Chicago Studio Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Mock

June 11, 2019 By catherine-norcott
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On Wednesdays, Jill Mock brings an extra boost of energy and positivity to the Chicago Studio.  She is warm and welcoming. And we’re pretty sure her superpower is building relationships. One of the ways she’s helped out most in the studio is supporting artists’ access of Instagram to promote their creative practice. In her professional life, Jill works as a hairstylist at Tsubo Salon at Hubbard Street Lofts.  Read more about her experience as an Artist Mentor in her conversation with artist, Tim Stone below.

Tim Stone (TS): How did you learn about Arts of Life?  What inspired you to volunteer?

Jill Mock (JM): I learned about Arts of Life because my friend Kristin’s brother, Danny Frownfelter, is an artist at the North Shore studio.

I really like volunteering.  It’s something that I’ve done my whole life. I wanted to get back into some sort of art-based service. That’s when I decided to sign up and volunteer at Arts of Life.

TS: How long have you been volunteering here?

JM: I have been at Arts of Life since May of 2018.  Just about a year ago.

TS: Do you make art?  What kind of art do you do?  

JM: I doodle. I used to do art more.  Does being a hairstylist count as an being an artist? I can be a hair artist. Sometimes I do art but it’s hard for me to find time for it. I like illustration the best.  And I’ve been learning about weaving and fiber art.

TS: What do you do when you volunteer at Arts of Life?

JM: I’m an Artist Mentor so I usually work with whoever I’m paired with that day. Mostly I’m pretty silly and dance a lot, make people laugh. Talk to you guys a lot.   

TS: What do you do when you are not at Arts of Life?  

JM: I am a hairstylist. I’m a cyclist, I ride my bike a lot. I’m a traveler, I travel a lot. And I like cooking.

TS: What do you like to do for fun?

JM: I love traveling, exploring the world.  Doesn’t matter if it is in my city or another country.  I took an amazing trip to Oaxaca over the winter.

TS: What is something you learned in your time at Arts of Life?

JM: That you guys are all rad artists. That means you’re cool. You’re a bunch of cool artists and I’m so lucky to hang out with you guys.

You can find Jill on Instagram @jillmock.  If you are interested in becoming an Artist Mentor like Jill, you can find our volunteer application here.  

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