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)
Maria Kirk Mikkelsen is the 34-year-old textile designer behind Make Up The Wall based in Copenhagen. Maria lives to create. In fact, she says that she has no real hobbies because her satisfaction comes from her work — she doesn’t need anything else.
In addition to creating, she teaches textile design and the design process at The Scandinavian Design College. I found out about her aluminum wall stencils and had to share them with you because I think they’re so clever – you can use them to trace designs on your wall in any pattern you’d like using markers or crayons, then you can either fill in the designs with paint or nothing at all.
For the locals: Make Up The Wall is available at Raumformplan located at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 27 in Hannover.
If you’d like to learn more about Maria, visit her website here.
(images from make up the wall)
Here’s a peek at a little corner of my home in America (New Hampshire) where you’ll find some of my most recently acquired pieces of art.
If you recall, I painted a wall in my living room in pale turquoise blue about two weeks ago. A total last minute decision, motivated by my Julia Rothman print finally coming back from the frame shop. I decided on the color because I wanted to cool down all the warm tones in the space and create a sense of calm there since it’s where I like to go to relax. And because I miss living near the coast, the room brings a little of the ocean to me. The wall previously was a creamy white with yellow undertones and there was a large turquoise belly lamp with a white drum shade on the credenza with some ceramics and a pile of books. Nothing too exciting. On the wall, I had three pieces of art and leaning against the wall, my newly framed print.
After the paint dried, I grabbed a few of my more recent art purchases and in less than 20 minutes, pulled everything together and shot these photos. Why the rush? Trust me, it’s against my nature to not plan and measure, but per the request of Michelle Caplan, who needed images of her work in my home before I left for Germany, duty called! And I like how it came out.
Lesson learned from my mini redux: Practice what I preach and go with the flow, allow design to be fun, and don’t over think everything so much. Sometimes when you are in a design field, all you strive for is perfection and frankly, I’m sick of it – it’s quite limiting. I’m taking a new approach. It’s called Live A Little. I need to return to my spontaneous roots.
Sure, the lamp isn’t exactly what I want there, but for now I’m fine with it as it’s very low, provides ample lighting, and most importantly, it’s not a distraction – the art is the focal point.
If there’s anything you see in these photos that you’d like to know more about, please ask me in the comments section below. I can tell you where everything came from. :)
(images from holly becker for decor8)
Speaking of 2008 calendars, Camilla Engman’s new one is ready to ship and it looks just as lovely as the one that I proudly display in my office currently.
I’ve already ordered mine for ’08, order yours if you’d like for $25. And when the year is up, save your favorite month, cut out the image, and frame it. I did that with one I liked from her current calendar (it’s of a girl in a pink row boat) and it came out great. I did the same from a month taken from the ’06 one, too.
(image from camilla engman)
Craig wrote to me from a Manchester(UK) based company called Flying Duck that offers a range of handmade products from wall art to pillows and handbags. All designs are batik prints and some are made with wax, designed by Craig and his colleagues at Flying Duck.
Though they’re based in the UK, the good news is that they’ll ship worldwide. So for those of you in love with ethnic prints, you can select some of these vibrant beauties for your home with no worries in regards to that. Yay! For UK residents, the news gets even better: shipping within the UK is completely free of charge.
Thank you Craig for writing in!
(images from flying duck)
In case you’re interested, here is the 2nd of a series of 5 slideshows that I’ve pulled together for Domino magazine online around affordable art on Etsy. From silkscreened logs to fanciful butterflies and kaleidoscopic pods, I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to you. And because I own two of the 15 suggested prints, you can be sure that I’m walking the talk!
A special thanks to all 15 of the etsy artists for their prompt response, and to Jill from Small Stump who styled then photographed the lead photo shown above for me to use on the site. I really appreciate it when others go above and beyond to work with writers like me, so Jill – and everyone else – thank you.
Domino will soon post 3 additional slideshows: animals, girls, and prints that are best for gifting.
(image screenshot from dominomag.com)