Interview with Ambrosia Sullivan – Artist, Shoe Designer

We just started a new category on the blog, called “Interview”. You can read here interviews from artists all around the world, artists from different areas. We had this in plan since the beginning of ArtKnowhow, and we want to help you by growing this section of the blog. You will have the chance to read about new artists, to read their stories, how they started as artists, how they developed their skills and of course you will have the unique chance to connect with them.

We had the chance to connect with Ambrosia Sullivan via Linked In. She does an amazing work by designing shoes, so why wouldn’t be a great idea to make the first interview with her?

Please, let us introduce you to Ambrosia Sullivan.

Artknowhow: Tell us something about yourself. Name / Where are you etc.

Ambrosia Sullivan: My name is Ambrosia Sullivan and currently Reside in West New York, NJ

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is violet.

What is your dream?

My dream is to create shoes that will make people feel confident and beautiful.

How can you describe you in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate.

What’s your background?

Background (heritage) Native American/Irish raised in Central New York.
Background (education) After graduating with a B.F.A in painting from Pratt Institute, continued studies in painting at The Art Students League in NYC, and took footwear classes from the Fashion Institute of Technology along with an intensive design course from Prescott & Mackay.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I’ve been blessed to have worked creative jobs. My first job was in small shabby chic furniture shop named Art n’ Soul, from there I worked for MacKenzie Childs. After College, I worked for a specialty paint and pigment store called Guerra Paint for around 7 years, there I was able to learn about color and paint technology. I am now designing for a children’s shoe company here in NJ and I dedicate my nights and weekends to custom projects; shoes and paintings.

How did you start as an artist?

I was always drawing from when I was very young, art was always my favorite subject. By the time I got to high school I had won little awards here and there, I was nominated Future Picasso in superlatives. I’m not sure how to pinpoint the moment where I became an artist, because for me it was just something have always I loved to do.

Why did you focus on shoes?

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I focused on shoes because I wanted to add something new/challenging, something I am passionate about (I have a closet full). I feel that it’s necessary to keep growing and learning new skills, it does something for the soul.

What can you do for people? How can you help them?

I can design custom shoes for people, if they have an idea for an existing pair to be used as canvas or I can create from scratch to their desire. I also take commissions for paintings to brighten up their home or offices.

How did your skills change over time?

I do my best on a project then I always find a way to do it better on the next one. It’s always been that way with my paintings. The shoemaking process, from what I’ve learned is a much longer journey to master, there’s little victories with each new shoe made, along with all the challenges.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I’m inspired by many things, antique motifs, vintage shoes, pin ups, animals, science and pop culture. The best inspiration for me is going to museum exhibits, there is an energy in spaces dedicated to art, when I’m surrounded by it, it makes me want to create more. I also get inspired by the people in my life, my fiance mostly, we are always bouncing ideas off each other. He’s just as creative and has a lot of bold ideas.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I was stopped in the subway station by a man who wanted to take pictures of my shoes because they inspired him with a theme that he wanted to use in his shop, I was wearing a pair of shoes that I hand painted  inspired by blue China porcelain. It made me happy to know I inspired someone.

Do you listen to music when you create?

I love listening to music while working on things, mostly it’s Prokofiev, Pavarotti, Billy Holiday and Jimi Hendrix.

What advice can you give to a young artist?

The best advice I have for a young artist is do what you love, never give up. In other words, figure out your obsession, do your research, keep learning, and know that from every obstacle comes opportunity.

What is your dream project?

My dream project would be to collaborate with other shoemakers/ artists and create a major exhibit for a museum or gallery.

Name three artists you admire.

Three artist who I admire are, Caroline Groves (shoemaker), Francis Picabia (painter)  and Mark Ryden (painter).

How can people contact you?

shoe designer

People can contact me through email [email protected]
My Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ambrosiasullivanshoes
To see more shoes go to
http://www.ambrosiaSullivan.com
To see my paintings go to
http://www.AmbrosiaSullivan.Carbonmade.com

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