I have had the pleasure of getting to know our next artist spotlight as she’s been in all of my design classes over the past few years! This semester when we did our “Design Business Management” style class, I discovered that as well as being an awesome designer, Shaena McBride makes some incredible jewelry (that I am a proud owner of as well). Always thoughtful and an incredible thinker, I see only rainbows and unicorns of success in Shaena’s life (and, yes, I sense her dream of owning her own business and being truly happy will totally be achieved…and faster than she imagines, I’d bet!).
C: What is your main focus?
S: Majoring in mass communication with a focus in audio production. However, have aimed to take at least one visual art course each semester.
C: Have you always been interested in art/design/illustration? If so, why? If not, what were you interested in?
S: I have always been very drawn to art and visual design. It began with an interest and focus in drawing or painting and crafting. But, as I became more technologically savvy, my digital art skills grew and I found myself being able to express myself more freely with digital art forms. I could truly get the vision I had for my art exactly as I wanted.
C: How did you get into art? What was your spark?
S: I think I got into art from my mom. She has always been quite the artist and very expressive visually. I grew up watching her making crafts and doing tons of DIY projects. I think I got the trait of enjoying making things beautiful from her. On the other hand, my dad has always influenced my spiritual exploration and growth which has greatly influenced my art as well. Art from various eastern religions have had a strong impact on my visual art.
C: Goals you’d like to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? A lifetime? (a biggie, I know!)
S: 1 year: Have a reliable gem wholesale source, have LV stamps for packaging, grow inventory to a more stable level. Purchase and be learning either electroforming, welding, or soldering. 5 years: Grow to a larger business. Set up all legalities, have own at home studio, displays in boutiques/art galleries, regular set ups at festivals and craft shows.
C: Favorite creative and why? (past or present, either’s fine!)
S: This is a loaded question! 🙂 I take inspiration from so many various favorites artists in many different mediums. I take awe and respect for the classics such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, I feel all art has that deep rooted class. I also strongly pull from the energies represented in Alex Grey and Chris Dyer. Their work shows a complexity and depth that not many I feel can truly understand or connect with. I have been drawn to audio in this life similarly to how I was drawn to visuals… it is a different and more stable form of communication for all of life. That being said, I like ALL music. I even enjoy my guilty pleasures of pop music, because of that feel good experience you can get. I would have to say, as an art and looking at it as such, Thievery Corporation is one of the most influential and impactful groups to influence my mindset and thoughts. I wish to someday create a sound as full and rich in matter.
C: Why do you create?
S: I create for the release. I also create because it is using a different form of communication that I seem to be far more proficient at than the everyday speaking communication. I can never find the words to say at the right time or even the right combination to describe. Or if I do, it takes so long that the point gets lost. Art and creating helps me communication and express something instantly and in a million words, but without having to speak them. Both apply for the visual aspect of design and the audio aspect of production.
C: What (or whom) is your inspiration? Why?
S: Well, I sort of answered half of this earlier. That can be the people that inspire me haha. I mostly take inspiration from my environment and the people or things I come into contact with everyday. The life experiences and how I feel from those fuels that need to release and create. I have this deep rooted need to make things beautiful (in my eyes). Anything askew gives me my inspiration to improve it. The mortality and the very fabric of life, space and time inspire me to create in hopes of understanding or maybe finding answers in my own brain to the answers we all wonder.
C: Where do you see yourself going on your career path? What are your hopes/dreams/aspirations?
S: My biggest dream would be to own my own businesses and be truly happy. I would like to grow my jewelry and let it just take a life of its own. I don’t want to push it to become the next Pandora by any means. I make jewelry for me to have fun, and if people like it thats just an added bonus. Same goes for my visual art and design. I do plan to offer my graphic design skills as a form of work and income, but expressive works will be again for my own sanity and if people enjoy them I will not hesitate to share. Music is something I take a bit more seriously. I have always felt some kind of more serious and strong pull from the universe or wherever that I could do something big and truly impactful with music or audio. The bottom line plan is that I want to open a recording studio and record/facilitate recording and producing skills to get music that could help people out into the world. The world is spiraling into a dark place. If we all could spread unifying thoughts and feelings that could be a huge step. I think a way to do that could be through communication older than any language, music. I have never experienced a more unifying tool than art and music. That is something we as a society will desperately need in the next decades.
C: Best advice you’ve ever received?
S: Haha, maybe I’m still waiting to hear it!! I guess it would be to love yourself. Unforgiving and unapologetically. I am still no where near that, but the more and more I learn of this life the more that seems like key. Think critically. When you are looking or critiquing ANYTHING NOT JUST ART, I find myself asking myself, “Do I really think that or does my society?” You’ll find yourself rethinking a lot of things. Final thing actually about design though would be to leave it and WALK AWAY. Sometimes nothing can be harder than that, but it is necessary.
C: Gimme the deets! What’s your instagram/twitter/snap/society6/redbubble/etc and website info?