Happy July! Hope you are on full summer swing! So excited to see so many places opening up in California. Hope in your area same is happening. This month I'm excited to introduce a local artist from my town Santa Clarita. She's so creative and witchy. Let's get to meet her and see what inspire her brand.
-Where are you from? Where are you currently living? Tell us about yourself.
My name is Chyenne Rotsch, I'm a witchy and crafty stay-at-home mama of two beautiful children. I have both an associate and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In college, acrylic painting was my focus, but I tested out the waters in almost every medium. Since I can remember, I have always jumped back and forth between various arts and crafts. I will dabble in one type of craft for a phase and then go to something else and then repeat, most of the time revisiting abandoned projects of the past. For the last several years, up-cycling vintage troll dolls has been my primary passion. Giving new life to the toys of my childhood brings me great happiness. I find vintage troll dolls from thrift/second-hand stores, etc. Most of the time their hair is rotting, their bodies are quite stained, and they are in dire need of a makeover. I bathe them, remove their hair, and let them dry. Then It is time to work my magic; they’ll get a new hairdo which could be anything from live succulents or cactus, sage smudge bundles, moss, crystals, etc. I am always coming up with new ideas to transform these little whimsical cuties. Lately, I have also been enjoying creating jewelry and decor. Almost all my work has either a witchy, Halloweeny, Goth, whimsical or magical aesthetic.
I named my small business, The Drunken Witch Co., primarily because I enjoy having a cocktail or two or three while I make my art/creations. The slight loss of inhibition aids in not over thinking on what I’m currently working on, and the creative juices just seem to flow freely. I am truly at my happiest when I am creating, it’s like a therapy session to me. There is something so calming and truly magical about making something with your own hands. Handmade objects have character and a life of their own. One of my issues as an artist is wanting to keep all my creations, but I have learned to be less greedy and share my work with the world. I also think one of the best feelings as an artist, is having someone express that they adore what you are doing and their overall amazement with what you were able to create out of a couple materials on hand. When I am not crafting or making art, I enjoy gardening, collecting, thrift/antique store shopping, decorating and ghost hunting. I was born in Santa Rosa, Ca, but have lived almost my whole life in Southern California.
-How did you start your artistic journey?
I started my artsy/crafty journey from a very young age. Ever since I was a small child, I have been creating, drawing, painting and crafting. My dad bought me my first glue gun and mini drill when I was in elementary school. I would say that my interest in making things really peaked when I was in girl scouts. My scout leader always had a craft or two for us every meeting, and she would always dote on me by telling me that I did an amazing job at whatever we were making. I started then collecting craft supplies and trying my hand at almost every craft/art form out there. I even won several coloring contests in my youth, and I feel like all the subtle expressions of validation in my childhood from others (especially from my parents) for doing my craft well, kept me going and wanting to do more. Since I was 16, I worked at several craft stores, where I got to be even more creative. I made lots of samples/displays and got to try out all the products they carried. I had so many materials/mediums at my disposal, that I basically got to try out beforehand for free and eventually introduce into my own art processes.
-What would be your spirit animal? If you believe on them?
My spirit animal would be a white barn owl. Owls remind me of my grandmother, Louise, who was also an avid crafter/artist. Plus, I have always been drawn to them on a spiritual level. Whenever I am having a dark moment in life, one always seems to appear to me and brings comfort.
-Is there something you are currently learning to amplify your skills? Patience, I often mess up a lot of my creations, because I am in such a hurry to see results.
-What inspires your work?
I’m going to be honest, alcohol and magic. Lol, but in all seriousness, this question is probably the hardest for me to answer since I find inspiration in so many things. I get some of my best ideas when my insomnia hits, as I lay awake in the middle of the night, I brainstorm prototypes. Sometimes, I might even have a dream when I can sleep, that will give me a new idea. The materials I have readily available also normally shape my next creation. For instance, a single crystal from my collection could inspire my next piece, or a dried mushroom or flower from my garden etc. I get a lot of inspiration from my materials and nature in general. I also find inspiration in random objects I find at thrift or antique stores. Anything can spark a vision for me and ultimately send me on a new creative spiral or outlet.
-How do you share your artistry with the world? Where can we find you online?
You can check out all the magic I have brewing and my latest creations mostly on my Facebook page: @thedrunkenwitchcompany and my Etsy: https://etsy.me/3cc6FRl I am always adding to my shop and doing drops several times a month. So if my shops seems a little empty, it’s probably almost time for a drop. I also schedule Facebook live sales or give heads up when items will be listed to my Etsy on my page periodically.
-Do you do this as full-time or is it more of a hobby?
Now, it is definitely more of a part time gig. It is hard at times to get work done with my two small children, although they love to help mama out with my creations. I often have them pick out supplies for me to use. They are great little helpers. During nap times or when they are asleep at night, I get to work. One day when they are a little older, I am hoping it will be more of a full-time thing.
-What do you wish to accomplish by sharing with others your art?
Create a more magical and whimsical world, where weirdness is welcome and thinking outside of the box is the norm.
-Please share a beauty routine an older generation pass down to you if any?
-What is the most important thing in your life?
My family, they are my life force and why I strive to do better at everything forever and always.
Do you have a personal motto or a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is by Abraham Lincoln, coincidentally we even share a birthday. “Whatever you are, be a good one”. I just love that.
Here are some amazing pictures of Chyenne's Art:
I hope you've enjoy this interview and get your creative juices flowing by this amazing artist. I know mine did!
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