Fall But Once is a whimsical glimpse into the mind of artist Ashley LaPoint in the form of handmade paintings, drawings, knitwear and stuffed animals.
We are excited to welcome Ashley and Fall But Once to the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago) on Sunday, September 22, 2019 (10am-4pm) along with Chicago’s finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
Each Fall But Once piece focuses on a few of Ashley’s favorite elements and principals of design including texture, color, and composition. From bright nursery pieces to contemplative, moody interpretations of her childhood hometown in Michigan’s UP, to unique takes on her current hometown of Chicago, you’ll fall in love “but once” with her art.
For the paintings, Ashley typically starts by working with canvas, wood or paper lying flat on a table or the floor. Angling it and working over top allows her to play with proportions, so the figures are easier to make less realistic.
For tools, she starts by either collaging different fabrics and paper types on the surface or she use blades and palette knives to scrape paint or modeling paste or whatever heavy medium is being used to create the defined texture. She works vertically and horizontally to create major changes throughout the surface.
After the colors and textures soak in for a while, Ashley goes back in with small brushes to add defining details. She loves to add so much detail that the viewer doesn’t get the full picture in just one sitting. Most of the Fall But Once paintings consist of many details that go unnoticed at first glance.
About Ashely LaPoint:
The artist grew up on an island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Drummond) where her Mom and community encouraged her in art exploration from the time she was a young child. Ashley moved to Chicago to pursue a career in fashion design but soon realized her love for creating was stronger than seeking a career in high fashion. She changed majors and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute with her focus on painting, drawing and knitwear.
Fall But Once