Healing through art is not only beneficial for oneself, but also for those it is shared with. We learn how deeply we connect with others when we express outwardly what we’re feeling through our words, paintings, films, and drawings, and for Lorri of Imperfectly Beautiful Designs, transfer art. We spoke with Lorri this week about her (self taught!) work, and her vision of helping others heal through her handmade pieces.
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
Hello! I am Lorri, the creative head behind Imperfectly Beautiful Designs. I live in Buffalo, NY and I am an image transfer artist. You might or might not know what that is, so I’ll give you a brief description of what it is I do: First, I am self taught. I developed a method through trial and error which allows me to take your pictures, drawings, writing & signatures and transfer them onto any surface from canvas to metal.
Right now, I am transferring images onto PMC silver & bronze clay from handmade stamps another process that I learned through an online class I took instructed by my personal friend Dawn DiGesare of Davoria Jewelry. This takes my work to another level.
My mantra is: Create with Passion. Vision with Purpose.
How do you define feminism and how does that influence what you do?
I love being a woman! I don’t want be a woman who needs to think like a man to get ahead. I think for myself and do what is right for me in my business and personal life. I am happy to be able to achieve my dreams, and being a woman is an added bonus. I feel that as women we should help other women by extending help if and when we can, give words of encouragement and especially when life can be hard and you only have yourself to count on. I don’t agree with being a woman and having to think like a man. NO WAY! Embrace your womanhood.
What’s the most challenging part of what you do? The most rewarding?
The technically challenging part is getting the image to transfer as perfectly as it can which hasn’t always been that easy to do. I have had many a meltdown trying to do it right, but true to my business name, Imperfectly Beautiful, I see the imperfect beauty in all and I can then move on.
The most rewarding part is the completion of the piece(s). I look at it and feel closeness to the person who this is for, bringing a loved one close to their heart which helps them to heal. Art does heal and I want to take what I do to the next level by helping those who have been abused in any form. My dream is to create programs that allow them to create/heal through their art and then design pieces to sell and give a percentage to an organization that will help them see that what happens to them doesn’t define them.
If you could give one piece of advice to women in similar creative fields, what would it be?
I was told by a very very good friend another jewelry designer that if you don’t have a purpose followed by passion you are just designing, not selling. People need a reason to buy your designs.
How can our readers follow and support your work?