Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Interview with the Artists from the Cart Before the Horse

Jo James and Dylan Curry are the artists behind the Oregon based
The Cart before the Horse.

Their unique style of Folk Art can be found on eBay under the eBay ID: cartbeforethehorse

How would you describe your work?
That's a tough one! how about playful, contemporary folk art sculpture with whimsical leanings?

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
We've been doing Day of the Dead stuff for 6 years now, and started to incorporate more traditional Halloween imagery shortly thereafter.

What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
The biggest challenge is keeping up with all of our ideas!

What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
Ehag is a quirky mix of some of the top Halloween artists around, so the talent is inspiring. But more than that, they are really a nice, caring , and supportive bunch.

What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
One year Jo and her brother were hobos under ghost sheets. This accomplished two things
1. It was free 2. we could go to the six apartments that were on the trick-or-treat route - twice!Dylan liked to dress up as a soldier (gave him an excuse to take his BB gun out in public)

Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
We make peanut butter spider cookies, and always buy too much candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters (we buy candy just in case one should ever show up on our doorstep - even though it hasn't happened yet!)

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! lately it has taken the form of antique postcards and circus posters.

What are your artistic plans for the future?
We're working on a series of instructional dvd's that we hope to have ready soon. We'd also love to have a line of kid-friendly products. Publishing books would be lovely too - while we're dreaming.

"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you two.
Jo is totally scared of haunted houses, and clowns. Dylan trick-or-treated till he was much to old to be doing so.

How did your working partnership come about?
We're married, so it seemed a good fit partnership-wise.

How do you balance your personal/professional life?
That's always tricky, isn't it? Even more so when you work at home. We try to keep semi-regular hours, and a separate living and working space. We're not always good at that though. We HAVE managed to make the dinner table off limits to art stuff (for the most part), and we sit down to share a meal together every day.

See more of Jo and Dylans' work at their website

and visit their blog

Their Halloween themed work can be found on eBay by using the word EHAG in your eBay searches.


Johanna Parker said...

Fun to read about the 2 of you!....Congrats on mixing both business and personal together on a daily basis..... Me and my hubby are often working together, and it's so great to have the help and support...

LOVE your work!
~ Johanna

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Lovely interview and it's always nice to learn more about fellow artists. Wow, what a tidy workspace!

Linda said...

Very interesting,great interview, with beautifully detailed art dolls and works. Linda x

Bone*Head*Studios said...

Great interview!!! I love all your art, thanks for letting us into a bit of your world!!!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Wonderful interview!

Carolee said...

Great read, and amazing work!!

~ Carolee

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Loved the interview, and getting to see some of your auction groupings again was pure eye-candy!!! Love your creativity and focus on family. Congratulations on a great interview!!

Peng Peng said...

cool interview! Such original work..and what a cute studio!

Old World Primitives said...

Fun interview to read! I trick-or-treated until I was much too old to be doing so as well. ;)


Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

That was a great interview Jo & Dylan! It's always so fun to learn more about a fellow Ehag member too! Your talent and creativity always blows me away!

Enchanted Blessings,

FishStikks said...

LOVED reading your wonderful interview and getting just a peek at the artists behind all the goodness!

Jorge de Rojas said...

Thank for sharing your creative world with us. It's great to know how others find their inspiration and motivation.

Anonymous said...

Halloween is coming up. My kids are very excited to go trick or treating. Right now the drug world is so crazy so I don't even know if I want to take my kids trick or treating. I heard that people put meth that looks like candy inside of little packages and give them out to kids. They look just like candy and kids don't know any better so they eat it and they could die.

Bonnie said...

Loved reading about two talented artists who live and work together so beautifully....also enjoyed seeing so much of your work gathered together in one place.

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