Day 58: Cinnamon Stephens

I absolutely love to see, celebrate and support individuals who challenge artistic conventions and stereotypes and today’s creative feminist (@cinnamons_art on Instagram) has been doing so with such flare for the last 25 years. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hi my name is Cinnamon, I am a creative metalworker living off of my art for close to 25 years. I design and create steel and copper sculptures for gardens, homes and to wear.

How did you develop your practice?
I started out exhibiting and creating commissioned metal sculpture straight out of art school. Gradually as I developed my style and had a family, I moved often around South Eastern Victoria. I always chose to work from home so I could attempt to balance raising my kids and continuing to create art. These days I am settled on the Surf Coast and my husband, Rowan, is a huge part of my studio routine! We attract custom design work from all types of people and places and it’s always a joy to be working on different projects week to week!

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I draw my inspiration from our natural environment. Australian native flora and bird life are my favourite themes. I absolutely love custom designing for clients. I can often visualise the design while the client is still talking! I also love the fact I am often involved in people’s special moments: big birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
I chose welding because it was challenging and not many women were doing it. I enjoy people knowing that I actually do the bending and welding; people often assume my husband does all the physical side of our studio practice but we are definitely a team. Being a creative feminist means holding my own in the male-dominated arena of metalwork, but having a distinctive feminine voice.💜

I absolutely love Cinnamon’s definition of what it means to her to be a creative feminist as the fine balance that she describes creates such beauty and personality in her incredible artwork. Also, here’s to artists like Cinnamon, who prove you can be both an independent artist and a mumma. Please give Cinnamon a warm welcome to the fem fam by following her page @cinnamons_art and by commenting your thoughts below! It’s such an honour to have you join our supportive community Cinnamon.

If you would like to purchase any of Cinnamon’s work, like those featured below you can do so via her website: http://www.cinnamonsart.com.

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