BEHIND THE SCENES
Happy 2017 everyone! I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start! I unfortunately still haven't recovered from the Christmas craziness quite yet and I haven't felt especially inspired to paint as a result. After developing a seriously annoying cold and then getting into a parking garage fender bender, I decided the universe was telling me to take a small break. So, this week has mostly been a lot of rest and reflection! Before fully diving into the new year on Monday, I wanted to share some of my favorite art moments from 2016:
- Getting involved with Make-a-Wish CWNC! I started a monthly class (called paint-a-wish!) in which all the proceeds benefitted Make-a-Wish CWNC. With your support, the classes raised enough money to grant a child's wish. The local chapter also invited me over to their office to paint a mural for them!
- Being featured as one of Domino's top artists to follow on instagram!
- Creating an exclusive art collection for one of my favorite online decorating shops Society Social.
- Teaming up with Staples and Prismacolor to create a coloring book printable on their site!
- Live painting for the first time at an event for the Knot.
- Creating a limited time art collection to raise money for the Winship Cancer Institute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- Launching my greeting card collection! (See here)
I hope your first week of the new year has been a good one! XX
In case you haven't heard, I have an exclusive collection of prints and original pieces available with the colorful and stylish online interior shop Society Social. Roxy Owens founded Society Social in 2011 with her own bar cart designs. Her modern and fun take on furniture allowed the company to grow from 6 bar carts to an exuberant online furniture and home decorating destination that has been featured everywhere from HGTV to House Beautiful.
For their artist spotlight series, I created an exclusive collection that includes of a fun mix of animals, flowers, and champagne, all with a festive holiday twist!
When my friends Carrie & Sarah of Pink Social decided to expand their girl tribe pop up event to Greenville, SC, I knew I had to sign up as a vendor! Not only does Greenville have a special place in my Furman alumni heart, but Carrie & Sarah are both SO much fun. Their girl tribe pop-ups feature female-owned small businesses and have allowed me to meet so many wonderful women (40+ vendors were at the Greenville event)! The highlight was meeting my friend Dorothy from Prep in your Step (pictured above). Side note---I picked up the tassel earrings I'm wearing in the photo from Awl & Plume (the owner Mary-Susan was a Furman classmate of mine who was also at the event)!
I'll be at their next girl tribe pop up Saturday December 10th in Charlotte, NC! If you live in the area, please come and see me! You can get more information on the event here.
With Thanksgiving a few days away, I wanted to take a minute to let you know how THANKFUL I am for your support. Whether you've been following along my art journey since I was little (Hi family members!) or just found my work on Instagram last week (Thanks for following!), I'm so appreciative of every bit of encouragement I've received.
A bit of backstory-----though I've always loved art, I never in a million years thought I would be working as an artist. Growing up, I was always doodling in notebooks and was also obsessive about my handwriting. I was even asked to stay after class once in 3rd grade because I had made tiny handwriting a classroom trend and the teacher couldn't read what I was writing anymore. In high school, I spent most of my free time designing patterns on the Microsoft Paint program (if you didn't grow up in the 90's, just imagine a really old & cheap version of Photoshop). I would use the patterns in my school study guides, presentations, cards for friends, etc. I loved "pattern designing" so much, that I would invent names for my future imaginary stationery stores. I'm not joking when I say that I set some of these names as my computer passwords and still use some of them to this day! Still, I was very focused on academics and it never crossed my mind that art was even a real career option.
When I got to college, I stopped having time for all the pattern-designing and never had the confidence to pursue the studio art degree (like tears after class not confident enough). So, I wound up double majoring in Art History and Communication Studies (both of which I loved). Other than my Art History classes, I had completely stopped making time for art. Then, the summer before my senior year, my two friends gave me a box of cheap craft paints they didn't want before they moved out. I took one look at all the pretty colors and decided to try painting flowers for Mothers Day (insta-proof of my first flowers here). I honestly haven't put down the paintbrush since. Nothing I was painting was ANY good, but I was surrounded by so much love and encouragement that I never would have noticed.
