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VERVE: Living the Creative Life | Season 5
For artist Jimmy Dilley, hearing screams is like hearing an applause. Specializing in the art of “haunted house”, Jimmy has a love for Halloween that goes beyond October 31st. One of the reasons Jimmy prefers to call himself a macabre artist, rather than a horror artist, is because he sees the macabre as a form of culture that recognizes the art and aesthetic in the creepy and the eerie without being traumatizing or using excessive gore. He also finds inspiration in German Expressionism and the use of grotesque shapes in his structural designs.
Sylvia Torti earned her Ph.D. in Ecology. Although she loves the application and practice of Ecology, as she was finishing her Ph.D. she began to feel like she wasn’t going to pursue a career as a research scientist. Searching for other ways to explore and process the world, she started to write…fiction. “I was playing when I started writing creative work, I never pretended to have a career as a novelist.” says Sylvia. “That never even crossed my mind that that was a possibility, and I think that freed me.”
"With music, at least for me, it tends to lock in any experience that I’m going through at that time. Maybe that’s why I love music so much --- or I need it. I love to recall things. And I know that when I listen to certain music, everyone probably experiences this, we’re able to recall other little bits of life that we were going through at the time. Maybe that’s what has helped me as a song-writer. I’m able to recall certain things." Says Tom Brosseau
“When you’re in the chair, people are coming to you based on your expertise on what’s going to look good day to day. They don’t necessarily want crazy things. But hair changes with the seasons, and clients want fall looks, spring looks. So I like to change the color or look just a little bit to reflect the seasons. I might take a little technique from the photo shoots, that might look crazy, and tone it down, which is fresh and new for the client.”
“It is nice to have something that always makes people happy. I feel like these ornaments bring those same smiles to the people who view them. Who wouldn't smile at 100 pounds of spinning candy?"
"Even from childhood I have enjoyed making things for holidays. I think it’s important to carry on traditions because that’s what unite families—doing things together."
Derek has had a love for cars for as long as he can remember. Some of his fondest boyhood memories were of riding around in his older brother’s vintage Dodge Challenger. “You can tell the designers spent a lot of time designing the body work and the way the headlights and the tail lights and the grill all integrate,” Says Derek. “I feel like these cars are rolling artwork. I can only imagine the stories the cars could tell, I’d love to hear them.”
Now in its 6th season, KUED’s online video series VERVE, has interviewed over 50 unique creators living in Utah. Each episode profiles local artists, innovators, musicians, dancers, chefs, authors, scientists and others about their work and their creative process.
VERVE was born out of the need to explore artistic inspiration. We all have the desire to create – that drive isn’t limited to visual artists. VERVE delves into that spark of innovation that lives in us all. What does your creativity look like? What does it mean to live a creative life? Watch all VERVE episodes here and meet some of Utah’s creative minds.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein