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Spotlight on a Designer: Vivian Bonder

vivianbonderheadshot.JPGWelcome to Vivian Bonder, our featured artist for our Spotlight on a Designer feature! For previous interviews, please click here.

Vivian Bonder hails from Australia. She is an artist in every true sense of the word! She adds her artsy touch to everything she makes, from journals, to layouts, to jewelry, to altered pieces. Just take a look at her photo gallery. Vivian is the featured artist at SIS TV this month. You can learn more about Vivian by visiting her blog and you can also get some of her artwork and supplies in her Etsy shop.

Here are the questions we posed to Vivian along with her responses: vivianbonderminibooks.JPG

{ScrapScene} How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?

{Vivian Bonder} I created my first ever ‘scrapbook’ page just over 5 years ago, soon after the birth of our first girl. At my ante-natal classes I met Emily Falconbridge, we became really good friends and one day she told me about this awesome hobby of hers. At that point I had never heard of ‘scrapbooking’ and was very sceptical. I was way more into photography and art in general but her enthusiasm rubbed off on me and I started my first pages.vivianbondernametag.JPG

{ScrapScene} What inspires and motivates you to create if you get a creative block?

{Vivian Bonder} Simply playing with some paint normally gets me going. Or I go outside and breathe the fresh air, connect with nature. What also helps me very often is just to have a break, there is probably a reason why I get that creative block in the first place, so I seem to go with it.

{ScrapScene} What are your favourite techniques and products?vivianbonderraki.JPG

{Vivian Bonder} All sorts of paint techniques, I could seriously watch paint and/or crayon submerge over and over again. One of my all time favorite products are LuminArte polished pigments, they are just so vibrant and shiny. I also love Tattered Angels glimmer mist and everything designed by 7Gypsies.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?vivianbonderpendant.JPG

{Vivian Bonder} Sandpaper, heatgun, my stanley knife and Dremel. I don’t use many other tools at all.

{ScrapScene} What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking? What do you predict for future trends?

{Vivian Bonder} This is a very difficult question for me to answer because I tend not to follow any trends and also don’t really look for trends in other people’s work, if that makes sense. With regards to future trends, I believe people will move away from ‘mindset’ rules and break free more and more, listening to their own voice and do what they like. At least, that’s what I hope for…

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{ScrapScene} Do you have any tips for getting published?

{Vivian Bonder} Be original. Be yourself. Don’t try to conform to any set standards. Develop your own style. You have to love what you do and ultimately, what you might end up seeing in print.vivianbondervolitant.JPG

{ScrapScene} Are there any other Designers that inspire you?

{Vivian Bonder} There are lots and lots of girls in this industry who are absolutely awesome at what they do, and who inspire me on a daily basis. I do get inspiration from looking around the galleries at SiStv for example, there is such a bunch of talent out there and these girls inspire me, not just their work, but also their personalities. The stories people are willing to share and the support for one another which is very encouraging and inspiring.

{ScrapScene} What project are you working on now?

{Vivian Bonder} At the moment I am working on a feature for the Australianvivianbonderstudio1.JPG Scrapbook Creations, also getting stuff ready for my next few Art Journal workshops and actually working on my first lot of online classes. Yet to be revealed. lol.

{ScrapScene} Please tell us a little about your scrapping space.

{Vivian Bonder} My space is at the back of our house, overlooking the back yard. Which is ideal because apart from there being a lot of light I can keep anvivianbonderstudio2.JPG eye on my girls when they are playing out there. My buddy is very handy and built me a fabulous work bench/table out of an old solid door from the salvage yard as well as lots of shelving. I had some old printers drawers’ which he put on rollers, so they pull out from underneath the desk. It’s all perfect, very colourful and recycled. Very inspiring to me.

All photos and artwork by Vivian Bonder.

Thank you Vivian!

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