Meet Karem Pedersen, Artist and Founder of Two Moons Glass
What motivates you to create?
There are many things that motivate me to create. The satisfaction of seeing an idea becoming something tangible and hopefully beautiful, by talking to other creatives and artists. It's invigorating to share ideas and see what others are working on.
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
I'm a graphic designer turned stained glass artist who is also a stay-at-home mom. Designing, creating and making things takes me back to myself and reminds me of who I am as a person.
Designing, creating and making things takes me back to myself and reminds me of who I am as a person.
We all have many responsibilities and this has always brought joy to my life and reminded me of that.
What are some of the things your art has taught you and hope it teaches others?
Graphic design as well as stained glass is very solitary. But I've been able to find a community in the art scene in my town of Redlands. And another in the pop-up market community. I've made friends with other makers who have the same mentality when it comes to being part of this world, which is about supporting and encouraging each other.
Seeing women supporting other women is a beautiful thing. Collaborating with other creatives has also been an amazing experience creatively, and personally.
What’s a favorite early memory you have with nature?
I grew up in the capital of Peru, the city of Lima. Growing up I was more of a city person. I found nature at the beach, the sand and the ocean have been there for me since I can remember. The beach is still my happy place, a place where I can just sit there and be. My other memory of nature in my life growing up is from my grandmother's backyard. My dad's mom (Consuelo) had a small, yet well cared for backyard. She had a big avocado tree that produced 8"-10" buttery avocados. She also had a lucuma tree and lemongrass bushes that she used to make tea. She also had a fig tree in the front yard, though I didn't like figs growing up.
Do the seasons have a direct effect on your work?
The amazing thing about working with glass is the variety of colors, textures and opacities. I definitely draw inspiration when choosing colors depending on the season.