Victoria Lansford works across multiple artistic media and is best described as a “self-contained, big city, symphony orchestra.” Lansford has spent over 40 years working in the visual, literary, and performing arts to paint with fire, forge with words, and choreograph with color, line, and texture. Her award winning and genre busting art and fine craft combines centuries old techniques with cutting edge technology to create artwork that ranges in scale from wearable to hangable to architectural. Her painstakingly intricate art is made from precious metals, gemstones, ink, paint, skins, paper, hammers, punches, pliers, gravers, brushes, pencils, pens, or quills and takes many forms including art jewelry, craft objects, miniature paintings, calligraphic artist books, and metal screens. All of her designs revolve around the interplay of negative and positive space, the origins of the universe, and mythological archetypes to bring forth external displays of feminine power.
Lansford’s art has has been widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wayne Arts Center, the Mulvane Art Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Museum and in numerous publications such as the Lark 500 book series, Metalsmith and Jewelry Artistmagazines, Chasing and Repousse (Brynmorgen Press), On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor (Schiffer Publishing) and on Home and Garden Television. Never content to hoard information or technical discoveries, Lansford has created a renaissance for many, old world, fine metal techniques, including Russian Filigree and Eastern Repoussé and Chasing. Through her sold out workshops, videos, books, articles, and apps, she has mentored other creatives around the world.
Lansford earned a bachelor of arts with a concentration in jewelry design and silversmithing from College of the Arts, Georgia State University in 1993. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta (1997-2004) and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1997). She has served as a Saul Bell Design Award finalist judge (2015), the volunteer Technical Education Coordinator and SNAG Links Coordinator for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (2015-2017), and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Metalwerx, Inc.
Lansford’s most recent large-scale commissions were for one of the world’s largest, bespoke, superyachts and comprised a floor to ceiling, etched copper screen and copper, Eastern repousse double doors, both depicting oceanic scenes. Her newest major project is the ground breaking, animated ebook and print book Giving Voice (Spiral Publications) with introduction by best-selling author of the Griffin and Sabine trilogies Nick Bantock. Giving Voice is the winner of the 2019 IPPY for best ebook design (Bronze), the 2020 e-Literature Award for best multi-media book (Silver), and a 2020 finalist of the National Indie Excellence Award for best interior book design. Giving Voice’s original story, calligraphy, paintings, and soundtrack converge to explore how the dots of our lives connect and how the small kindnesses we show each other can literally change the course of someone’s life.
Lansford’s old-growth tree shaded studio is located on the ancestral lands of the Muscogee People (Atlanta, GA) She lives with her husband Chris, son Skyler, and two Shelties Boudica and Elizabeth. She considers the term ‘geek’ a compliment, can’t stand being pigeon-holed, and has a constant creative drive that never lets up.
SOME VERY RANDOM STUFF ABOUT VICTORIA
Favorite Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Vincent Van Gogh, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Albrecht Durer, Rene Lalique, Nick Bantock, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Schultz, Jim Henson, Marie Zimmerman, Mary Lee Hu, Bobbie Crow, whoever made Tutankhamun’s mummy mask
Favorite Composers/Songwriters/Musicians: Beethoven, Mozart, Hildegard von Bingen, Dave Brubeck, Steely Dan (Donald Fegan & Walter Becker), Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, Diana Krall, Randy Crawford, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Fleetwood Mac, Parliament/Funkadelic, most disco and most New Wave – My family jokes that I hardly ever like any music not written in a minor key.
Favorite Books: Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), The Name of the Rose (Umberto Ecco), The Venetian’s Wife (Nick Bantock), Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie), The Doubtful Guest (Edward Gorey)
Favorite Movies: Rebecca, Vertigo (both Hitchcock), Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown (Almodovar), The Color Purple (Spielberg), Casablanca (Curtiz), Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair), Muppets from Space (Hill), Top Hat (Sandrich), Mo’ Better Blues (Lee) , On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Mannelli), The Ritz (Lester), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam), Like Water for Chocolate (Arau)
Favorite Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
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Some Favorite Spaces on Earth: Valley of the Kings – Egypt, Fortnum & Mason – London (A must if you like tea and all the works. Puts tea at the Ritz to shame.), Tea & Sympathy – NYC (Ditto. If Miss Marple ducked into a tea shop to get out of the rain, she would step into this place. Also puts tea at the Ritz to shame, but in a mismatched china, killer scones, comfort food at Hogwart’s, shepherds pie/bubble & squeak kind of way.), Pike’s Market – Seattle, Elliot Bay Bookstore – Seattle, The Strand – NYC, Ashmolean Museum – Oxford, England, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Boston, MA, Rio Grande – Albuquerque, NM (If you are a metalsmith or jeweler, this is the ultimate candy store. Beware: ‘tool porn’ abounds. You may discover pliers or a hydraulic press you can’t live without.) Michael C. Carlos Museum – Emory University, Atlanta, The Agyptisches Museum Berlin (Except it’s not there anymore. Everything got moved to the Neue Museum), Zoo Station – Berlin, circa 1990 (Never been half as cool since they cleaned it up), The Rodin Museum – Paris, The Louvre – Paris (Yes, even I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid.) Any English pub that serves really good fish and chips. Alexandria, Egypt, San Diego Zoo, Antiqua, Sasebo Japanese Garden – Albuquerque, NM, the Japanese garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls Botanical Garden- Ontario, Canada, the front terrace of The Winter Palace – Luxor, Egypt, Old Cataract Hotel – Aswan Egypt, The Fox Theater – Atlanta.
One of my favorite things to do in life is find independent art supply stores all over the world. Here are a few places I literally dream of buying plane tickets to just so I can shop in person (maybe one day again…)
- Kremer Pigments – NYC (if you go, be prepared to fall in love with color like never before)
- L. Cornelissen & Son – London (near the British Museum. If Ollivander’s Wand Shop carried art supplies, it would look like Cornelissen’s)
- Shepherd’s London – London, obviously (paper, paper, and more paper, plus other book binding / artist book needs)
- Binder’s Art Supply – Atlanta (My local. Been shopping there since I was 12, seriously.)
- Sennelier – Quai Voltaire, Paris (The store, not just the brand. Open since 1887, not only will you leave with gorgeous stuff, you can’t help but feel the ghosts of your influences.)
Odd facts: I grew up on a steady diet of 60’s and 70’s pop culture. I love nature but hate camping. I can ride a horse a bit but am a terrible swimmer. I am highly coordinated but am incapable of skiing (water or snow…just don’t even ask). If you throw a ball (or anything else at me), I will probably duck, for that is what intelligent people do. If Apple ever fails, I’ll use an IBM Selectric Typewriter before I’ll buy a PC though this has nothing to do with why many of my books and apps only work on Apple products. (It’s partly because development cost and partly because media-rich ebooks won’t work on anything else. Hello, Amazon…the world is waiting for you to catch up.) I am a practical idealist and a practical pacifist and can’t get enough deeply disturbing or convoluted British whodunits in book, radio drama, or TV formats. Every Thursday for over a year in the late 90’s, I visited the Fernbank Observatory like some people might go to church and saw way more things than one might expect in a big city. One of my favorite moments in time was getting to hear Stephen Hawking deliver his paper “The Universe in a Nutshell” in person. Despite being highly claustrophobic, I’ve been inside two of the three Pyramids at Giza…needs must. My husband and I were introduced by a mutual friend who is now the smuggest person in the universe. I’m barely 5’2″ but am frequently told I “look bigger on TV.” There is no such thing as too much dark chocolate.
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