How did this all begin?
Well, when my husband and I bought our first home, I quickly found myself wanting to fill the walls with art that brought me joy. I loved the idea of having one-of-a-kind, original pieces, but curating a collection of artwork immediately was not feasible. It will take time and I look forward to adding pieces over the years to complete this vision.
In the meantime, I decided what better way than to start decorating with my own art?! So, I pulled out my paint and brushes and started experimenting. I wanted to tie in different aspects of my background and expertise to the art itself, which is what led me to finishing off the pieces on the sewing machine. I have come to utilize the stitches much as a painter uses their brushes, creating depth and movement with the thread.
Hi! My name is Whitney and I create sewn abstract art. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and our two daughters. I am so grateful to have you here!
My background is rooted in fashion design with a focus on bridal. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design, I moved to New York City to work as a wedding gown designer. I was in the bridal sector for the majority of my career, which is where the sewing element of my work comes from.
Moving around the country over the last 15 years has brought a thoughtful perspective to my art and the way I approach life in general. Being in California, much of my inspiration comes from nature. The environment and sustainability is very important to me, so it plays a significant role in my work. Being surrounded by vast mountain ranges, morning fog rolling over the hills and sunset beaches - it is no wonder it is the catalyst for my art.
I try to bring a unique take to my art thanks to my non - traditional background (i.e., I did not study to be a painter!). I use an array of materials starting with acrylic and watercolor paints and unstretched canvas. I typically incorporate hand painted and handmade papers as well as gold and silver leaf, and finish off every piece on the sewing machine with my distinctive signature touch. I try to infuse depth, texture and a sense of fluidity into all of my pieces.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me and my passions that guide my work.
Now how about some fun Q&A?
Whitney Alyssa Parker
Audio or Physical Book?
Umm, I need both! I listen to books while creating, but love nothing more than being consumed in a page turning book.
3 w 8
Morning Person or Night Owl?
TV or Movies?
TV! Give me a good binge worthy show any day. But also love me some reality shows...Survivor or Top Chef anyone?
Coffee or Tea?
Water and Red Wine
Hobbies Other Than Art?
Braves Baseball - yes, I have found a way to make that a hobby - haha!
Exercising with Peloton
Gardening (food not flowers)