Home Decor Interview:
Collage Artist Claudine Hellmuth
If you're looking for a truly unique way to add personal decor to your home,
nothing beats collage art. And for collage art, no one is better than
How good is Claudine? Well, she's been featured on the Martha Stewart
Show (watch it
the New York Times (read it
here), HGTV (watch it
here), the DIY network (watch it
here), and much more.
Collage art is great because it brings out your true personality and it's not
something you see in everyone else's house. A collage piece would truly
stand out in your home or office, and it's a fantastic idea (especially around
Christmas time, hint hint).
Claudine is the expert on collage art, so going to her for your collage needs
means that you're in good hands and won't be disappointed.
Claudine is here with us today, so let's hear what she has to say. After
the interview be sure to check her out at
www.collageartist.com. Let's go!
we're happy to have you here today and we thank you for your time. Please use
this first question to tell us about your websites and services that you have to
I am excited to be here too! Thank you so much for having me! My business has a
few facets, I teach workshops, write books, I have a product line (Claudine
Hellmuth Studio) of acrylic paints and mediums. I create illustrations for
companies, and I create custom artworks for clients using their photos! Whew!
2. Collage art makes a great decorative piece for the home or for
special occasions and parties. What has been the feedback from some of your
customers about how your collage art has added to the decor of their homes? And
in what ways do you personally believe it adds to someone's home decor?
For my custom artworks, I’ll often match the colors of the artwork to the
customer’s decor. They send me color swatches or photos of their homes so I can
make the colors blend with their room. Often times the client has a specific
place in mind for the artwork. I think that my clients are drawn to my to my
work because it is so highly personalized combining their photos, ideas, as well
as colors to integrate the design into their décor.
3. Obviously no one collage works for everyone. Each person (or family)
has his/her own distinct style. In what ways are you able to bring out each
customer's unique personality through your art? Does it require a fairly deep
understanding of the person, or do you find your customers generally have the
I find that there is a certain person who is drawn to my artwork and wants to
have my artwork in their home. I do work with the client to incorporate the
personalities into the work, I have an extensive question form that I ask the
client to fill out when I start the artwork and then we often email back and
forth until I am sure I have the concept and direction of the piece just right.
4. You're a proud animal lover and pet owner. Personally, I feel
collage art for a pet makes an excellent addition to their living space. Do
some of your customers request collages for their pets, and if so, how have you
found that experience to be different?
I love creating artworks just for client’s and their pets. There really is no
difference to me when I am creating a work with just pets in it or pets and
people. Often times clients who are having artwork with just pets in it allow me
to be a little more whimsical with the theme and colors.
5. You're fortunate enough to make a living doing what you love. It is
rare to find artists actually get paid well for their art, and we commend you
for talents and marketing savvy. What do you believe has been most beneficial
to getting your business off the ground? Is it mainly word of mouth? Has the
internet helped, and how helpful were your appearances on HGTV and Martha
I would say all of the above has been crucial to growing and maintaining my
business. No one thing by itself does the whole job. The internet is so
important to my business and has gone a long way to getting my name out there.
Through the internet I have filled my workshops, gotten book deals, DVDs, TV
appearances, etc etc. So If I had to pick the one thing that has helped my
business the most I would have to say having a strong internet presence.
6. Your job sounds like a lot of fun, but certainly you must feel some
pressure to deliver a product that your customer will be pleased with. After
spending so many hours on someone's collage, how does it make you feel when the
customer is truly happy and touched by what you've done for them?
Oh there is no better feeling than that! Some clients send me photos of the
artwork in their homes or with their families. There is nothing more thrilling
than knowing that a client loves the work that you created for them!
7. Claudine, thanks again for taking time out to speak with us. For
our last question, please tell us what it was that first got you excited about
art and collage art in particular? We wish you continued success in bringing
joy to people's lives.
I have been making art since I could put finger paints to paper so I have always
loved creating! I first started creating collage in high school and continued
collaging even when getting my BFA. It wasn’t until my Senior year in art school
that I began concentrating on collage exclusively. I love working paint, papers,
photos and drawing. The great thing about collage is that you can do it all!!
Congratulations to Claudine to carving out a niche and making the most of it.
She brings a lot of joy to a lot of people, and you can't ask for more than
Thanks to Claudine for the interview, and make sure you check out her blog and
websites today. Have fun and go get a collage!
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