My name is Christi Murphy, and my business is based in Louisville, KY. If you read my home page, you already know that I have been creating art from any medium for most of my life. That's the beauty of this business. There is always the element of surprise and wonder when you elevate or transform an item to have another purpose or where people will have a different appreciation of it .
What made you get into art?
I actually credit my mom with my early onset of talent. She decorated cakes, handcrafted wreaths, and was a wonderful cook. Art comes in many forms, and she was a great role model for me. My mom and dad were very supportive of all of my goals, and for that I am extremely thankful. As a result, my eyes were opened up to many possibilities. I love baking and decorating cakes. I have actually done very well as a professional baker. I learned to model fondant and clay, work meticulously with fine details, and create figures such as people and animals. And I can honestly say I truly don't remember how I happened upon the art of carving egg shells, but I was captivated! I remember saying to myself, "I can do that. I do it all the time with my cakes - just with icing!"
How does your baking background help with your art?
Baking is a very creative way of taking simple ingredients such as flour, water, oil, and eggs and putting it all together to create a timeless piece - a cake. Often the centerpiece of a special occasion such as a birthday or wedding, graduation or baby shower. It doesn't really matter the occasion. It is a joining together of family and friends. It's all about the details and the presentation. I am still creating a beautiful piece of art with passion, commitment, and love.
What gives you inspiration for your art?
I am inspired by many things. Nature, landscapes, paintings, and certainly images that I have in my head. I put pencil to paper and draw it up first and make any changes I want. But I allow the image to take a life of its own as I carve. Sometimes I do what I think is a mistake, and it actually looks better than I had previously imagined. I allow it to breathe and shape and form itself.
What egg artists inspire you?
There are many. But Piotr Bockenheim was the first artist I saw that left me speechless, endlessly thumbing through his images. The fluidity of his work is awe-inspiring to say the least. Each design is a masterpiece. How could I not be inspired by such great talent? Here is a link to his site. Please check it out HERE.
What is your favorite piece of art you have created?
I am still creating it in my head. I have images running through my mind that are yet to take form. However, I will say this. I am extremely proud of my very first carved egg shell. No formal experience. No apprenticeship or training. Just taking a cheap drill to my first egg. Not bad for my first one. But I will keep you posted when I make my favorite piece and post a picture of it.
I would be honored to create a special keepsake especially for you! I look forward to the possibility of being a part of your special moments.
Christi Murphy, LLC * www.christimurphy.com * 502.645.6588 * email@example.com
An egg is not just an egg. "Art is about bending things most people see as a straight line".
Christi Murphy, LLC
Carved Egg Shell Art