Interview with Cynthia Hart

Cynthia Hart is a renowned designer and artist.

Her designs have been licensed to fragrance, gift, stationery, and home furnishing companies. She is the author of several books, both for children and adults, and has served on the Board of Directors of The Ephemera Society of America. Hart is also the owner and curator of The Cynthia Hart Collection of Cherished Images, an archive of over 40,000 full color images and photographs.

You can enter to win the 2013 Victoriana Wall Calendar autographed by Cynthia Hart in our 30 Days of Giveaways contest! We have several other great prizes to give away in November as well.

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?
Making art has been a part of my life since I was 4 or 5, but thinking like an artist started with photography when I was about 12 years old.

What were some of your first projects?
When I was in grade school I made an entire miniature circus out of clay. Professionally, one of the earlier things I designed were craft kits for Woman’s Day magazine to sell to their readers.

What is the strangest product your art has been used for?
The strangest product was probably woven cotton throws–because they could only be woven in a few colors and my work is normally over-the-top multi-colored.

Where do you find inspiration?
Usually the inspiration for a collage is one spectacular piece of antique paper ephemera.

Do you collect things you think you may use in your art someday, or do you seek out certain objects once you start a project?
I constantly collect items for my collages.

Has this always been your style or has it evolved through the years?
This is one style that I love to work in, but I have others.

What is your favorite month from the 2013 Victoriana Wall Calendar?
July and November are my very very most favorites, but 2013 is called the “Classic Edition” because it is made up entirely of my favorite images from past years. 

What is your next big goal for your life?
Simplify life and have more fun.

If you had to do anything else, what would it be?
Arrange flowers and write more books.

What one calendar, other than yours, could you not get through the year without?
I love David Schiller’s “Guitars” Calendar–it is beautiful and fabulous for giving as gifts.


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