“Being a creative has helped me channel this extraordinary insight into madness, or genius- let the audience decide.”
Most commonly, people refer to their career as if it were a “path”. For Bex Simon, it has been a winding, never-ending journey into the realm of creativity and design.
There is no one word to describe Bex: She is an artist, a mother to two, and a dedicated student. Most importantly, however, she is a born explorer. Bex’s artistic endeavors have always been an intricate dance between design, texture, and form. She has always sought to innovate and break barriers wherever her art would allow. An insatiable thirst for exploration led her to a forging/welding demonstration at her college, where her eagerness to learn quickly turned into a fascination for blacksmithing. She knew at that moment that it was something she “needed to explore further”.
Equipped with newfound curiosity and a keen eye for artistic design, Bex dove headfirst into the world of blacksmithing and all of the creative avenues it offered to her. Drawing inspiration from some of her favorite artists such as Antoni Gaudi, she approached art as if it were a tangible connection between herself and the natural world around her. From small garden sculptures to 40-metre collaborative pieces, she approaches every intricate detail forged by her hammer with both fluidity and precision.
Bex continues to explore all of the ways she is able to transform this very old, beautiful craft into something contemporary and exciting. Most recently, she has been honing a tufted metal technique that mimics the look of a leather-tufted seat. She has playfully dubbed her most recent piece as the Copperfield Bench, and credits her inspiration to Al Pacino in saying “it’s easy to fool the eye… it’s harder to fool the heart”.
When it comes to working with clients, she takes a more personalized creative approach. Bex believes that considering the piece’s surrounding environment is pivotal to the success of the design itself. She finds that the “why” and “where” of the piece—shape, form, and balance—are far superior to the “how”.
Though she has faced her own challenges in pursuit of her art, Bex does not discourage other women from chasing their dreams. She encourages women to be prepared to follow new paths they might not have previously. She asks that they never give up, follow their vision, and prove to their non-believers that they are a force to be reckoned with. She stresses that art is journey, and every step along the way is an opportunity to learn new, valuable skills that will be vital for your growth.
Bex’s most important advice to her fellow artists: