Interviewed by Glo(w)/Written by Glo(w)
Photo albums hold a special place in most homes. One turn of a page and it’s easy to jump back into that exact moment when finger hit trigger and an event was immortalized. Whether it’s a traditional photo album, a scrapbook, or even a digital album shared with all to see on Facebook, photos are portals for time traveling.
Digital Artist Haicceity uses photos of loved ones as inspiration for her creations. Using a method that is both mesmerizing and a nod to family cook-outs, Haicceity, whose real name is Hailey Washintgon, converts photographs into masterpieces. She further exercises her creativity by creating fabrics from her creations. Her work feels like compassion embodied and smells like laughter with cousins. Looking at her work brings warmth and pure happiness. These two emotions are critical to the art community, since according to Quartz (see full article here---> http://qz.com/790226/happiness-creativity-neuroscience/?utm_source=qzfb), creatives are often successful due to strife. Hailey brings something the entire world can benefit from: joy.
View her work and feels her words below.
How long have you been creating? What inspired you to use your creativity?
I’ve been creating all my life. As a child, I loved to sketch and make crafts out of any little thing I could find. My childhood summers were dedicated to art summer camps, STL Artworks apprenticeships, and early college programs. Both of my parents are creative, so creativity was something they passed on to me. Having the ability to think of ideas and make them a part of my physical world is what inspires me to create. It’s so rewarding to see the process.
What is the most important lesson or factor you want people to get from your art?
I want people to understand that my art is not just a visual regurgitation. All subjects and concepts behind my art has been researched and translated in a way that is unique to my life experiences. My subjects in my art are loved ones I’ve shared moments with and admire. These are folks in my work that I define as muses because of their extraordinary character and their influence on my life.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I’ve had people of all ages, say that my work reminds them of their childhood. Receiving that response means a lot to me. It lets me know that I am genuinely reaching people and bringing about nostalgia. It also lets me know that I have portrayed past decades in a relatable fashion. Any reference to childhood is a compliment to me, since I believe children are the most creative and innovative.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Be mindful of what you take in, it becomes you.
What have you learned about yourself through the creative process?
Creating has taught me so much about myself. My creative process has made me more aware of weaknesses and strengths. I learned that I can become so excited about an idea that sometimes I can spiral off into a million different directions. At the same time this is a strength, because I am able to translate my inspiration and apply it to multiple mediums. I also learned that I like to work with my hands, especially on intricate projects. It’s like mediation for me.
Name something you don’t love, and why.
Social media. Don’t get me wrong social media is good for spreading the word, but it’s horrible. It makes us lazy communicators and creates a false sense of community. We equate liking, posting, following, tagging and commenting with being there for others. Also it’s a place where many go to compare themselves to others, instead of defining their own self-worth. We forget to have a life outside of the “curated” lives we build in these virtual worlds that mean absolutely nothing in the real world. Also, we miss out on moments we can’t get back while being on our phones. We can’t even connect with each other in person, because we’re worried about notifications and other people’s business.
What is your dream project?
A traveling installation of large scale, interactive projections of my pattern filled illustrations.
How do you think the creating process would be different if money wasn’t a factor?
If money wasn’t a factor, the world would be a better place in general. We have so many creative individuals that stray from their passions because of financial reasons. If money wasn’t an issue, there would be more large scale works and collaborations. More artist would become skilled in multiple mediums. Eliminating financial factors, could possibly reverse some artists’ creative process. I think artist would just dive right in to the process and start with the actual end materials, instead of sketches or other initial materials. Artist would be more experimental with materials.
Do you think it’s important for other artists to congregate and work together?
It is very important for artist to congregate and work together. Artist are so meaningful to society. Together we are better. When artist come together it is good for the artist and the artists’ community. I believe many artist tend to feel disconnected from others, so it’s nice to link with other artist that are just as brilliant and passionate about the same things as you are. Artist are some of our greatest thinkers and can use their creativity to solve or act on issues that our society faces. There should always be spaces for artist to congregate and create.
When can we expect a project to be released?
Expect a new art series from me this holiday season!!
Follow Hailey Washington on all social media platforms @haicceity.
Purchase some of her amazing prints and designs at Haicceity.bigcartel.com.