An Interview with Courtney Cerruti: Maker Extraordinaire

CLASS_COMMART-7TIt takes only one glance through Courtney Cerruti’s Instagram to reveal that she is a wildly creative person. She knows how to see treasures in things found and create art out of nearly anything including matchboxes, rescued books and wooden spoons. She has curated a variety of shows including Strike Away, a show of nearly 450 altered match boxes on display at Paxton Gate in San Francisco, California until June 20. Even if you can’t make it to San Francisco, check out  #strikeawayshow because it will blow your mind.

Thankfully for the rest of the world, Courtney is also passionate about teaching others and sharing her artsy mojo with those who ask. She has authored three books: Playing with Image TransfersWashi Tape, and Playing with Surface Design. She also teaches workshops online at Creativebug and in person. Last fall Courtney graced us with a visit that included classes like Fun with Washi Tape and Image Transfers, plus an event called #SocialSketch.IMG_20150605_122850 copyWe are pleased to announce that Courtney is coming for another visit to Two Hands Paperie. We have a full weekend of activities with her that include: Playing with Image Transfers class on Saturday, June 27th 10-1:00pm, a book signing on June 27th from 5:00-6:00 followed by a second round of the #Socialsketch (6:00-9:00 pm FREE!, just RSVP)! On Sunday, June 28th she is teaching from her newest book: Playing with Surface Design from 11:00- 4:00 pm. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to meet with this Maker Extraordinaire!

We asked Courtney some questions so you can get to know her a little better.

Two Hands Paperie: It seems like you can find inspiration anywhere. What have you been drawn to most recently?

Courtney Cerruti: I’m addicted to instagram and am always discovering new artists there. I also love to attend art openings and visit museums as often as I can. I’m always looking and inspiration appears just in the act of looking, observing, just taking a moment to notice everything around me no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

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THP: What do you like about teaching? How does teaching online compare to teaching in a class atmosphere?

CC: I love teaching workshops. I’m inspired by what my students make and how they interpret the process. Teaching online is much harder than in person because there is no dialogue online. I love interacting with my students, and watching them grow even in the course of a single workshop.

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THP: Where is your favorite place to find thrifted treasures? What are some of your favorite things you have found?

CC: Ooooh, so hard. I try to go to an antique shop, bookstores or thrift shops in every town I’m in. I love a good flea market. The Alemany flea in San Francisco is a great small flea market that I frequent. I also sell vintage finds at the Alameda Flea occasionally and that’s a great place to shop and find inspiration. Its a huge venue though and can also be overwhelming… I could write a book on hunting for treasures! My most treasured possessions are probably my antique thread cabinets.

THP: Your website says you believe everyone is creative (we do too!). How would you suggest people who don’t think they are creative tap into that part of themselves?

CC: Everyone is creative, but feeling confident to say you’re creative is entirely different and can be so hard to do for many people. Something that might help is starting a daily art practice like sketching in a book, doodling on an index card, making Artist Trading Cards (ATC) etc. Find some small “something” and just repeat it everyday. One, you’ll get better at it, and two you’ll establish a routine of doing something “creative,” and you’ll begin to embody a sense of creativity. You can also share your work or practice with a trusting and supportive friend. They can work with you, and make it a little less scary as well as hold you accountable, or just support you while you explore!

We are big fans of Courtney and her work. Check out her website for more information about her. Be sure to come to some or all of our weekend activities June 27th & 28th. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Let’s face it, if the creative world was a high school lunch table, Courtney Cerruti would be the cool girl. We are grateful for the opportunity to sit with her and you will be too!