Caroline Wilder: Hands in the Soil, Hands in the Clouds

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Caroline Wilder

almost 30



Where do you live/work:

Mostly with my partner in Tivoli, but also my family farm at Montgomery Place.

I work in a little garage-turned-studio attached to a barn there.


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What brought you to where you live:

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I was born here

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What’s your favorite color:

indigo

rose gold too.

and cream

 
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What’s your favorite place:

Deep in the apple orchard at dusk late September, early October

Also my aunt’s home in Munich, Germany

 
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Name three of your favorite books:

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver

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Which artists inspire you:

Lina Schynins, simplicity, intimacy, vulnerability

Sophie Leemyer, capsulizes my dreams, nightmares, imagination

Kiki Smith, use of nature

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What is an artist:

Someone who makes you feel.

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What is art:

Something that makes you feel.

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How do you identify as an artist:

Hearing how people feel wearing Idunn. Also, if I’m not creating, I feel dead. That’s a little dramatic, but true.




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What was a pivotal project, person, or experience that shaped your practice:

All of the women who I worked with and therefore raised me (mostly my mom).

I was so lucky to grow up around such special breed of woman: so hard-working, creative, beautiful, sensual. Hands in the soil, hands in the clouds. Dreamers and doers.

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What are key elements or constants in you practice:

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!Linen!

Looser fitting, longer silhouettes that drape in a flattering way on different bodies.

 
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What are your current interest and inquiries as an artist:

Trying to do less better.

Also, I have been considering/ruminating on this quote by architect Lina Bo Bardi:

“We need a world of consumption in resonance with our hearts.”

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What do you see as the value of art:

Natural way to alter your mood.

to unearth something, shine a light on it. .Catharsis.

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What is your greatest challenge as an artist:

Being my own boss. Homing in on any one medium.

Putting a price on it so it can be attainable to who I am making it for but also afford me a living. wage.




What has been a victory for you as an artist:

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Seeing the women I look up to wearing Idunn.

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What’s next for you as an artist:

Getting back to the sewing machine.

I had help with production this year and feel like I really missed out.

My design process happens when I sew.