We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, what inspires you?
I’ve been inspired by various things since I started this artistic adventure. I seem to always go back to getting my main inspiration from people though, particularly musicians, song lyrics, and the feeling I get when i’m listening to certain songs and when i’m at a live show/ concert.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve really gotten in to pyrograhy (decorating wood or other objects by burning) and I specialize in script and images so I am asked a lot of times to create signs for special occasions such as weddings or business openings as well as burning images of people in to a piece of wall decor or furniture. Every piece of wood is cut and sanded by me at my home and every piece I create is done by hand so when you see the detail in them you know i’ve actually sat down and personally (and passionately) worked on that piece of artwork you may have hanging up or sitting in your home. I recently started adding color to my pieces to make them more multi-dimensional and vibrant, and am really excited about learning new techniques and working with other materials to incorporate in to what i am already doing. I really enjoy seeing the change and progression in my style as time goes on. I’m really really excited about that! Professionally i’m still trying to find the balance between working a full-time corporate job and doing art as what seems like another full-time job. Is it easy? Honestly, sometimes no but most of the time it’s pretty 50/50. Maybe i’m being too optimistic. It can be very stressful at times, BUT it is rewarding. I LOVE creating. It’s a part of me. It always has been. I would say that when you do get stressed out or even burnt out that you take a moment to step away and take care of yourself. Definitely make time for yourself. My personal go to is paddleboarding. It helps me relax, appreciate, and reevaluate things going on in my life and go back in to something with a clear mind and hopefully a better or different perspective. What do I want the world to know about me and my story? Well that’s putting a lot of weight on my shoulders. (lol) We’re all unique in our own way. If you want to do something, make something, be someone then do it. Don’t ever let anyone or anything hold you back. I’ve said it before. You can be your biggest fan and your own worst critic. When negative thoughts enter your mind you’ve got to tell yourself to “Shut the F’ up!” and do what makes you happy and excited and be fearless.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Before I moved to Atlanta I was always fascinated with the city so of course when I first moved here I moved to Midtown. My personal go to place in Atlanta to take a stroll or relax and people watch would be Piedmont Park. I love the vibe there and that it’s surrounded by the city. If my friends were visiting Georgia (during the summer) I would definitely take them to Lake Allatoona during the day to relax on the lake and kayak and/or paddleboard, do some brewery hopping in the city (Orpheus, Three Taverns, Imaginarium, Atlanta Brewing, Firemaker, etc ), grab a bite to eat in Midtown, Inman Park, Little Five Points or East Atlanta, partake in some roof top games and the amazing view at PCM, and definitely karaoke at Metalsome Karaoke located below The Darkhorse Tavern or go to a show at Terminal West, The Loft, The Earl, 529 or etc etc (so many music venues) followed by late night drinks at The Highlander or Mannys Pub. You’re welcome! 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I honestly can’t name just one person or group. I’ve gotten a lot of support and encouragement from so many people along the way. I’m beyond thankful and appreciate of everyone. From my best friends to Atlantas art community, where some of those artists have become some of my best friends, to the local craft brewery industry which actually helped me launch in to what I do now….I really have a whole lot of people to thank for their support and encouragement. If I had to give a “shoutout” to anyone in particular though it would definitely be my mum and my dad. Always!
Alicia Williams/ Creations by SV