat creepy and dark asthetic. I
think my cozy feelings towards the strange wind up adding a bit of cute to the
overall affect. I do sculpture, painting and illustration and love them all evenly.
When and how did you come up with the Mook Characters?
As a kid, my favorite thing to do was make little scenes or environments out of
found objects. The size scale is still the same but I guess now I am more into
making the inhabitants :) I have been sculpting these ambiguous creatures for
many years and eventually they've evolved into what I call Mooks. About the name
Mook: In college I had a cat I named Mookey and the name had sort of traveled
with me since. I just like the sound of it.
What does your workspace look like?
My workspace is small but perfectly suited. I am not a clean-as-you go sort of
person ( I am getting better though) so it usually cycles between messy and clean.
Do you have a work routine and if so, what is it?
I have some coffee while looking at blogs to wake up. Then I put some music on, go
into the studio and see where I left off. With my sculptures there's so many stages
and techniques that it stays fun. I can definitely get off track so I sometimes wish I
had a partner to keep me on task.
What would be your dream assignment?
A stop animation video would be so great! I really want to get more into illustration
too. A children's book! There are so many ideas for a "dream assignment". What
would yours be Kim?
Thanks Kimberley for your answers! And well, my dream assignment would be...
Pfff, I have so many, like illustrating for a magazine like Uppercase or a big 3D
illustration for a music event or window display for a shop, or, or...
For more I love grey skies: see Kimberley's blog or Etsy shop.