We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Owens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things but my biggest influence is probably art in its many forms. I’m always looking at art and reflecting on how art has impacted history. Decorative arts are one of the biggest inspirations I turn to in my own work, especially decorative pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an embroidery artist concentrating on creating handcrafted jewelry and wearables using traditional techniques in a contemporary context. I primarily work in goldwork hand embroidery; a historic and specialized technique utilizing metals to create hand embroideries. My mission is to preserve the art of hand embroidery and practice this craft in a manner that is mindful and ethical. In an age where life and technology seems to be moving so fast, it is important not to forget the beauty of fine craft and the capability of the human hands.
I was first introduced to goldwork while studying abroad at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK in 2016. Ever since this experience, hand embroidery has become the core of my practice. Over the past few years, I’ve turned working as an embroidery artist into my full-time job. I grew my business organically and have really found a lot of success by embracing social media to share my work. The journey is ongoing, and I still have a long way to go but I’m excited to see where it leads me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Boulder is such a wonderful city. I love its proximity to so many hiking trails as well as its “small town” feel. Going to afternoon tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My fellow artists at the House of Serein (Boulder, CO) and my wonderful, supportive husband.
Sarah Banko (Banko Photo)