Category Archives: In The Studio

FRAMED AND MATTED GIVEAWAY / NOW CLOSED

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Framing artwork, especially your own, is no easy task! There are an infinite amount of choices, the prices are usually outrageous, and it can take a good amount of time before your final piece is ready. I decided to give Framed & Matted a shot, and I was beyond impressed!

I ordered the free frame and mat samples on their site, and as soon as they arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted. I love when you’re presented a handful of quality choices (having too many choices make decisions ten times more difficult). You build your frame around your artwork dimensions online, and voilá! It only took about a week and a half for the frame to arrive. I set the artwork inside the frame (super easy), but you also have the option to mail in your piece for them to place inside the frame for you.

My framed piece turned out beautifully.

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This week I’m giving away a limited edition print to one reader, which Framed & Matted will have framed in the frame of your choice. Head over to instagram to find out how to win!

*Must enter by Friday, January 31st*

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WINTER DREAMS

Watching the snow fall…

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There’s always been something about snow that gives me the most wonderful energy. I can’t remember a time that the sense of wonder and excitement didn’t come over me as soon as I got the news of an incoming storm. Of course, growing up in Georgia, that didn’t happen too often.

Since living in the northeast, my love affair with snow has not faded even the tiniest bit. If it’s snowing, there’s a good chance I’m out wandering through it’s momentary beauty.

Lucky for me, snow seems to be a common theme this winter in New York City. It surprises me how negative snow’s reputation is around here. Yes it can get messy, it’s accompanied by bitter cold air, repetitive shoveling, etc… but if you stop to look around, it’s really one of the most beautiful sights to see. Your entire world blanketed in a soft glowing white. Snow casts a silence over the city like nothing else… with just the sounds of the winter wind and crunch of fresh snow under your feet.

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The Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.

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Central Park glowing in white.

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I hope this inspires you to look at snow differently (if you have a negative view of it), and see what a truly beautiful gift it is! 

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A LITTLE ABOUT ME

It feels like I’m starting the New Year a week late since I’ve just returned home to NYC. 2013 was a wonderful year full of new adventures, and fulfilling dream projects… but I have even bigger dreams for 2014!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney
 

I thought I’d start this year off by sharing a bit more about myself.

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How did you begin illustrating? 

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. It’s always seemed natural to me. I first began drawing gowns as a little girl, and it quickly turned into a passion of mine! Although, I did go through a brief stint of drawing horses (I was obsessed).

Did you study illustration in college? 

I did not. I studied Industrial Design in college… it was still a creative field and had a much more promising ‘career path’ than the fine arts. I never even considered being a full time illustrator back then; it was purely a hobby of passion. Luckily, I realized Industrial Design wasn’t my dream half way through school… and somehow tailored my ID degree to include jewelry, shoe, and costume design.

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What are your favorite supplies?

I’m forever a fan of Aquarelle Arches watercolor blocks (Graine Satine), Mission Mijello Gold watercolors (very saturated colors), Winson & Newton watercolors, and Princeton brushes. See more info on my favorite supplies here

How did you come up with the name Paper Fashion?

It seemed like a no brainer. I was sketching fashion on paper… and voilá!

Have you always been artistic? 

Almost all of my earliest memories have an artistic link to them. My cousins used to say I was an artist when I was just a little girl drawing with crayons. My aunt gave me a set of watercolors and taught me to use them as a young girl- something that has stuck with me forever. I’ve just always felt a strong connection to creativity. It’s what I thrive on.

Why watercolor? 

Like I said above, I was introduced to them at a young age. Watercolors make sense to me… they seem like a natural extension of my mind, and so they are the method of which I choose to share my creative thoughts.

Do you think art can be self taught or something that requires lots of experience and time?

I think it can definitely be self taught. Art is something that is personal. I do think studying art techniques is ideal, just as learning the technicalities of music are important to being a great musician. There are exceptions of course, but learning the rules of a field gives you the power to break them. This is where you find truly unique work.

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Was there a defining moment you knew what you wanted to do for the rest of your life? 

Absolutely. I’ve always had this creative side to myself, but the moment I realized I needed to find a way to do it for the rest of my life was during my first trip to Europe. I studied fashion and accessory design abroad in Florence, Italy back in 2007, and it forever changed my world. I became so obsessed with fashion, I wanted to know everything about it. During school, usual world history classes seemed boring to me.. but my first fashion history class, I couldn’t get enough!

My fashion professor worked for Moschino when he wasn’t teaching, so I asked him if there was any chance he could get me tickets to a show during fashion week in Milan. He granted my wish, and made my dream of attending my first fashion show come true. It was QUITE the experience.

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How has the transition from Boston to New York City been?

I will always have a love for Boston after nearly six memorable years there! I love change, and the new experiences it brings with it, so moving to New York seemed like the right step for me. It’s always scary taking new risks, but they have always been my best decisions. I don’t quite feel at home in New York yet, but I’m loving every minute that I’m here, creating a new place of memories. The inspiration here is ever flowing in both the landscapes and the people… and it’s true what they say, New York is where dreams are made. 

What is the best way to stay inspired?

To never stop looking. Whether I’m traveling or in the same place I’ve always been, it’s important to look and observe constantly. You’ll be surprised what you can find with an open mind and a curious eye!

Images at desk by Ashley Weeks Cart. Outdoor images by Emma Jane Kepley.

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SHADOW PLAY

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If you follow me on instagram, you are well aware that I have an obsession with shadows and shadow puppets. There’s something so wonderful about the simplistic silhouettes cast onto the wall, taking on a life of their own with the right amount of imagination. It’s little things like these that inspired me as a child. I remember spending hours with my hand shadow puppet book, trying to get every figure just right.

I built a few shadow puppet ladies (which I’ll show you later on) and they took on a life of their own against the natural morning light.

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PROPS

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When I’m creating a new piece I impulsively turn to the web to search for inspiration. It’s an efficient way to explore the world for new ideas… and often leads me to things I may never have come across if I were exploring my own neighborhood.

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While the internet is lovely for triggering ideas, I’ve found it to be confining once I start working on bringing an idea to life. For instance, it’s one thing to illustrate a pair of pointe shoes by searching for images online… but to have those pointe shoes in your hand, studying every angle, feeling the satin ribbons, seeing them cast ever changing shadows throughout the day, that’s what takes inspiration to a whole new level.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouring Ebay for vintage items to inspire new pieces (take a peek at my findings here). Items like pointe shoes, gramophone horns, venetian masks, the list goes on and on!  I’ve purchased a few of these things to study and inspire me, and I can’t wait to share the paintings with you.

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My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
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