I’ve always found great satisfaction making things with my hands. I think my generation is realizing how removed companies are from their end products. I know when I was employed by a large organization, I felt like my job lacked importance and was saddened by a disconnected feeling for what I was doing. That feeling of remoteness propelled me to launch Porter Lyons jewelry & accessories, a company I have built to embody locally made goods with a focus on giving back.
Porter is my surname and Lyons is my middle name, which was my grandmother's maiden name. Her family’s lineage ties to New Orleans since the early 1860's and her grandfather started a drug store here called Lyons Pharmacy back in the early 1900's. It's great to be back in the city that has so much personal meaning to me and to be starting a business that helps preserve and document this culture and my family’s heritage.
Every piece in my collection ties back to this city and the bayou: 5% of sales benefits wetland preservation (See more about Coastal Restoration at www.crcl.org). Since graduating from undergrad and grad school at Tulane, New Orleans continues to revive me with a beautiful funk that makes me wake up everyday and truly feel alive. New Orleans grants me the right to be me.
Ashley Porter is a New Orleans artist living and working in the French Quarter.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Statement through understatement.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
This city’s rich and haunting history transitions so beautifully into its current reality and continues to inspire me. It is always the people in a culture that interest me most, and New Orleans is no exception. The characters wandering our streets are the true gems that make this beautiful place so special and inspire my work.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I do a Voodoo ceremony to inaugurate a piece in to each collection…ha, only kidding.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Cultures around the world.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
My Mom, Dad and two brothers.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
“Show me something beautiful” by Trombone Shorty.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Doing yoga, on a run in City Park, or hanging with friends.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
My favorite time of the day is right before sunrise. It’s when I am most centered because it is when I take time to remember to ‘seize the day.’ I try to live in the present as much as possible, which makes everyday feel a little like Christmas.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
There are few things I enjoy more than putting on a backpack, and getting lost in the mountains.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
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