BlindArt Interview with artist Fiona Zobole
1. What techniques do you use in making art?
I screen print onto various materials, mainly canvas.
2. In your experience are there any art materials that are more accessible for visually impaired people?
I could give any examples of accessible materials, since I use only the above. Although I do advocate screen-printing.
3. In what circumstances is a sighted companion really important for making art?
A sighted companion is necessary for stretching my canvas; it is most definitely a “two person job”, as well as for framing the work. A sighted person is also involved when delivering the work.
4. Where & how do you market and promote your work?
I self-promote my work via my own website. It is “essential” having an artist website, since it allow people knowledge of my background, achievements etc. I also exhibit my work nationally and have had several exhibitions, including a forthcoming solo show in May. Word of mouth is also important.
5. Why do you make art and why would you recommend making art to a visually impaired person?
I would definitely recommend becoming involved in art.
6. Any advice for would be artists?
My advice to prospective artists, and the only drawback I see, is to get someone to help you with the paperwork and administrative side to the industry.