We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Odiorne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success to me is loving what you do and creating what you want to. Instead of making what I think people would like, I stay true to my creative vision. I think it’s important to stay true to myself, stay focused on my own personal goals and not what my peers’ goals are. I also believe in being open and willing to collaborate. It’s a great way to make something I wouldn’t typically make as well as open new doors and having a different perspective.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My screen-printed textiles focus on exemplifying and magnifying the complexity of repeated forms. I am passionate about the time-honored tradition of screen-printing textiles, taking great pride in executing all aspects of the process by hand. I stay true to my personal style and continuously strive to stretch my knowledge and techniques. I don’t follow trends or shift my pieces to fit what may be currently popular. I take pride in the details embedded in my original drawings, overlapping shapes, and complex compositions. When I discovered my passion for screen-printing textiles I never looked back. I have worked hard to achieve goals and continue to search for opportunities that challenge me to keep learning and growing my craft. I believe it’s important to have an open mind and realize that dreams can change or evolve. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are many exceptional culinary institutions across the state of Arizona. I would have to include a few of my favorite restaurants starting with Chompies for the best bagels. I would recommend exploring the Desert Botanical Gardens, and a hike on Pinnacle Peak, to get a look at true desert landscapes and find some great inspiration. Another destination I regularly go to for inspiration is SMoCA in Oldtown Scottsdale, the exhibits they curate are always captivating. Phoenicia Mediterranean Café is my favorite place for lunch in the Valley, I would go there every day if I could! My go-to fun attractions are the Wildlife World Zoo to see the albino alligator. The JW Marriot has a lazy river that I highly recommend for soaking in the Arizona sun. Ending the day in Downtown Phoenix for dinner at La Piazza PHX followed by drinks at Hanny’s would be the finishing touch!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents who encouraged me to go to college and allowed me to pursue my passion. They never discouraged me from choosing art as my major, they are huge supporters and have even helped me install my work in exhibitions! My professor at ASU, Clare Verstegen, has been my mentor for 10 years and was the influential person who taught me how to screen-print on fabric. Last but not least, my husband, Trevor. He has occupied many roles in my artistic career including studio assistant, gallery monitor, silkscreen builder, and best of all my biggest cheerleader. Trevor has without hesitation helped me every step of the way in the development of my career. Without these remarkable people, I would not be where I am today.