Artist Feature: the io creative team!

In celebration of Labor Day earlier this month, we thought it would be fun to feature our rockin’ creative team here at io! Did you know that outside of business hours we all are making, performing, and sharing our love of the arts? We pooled together our pictures, all answered the same three questions about our creative practices and projects, and even made a playlist of some of our favorite songs to share with you. Hope you enjoy!

Emma Sampson

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

“m n e m o n i c s - was a personal and enriching project that transformed the way I create images. Pulling from pre-thought out uses of the camera, light, film, and color palette, I was able to create a collection of work that captured a place and time that is no longer accessible to me.”

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“It’s SO hard! BUT - between io and personal clients, the artists I encounter encourage me to not let my artistic practice go stale. As a physical and mental space - I have created a curated home with an artistic partner and two rescue pits that keep me inspired and energized.

It’s not all about material things, but having the cameras that are just right for me, have made all the difference in creating work. A 4lb wooden camera for hiking, a Mamiya 7 to sling over the shoulder… and color film, there is no excuse for me to not make work wherever I am. Each camera is designed to allow me to slow down… to take a moment to really think through my compositions in whatever space I am in.”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“Honestly, I read, listen, and watch to totally zone out. I am 100% guilty of overindulging in books, song lyrics, and movies to keep my imagination running wild. In my "studio" currently…
Listening to: Shakey Graves on vinyl, Squid - the dog - barking, and backyard peepers.
Books on my desk: Fracture by Karin Slaughter, Tentemental by Vikki Warner, Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes, The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit, Greece the Cookbook by Vefa Alexiadou, Taproot
Watching: Mindhunter and YouTube tutorials - I credit my photoshop and website skills to youtube.”

http://www.emmasampsonphoto.com/


Marci Green

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

Last November I started a pop-up art reading room called fathom. fathom is a library collection of art books, zines, chapbooks, comics, illustration, poetry, etc, all centered around storytelling and local and/or emerging work. The pop-ups are focused on community, making together, and asking questions. I plan events, workshops, and performances with an awesome team of fathom artists and collaborators (Lisa Su, Ears and Hands Collective, Andrew Kennedy, Andrew Nguyen, Emma Sampson, to name a few folks I’m super thankful for!), and those have been my favorite artistic moments in the past year! At every pop-up I love meeting the folks who come and am excited to be part of the community in this way.” [The first two photographs above were taken by Megan Langelier]

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“Honestly, a lot of times I’m not great at balancing my work, social, and making lives, but I keep at it! Each week is a little different, but I always try to carve out a little time in the mornings while I eat breakfast to do one creative thing (as little as just writing one sentence!) or look at others work that gets me excited. It really helps me to start the day off with a little art or creative thinking. I just took the plunge and found an affordable studio space outside of my apartment bedroom to focus on making. This space only has art supplies in it. Haha as little distraction as possible is key for me! I also love making things with other people at crafty events, with friends in our living rooms, etc. Sometimes that means collaborative projects, and other times it means sharing space and working independently. Either way, the creative energy we make together is just so fun, and keeps me going!”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“I’m fueled a lot right now by the things I’m reading and viewing. I love books with visuals and writing. I like to read a few books at once, and it’s usually a mix of non-fiction and poetry. The books next to my bed right now are: Glass, Irony & God by Anne Carson, Curating as Anti-Racist Practice by Natalie Bayer, new fathom submissions(!), Protest. The Aesthetics of Resistance from Zurich University of the Arts, and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.

https://marcella-j-green.squarespace.com/


Norlan Olivo

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

One of my favorite past projects was a series I worked on at Mass Art called "A Brown Suitcase" where I was working from old family photos/objects. It's a favorite because it really got me thinking more about my identity/ culture but also led to alot of other, non-photographic/ traditional work.”

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“I think for me it's really important to balance out the things I WANT to do with the things I NEED to do. Money and stability are great (duh) but sometime you have to be willing to take risks and bet on yourself even if it means that you're being pushed in ways that are new to you.”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“I've been watching a lot of Mind Hunter on Netflix cause it's such a good show. And I always listen to a lot of different music but I've been on a Disco/80's + 90's House wave recently.

Song Titles:
Freeze - Souther Freeze
Phyllis Hyman - You Know How To Love Me
Evelyn "Champagne' King - I'm In Love
Ashford & Simpson - Found A Cure (Tom Moultin Mix)”

https://www.instagram.com/yoonorlan/


Phillip LeBlanc

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

I’ve had so many great artistic moments, and each act of creation is an expression of joy! My latest favorite happening was this past weekend. It was my first music festival that I painted live at and had a booth of works for sale. Until now painting at breweries has been great but there was so much love and openness. I can’t wait for the next one!”

