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Fabulous People: GirlSpit

GirlSpit is a Seattle artist who specializes in the art of paper cutting. “I started creating street art in the early 2000’s and would cut stencils to use for creating a piece of art with spray paint. Once I started showing professionally, I refined my style and the stencils became the piece of art that would be displayed.” Learn about GirlSpit…

Follow at: @girlspitart

Hometown: Seattle

First job: This is funny, but it was at a public beach. I worked the gate for vehicle entry, and the title was dubbed “Gate Goddess.”

Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: I spend a lot of time watching VHS tapes while cutting paper in my art studio. I also enjoy walking my dog, Steve, and hanging out at Pike Place Market. I am waiting for the weather to get warmer so I can go rollerskating. 

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Your biggest accomplishment and why: Getting into the Space Needle with a semi-permanent installation. One of my hand-cut maps of the City of Seattle was displayed in 2017. It makes me happy when people walk up to it and point out places they’ve been.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Artistically, it would be frames. I have a lot of issues finding frames that work with my art. When my sizes are different, I cannot always utilize the same company for consistency, so it is always a struggle—I need to become a woodworker.

Someone who inspires you and why: Artist and muralist Ryan Henry Ward. He is an amazing artist who spreads joy throughout the city with his work. I don’t know any other artist (in real life) that inspires so many people on that level. Not only does he inspire people to create art, but he inspires people to tap into joy and happiness just by viewing his work. He unknowingly inspired me to try and get my work into the Space Needle. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Just do it! I support a youth artist, Frankie Fire Fist, who is 10 years old. My advice to him is to just keep practicing, and he will surpass my artistic ability before he is my age. 

Favorite quote: “Find what you love and let it kill you.” ––Charles Bukowski

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I started adult painting classes at the age of 7. It was my first love.

What makes someone fabulous: Anyone who is dedicated to their goals and works hard to achieve them is extraordinary. 

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