This podcast explores the successes, struggles, life experience, and wisdom of the people featured, most of whom live and create in Austin, Texas. These long form interviews explore the origins, stories, lessons, lives and work of those in our community who are at the forefront of creative expression. Hosted by photographer and art enthusiast and collector Scott David Gordon.
2008 interview with this group with a great mission: Area of Design was founded in May 2002 and is based in the United States. Over the past 18 years, we have been dedicated to building a premier educational resource for art and design, and showcasing creatives worldwide. We are a completely free resource. No advertising. No profit. Just art. Enjoy!
When I was five, my family moved into the house where my grandmother had been born. The structure was cobbled together from available materials, and was filled with heavy, dusty old furnishings. The unfinished basement is was stocked with ancient canned fruits, mysterious medicinal preparations, old tools and family portraits hang under domed glass in tiger-striped oval frames. Rusty tins and dusty bottles of buttons and bottle caps of several generations of my thrifty and resourceful ancestors filled the place. This seemingly endless supply of bizarre old things was precious to me.
After earning a Bachelor's degree, I was a picture framer for ten years, the last seven at Fine Art Services. In 2005, I earned a Master's Degree in architecture from UT, and after a summer stint documenting archeological dig for in Cyprus, I started a career as an architectural historian. My first task was with FEMA in post-Katrina Louisiana, identifying historic buildings state-wide. In 2014, intrigued by idea of self-employment, I formed LC, LDo, a successful one-woman handywoman business. In 2018, I began serving on the Travis County Appraisal Review Board and returned to manage Fine Art Services. In September of 2020, I purchased the business.
I find beauty in the intentionally discarded and the inadvertently abandoned, the crumpled and cracked, and the back sides of things. I am drawn to the varying effects time has on different materials. I get great joy from calling attention through carefully assembly the curious bits and pieces people may not have had the opportunity, or taken the time, to notice. With my lifelong fascination with art, architecture, history, travel and sustainability, I have been producing art while learning and working in these related fields. Avidly pursuing my interests has allowed me access to people, places and materials which others do not have, and in most cases, yields the very materials with which I work. I find amazing things on the ground wherever I go.