Our riotBars have fancy new packaging, complete with beautiful new artwork by the amazing Sarah Liggett. I was able to ask Sarah a few questions about her life, art, and inspiration. Here is what she had to say!
Q: Music is a very important part of life in the Riot Room. What tunes are you currently spinning?
A: I love music and walk with my iPod most days. I love a wide variety of music. I like rhythm when I walk! My favorite song, "Happy", [is] a musical affirmation.
Q: What are some social causes you care about?
A: I worked for the Oregon Environmental Council as a volunteer for almost two years and I support a clean environment - water, air, the oceans, food. It was one of the reasons I was attracted to sweetriot.
Q: What advice do you have for others who want to tap in to their own creativity?
A: Advice is a tricky thing. Learn the most on the subjects you find yourself interested in and work on it... Make the time. Art is like anything--the more you practice it, the better you get. I will always be a student.
Q: What does your process usually look like? Do you plan things out or do you work spur of the moment?
A: My artistic process is to sit in front of a piece of paper (notebook, scrap of napkin, or anything) when I have an idea and sketch it for later reference. I develop drawings from sketches I have on file. I feel like I've been drawing most of my life--as a hobby, as a pastime, as a freelance career--it's almost like therapy for me or meditation.
Q: Travelling and experiencing different cultures is near and dear to our sweetriot team. Do you have a favorite place that you've travelled?
A: I've done a lot of traveling. I lived in Taiwan for two years and I've been to several countries in Europe over the years, so I've been very fortunate to have seen part of the world and several states in this country as well. Italy was one of my favorite places. People are very happy to show you where they live and what it means to them. Travelling was a favorite experience for me - but coming home was a part of that experience.
Q: Who are your favorite artists?
A: I appreciate realism in art, but I love impressionism and abstract art as well. One of my favorite artists is Vincent Van Gogh, in part because of his use of color. The artists that sweetriot has featured over the years are wonderful and unique. The colors are what pull me in.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece that you've done? Or do you love them all equally? :-)
A: I do like some pieces I've done more than others. When I'm working, I usually like what I'm working on at the time the most- that's where my focus is; then when it's done, I go on to the next piece.
Q: What inspires your art?
A: I read extensively and take photographs of the world around me, but my sister is my biggest inspiration. She was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer a year and a half ago and is now stable and doing well, I'm thankful to say. While recovering from radiation treatment she completed her third book ("The Blue Between", see patricialittle.com) - she's amazing!
Q: What has traditionally been your favorite sweet treat?
A: Traditionally I like dessert, preferably chocolate, but I need to keep it within limits - quality not quantity. I was trying to wean myself off of just milk chocolate, which I love... and it's working! I found the perfect solution - a bite of a riotBar with coffee. Yum! sweetriot has so much dark chocolate to choose from, and it's organic and Fair Trade. I tell everyone about it! Actually, the first riotBar I attempted to buy at Whole foods was a gift - when I told the checker I was going to be the featured artist in the near future, he bought it for me!