When metal, wood and glass have hopes and dreams they go to Sean Carleton.
As I’m getting ready to leave the house, I throw on a pair of blue, worn ballet flats and grab my Polaroid 250. Thankfully, there’s film in the camera already so it’s ready to go. I plan to take Sean’s photo when visiting his studio, but am hesitant because the Polaroid is vintage, can be wonky and there’s no light meter, that is to say it’s a best-guess scenario if a picture will show up well. I bring it anyway.
Punching the address into my phone to get directions, I realize that his studio is about 1 mile away, which is good because it means I won’t be late for our appointment.
It’s a very warm day with the temperature hovering around 80 degrees and promising to hit mid-80’s later on. I park the car, not very well, in the cul-de-sac, and walk up to the house. The front door is open and I peek inside to see a well-lit living room area with various metal, wood and glass sculptures. Electronic music is playing in the background.
No. 75 by S. Carleton. Photo by Carleton.
What's for breakfast?
He laughs and says, "A blueberry protein shake."
Coffee or tea?
Music you create to?
In all seriousness he responds, "Music is very important to me. Especially during the conceptualization process. The pendulum for music swings between the band Odesza (one of his favorites) and c89.5 to Mozart.
Favorite social media app?
"None!" and then he laughs.
I say, “You have to pick one!” Nobody can escape the wrath that is social media and apps after all.
Sean smiles and says, "Ok, Instagram."
BAM Artsfair (WA): July 27, 28, 29
Crested Butte Arts Festival (CO): Aug 3, 4, 5
Kirkland Summerfest (WA): Aug 10, 11, 12