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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - CARYLANN LOEPPKY

12.11.06

     

Q: Perhaps you could begin by telling us a bit about your artistic background - how did you become a graphic designer?  

In the early 80's I worked in a retail store (the black market) as a manager. I made custom hand painted-punk t-shirts that I was selling there.
S hortly after that time I put together some live images for performance and touring with a band. I was playing around with slides and developing them together to create interesting images...all before photoshop existed. I was also painting at that time, I was exploring and a self taught painter (oil on canvas). I studied the surrealists. I had great admiration for Max Ernst...(I still do) by 1991 I settled down and needed to aquire some computer skills, so I took a course in graphic design. I bought my first computer right after and started freelancing.
The computer was a new tool for me to design and create. One year later Nettwerk approached me to come on board and join the art department at Nettwerk records. I worked there for 10 years and I am now starting up my own design company. I currently paint portraits as well.

  Q :  For those not already aware - how did you come to be Delerium's
resident artist?

 

I met Bill Leeb around 1983, he was in the band Skinny Puppy...we dated, lived together. and later (10 years) were married. We had a 21 year relationship. In the early years We toured together with his new band Frontline Assembly. Delerium was a side project at that time, which was much more of a sound scape and had a cinematic essence to it. I worked designing and selling merchandise and put together a visual presentation for the live performance (slide shows). I encouraged him to step out on his own and do his own music and he gave me a chance to do the cd covers for Delerium. We worked as a team and it was a relationship that worked very well for many years.

Artist Statement
      Artist Bio
             
Q : Your images have a distinct style - what have been
your influences pictorially?
  I'm mainly influenced by passion and emotion. Life experience is what enriches my work. I find beauty and wonder in the world so many things inspire me. Travel, dreams, nature, film and photography are just a few things that inspire me. My work has a dark and romantic feel to it.   Q : Your artwork for Delerium is really an integral part of each release, how do you work with the band?   I prefer to work directly with an artist, rather than through a company. I find it dilutes the purity of design when too many people meddle with the vision. It worked well with Bill and I because we would work very closely. Knowing him so well and sharing so much intimate time together made it effortless.
             
Q : Karma featured some incredible imagery including
the material on the bonus disc - what was your brief for that album? What was your goal?
  Karma was such a pivotal design for me. It was my first time art directing ...conceptualizing it, I was able to work on something from the ground up. Right from photography to the layout. I always prefer to have this kind of control with the vision. It's ideal.   Q : Poem was another lavish package - how did the gatefold and booklet for that one come about?   Bill and I had a honeymoon in Paris. I found a painting in the antique flee market there that I fell in love with. It became the cover on the Poem cd....it was the focus and inspiration of the design for this piece.
The artist signature reads "Innocenti". It is framed and hanging in my condo. My prize piece. Bill always honored the art work and wrestled with the record label to package it in an interesting ways. His biggest skill in the industry in my opinion is negotiating.
             
 Click to visit the Carylann website.
      Click to visit the Carylann website.
Q :  The new album continues your lush, romantic style
how did you go about creating this artwork - what was the starting point, how did the ideas develop?
 

I designed the cover at least six months before it was approved by the band. As you know Bill and I are going through a divorce and have been for 2 and a half years now. Im sure everyone knows that...It has been difficult to remove myself from the emotional aspects of our relationship and work without passion. I just don't work that way. I wasn't in a place to be connected to him and his work and didn't think I would be able to continue the work on the album cover. At one point Nettwerk tried to get Bill to use another designer..but he came back to me for this one....and titled it according to the imagery. So it was a backwards fit. The art work came first....then the
title to match.
I used to listen to each album early on in its development. I would critique it as it was written...and it would give me a vibe on what to create visually. This is the first album I didn't do this with. I've tried to listen to it a few times. Maybe one day I'll get through it.

  Q : Whose idea was it to include the portraits?
 

I'm not sure whose idea it was to include the portraits.
Possibly the record label.
I was asked to do it by Bill.

             
Q :  What are your working techniques - how do you create your images?  

Photoshop is my playground. Its where the structure starts....usually with a photo. I have loads of images I 've saved and scanned over the years to source from. I t evolves from there. Experimental is how I develop
it.

   Q :  What is your favorite project so far and why?
 

 

I'd have to say the video work I did for the Delerium tour. I still want to continue in this discipline. I plan to be doing more film work down the road.

 

           
    Click to visit the Carylann website.       Click to visit the Carylann website.
 Q :  Would you ever release a glossy coffee table book of your artwork (please)?   I would love to do something like that. Hmmmm
I have been approached by a publishing company recently to sell Giclee prints of my abstract paintings...maybe I will mention that idea to them.
       

 

Carylann's studio.

 

Thanks to Carylann for allowing us that interview.