About Carrie and Spark Studio
I’m Carrie Leeb, an artist/designer/entrepreneur and I love making things. I feel most alive when I’m creating, and I want to impart this same passion for exploring, experimenting, and making to as many people as I can (like you!). Spark Studio’s a place where this happens. It’s a space where people learn, create, meet other makers, and have lots of fun doing it!
I’ve had a three different careers, all of which have involved creativity (actually four – parenting is super creative, too!). First I was an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator for 10 years. Initially I worked in New York, then I moved back to San Francisco in 1991, and headed up my own firm, Leeb & Sons. In 1995, I took a year sabbatical in Paris where I studied experimental photography, learned French, and decided I wanted to be a fine artist. As a mostly self-taught painter and sculptor, I worked in San Francisco, but also spent time practicing my art (and Spanish!) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was represented for years with galleries in Santa Monica and New York, and showed and sold work nationally and internationally. To see my fine art, please go to www.carrieleebstudio.com. For the last five years, fueled by my passion for nature, I’ve been running a company for a product I invented and designed. ReTree is a modern, reusable wood holiday tree that sells at SFMOMA, several upscale boutiques and online. Please go to www.retreejoy.com to have a look. As a teacher and a mentor, I’ve inspired and encouraged many people to tap into their creative side and experience the joy that goes along with creating.
I like making anything and everything, and welcome the challenge of working in new media. I love building things. I’ve casted, and then welded together, a chair made of cast bronze branches. I’ve made furniture by both welding and wood working. I’ve made sculptures with cast glass, ceramics, lint, found objects, and I continue to experiment with new materials. I love to paint and draw, and because of my curiosity and love of exploring, have taught myself a lot of techniques using all kinds of media. I continue to love photography and have an active practice of taking pictures. I’ve done extensive print-making (screen printing, etching, lithography). And I love doing crafts – needle felting, wood burning, embroidery, wet felting, knitting, etc…and I’m always open to learning more!