Art as Therapy and Benign Vengeance: Elizabeth Haidle, Catapult Artist for January
“I’ve wrapped my business model around my kiddo and his schedule and changing needs. That has been a decision I’ve never regretted.”
As part of our Catapult Artist program, Nicole Caputo, Catapult’s art director, sits with December’s #CatapultArtist for a conversation on art, creativity, and the artist’s life.
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Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult and Counterpoint Press and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”
Learning to apply my curiosity wherever it’s needed has made my illustration career more fun and maybe more successful, too.
“Working for myself is all about balance. Although illustration is my career and passion, I still need to have a life outside of art-making.”
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“Art is able to go straight to a person’s very core—a place other channels simply cannot reach.”
“Don’t focus on what’s popular; focus on what’s there for you to try.”
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