Alexis Devine, Wearable Art Designer, Tacoma, WA
Alexis Devine is the founder of Squirrel vs. Coyote, a jewelry & accessories brand based out of Tacoma, Washington. Most days (and nights) Devine can be found in the SvC studio, getting lost in the creative suspense of making something new. It may involve hand-stamping an entire Bukowski poem, one letter at a time, into the metal plates of a future literary bodice. Or, it may mean cutting down sheets of acrylic to create more earrings for SvC’s ready-to-wear line. Whatever it may be, each piece is held to the same standard of artistry. Meaning all items, regardless of price point, are constructed by hand. Devine’s striking editorial designs and focus on craftsmanship have earned Squirrel vs. Coyote a reputation as one of the most exciting premier accessories brands to follow.
Have you always wanted to be an artist? What inspired you to start creating?
I’ve always been creative. My problem is that I have a propensity for quick onset boredom. What I’m doing now has so many facets and outlets that I never tire of creating, and working in an unconventional medium (chainmail) allows for a greater opportunity to create something utterly unique
How have you, as an artist, found your creative voice?
I feel that lots of artists are prone to periods of extreme self doubt. The collaborative process is extremely important to me, and I find that a consistent dialogue with others about how my pieces make them feel has led me to create pieces that exemplify those feelings that resonate the most with me. I want to create pieces that are an emotional experience, not only a stunning accessory.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists or creative business people?
Work your ass off. Be kind. Foster positive connections with fellow makers. They will be your greatest support, and sounding board when shit gets confusing.
How do you build community as an artist? How has the creative community helped you grow and share your art?
As I mentioned before, collaboration is fundamental to my process. Without a team of fellow creatives working together, the finished product would be a lovey piece of wearable art that lives on a mannequin in my studio. I work with other artists, photographers, models, hair and makeup artists to bring my pieces to life. Even for the smaller pieces, working small markets that support other artists, and bring the community together, is so fulfilling. I love meeting the folks that support my business and fostering those connections.
What artists inspire you? Do you have any favorite blogs, artists, or social media accounts that you’d like to share?
What are you most excited about right now?
There is so much going on for me right now. Honestly, creating is was really keeps me excited, but I’ve also just been in music videos for Seven Lions and Shabazz Palaces, and I hope to show again this year at New York fashion Week.
All images provided by Alexis Devine.