Friday Interview: Cody Thompson! May 27, 2011 12:17 1 Comment

Happy Friday, loyal readers! Here at Craftland we're feeling extra happy this week. The sun came out, we learned what benthologists are (and that they love buying handmade!) and our gallery is full of painstakingly beaded ceremonial flags, made in the Haitian Vodou style. Our latest exhibit, Witch Doctor, features the art of Cody Thompson, a Providence artist whose talent continues to amaze us. Please read on to learn more about Cody, and stop in to see this exhibit in person. It's on display until June 11, and if you can't make it in person, the works are available to view (and buy) in our online shop. Have a fun long weekend, everyone! 

Please introduce yourself and tell us what you make.
Hi, my name is Cody Thompson, I was born and raised in Riverside, CA. In 2007 I moved to Providence, RI. I sew tons, weave, carve, paint, print, assemble and do all kindsa other creative things. 

Describe your studio for us.
My living room doubles as my studio, it has good lighting and a TV. The floor is littered with scraps of fabric, thread and bits of paper. Diet soda cans are piled in the corner. My dog sleeps upon worn t-shirts on one end of the couch. 

What was the inspiration behind your current exhibit up in the Craftland Gallery, Witch Doctor?
I like reflective surfaces and textiles. After I learned the Haitians had combined both in such a satisfying manner i couldn't wait to make my own.

You sew, weave, bead, who first taught you some of the traditional techniques that you use?
My mother is very crafty, I learned to sew and bead and embroider from my mother. Weaving is half self-taught on a cheap loom from the thrift store and half from a community education class in Los Angeles. 

Describe for us the process of your amazing dolls and bears that unzip and have removable organs?
Those dolls are pretty uncomplicated but time consuming to make. They are basically big dolls full of other smaller dolls. 

What does handmade mean to you?
I like the Collins English Dictionary definition, "made by hand, not by machine, esp with care or craftsmanship".

When did you first become involved with Craftland?
I first became involved with Craftland in 2007. My friend and friend of Craftland Allison Kyner introduced my work to the Craftland ladies. 

Guilty pleasure?
Diet soda and network TV.