Welcome to the first of many disposable camera features of artists from all over the world! This concept for an artist feature was dreamed up by Oklahoma musician and event coordinator Jerrod Beck (@jerrodbeck + @jerrod26 on twitter). This is one of the coolest concepts I've seen in a while it's an honor to provide the platform for it. It is pretty amazing to be able to work with creatives on creative ways to show off other creatives! This kind of stuff seriously keeps me going and I hope it gives you the same crazy amount of inspiration it gives me. By the end of this, you'll either feel like you know Marleigh or you'll really wish you did! Hover over the photos to see what they're all about.
JB: Marleigh, what's your "thing," and why do you do it in Richmond?
MC: My thing is making things I really like that other people really like. I’m a graphic designer among other things at Need Supply Co. during the week and mirror dancer and plant painter on the weekends. Richmond has been my adopted home for the last 7 years. It’s a well-suited city for hard-working creatives.
JB: What makes you get out of bed in the morning, and what helps you rest easy at night?
MC: The fact that I am lucky and free to do what I do. I am excited and in love with my job and art and design and everything. I will never get bored. Making things good and making good things is totally in my power.
JB: What's something that is a must-have when creating?
MC: MUSIC! I would be in a stand-still if I didn’t have music to stimulate me. It might be my favorite medium besides painting. It makes me cry and want to go do things. It helps build an environment outside of my head.
JB: Give us a peek into your back pages - what lead you to where you are today? (education, jobs, creative opportunities, ect.)
MC: My parents are both creative and interesting people. They did everything for me to get where I am. I danced for years, went to a regular high school as well as a magnet arts high school and then went on to study graphic design and art in college. I always wanted to be an artist, and becoming and learning how to be a designer was a way for me to live my life and pay for it. I had Marc by Marc Jacobs ads taped to my wall in high school as well as a giant Velvet Underground banana poster. I was obsessed with Juergen Teller’s work and how simple and striking those ads were. I knew I wanted to be a graphic designer and to work in fashion one day. I’m doing just that in a place that’s not NYC. I have to give a lot of credit to my magnet school, Governor’s School for the Arts, for my passion and what I learned. I loved it there. I was learning at a college level and did much more interesting and impressive things than what sometimes I experienced in college. It pushed me, it was raw and unlike anything else. I have had a lot of goodness with my creativity. I’m stoked to keep going. I know I have something inside me that is meant for this.
JB: To you, what makes the history and future of the arts (in)disposable?
MC: I just can’t see culture evolving without art. It’s not possible. Art and design and life all dance around with each other and imitate and recycle. The one thing I cannot stand to here is, “Everything’s been done.” NOT true. Plus, things have been done, sure, but not always well or honestly or with purpose. There is a very special percentage of things done that are solid and noteworthy and beautiful and brilliant. That matters and inspires people.
JB: You wake up, get dressed, walk outside.. what's the song you'd want to be playing as you walked down the street?
MC: I’m going to go with ‘Knife’ by Grizzly Bear. Yeah, the lyrics are a bummer, but the whole entire song, the picking of the guitar and that rainy-day piano sound really get me. It’s been my favorite song for about ten years. My friend had given me a used CD that song was on for my birthday one year. Still one of my favorite gifts (thank you Jean-Paul!) I love that it was used as well.. I always think, “Why was it brought to the CD store, did someone hate it?!” Anyways, that song is super dreamy sounding.
JB: If and when people visit Richmond, what are some places they HAVE to pop in and check out?
MC: Need Supply Co. (a dope lifestyle brand/clothing store/salami and cheese palace/creative studio run by some neat people), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (stunning and get this: free!) The Quirk Hotel (a newly opened and impressively designed hotel), Na Nin (good vibes and good smells and cool ladies work there), Lamplighter (two syllables, one word starts with a ‘c’ ends with a ‘offee’), Saison (favorite cheeseburger EVER), Kuba Kuba (amazing food), Texas Beach (the spot on the river in the warm weather.)
JB: Who is your hero of 2015? Who was your hero when you were younger?
MC: Patti Smith! After reading ‘Just Kids’ I felt my purpose solidified. She’s killer. Kazu Makino from Blonde Redhead was one of my heroes and still is. Another true, kind woman who gets it. I feel so spiritually close to them and they inspire me as a female artist.
JB: With another year creeping in closer and closer, what are your plans for 2016 and beyond?
MC: Get traveling more. I went to 6 new cities this year and went back to at least 3. Hopefully, I will make it back to Europe. I want to do a headstand, make macaroons, run a design studio, make large paintings, design liquor bottles, paint tiles, hike, run more, have a dog named Dave, take care of some babies and hopefully learn one trick on my skateboard (hey E <3)
JB: Toss us a name of a creator that we all should check out as soon as we are done reading this - go!
MC: Geoff McFetridge! Dude blows my mind.
After reading this, I'm sure you're already dreaming up your next project (I know I am) - creatives like Marleigh just make me want to go and do. Inhibitions aside. If you live in Oklahoma City, Marleigh's amazing prints will be available for purchase at Rally through Bison Shop. You can also shop her prints online. She has a dreamy website. Follow @stoneandharper for more content throughout the month, and a print giveaway!
Thank you so much, Marleigh, for sharing so much of yourself with everyone! You are a true talent and an inspiration in many ways. It would be of no surprise to me if one day in the future your name was mentioned as a muse and must-see artist. Keep creating without abandon and being so unapologetically yourself.