One of the Babes: Seeds Then Roots Art
We all know the art in Austin is spectacular. When we came across Michelle Lawrence's work, first via Instagram then via email, we knew we had to get her in on a meet. This boss babe runs her own art brand, Seeds Then Roots, and we're happy to have her as a vendor at our female-fronted band showcase tonight, with our co-hosts Glitter Tribe.
Q: What inspired you to start making art? Was it natural? Did you have any role models?
A: I've been making art since I can remember. When I was young in school I didn't enjoy most subjects. They didn't hold my attention, except for art, it came very naturally. I would draw animals all the time, mostly pigs.
One of my aunts is such a talented artist and amazing woman; I have always looked up to her. I remember watching her paint and admiring how incredibly realistic she could render everything. It was what I wanted to be able to do. She told me to practice, and I am still practicing.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passion projects?
A: My advice is to just start it. Don't worry about what the final result is.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: There are so many artistic people here in Austin! It is crazy. I am constantly inspired by people I meet in this town. My husband is an artist, as well. We are completely different at what we do, (He is a tattoo artist at Mom's Tattoos) but he inspires me daily. We sit and paint at home together, so it's nice to have that in common. I'm also outside hiking with my dogs a lot, so there's a lot of elements I take from nature that show up in my work. When I'm in a rut, I look at books. I will just go to the thrift store or vintage shop and look. I also buy a lot of books, too, for collaging.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?
A: I was in school. I must have been working on this painting for weeks, and right before our critique I realized I hated it, so I sandblasted it, because I wanted to destroy it—turned out to be one of the happiest accidents ever. The layers and layers of paint I had on that painting, some things coming through to the surface and others got pushed back into the space I had created. It made me so happy! I began to use carving tools, sander, and dremels; I started to take away, just as much as I was putting into my pieces.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your artistry thus far?
A: Just time, really. I recently quit my full-time job, so I could focus more on making work. I have a second job that I work three to four days a week now. We all know how it is! Ya gotta work. Ya gotta make work.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: I run to coffee and Etsy. It doesn't always work. Sometimes, it does. I get on Etsy, and I'm just like "OH MY GOD, all these people are making amazing, amazing things. I can do this. I can." Then I'm either super inspired and make something of my own, or i just start adding things to my cart. If it doesn't work, I'll try and work on something else. I'm normally working on multiple things at once, so I run away from certain things I'm working on, and come back to it when I am discouraged about another piece.
Your favorite band: Well…I just can't say. "Clap your hands say yeah" is in my record player right now. My Spotify is on "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack. Wild Belle is on my Pandora right now. Something more recently discovered is The Effiels. They're a band from LA, and they kind of have a joy division feel to them going on. Check them out.
Your favorite book: Facebook?
Joking, sort of. Sometime,s I start and quickly forget about reading self-help books. The only book I'm reading right now is a soap-making book. I'm too busy making the soap to read, ya no?
Your local Austin gem: Sister coffee. Love it. Love her. Love it all. That babe is boss.
#bossbabesATX Note: Pssst, we love Sister Coffee, too!