Q&A with Chantelle Marsh
Originally born in Australia, I have spent most of my life in New Zealand and am proud to call it home (it helps that we don't have any deadly creatures over here!) I have a very supportive husband, aka my own personal cheerleader, and am a stay at home mum to two of the sweetest and loudest boys the world has ever known (not even exaggerating).
We are the proud owners of a small slice of New Zealand, but you won't see photos of it on Instagram because we did the whole "buy the worst house on the best street" thing. And while I don't think it's the worst house by a long shot, let's just say that the previous owners had their own unique style of decorating the interior (think wallpaper, lots of wallpaper, everywhere).
Before kids I managed our local music shop (cds/DVDs) and LOVED it. I hate maths (Art and English were my jam at school), but I love knitting and baking, both of which do sometimes involve a bit of maths! I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but trust that God has a plan for my life! I also use a lot of these !!!!!
How would you describe your creative style?
I'd describe my creative style as a bag of pick and mix lollies, it's a bit of everything, and while I might think of something I've created as a red lolly, someone else might see it as a banana lolly (eww). Not everything I do is going to be everybody's cup of tea, and that's ok beacause we're all unique right? And how boring would it be if we all did the same thing! I am mostly inspired by nature, and constantly think about what I could turn a few leaves into, but I also don't want to be confined to just one type of medium.
What kind of equipment do you use?
A lot of foliage, and anything else that might tickle my fancy! Mostly things I can find in my garden, house, or collected on one of my walks around a local lake. Everything I arrange is done by hand, even the small fiddly bits, I find tweezers etc to be a bit of a nuisance. Now and then I will use my Canon 600D to take the shot, but most of the time my photos are taken with my trusty little iPhone 6s beacause it's much smaller, light weight, and easier to set up (as in - no set up!) Any editing is done on Snapseed.
Can you share a few of your favourite images you have created and tell us about them?
You can't tell from the photo, but the kakapo is probably the biggest piece that I've made out of foliage, and incredibly time consuming (close to three hours all up), and I just love him. My eldest son was going through a bird phase (and still loves them), so creating a bird out of leaves seemed a no brainer. Plus they're one of the cutest birds ever!
I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to have a wee crush in Raymond Reddington (not to be confused with having a thing for James Spader). This was the first time I'd tried to make an image of a person out of something other than sticks and florals and was a lot of fun to create!
1This was the first time I had tried to create an image in the likeness of someone else (Banksy's "Life is Beautiful") and while there are flaws, I still love her!