Ricë Freeman-Zachery writes, stitches, and blogs from Midland, The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Texas, in a house with orange and purple and pink walls and rooms full of work tables, sewing machines, and garments to alter. She travels with her photographer husband, The Ever-Gorgeous Earl, writing and taking photos of art retreats, artists’ studios, and creative adventures of all kinds. They logged over 15,000 miles in 2010 attending art retreats and book signings and just generally being overwhelmed by sheer mileage.
Ricë writes artist profiles for various publications and is the author of Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists and Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art, both by North Light Books. Her fifth book, Destination: Creativity, is due out in September, also from North Light.
Ricë is not good at relaxing, loves being productive, and thinks vacations are overrated. She likes coffee, embroidery floss and country western dancing; although she’s not crazy about the music, she’s found it’s tough to do the western swing to Thelonius Monk.
Her goal in life is to get everything done before she dies.
Q: What kind of art are you known for?
A: Altered and embellished wearable art, specifically Journal Skirts. And writing, which is also an art.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: About a ton of thrifted garments including vintage (!) coats. I’m beading, stitching, painting, stenciling. Anything you can do on paper, you can do on fabric.
Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: Coffee, and that’s about as far as it ever goes.
Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: Any bright, clear, tertiary color. Or, of course, orange!
Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: I don’t play well with others. I’d either want to work alone or watch someone else work. If I could go watch someone else in their studio, I’d hang out with Jodi and Richard Creager. I’d move in, in fact.
Q: Why do you make art?
A: To give my brain something to do besides whisper to me about termites and periodontal disease.
Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: My workspace is in 3 rooms in our house, with another room as a library, so you really don’t want to know all the stuff that’s in my workspace. It would frighten you.
Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Work is not a bad word. Don’t dabble. Get in there and dig into it and give it your best effort, and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover.