Artist Profile: Doris Arndt

Doris Arndt is a mixed media artist in that she loves many forms of expression. She is a book binder, beader, painter, embroiderer and writer. Doris teaches and sells her art at workshops throughout the country.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Crocheted amigurumi bear for a friend’s daughter.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it tool?
A: A small, cheap pair of embroidery scissors. I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting, knitting and sewing, and it just comes in really handy.  The small size keeps it easy to keep on hand and to carry with.

Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: Maui for our 30th anniversary.  It was our first time there. I loved snorkeling—who knew? I also loved the respect and connection with nature.

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: One color? Really, one color? Augh. Blues pops up first. Check out the water and sky.

Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/ magical thing you wear?
A: Yep, silver jewelry. I don’t wear it all the time, but when I feel the need, I start packing it on.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: Maui, but truly it is anywhere my granddaughter is. I know, so unbearably corny but so true.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Zipline through a forest/jungle

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: Wow, that’s tough. The days I gave birth.  Pretty darn awesome to see those new people face to face the first time.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Peace

Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: Sheila Chandra, Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, the Beatles—anything with a good beat.  I like it loud and thumping.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: It would empower us to see the other guy’s side, to make us have empathy.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Katie Kendrick

Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: Double stick tape, a couple hand made books, DG3 Art Gel, walnut ink. PVA, beads, a bag of goodies from Objects and Elements plus a lot of other stuff that shouldn’t be there.

Q: If you could re-do a classic movie, what would you remake and how?
A: Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.  I’d just update it with color and more special effects and change the ending. I always like the Beast better than the prince.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Listen to your “own” voice and do what you have to do. Make your art, not someone else’s.

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