ART IN PLAID

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Painting through fall in a warm red flannel, one of my staples.

Check out my latest feature in Gap’s Styld.by!

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Post in collaboration with Gap Styld.by. Photo by Emma Jane Kepley.

 

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COLOR STORIES WITH GEMVARA

    I recently spent the day with bespoke fine jeweler, Gemvara. I invited them into my home, and along to experience my favorite Manhattan haunts. From the Upper East Side and Central Park, to one of my favorite places to pick out embellishments for my artwork.

 Of course they brought along some of their sparkling gems, and I went to town with them! I created a custom fashion illustration overflowing with precious gems; in a similar fashion to their process.

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Gemvara creates each and every piece to order so the jewelry is unique, special, and all your own. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent building my custom dream jewels on their site… I’m especially obsessed with their D’Orsay Collection! Here’s a statement ring I customized for myself. The green amethyst is stunning in person.

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We spent quite a lot of time talking about color, and how I’m inspired by it endlessly. Color has always been a huge influence in my work, ever since a teacher struck a chord with his explanation of color; He told me to look beyond the surface color. To look and see if I could pick out any other colors within that main hue. Seeing blue in red, seeing greens in someone’s skin tone, seeing orange within grey.

That idea has always stuck with me, which perhaps is one of the reasons I find gems to be so beautiful. I love the way a gem, like the green amethyst, can have hints of other colors within it… or look completely different in various lighting, or against different clothing colors. It’s fascinating! The green amethyst has a calmness to its light appearance that is soothing to the eye. The idea of birthstones is also fascinating to me. I believe that our birthdate has a significant impact on our personalities, so it’s fun to think of a stone capturing that within a color.

Beyond color, I love that gems are from the earth. If you follow me here, you probably know how much I love being connected to nature. It’s wonderful to look down at my hand and see a sparkling piece of the earth.

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Having a story behind my jewelry has always been important to me, so creating my own custom Gemvara pieces makes my jewels that much more special. They are pieces I will cherish for my entire life! #LiveInColor

Take a look at my Gemvara collection!

Post in collaboration with Gemvara.

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GAP STYLD.BY

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Fall is here, at last! Like I told you in my previous post, with each new fall I feel like I have an entirely new and fresh start. My birthday falls in the month of September, and ever since I was a kid it has continued to feel like a refreshing month in my life. A time to reflect on the past year, a time to make new goals, changing seasons, and (of course) reviving my fall wardrobe.

Painting the town in my Drop Shoulder Coat!

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In collaboration with Gap, Styld.by.

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#PinPoinTED

If there’s anyone who’s excited about the upcoming fall season, it’s me. This summer has been wonderful (I’m currently ending the summer by traveling on an #AdventureInSeptember), but fall is, above all, my absolute favorite. Between the pumpkin infused everything, the cool air, and finally being able to layer, I consider it a fresh new beginning as it comes around each year.

I’ve teamed up with Ted Baker to pull together my favorite AW14 looks from their new collection (which is sparkly and fun!). Follow my #PinPoinTED board here, and create your own look on a pinterest board for a chance to win an $800 shopping spree!

Enter to win, here.

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Skillshare III

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Just in time for New York fashion week, I’ve launched a new online class at Skillshare, PaperFashion: Telling a Story Through Fashion Illustration!
As my follow up to Basic Watercolors: Painting with PaperFashion and Illustrate Your Favorite Runway Looks with Watercolors, I will lead you through the process of illustrating fashion figures within a scene. The class includes short video lessons (total 45 minutes) and a project that challenges my students to paint and share their own whimsical fashion scene inspired by a fashion week dress of their choice.
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I’m blown away the more than 3,500 people have taken my first two classes… and it’s incredibly inspiring to watch your projects grow and progress throughout the class. I’m so proud of the fashion illustration community that’s been created within Skillshare!
When you take the class, be sure to tag your projects on social media with #PaperFashionClass – I love to scroll through them an comment!
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