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Artist of the Week: Chelsea Klukas

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at gmwynkoop@sbgtv.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Chelsea Klukas:
For as long as I can remember! I originally attended art school, working in figure-based drawing. Since then I've been working in multi-disciplinary mediums with a focus on technology. Doing wearable art and fashion takes up most of my time, but I sometimes draw and do pixel art.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
Creativity with technology is a bit different from other mediums, because unlike methods like drawing and painting, the tools and processes change rapidly. I use a process that involves researching and gathering materials, prototyping, and documenting the process to inspire other creators!

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
My inspiration comes from a mix of creative inspiration from a variety of sources, as well as being inspired from technology itself. One example is when we created the video-projected dress. I was inspired by the power of projectors, but wanted to translate it into fashion. There was a lot of exploration and mistakes made on the way to that vision!

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
The Lumen Couture Projection Mapped Dress is one of my most ambitious, creative, and technically challenging projects. It is also a project that has evolved. The first version was very modern and sleek, then it was floral themed and feminine, and the most recent was futuristic and had firework designs.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
My interest in fashion and family has been in impact: my grandmother was a fashion designer and my mother was very interested in fine art and I grew up surrounded by it. Also my career in technology. My creative process is a combination of those things combined.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My instagram and my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/LumenCouture - I also post tutorials on my YouTube for anyone who wants to explore the intersection of creativity and technology!

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I'm always creating new work! Right now I am very inspired by ethereal, diffused designs, so I will be going down that path for a while.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
I prefer espresso drinks like Americanos with a bit of cream and sugar!

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