Rhea Freitag has such a stunning sense for altered art. Her configuration trays, boxes, and creations are always so brilliantly detailed and every embellishment looks like it was placed where it was meant to be. Her work is stunning, and today you get to know a little more about her creative process, how she finds it therapeutic, and her crafting forte. The National Craft Month interviews continue!
An Interview with Rhea Freitag
1. Why do you craft?
Crafting and creating for me is therapeutic. I lose track of time when I am making things and I find myself very much at peace when engaged in creative activities. I have learned that I also love the craft of publishing my blog as this allows for photography, composing text and hopefully inspiring others.
2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?
I feel my creative strengths lie in altered art, book making and assemblage. I strive to create pieces that tell a story, invoke memory and engage the observer interactively through movement. Many of the objects in my work have personal meaning to me as I love symbolism.
3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?
Working on design teams has been a huge motivation and inspiration for me, right along with the stress relief I mentioned earlier. Designing in a creative group, inspiring followers and collaborating with different companies has all really helped me to grow leaps and bounds since I started my creative journey. Having these assignments (sometimes way out of my comfort zone or media!!!) pushes me to try new things and get even more creative.
4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?
Most of my finished works are stashed around the house. I also often give things away as gifts to family and friends if the subject matter suits them. Since I have so much stuff, I have recently also been dragging more to my office at work. Probably the most fun thing I have done with some of my finished work is abandon them for others to find as a random act of kindness.
We love your altered projects and love your amazing displays! Thanks for sharing with us, Rhea!
Now, Rhea shows you how she makes her altered masterpieces! Learn how she creates this amazing shadowbox.
"For this assignment the team was asked to create a project in their favorite style and create a tutorial. Since I really enjoy assemblage work and shadowboxes, I decided I would show folks how easy it is to create a complex piece. There is a Snapguide to show off all my little secrets to making an assemblage with lots of interest. I used Raining Cats and Dogs as my paper of choice and I adore how whimsical this one turned out! Cheers!" ~Rhea
Here's a great altered printer's tray from the vault for extra inspiration! For our Southern Hemisphere G45ers, this is just perfect for you as you enter into the fall season! This is a gorgeous printer's tray by DT alumni Arlene Cuevas using Steampunk Spells, Petaloo, and Xyron products. Amazing!
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Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this Sunday. We hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy this fabulous inspiration.
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