We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Brummer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was always going to make art, it’s part of who I am, so why not find ways to earn some money from it, too!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My practice is about elevating women, highlighting gender norms, and perfectionism. I use gold leaf, embroidery, colored pencil, and other ‘craft’ materials as part of my artwork to question contemporary definitions of fine art and being female.
I create portraits of women to investigate the social norms and expectations we cultivate and support around gender.
It’s taken decades of my life to finally find my voice and passion as an artist and I feel so driven to share it with others. I find the challenges are easier when I focus on making and sharing my art as a service to others…it’s not about me. It’s about the stories I’m telling and the people I hope to reach with my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved here pregnant and then had our baby during the pandemic; I can’t say I’ve been out as much as I would like! If they have a shared interest in art, I would definitely bring them to the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston, I’m regularly inspired by the work exhibited there. After we could take a walk around Hermann Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so many friends and family who I’m lucky to know, have in my life, and enjoy their support. They’ve bought my art, acted interested when I geek out over marketing strategies or business talk, and shown complete faith in my work. They continue to fuel my heart and mind when I get frustrated or feel stuck.