Monday, October 25, 2010

Living the Search

Living the Search, à la Rip Curl, Buzios, Brasil. Surfers need new waves, artists need new locations & diversity of culture for inspiration. Thank you Rip Curl for including me in your innovative, "Artist of the Search" creative vision = Genius. Muito obrigada.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Her name is Rio...Life Imitating Art...

I've dreamed of seeing this in person, even created an artwork about it called, "Love Song for Sara Jane" about one of my best friends, Sara Meredith who is from Brazil. She's got a heart of gold and a laugh/smile that can light up a room.

Susan Wickstrand, "Love, Freedom, Truth", 2010 (with Bridget Bardot walking in Buzios, Brazil where we're headed)

I love my job, especially when it merges art, people, collaboration & travel. I've had the blessing of being selected as Rip Curl's next, "Artist of the Search" with this comes a trip for 2 to Rio to meet up with the global design team to discuss our project. My photographer husband, Kevin Roche gets to join in the fun & document. First stop in Brazil, Buzios, the Seaside town made famous by a visit from Bridget Bardot back in the 60's. Can't wait to venture forth to see what I can Sea... Peace & Love, Susan

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rip Curl, "Artist of the Search"

RIP CURL GIRLS: (L to R) Alana, Bethany, Steph, and Tyler.
Photo: Ted Grambeau for © Rip Curl

It's official; I'm feeling very grateful & just basically stoked to be chosen by Rip Curl to represent them as their next; "Artist of the Search". Previous artists on this project have included the very talented, Tyler Warren & Hawaii's talented, Heather Brown.
Here's a couple of collages of mine that seems to have caught their design teams eye...

Susan Wickstrand, "Indian Summer", Oil, Collage & Encaustic on Wood Panel

Susan Wickstrand "Orange Peels", Oil, Collage & Encaustic on Wood Panel, (center image of Ryan Burch provided by Kevin Roche)
Susan Wickstrand, "A Love Story", Oil, Collage, India Ink & Encaustic on Wood Panel
Rip Curl's Alana Blanchard introducing her "Alana's Closet" collaborative swim series for Spring 2010.

a fun shot I took (above) with the vintage logo from my wet suitThe amazing Triple World Champion; Stephanie Gilmore is a Rip Curl Girl

The original collages I'll be creating for them will go onto bikinis, board shorts, T's, Flip Flops and Bags globally. Ready set go! Off to Brazil soon to meet up with their Global design team.