Ricki Kelly | Artist Profile


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Ricki Kelly is an artist currently based in Aiken, South Carolina. A self-described “yarn whore, knitting enthusiast, and fashion XXX,” Ricki’s artistic pursuits run the gamut from hand-spinning and dying yarn, to knitting, to painting, fashion design, and even taxidermy. “My creative process fluctuates with the seasons,” she explains. “Usually in the fall, I’ll have a yarn craving and go on a knitting and spinning binge or lately I’ve been sewing and designing clothes since Fashion week is happening. In the winter and early spring, I’ll get into taxidermy because it is common to find road kill and the weather keeps it fresh. In the summer, I’ll get into painting and whatever else drives me.”

As a mostly self-taught artist, Ricki has always been interested in artistic pursuits, and creating art became a way to express her emotions and nurture her creativity through her parents’ divorce. “I had a rough upbringing, with my mother being an alcoholic, and my parents being divorced. Drawing, painting, sculpting and sewing was my outlet and my escape from real life. I depended on my imagination to take me to a better place,” she admits. In doing so, Ricki allowed herself to explore all areas of her interests, trying new mediums and materials. Today, she’s happy that she has several “obsessions,” and a refreshing flexibility when it comes to creating. “I love being able to express myself without judgment. It really makes me feel great that I can make something beautiful and useful.”

When she’s not working on projects, Ricki Kelly frequently travels to art shows and conventions with her boyfriend Aaron Crawford, who is also an artist. “We get inspired from each other, and both critique one another. It keeps me on my toes, except for those times he sweeps me off my feet.”

Want to learn more about Ricki Kelly’s work? Be sure to check out her website at RickiKelly.com! You’ll find a full gallery of her paintings, as well as samples of her hand-spun and dyed yarn, and links to purchase her work. Follow Ricki on Facebook or Twitter to receive the latest updates.

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