ABOUT THE ART
Keeping up with our physical distancing efforts, we reached out to one of our favourite artists in residence, Lacey Bakker, author and founder of Pandamonium Publishing House. She answered all your questions about being an author and her process.
1. Are there any traditions you partake in when writing or getting ready to write?
Yes! Coffee is a must and having a desk sturdy enough that won’t collapse when I beat my head against it, is essential. Then, I stare at a blank screen until my characters speak to me.
2. If you could be any animal (living or extinct), which one would you be and why?
I would be a wolf because they are cunning, they lead from the back of the pack, and they are mysterious and enchanting.
3. Can you describe the moment in time when you knew you were an artist and what the statement “I am an artist” means to you?
I still don’t know if I’m a real artist even 20 books later! An artist means someone who has put pieces of themselves on the page no matter how vulnerable that is at times. You can’t create something without leaving a bit of yourself behind in the work.
4. What advice would you give to young handmade artisans about the industry?
Now, more than ever, the world needs art and the world needs your art. Yes, there may be people who do what you do, but no one is YOU and that is your power.
5. Who are your three heroes/heroines and which attributes do you admire about them? Cleopatra because she was a strong female ruler who, even in death, made her own rules. Joan of Arc because she followed her gut until the very end even though it cost her her life. Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter main character because she was defiant yet compassionate.