How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as Rustic Chic. The natural look of the wood along with the colored layers within the skateboard make the pieces stand out. I love to make stylish pieces that can be worn everyday.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
All of my products are made using Recycled Skateboards. I take all of the broken or unusable skateboard decks that would normally be thrown in the trash and I use them to create each piece. I create every idea from the heart. Everything I make is created from emotion, mood and inspiration.
What sort of things inspire you? Where do you look for inspiration?
There is not one specific thing that inspires me to create. It could be someone giving me an idea which then inspires more ideas. It could be a shape or color of an item. Sometimes my kids inspire me when they watch me work and tell me to try an idea of theirs.
When do you feel the most creative?
Creativity for me happens very spontaneously. It is never during a specific time or day. I can go a week without creating anything then something as simple as a wild idea can spawn a months worth of ideas and projects. I have learned to carry a notebook with me so if I come up with an idea at any given moment I can write it down or draw it up so I won't forget later.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process starts the moment I get an idea - whether I have to run out the same day to get materials or just go into the workshop to get started. My creative process is also pretty messy. I usually don't see the mess until after I have finished!
What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
The best tip I have received is to stay true to yourself and not compare yourself to others. There are so many creative people and everyone has different talents and styles. There is always going to be someone that doesn't like your style but there will be a lot that do.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can find out more about me on my website www.r3sk8products.com