Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Tubbs.
Jamie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
A few years ago, I found myself without a job or much of a resume, and no desire to use my bachelor’s degree. Growing up, my mom was always teaching us to think outside of the box. She was a seamstress and a female tech entrepreneur in the ’90s when that was not really a thing yet. When I was in junior high, she read a book about unschooling and pulled us out of school. Our first few weeks, we just went to museums. I spent a lot of time exploring the library. We were always making things.
When my first efforts at a career started to shrivel up, I was a new mom with postpartum depression. I started to demand myself to make time to create. I wanted to try to make something I could sell, but I didn’t know what. It was a while before the work I’m making now started to emerge. When it did, it felt right. It hasn’t been long since I started to feel comfortable and confident calling myself an artist or feeling like I understood what that even means. It fits me a lot better than what I was pursuing before and I’m excited about what will unfold in the long term.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My primary medium is fabric. I pull from textile and fiber arts techniques like sewing, weaving, crocheting, and embroidery. I build frame looms that I use both as a tool and a part of the work. Initially, I did this because I wanted the tools and processes themselves to be a visible part of the work.
I’m committed to finding ways to use sustainably sourced materials with my work. I use deadstock from manufacturers or other makers, estate sale finds, materials from family members. I’ve been using plant dye extracts for the past couple of years. I use repurposed lumber when possible. I just made some frame looms out of discarded staircase spindles. I do this because I want to push myself to make reuse normal in my own life and show the possibilities.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think we’ve always had most of our current issues (besides global warming), but perhaps have a newly heightened awareness. Hopefully, awareness leads to changes for mutual good but like any relationships, we have to go through some conflict to get there. Art can play lots of roles- therapist, prophet, priest, and entertainer. I think it can be a tool to create conversation, challenge ideas and point out our issues. If we want to make work that’s going to do that it needs to come from authenticity and not a trend, and it needs to be able to be received and understood. That said, I don’t think you have to use your art that way for it to be valid and valuable. You can just make stuff because you like to, and people can buy it because they just like it. You can intentionally use your voice through your art to affect change if you want to, but mostly just be real.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I put up new pieces on my website (www.jamietubbsstudio.com) every month and am currently available for commissions. Sign up for my newsletter on the website to get updates of available work and discounts. I’m currently reaching out to stores that I feel are a good fit and will be updating a list of stockists on my website. Also, check out my Instagram (@jamietubbsstudio), which is like a big portfolio of my work and process.
- Website: www.jamietubbsstudio.com
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- Instagram: @jamietubbsstudio