I started selling my work the following summer on Etsy (May 2013) and haven't looked back since. It started mostly as a distraction, but I'm so beyond grateful it was more successful than my post grad job search, because that was truly going nowhere and this is way more fun! So thank you for following along and making this opportunity possible! There aren't enough words (or colors!) in the world to express my gratitude. I hope my work brings you the same joy it has brought me.
Thank you and happy Thanksgiving! XX
THE FALL | WINTER 2016 COLLECTION
Now that you've hopefully! had a chance to look at my latest art series for Fall | Winter 16, I thought it was time to share my inspiration and thought process behind the designs. The new collection contains 29 different art print designs that you'll also see available as phone cases, mugs, etc. Instead of creating a general collection of what's inspiring me in the moment, I intentionally divided this series up into two distinct Fall and Winter sections. You'll notice that each part takes place in a different, seasonally inspired "brightly decorated life" destination: "Beleaf in Yourself" Park and "Stand Tall" Mountain Resort. I then created special "brightly decorated life" prints to represent each (see the Fall Edition Print here and the Winter Edition Print here) that were inspired by the New Yorker Covers. I wanted these pieces to serve as a framework for each section, so that you as the viewer could be transported to each destination as you viewed the pieces. The BEST part is that details from ALL the illustrations can each in some way be found in their respective locations!
THE FALL SECTION: BELEAF IN YOURSELF PARK
"Beleaf in Yourself" Park features some of the happiest and best parts of Fall: the colorful mix of flowers and changing leaves, that bookish back to school feeling, and coffee (lots of coffee). You can see "Beleaf in Yourself" Park from a distance here and also see the layout in this free downloadable map guide! As mentioned, a fun detail that might be overlooked by the average art viewer is that each illustration from the Fall section can be found somewhere in the park. I won't point all of them out but if you look closely at the Fall Edition Print, you'll see little things like a girl carrying this art palette, this giraffe peeking out from random places, and these flowers available at an outdoor market stand!
THE WINTER SECTION: STAND TALL MOUNTAIN RESORT
"Stand Tall" Mountain Resort represents my own little version of Winter: a world where we turn snow into snowcones, where flamingos socialize beside igloos, and penguins serve donuts from pink trucks. You can see "Stand Tall" Mountain Resort from a distance here and also see the layout in this free downloadable map guide! Just as we discussed with Fall section, The Winter Edition Print includes details from the prints in its respective section. For example, you'll notice things like the snow cones from this print can be sampled in a shop at the bottom of the mountain, and that these girls are actually waiting in line for donuts!
Those are the only hidden details I'll reveal for now, but please enjoy exploring the new designs----I hope that they inspire you to live a brightly decorated life throughout each season! XX
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
In case you didn't know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Because my mom is currently recovering from her final chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed last March, I wanted to do something special this year. To raise awareness and support for this disease, I've created a limited time only collection in which all the proceeds will benefit the Winship Cancer Institute where she has been receiving treatments. You can learn more about Winship here. My hope is that this series allows you to support someone you love!
ABOUT THE DESIGNS
I went back and forth on how I wanted to go about this, and ultimately decided on an exclusive, limited time only series of illustrations that were reflective of the cause. I wanted to create something representative of breast cancer awareness, but also didn't want the pieces to look like promotional posters. You may have noticed I have a thing for ginger jars lately (see here), so I decided to try creating ginger jar patterns inspired by the breast cancer awareness ribbon emblem. To me, making the ribbons a part of the piece in a subtle way almost feels more special-----it places this reminder of strength, courage, and hope within something everyday (like a ginger jar). As an extra touch, I made all the flowers pink (since pink has become symbolic of breast cancer awareness)!
As you look through the collection here, you might be wondering why there are five prints and what the names "flowers from _______" are about. Well, I started simple with just one flower design, and then decided three would be a better number, and then before I knew it I had settled on five: one to represent each child in my family. This way, we can all show our love and support for our mom.
You can shop the collection here throughout the month of October. Even if you don't know someone impacted by breast cancer, you can shop knowing that your purchase will impact the future of cancer research and care.