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Art & Life with Malina Cipleu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malina Cipleu.

Malina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always been a creative person and enjoyed making things that usually live at the intersection of aesthetically pleasing and functional. I started drawing with my kids, and, when they started taking art lessons, I did too. After a while, I was presented with the opportunity to teach art to young children, and I embraced it. It was a period of learning about different mediums and experimenting with different ideas. After a few years, I settled on working with polymer clay, fused glass, and sterling silver, and I created my own studio: The Olive Colibri (Colibri means hummingbird).

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create modern jewelry and art pieces using fused glass, polymer clay, and sterling silver. I think my favorite part about my art is the process of creating, and the self-reflection inherent to it. Time and again I feel drawn to nature, and in my work, I try to capture my impressions of it. They develop in layers of glass, and sheets of clay progressing in and open conversation between the piece and myself. The results are abstract fragments of this intuitive journey, drawing attention to movement, balance, and harmony. I hope that viewers will slow down, explore, and use their imagination to join the conversation.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I experimented a lot with fused glass, but not always made notes on my process and results. Through the years I became more disciplined about it, and that allowed me to control the process more accurately. My advice to others would be to document their steps through their creative journey, as it will help their future projects, and at the same time it’ll serve as a guide for their artistic development.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
For the past six years, I’ve been participating in East and West Austin Studio Tours. This year I will be one of the artists showing their work in May in West Austin Studio Tour as well. My jewelry and my art can also be found at Csilla Somogyi Couture House, and Art Escape at Oasis, both stores located in Austin, TX.

Also, my art can be seen on my website at:

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Malina Cipleu

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