Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Getting Beardy with Katie and Britt!

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Brittany Veitch and Katie Jacobs at the launch of Beardo!

We've been asking our Beardo artists some questions about their love of the beard.  Today we spoke to Katie Jacobs and Brittany Veitch who have worked collaboratively for this exhibition.

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what type of work do you do?
Katie:  I'm from Melbourne, I make narrative-based ceramic work about icons, Australiana and humour.

Britt:  I'm also from Melbourne and I'm a Toy Maker, soft sculpture artist, non-practicing Industrial Designer.

So what attracted you to make work about beards?
Katie: We got excited about our ideas in discussion of the theme. We like innuendo. We like Movember. Beards scare me. I have a beard.

Britt: My housemate repeatedly refuses to grow a moustache for my amusement, so I have to make my own.

Are you surprised by the reaction for 'beard related' art and how popular the beard is?
Katie:  No. Hipsters love the past. And back in the day, some dudes wore beards.

Britt: Yes, beards are creepy especially beaded/plaited beards.

What attracted you to take part in Beardo - the exhibition?
Katie: I like the idea of seeing images of old dudes contrasted with modern work.

Britt: Having fun with beards.

What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
Katie:  A smile. Photographs of themselves with different beardstyles.
Britt:  Laughter, tears and maybe inspiration to grow their own.

If you want to know more about what Katie and Brittany do you can check out Katie's blog here and Brittany's blog here!  They are great reads so check it out!

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