Olivia Laws Art
Olivia Laws is a crochet artist living and working in the state of Tennessee in the United States. She graduated with her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee. She's deeply inspired by the Pop Art movement and typically works with a neon rainbow color palette. Her pieces are oversized, joyful and whimsical. When she's not crocheting she likes to spend her free time going on nature walks with her Golden Pyrenees, Grizzlie and her husband, Hunter.
I had the great pleasure of stumbling across Olivia's Instagram account and knew instantly that I wanted to feature her! Lucky for me she obliged, scroll down to read our full interview!
You create some astounding crochet sculptures and art pieces! Was there ever a time you failed? Was it a humbling experience for you? Or an opportunity to learn?
Thank you so much! Of course, everyone fails from time to time. And in most cases the artists that we look up to the most, the ones that we view as the most successful, have actually failed even more. I try not to dwell on my fails. I'm actually having a hard time recalling a specific time that I failed because I don't view my "fails" as failures.
Instead I look at them as learning experiences. I credit this mentality to the time I spent at art school going through critiques. Going through a good critique process has a way of numbing you from the pain of people not liking your artwork. Not everyone is going to like your work and that's something you have to realize as an artist. It's also important to realize that you are not your artwork.
Even though you pour your heart and soul into it, at the end of the day it's not you. You and your artwork are two separate entities and just because someone doesn't like your piece that doesn't mean they don't like you. You have to learn how to accept criticism not let it affect your or the work you make. I guess one instance of failure that specifically stands out to me would be the first time I ever entered a juried art show.
During my freshman year at college (long before crocheting was anything more than a hobby to me) I entered some drawings and a painting I made into an art show and I didn't get in. It was definitely a blow because at that point I was still struggling to see myself as an artist. With most of my classmates getting into the show it felt like maybe art wasn't for me. But my drawing professor helped me realize that it was just one juror's opinion of my artwork. It didn't make me less of an artist for not getting into one show. I just had to get myself out there and enter more shows. So, I did and the next semester I got into two shows.
I am the sole designer behind Osage County Crochet!