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Maker Monday: Kate Tangney Studio

Happy Maker Monday! 

This week we are featuring Kate Tangney, a letterer and abstract artist! We love how her art expresses the ups and downs of life and how they connect. There’s a lot of heart and meaning behind her pieces and we think that is something that is often overlooked with abstract art. Kate also finds a way to make it happen when it comes to creating. The general responsibilities of life can make little time for many artist’s creative process, but Kate has found a way to work together with her busy schedule to be an even more productive artist. Her creative journey tells a similar story to her paintings as they both reflect creating beauty out of difficulty and finding space for your passion to flourish. Read on to learn more about Kate’s story and work!

: Tell us a few things about yourself!

: Hi there! I’m Kate, and I am an abstract artist and hand letterer, living just south of Boston, MA. I was born and raised in the Boston area, and I have the accent to prove it! I’m married to a wonderful guy and we have two little kids (my daughter is 5 going on 15, and my son is one). I’m also the middle of three sisters, and I live next door to both of them, as well as my mom. So it’s usually very busy around our house! Other than that, I am pretty much a big dork, and love classic rock, watching cheesy action movies with my husband, and buying houseplants that I will never remember to water.

: We absolutely love your hand lettering and abstract art. How would you describe your style and the theme behind all of your artwork?

: Thank you so much! My inspiration generally stems from the idea that life is raw and it’s hard, but there’s also a lot of beauty and resilience there. That juxtaposition tends to be reflected in both the texture and composition of my work. Each piece is a combination of raw, unrefined marks, and some sort of graceful lines – either using detail work or lettering.

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Feature Friday: LENUS Handcrafted

Happy Feature Friday!

dsc_3904This week we are featuring Laura of LENUS Handcrafted, an all-natural skincare line! The products Laura creates are full of botanical goodness and essential oil mixes specifically designed to relieve common skin ailments. Although natural products have been getting a lot of attention lately and have become somewhat of a trend, we think LENUS Handcrafted’s no gimmick approach is refreshing. Laura lets the carefully handcrafted products speak for themselves. Read on to learn more about Laura’s healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and how it’s translated into LENUS Handcrafted.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

logo: I’m a mom to my 3 wonderful boys, former runway model, interior designer by training and natural living enthusiast. As a child I grew up in Soviet Lithuania, later in the newly independent Republic during the nineties I lived and modeled in the capital city of Vilnius while studying architecture. One spring, while on a photo shoot for a national beer commercial I met my husband, who was a Lithuanian American living in Vilnius at the time. We got married a few months later. I was 21 years old.

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