Artist Julie Stuart designs rustic furniture
Editor’s Note: This is the first of 12 Q&As with the Red Cliff artists participating in the seventh annual Red Cliff Studio Tour, which happens Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The answers are intended to give tour-goers an inside look at the people and inspirations behind the art work.1. What is your medium and why did you choose it, or did the medium choose you?2. What puts you in the mood to be creative?The answer to questions 1 and 2 can be summed up with a paragraph from one of Ralph Kylloe’s rustic furniture books:”Rustic furniture makers are a breed unto themselves. True entrepreneurs, they generally live outside mainstream society. Mostly without formal training in their field, they go against convention and rely on nature for designs and inspiration. Rustic builders do not go into the woods for a branch and saw it into a chair leg. Rather, nature tells them exactly what a branch or a root will be made into.The more exaggerated the better!3. If you could choose anyone, alive or dead, to have dinner with who would it be and why?Hmmmm … preferably someone alive would be most favorable, on the serious side. A friend who I met in Yellowstone National Park was the one who really exposed me to the back country where I was able to see the whimsical twists, knots and burls in the trees. 4. What is the best aspect of having a studio in Red Cliff?I have to say it’s a beautiful, quiet mountain area minutes away from a world-class resort, which makes for an inspiring atmosphere for building.5. What is your credo or motto for life?INTEGRITY: This word has become a very important gage to look for and to live by.