Lucy and Craig are artists of very different sorts–Lucy works with textiles and Craig works with wood–but their individual forms of expression come together beautifully in what they call a lifestyle, not a brand. Whatever Artlessliving is, the stuff they make is unique and inspired by their travels through land and sea, throughout New Zealand, from market to market. Working with natural materials and found objects, their pieces are rustic with an undeniably beachy vibe. Here we get to know a bit about them through the five questions and photos of some of their recent work, set to Eddie Vedder’s Rise, from the movie Into the Wild.
1.)Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?
For me (Lucy) the most influential fibre artist is Olek, she is extreme and takes crochet to another level. I found out about her while living near London and she had an exhibition where she crocheted an entire London taxi… Craig won’t let me try this out on our van! For Craig, he says his most influential person is Tom Wegener, from meeting him in Melbourne made him want to experiment more with wood. We both love Rake for their retro and modern designs that bring art and surfing together.
2.) Where do you create your art?
We started by making things in the van while travelling New Zealand and doing a few craft markets, as we had no space or money we just used hemp thread and shells. Winter came and that’s when I started to crochet beanies and headbands. We then moved to Australia and Craig finally had his work space to make handplanes. Now home, we continue to live and create our crafts under the brand Artlessliving.
3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?
Crochet takes me hours, sometimes days with many unfinished projects but Craig spends a few hours on his handplanes and picture frames.
4.) What mediums do you work in?
We mostly work with natural materials: wood, wool and hemp coffee sacks! Pallet wood is Craig’s favourite for making picture frames as no one is the same and you can get a really nice rustic finish with nails, knots and holes. I think it works really well with a nice surfing shot.
5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?
Just do it because you love it.
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