“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
It’s no secret that I’m largely inspired by music. Having grown up in a house full of musical instruments and the sounds of my brother composing, it’s naturally part of my life. I spend hours upon hours rummaging through Spotify in search of soundtracks to inspire. Honestly, having the perfect painting soundtrack is as important to me as having the actual supplies to paint! I love getting lost in the music; music that subtly tells my paintbrush a story.
Over the past year, I’ve been curating a playlist that inspires my beloved shadow dancers. Each and every one of these songs sings shadow dancers from my imagination, through my paintbrush and onto my paper. It’s one of those unspoken phenomenons, something you can’t quite put into words. The notes that radiate from my speakers speak some sort of magic…
Can you hear them dancing?
Flattered to be featured in Gap’s Styld.by campaign. See my previous features here & here.
Photos by Emma Jane Kepley.
Head over to RUE to lead my latest interview!
See my previous article in Rue Magazine here.
Moving to a new city means searching for new go-to’s for a plethora of things. A new hair stylist, a new wine shop, a coffee shop that pulls the perfect espresso, and for me, a new framer!
Framers are tricky. You want a framer that not only provides incredible quality to last generations, but someone who has a creative eye and understands your style. A frame can make or break a piece of art.
My friend, Courtney, introduced me to J. Pocker soon after I moved to New York City last year. I set up a meeting with Robyn, the granddaughter of J. Pocker himself, where she filled me in on the family history behind their business (which I find fascinating). Robyn has continued to keep her family tradition of bespoke framing alive and thriving. Also, their Upper East Side shop is conveniently located across the street from the Society of Illustrators- seems only fitting!
Lady in Oscar & Crystal Louboutins framed.
New York go-to framer, check!
Unfortunate for me, there’s not one art supply store in my area (the Upper East Side of Manhattan). Perhaps I should’ve looked into that before signing my lease..!
I’ve been on the hunt since I’ve moved to New York for my favorite art shop (especially since Pearl Paint sadly closed). Here are my go to’s:
New York Central Art Supply
I heard about New York Central Art Supply from a friend of mine, and ever since I’ve been hooked. It’s got a mom and pop vibe, with heaps of character. It has the greatest papers, and any supplies you could ever want… but what I love most is how knowledgable the staff is- I endlessly learn new things about mediums just by asking simple questions. Win win!
Blick Art Supplies on Bond Street
Blick is always a safe and wonderful go to!
Every now and then I’ll stop by Paper Presentation for some fancy paper supplies. A shop I could spend hours in…
Now to put those supplies to use…