Would you like to learn how to crochet these cutie specimens by Wunderkammer, who was greatly inspired by Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities? (An excellent coffee table book, btw.)
I found Jessica Polka (aka Wunderkammer) on Flickr, where I’m finding everyone these days, then I started reading her blog and from there, connected to her etsy store. I feel like I’m forever following trails of bread crumbs online – but it’s worth the time and energy because in the end, there is always something amazing and worth the journey. Like Jessica and her sweet sea creatures.
Jessica is an aspiring biologist in the process of relocating from North Carolina to San Francisco, where I’m sure she’ll find loads of inspiration and support as I know a ton of great people in San Francisco that would welcome her into their circle with open arms. So good luck on your move, Jessica and thank you for inspiring us with your talent!
(images from jessica polka)
It’s so rare for me to blog about jewelry, it’s not that I don’t like it, I do — but I prefer to write about the things I’m passionate about and honestly, I can’t say I’m obsessed with jewelry. Until now. Can you see why?
This is all so beautiful… I don’t know if I’d call the works of Gooseflesh the typical jewelry on the block. With wooly beauty that will make you do a triple take, Helle Jorgensen, who is based in Sydney, designs the most gorgeous softwear (as she calls it), that I have ever seen. Just look at this stuff. It’s mesmerizing.
Obviously taking her inspiration from the sea, her pieces would make a most wonderful gift as each piece is so unusual and clever – I’d love to wear some of it myself, especially the bracelets.
You simply must read her blog as her work is so skillfully made, you’ll want to stare into the screen and watch as she unfolds the process of her creations, along with her recent adventure into illustration. Seeing how she recycles wool into crocheted gorgeousness totally blows me away. Wow.
(images from gooseflesh)
I was so thrilled to hear from Kerry at Lush Bella over the weekend, she took the time to write a heartfelt email about her creative journey fueled by her participation online via blogs and flickr. I appreciate her story because I identify with parts of it, and I think you will too. I’ll share some of her words below. But first, let’s look at her lovely prints from her new etsy shop.
[“I was just thinking of you and I wanted to just take a moment and write to you and tell you how your post about my “artsy walls” started me on a journey that has led to some wonderful things. It gave me the impetus to finally design and launch a website of my jewelry. This somehow led me to flickr, which I am now head over heels with. Whereas before, our digital camera just sat in a camera bag, now I can’t stop taking pictures, and am even selling prints on etsy. Along with all of this, I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting so many creative and inspiring people, such as yourself.” – Kerry]
It’s exciting to read about the paths people are finding online, taking various ones to find their creative voice, reach goals, and live a more creative life. I see time and time again how blogs and sites like Flickr are playing a huge role in all of this, fueling passions and allowing for so many to learn new things, gain exposure, make contacts, find good friends, even support themselves financially or help them cope with health problems such as depression. It’s all an organic process that I love to watch unfold for both my friends and myself. Doors start swinging open the moment you put yourself out there and tell people who you are and what you want. I love hearing that Kerry has found her spot online.
I think her prints are gorgeous, I really like all the things that she collects, artfully arranges, and then photographs, everything is so delicate and special. I can tell Kerry is a very sensitive and kind person through both her words and her photos, not to mention extremely talented with a great eye for color and composition. Thanks for writing in Kerry and sharing your story and congratulations on your new etsy store!
Psst: Peek into Kerry’s beautiful living room here or view her submission to our mood board contest here.
(images from lush bella)