Donna Caselden Designs Dresses, Items, and even the White House
Written by Yewon Lee | Published. 2018.01.10 15:34 | Count : 582
Artist Donna Caselden is a well-known talent across the spectrum of visual design. An accomplished experimental artist and award-winning clothing designer, Caselden also works one-on-one with clients on interior design and home décor projects.

Caselden works from her studio in the seaside village of Annisquam, Massachusetts. Her works are showcased in museums and galleries throughout New England, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including the highly regarded Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. One of Donna Caselden’s designs received the Certificate of Excellence by ManneqArt, for wearable art and design.  The award-winning dress was displayed in Washington, DC and was recently featured in the PEM as part of the World of Wearable Art (WOW) exhibit.
As a painter, Donna Caselden has won acclaim for her work with acrylic, watercolor and oil paint. She is known for her experimental 2D artwork, incorporating unusual substances like marble dust, sand, coffee grounds, or wood shavings to achieve unique texture and effects.

I had an online interview with her. 

Could you introduce yourself to Korean readers?
My name is Donna Caselden, an American artist specializing in Contemporary art. Most of my paintings are made using acrylics, although many times I will start with a base made of unusual substances (such as coffee grounds or marble dust) mixed with gel medium to give my canvases some texture. I also enjoy making wearable art out of recycled items (some of these include soda cans and bicycle parts). As well as being a painter and a wearable artist, I’m also an interior designer, most recently assisting with decorating The White House for The Christmas season. 

Is your work connected to New England? If so, what is the connection?
The only time my work is connected to New England is when I paint seascapes. I live in the coastal city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the oldest fishing village in New England, and am many times inspired by the beauty of the ocean.

What motivated you to become an artist when you were in school? 
Making art is something that I cannot stop, but is not what I studied in college. It wasn’t until later in life that I pursued my art full time, although it always was a part of my life.

Can you tell us about one of your recent or current pieces of work?
I recently finished a painting called The Silver Line, after returning from a visit to New York City. But it wasn’t until a few days ago that I realized where the inspiration from this particular piece came from. The colors are silver and grey and I incorporated pieces of mica which I sourced from a local mica mine. In hindsight, I was creating all the concrete and steel that abounds in New York, which is commonly referred to as “The Concrete Jungle”. Most of my artwork appears this way. I never know beforehand what I’ll be painting- things just emerge on my canvas. 

What’s your message to the Korean youth who aspire to become artists?
Follow your passion. True artists can’t help themselves- they have an inner desire to express themselves creatively. If you try to suppress this, I don’t think you will ever be truly satisfied or happy. 


Yewon Lee
Grade: 10th
Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Yewon Lee  student_reporter@dherald.com

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