ARTIST INTERVIEW: Salihah Moore
Originally from California and Philadelphia, Salihah Moore works with seed beads to create jewelry and art from her home in Colorado. When the Echo Park Craft Fair team was introduced to her work a couple years ago, we fell in love instantly. We spoke to Salihah about the creative process of making her intricate, colorful, beaded jewelry.
What are your most important artistic tools?
My hands, eyes, needle, thread and sharp scissors.
What criteria do you use to evaluate your own work?
It has to have, as my mom would say, the “it factor”!
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
I look at as much art as I can. I scroll through my art books, visit art in person or take advantage of the internet in a healthy way, usually via the pinterest rabbit hole .
What is a new idea you have been working with recently?
I’ve been working on wearable bead-art. I’ve made a couple neck pieces and excited to explore large scales.
Do you think community is important to creativity? If so, how?
My creative community motivates me and pushes me to grow. Sharing work with others gives my creativity life. Being a part of markets is also such a great opportunity for community. Meeting the people who resonate with my work inspires me in new and sometimes unexpected directions.
Did you have any artists or creative people in your family? If so, how did they influence
Both of my parents are artists but my dad never left home without a pen. He was a poet and wrote everyday. He instilled in me that a true artist is never without her tools. That’s probably why I bring projects with me wherever I go and am constantly confusing airport security.
Photos by Rebecca Stumpf @rebeccastumpf