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“Making space for creative endeavors is always a challenge. Personally I’ve found that the more I open my mind up to new possibilities, the more the universe fills in the rest. Opportunities are always staring us in the face, and for me it just requires an open mind and heart to see them!”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“I'm not currently reading or watching anything however I do my own tarot readings on a daily basis to better understand how current energies are unfolding. I also read the I Ching as a meditative practice as well as tarot. For years I’ve dreamed of making art while living a mobile lifestyle and that’s what has fueled everything for me. Slowly the pieces have been falling into place and I see my career as an artist, social life and love life coming together! I’m currently looking at used vans to renovate into a small living and art storage space. It feels so great to push through and get the ball rolling!”

http://www.phillinleblanc.com/


Phoebe Shuman-Goodier

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

My favorite projects are the ones where I have the opportunity to create an intimate moment with someone that would otherwise not have been possible. In my collaborative work with my dad we built a time and space to communicate with each other through our made up language of sculpture. It was a productive and non-judgemental way for us to engage with his hoarding that helped us rebuild and reinforce our relationship. More recently, I went on a four-month-long road trip across America. I stayed with people collected from all the different stages of my life who have since dispersed throughout the country. I didn’t know everyone well, but from the vantage point of many different couches, bedroom floors, and driveway parking spots I was allowed to join them briefly in their unique lives. I’m not sure that I’ve managed to translate that gift into new work, but they certainly gave me a lot to think about.”

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“It’s a combination of respecting where I’m at and cultivating the relationships, experiences, and inclinations that inspire me, with the hope that they will sustain me through the winter.”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“I just discovered Jazzmeia Horn yesterday. She can paint with her voice and she is 100% giving me life.”

http://www.phoebeshumangoodier.com/


Ted Peffer

What was one of your favorite past projects and/or artistic moments?

Not being a true artist, photographer or professional musician, I have to draw from a variety of past experiences, mostly involving my love of playing music with others. Accurate to say - I’ve been a “reluctant" lead singer of a few local bands over the years. So I’ll piece together a string of shows, events and engagements where any combination of people, including myself, played live for (usually) a small crowd of people - as my favorite artistic (combined) moments. From long ago, some tracks from an indie-pop band (classic 90’s Providence music scene) I was part of called, The Nonpareils - featuring myself, Frank Mullin, Lisa Underhill, Sean Thompson, and Kristy Knight.”
https://thenonpareils.bandcamp.com/album/compiled-recordings

You are a labor of love worker! How do you make the space to continue on your creative endeavors?

“I feel very fortunate to have founded and worked at a successful, very creative, and innovate small business that caters to artists, designers, photographers and variety of other creative individuals for over 20 years. I feel satiated in my need for experiencing, collaborating with, and even influencing a variety of creative endeavors and projects - both for clients, and our own internal initiatives here at iolabs. It’s absolutely great to work with, and for, other creative and talented people - and this includes all the great iolabs staff - both current and past.”

What are you reading, listening to, or watching these days that’s giving you life?

“My daughter Opal always gives me life!
Recently reading Ben Lerner books - fiction - Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04 - both great books!
Recently playing music with a variety of great people - watch for the Sunday Parlour Band coming soon near you - we hope! No recording yet!”


SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Once again, coming at you with some really awesome local art events! Steep yourself (and those yummy fall teas) in design events, gallery openings, artist/writer talks, and more...

MACHINES WITH MAGNETS

Jonathan Wisehart
Thursday, September 26
7pm

DESIGNxRI

Design Week
Thursday, September 12-21
10 days of design!

WAMA

Wickenden Street Makers + Merchants Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, September 21
11am-6pm

JOY IN THE STREETS PARADE

We’re taking the jubilation of Nick Cave’s Augment to the streets with Boston’s first-ever joy parade!
11am step off and into the evening

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM

Norman Bird Sanctuary Mabel Residency Artists Talk
Nicola Dickson
Pauline Kim Harris
Elisa Lendvay
Marta Renzi
Amy Talluto
Thursday, September 19
6-7:30pm

WATSON INSTITUTE

The Blink of Our Lifetimes: The Ecology of Dusk
Photography Exhibition: Pamela Petro
Monday, September 9 - Friday, December 13

THE STEEL YARD

Enjoy food, music and great Yardie company in celebration of the the studio’s grand re-opening!
Friday, September 20
5:30-8:30pm

TWENTY STORIES

Out of State Plates: Author Reading - Jamel Brinkley
TOMORROW - Friday, September 13
7-8:30pm

BLACKSTONE RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

Make your own paper! With artist May Babcock
Saturday, September 14
1-4pm, drop-in event
Suggested donation of $10

UNPOLISHED LEGACIES

Artists Becci Davis and Holly Ewald are collaborating with local artists, activists and scholars to create Unpolished Legacies, a series of actions and interventions in response to Gorham Silver, Designing Brilliance 1850-1970 an exhibit on display at the RISD Museum until December 1, 2019.

Opening Reception: September 27, 6:30 – 9 pm
The opening will include a long table conversation with artists, readings, and zine launch
233 Westminster St, Providence

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