Meet the Artist: Courtney Cerruti

June 26, 2014

This post is a first in a series introducing you to the instructors teaching at this years retreat. I have the pleasure of introducing you first to Courtney Cerruti an artist and maker from the Bay Area. Enjoy! Tell a little about yourself. Where you have lived, what type of creative work you have done and how you came to build your business. I call myself a Maker Extraordinaire because I do a little of everything and I make something everyday. I’ve lived mostly in the SF bay area and spent a year in Bordeaux, France when I was in college. I had my first show there which was painting, photography and printmaking which speaks to the fact that I can never settle into one medium! I worked in retail in college for a bookstore but I was making signs and displays even then. I went on to manage and buy for smaller shops after college as well as do merchandising and display in addition to retail. I did windows for Anthropologie then translated those skills into custom art and installations for weddings. Somewhere in there I started teaching workshops on bookmaking and paper arts and currently I work for Creativebug doing set design, artists coaching and creating DIY content. I’m working on my third book with Quarry and continue to organize local art events and shows as well as special projects for myself. Because I’ve been traveling a lot from Creativebug recently I started a mail art projects making and sending postcards to friends throughout the world via instagram. #ccmail unnamed Do you think most people are living their creative dreams? Are you living your creative dreams? How? It takes a lot of courage and support to live your “creative dream”. Its really hard to just say out loud that you are or aren’t doing that. For me, taking one small step a day toward where I want to be creatively is approachable and less intimidating. Starting a habit or a routine of doing a drawing a day, or even just jotting down a daily observation can help you start on the path to a creative life. Its easy to get stuck on an ideal of creativity. Whatever that dream is, the reality to living it will always be shifting and growing with your life and experience, so allow yourself to make room for flexibility. How does family and life experience play into you achieving your goals? Who around you encourages you? I’m not married and I don’t haven children so I don’t have the responsibility of a family. I do have a full time job that is more than 9-5 and I also have a wickedly long commute everyday I have to MAKE time in my day. All those little moments I fill with drawing or painting or searching out inspiration. I have little “free” time, and I keep myself pretty busy and engaged. That might just be the phase of my life I’m in, but I really crave seeking out visual inspiration and even collaborating with other artists. My parents have always been supportive. I was pretty certain I wanted to pursue art as a career from the time I was a kid and my parents have always been enthusiastic even when reminding me of the realities of adulthood (health insurance and retirement, security of income etc) Thanks, Dad! How do you conquer fear? How do you encourage others to conquer their fears? Ooh, that’s so hard. Fear is ever present. You just have to put your head down and move forward. You can’t grow without overcoming obstacles. IMG_3456_2What are the steps you follow when you are working towards a goal? Just try to stay focused and curious about what you’re doing. I haven’t figure it all yet. List your favorite websites and why? I’m hugely inspired by the community of instagram and I’m pretty addicted. You can follow me and see all my artistic endeavors, events and collaborations @ccerruti I also love browsing pinterest. You can find me here: Courtney Cerruti on pinterest unnamed-2Share your favorite places in the US and abroad and tell why I’m pretty lucky to live in California. Its really beautiful here and there is endless inspiration. I recently went to South Africa, and I’d love to go back. I really want to go to Mexico and Japan in the next 5 years and I’ll take a trip to Paris any day, at the drop of a hat, always. paper_flower_bouquet_2What are your favorite museums and creative influences? hmmm… I love going to first Fridays (murmur) in Oakland and late night Fridays at the Oakland Museum. When there is a show I’m interested in, the usual SF museums and galleries are good, The DeYoung, The Legion etc. I really love the shows at the main branch of the SF Public Library. My favorite museum in the California is in Culver City, its called the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I also love natural history museums. what do the following words mean to you…art? design? creativity? how do these fit into your life? Off the top of my head, I would say that design is choice, layout, and structure in visuals.  Art is the manifestation of creativity. Creativity is the way you lead your life, the way you approach everyday actions and the way you interact with your world. Playing With Image Transfers Book Trailer from Courtney Cerruti on Vimeo. Courtney will be teaching 3 courses at this years retreat: Playing with Image Transfers Part One, Playing with Image Transfers Part Two and Paper Flower Bouquets. Hope you will take the leap and join us for a fabulous weekend. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive special discounts and some super fun treats for this years event. Have a great Thursday everyone! CEDlogo_silver

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