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Artist Spotlight Series: Stephanie Hirsch

Jul 28 2014

by Holly Phillips

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A friend saw the work of Stephanie Hirsch last summer in the Hamptons at Gallery Valentine. She was smitten and knew I would be too. My particular affection for sparkly, girly, bold, skulls and surf all combined exquisitely is the art of this talented lady. The detail and number of stones that go into these encrusted pieces are astounding.

Add yet another artist to my must have list….

Stephanie Hirsch

New York

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What is your training?

Prior to being an artist I was a fashion designer and I spent years in India. I loved and worked with beading and was inspired to learn the craft. So basically I am self taught but I will give the artisans tons of credit for helping me and being so patient with me.

What inspires you and your designs?

What inspires me is the my journey inward where I create or conquer the lessons I need to learn.

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What is your favorite piece?

Trust the Universe Surfboard.

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How has the your area influenced your work?

It is not so much the physical area it is more about the emotional struggles we all go through. New York is a tricky place and if you don’t hold onto your inner light it can quickly be extinguished.

What is your favorite hotel?

Begawan Giri, Bali Indonesia now Como Shambhala Estate Bali

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What is your favorite cocktail?

Champagne

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How do you balance personal life and work?

Kids always first. No exception.

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Dream trip?

Maldives

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Dream commission?

Madonna a piece that says Limitless 100″x40″

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Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

Diptyque Candles

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Who is your style icon?

Brigette Bardot

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

I am not sure of any up and coming but, my fav artists are Barbara Kruger,

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Mikalene Thomas,

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Liza Lou,

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Tracey Emin,

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Cindy Sherman

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What is your most treasured possession?

I do not treasure material/possessions they are an illusion only love is real so I treasure my 2 boys

What are you reading?

Marianne Williamson “Return to Love”

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What are you listening to?

Madonna Ray of Light (throwback I know….the lyrics are amazing right where I am at this moment)

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What are your favorite blogs / publications?

Daily Affirmations from Joel Osteen

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and Jennifer Kass on Instagram

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Here are a few of Stephanie’s amazing creations to entice you….

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“Religion is for people that don’t want to go to hell.
Spirituality is for those of us that have been there.”

There is no better saying that captures the emotion of Stephanie Hirsch’s artwork.

Her work delves into the deeper or double meaning of words and sayings with both humor and enlightenment. “Initially, sayings can be static,” Stephanie says, “but once we apply our life experiences they can have infinite meanings.”

To convey her messages, she utilizes beads and embroidery, which give her artwork a three-dimensional depth. The metallic sheen of the medium also serves to remind us that the mantras can shine a positive light on our inner struggles, both literally and figuratively.

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and my personal favorite. I die for this amazing Skull surfboard!

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Which piece do you need in your art collection?

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