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Designer Spotlight: Seth Apter


download (24)Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist. He’s also the artist behind two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal. He’s an instructor at Pratt Institute in NYC and his live workshops have been held throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK.

Follow Seth online:

Website | BlogInstagramFacebookTwitter |YouTube

What’s your design/craft story? ie. How did you get started?

My creative life began unexpectedly in 2000 when I serendipitously crossed paths with an artist, Patricia Larsen, who drew me into the world of art. I was in the right place at the right time and ended up exactly where I was meant to be. Prior to that time, I had no interest in making art and have no formal training. My initial love was book arts and over time that expanded into all things mixed media. In 2012 I was contacted by Stacey Caron, founder of Spellbinders, and invited to be part of their blog team. That connection ultimately led to my involvement with CHA and the craft world and the opportunity to design my own line of mixed media products.

Define your design style in 1 word. Texturalayering. Okay! I made that up.

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How has your design style evolved over the years?

My work has become (somewhat) less linear and more organic. The more years that have past, the more dimension, layers, texture and depth evident in my art.

What’s the most fun thing about designing your own product line? What’s the hardest thing?

All of my designs are hand drawn, so the actual creative process is very exciting for me. Seeing the evolution from idea to product and then seeing that product included in the work of other creatives is extremely cool. The hardest thing is the wait. The process takes a very long time.

Who did you have in mind when you designed it?

Truthfully I had me in mind. It was important to me that my designs were ones that I loved and would want to use myself. My work is always better when I do me rather than focus on creating something that I think might please others or be a big seller.

What/who inspires you? Why?

I find inspiration in endless places. Just a few — I am inspired by my hometown New York City, by a rusty object I picked up off the street, by the weather and the seasons, and by the passion of the entire creative community.

Seth’s Collection will be available for purchase in early 2016.

Be sure to tune opening weekend of the CHA Show, the Craft and Hobby Association’s MEGA event of the year!

Spellbinders will be live on Periscope interviewing Seth about his NEW mixed media collection and what’s next on his radar. AND We are giving away 2 “tricked out” Platinums that have been decorated by our designers.

You have to be on that email list to get updates about the giveaways and all the fun things happening at CHA. 

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