Expect the unexpected from Del Foxton, she’s an environmentally friendly sculptress and we adore her art.
Tell us about the journey that led you to get into paper sculpting…
I was born in Canada to a family of creative souls and from an early age dabbled in many art mediums. But it wasn’t until years later when I transitioned from a corporate business background in Canada to a quiet island in the Bahamas that I felt my creativity blossom. There was limited recycling on the island and I needed to address the mounds of paper waste produced by my career and family. Web surfing led me to the fascinating stories about the ancient art form of hand paper making. And the rest is history.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
The opportunity for feedback and conversation is important to my creativity and learning. I am pleased to have found community through art associations in the Bahamas, Canada and Florida that provide friendship, guidance and exhibiting opportunities. I am also an active member of the Bahamas National Trust, a true guardian of the environment that provides many opportunities to present my environmentally friendly artistry to an interested audience. I enjoy the opportunity to share my passion with a new generation of young artists. It is fun to watch children mess with the paper pulp and create something unique.
Del Foxton Paper Sculpture
If you were to describe your business mantra in three words, what would they be?
Eco driven. Staying the Path. Enjoying the Ride.
What advice would you offer anyone interested in venturing into the world of art and design?
Go For It….it will be an amazing journey!
Talk us through an average business day in your life.
My day gives me the opportunity to wear soooo many hats.
As Adagio Art Gallery and Studio is home based, I can be in the Studio as early or late as I want or need to be; I am able to receive clients and reserve Tea and Tours of my Gallery effortlessly; having a home office with a view to work all my social media platforms and contact clients is no hardship at all, plus I have easy access for snacks at anytime.
Life is Good!
Business can be an upward struggle at times, what do you do to stay positive?
I stay positive by remembering the success and enjoyment that I have had with my art career so far and reviewing my daily actions to ensure that I am doing what is needed to accomplish my end goal of a strong, rewarding, profitable career.
What is your go to quote when lacking motivation?
I always loved Picasso’s quote…Every child is an Artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up!
…and so far, so good for me. 😎
How much has social media played a role in the success of your brand?
I began my full time career as an artist in 2004 with a business card and a website.
Now, I still have business cards and a website, PLUS 4 social medial platforms that give me the opportunity to showcase my artistry around the world …and that is a fantastic benefit.
Del Foxton Paper Sculpture
How do you want people to feel when they first see your work?
I love that people are not only interested in my art, but also that they see that I am addressing an important issue of our time, paper waste. I enjoy giving the history of my paper waste journey and of my process of marrying the eons-old techniques and procedures of hand paper making with the magic of today’s technology that has allowed me to expand and enhance my artistic journey.
Our readers love to travel, what destination is at the top of your bucket list?
Living on Grand Bahama Island is a perfect hub for travel.
It has allowed us to visit many destinations, Asia, Australia, British Isles, Europe and the United States but, we still have Africa on our bucket list. I am fortunate to live and have Adagio Art Gallery locations in the Bahamas, United States and Canada.
What’s next for you and your brand?
As a Hand Made Paper Sculptress, I am excited that hand made paper artistry is being welcomed by galleries around the world. In my opinion, this is a huge step forward for the art world. I am delighted that my artistry and medium is valued for its fantastic contribution to our environment and economy and I look forward to having high profiled representation in galleries, exhibitions and events to share my journey with like minded people.🙏
Where can people find out more about Del Foxton