Interview | Tate Luckensmeyer, artist

Budding young artist Tate Luckensmeyer was a much respected team member at Saddler & Co while she finished high school and during her gap year. We recently commissioned one of Tate’s beautiful watercolours, and caught up with the Dubbo-based artist to learn more about her practice.

We will be sending out a beautiful postcard with new orders, so you can look forward to receiving a limited print postcard. 

Artist, Tate Luckensmeyer, holding her artwork

An artist is attune to light and shadow. We love how you have captured the essence of a maker's skill and hands in this artwork of the Saddler. What drew you to the art of painting and how long have you been engaged in this?

There was never a time that I didn’t love creating. I did my first watercolour painting about seven years ago, and have been practising and refining my style ever since. Painting has been my respite from the busy world, and I am so grateful for the people that have enabled me to pursue it seriously.

What do you love most about the practice of art?

I love that I can capture the things I see in the world around me on paper. Even better than that is when my work evokes emotions in people – whether it is a painting of their childhood home, or of a random windmill. As an artist it is so fulfilling to see the way a painting can touch people’s hearts.

As an artist it is so fulfilling to see the way a painting can touch people’s hearts.

Jemima Aldridge with Saddler & Co postcard artwork by Tate Luckensmeyer

Artwork by Tate Luckensmeyer
 Saddler & Co postcard artwork by Tate Luckensmeyer

Can you share a little glimpse into your style? How would you define craftsmanship for yourself?

My work is both orderly and structured – messy and real. I try to instil order into everything I do, yet always find myself most creative when I have shoved everything off the desk, put on my overalls, and end up using my hands more than the brush. In my mind, craftsmanship is a little sacred. Pouring time and love into learning new skills and refining them is so special. In this busy life it is a reprieve – a little tucked away world that you have the joy of making yourself.

In this busy life it is a reprieve – a little tucked away world that you have the joy of making yourself.

Saddler & Co postcard artwork by Tate Luckensmeyer

Bede Aldridge Saddler & Co cutting leather

Above | The inspiration behind the artwork - Saddler & Co's Bede Aldridge cutting leather with a traditional round knife tool.  
As a budding artist, did your time in the Saddler & Co team change the way you view your own creative practice?

I so loved being surrounded by people who valued the creative practice and the skills that went into every type of craftsmanship. The value that the Saddler & Co team placed on the art of handmade crafts instilled in me a respect for others’ creative practice – as well as my own. It gave me the confidence to value the work that went into my own art.

Would you share your favourite Saddler & Co product and how you use it?

Of all the Saddler & Co products that I have collected – my very favourite is my special pencil case that was given to me before I moved away. This pencil case goes with me everywhere: to every uni class, every spontaneous adventure into nature to draw. It carries my most used and most loved tools, and is a treasure I will be using for years to come.

You can find Tate Luckensmeyer on Instagram.

 

 

Watercolour by Tate A. Luckensmeyer based off an original photo by Abbie Melle
Interview with Jemima Aldridge | In store Photography by Nat Salloum |
Dubbo NSW

 


 

 

 

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