For this post, we’re excited to team up with the shopping destination, Spring, to share our fall style using clothes you can get from them! Spring is a mobile app that lets you easily search from hundreds of brands to find something you love! Best part, shipping is always free! And they have some pretty amazing clothes, accessories, and decor so that doesn’t hurt either. What we really loved about the app is that you get a customized feed of products based off your interests. You can pick your interests with categories from graphic tees and fair-trade, to backpacks and streetwear! And yes, I couldn’t help but pick all of those. Tara and I each put together a look for you, one fall casual look and one fancier look. All of the products are linked below and go to the Spring website, but be sure to try the app too! Happy Shopping!
Today we’re bringing to you Catherine Dawes of Caterham Design! We fell in love with her hand-lettering instantly and think it’s so cool that something as simple as a phrase can be written to look fun, stylish, or even sophisticated. Catherine really does a great job in making sure her typography communicates something. We love how her pieces all have their own feeling or vibe attached to them! She has a lot of great advice to share and we can’t wait for you to keep reading to learn more about her creative journey thus far.
: Hi! I’m Catherine, a graphic artist from South Africa specializing in hand-lettering and calligraphy. I run my design studio, Caterham Design, from a dusty farm on the edge of the Kalahari; where I drink lots of coffee, eat my fair share of buttery pastries, and create hand-crafted designs for creative, artisan companies and individuals.
We talked to Ed Martin of Ed Martin Design for this week’s feature! He not only does graphic design but also works in photography and fashion. We love that he aspires to use his creativity in as many ways as possible, and not stick to just one form of design or medium. The fact that he also can’t go a few days without doing some form of design shows he is in the right field. We love that he says, “Pursuing design is 24/7.” If you love something, you have to be totally devoted to it and Ed definitely is! Keep reading to hear about how Ed Martin Design got started and how he gets the inspiration to do it all.
: It all came very natural. I’ve always been an artist. I was lucky that my high school offered a graphics class with an awesome teacher. Since I picked design up it’s been a passion I’ve never put down. Photography came a bit later. I’d owned a digital camera since I was about 19 but it wasn’t until a college professor introduced me to film photography. That’s when I found another love.
I’m not sure there was a point where it clicked that I had the talent. It’s something that has always felt second nature. The creative industry is my place.
: I love logos and branding. The challenge to condense an entire brand image into a clean, concise mark is a fun challenge. Album and music artwork is always fun. Anything that I can incorporate other creative sides into the overall project is the best. I love pulling pieces from all different fields.
: Inspiration is 24/7. I’m constantly sending myself stuff. Photographing, emailing, screen capping. Its everywhere. Feelings, traveling, music, fashion, partying, etc. Participating in the culture I adore and being open minded creates constant influence.
Some visionaries I really look up to are Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Neville Brody, Alan Fletcher, Man Ray, Armin Hofmann. There are so many greats. Music is really inspirational while working too. I have a great collection of records if that’s what I’m feeling. What I’m listening to depends on the project or mood.
: Hmm. It’s always the hardest to describe your own style. I weigh in on different styles between design, photography, fashion and so on but I’m always pulling pieces from each aspect to incorporate within each other. There’s part’s of minimalism, vintage, contemporary, abstraction etc. I’d say quality minimalistic with contemporary edge.
: Long term goals are to cover all the industries that interest me. To work and live equally with the things I love. Have design, photography and fashion all on the same plane. At the moment my short term goal is to keep living in the now and continue to pull myself into what I want to be doing.
There are a lot of things that push me to continue becoming a better designer. People or businesses that are good at what they do but don’t visually convey it. My friends. The good and bad in the industry. Those who are mixing and building upon different genres of art, music, and culture. My mind works on a two part scale. Good design puts me in the mood to be great myself. And on the other side, bad design gives me the challenge to make it better.
: I’m excited about the logo project I just wrapped up for musician Beya Likhari. Also the calendar design that just got printed for Fitchburg Art Museum. But I’m most excited to be creating the artwork for my homie, Maka’s upcoming album.
At the office I’m involved in 3 to 7 projects daily. Freelance comes and goes depending on my schedule but I’ll usually have 1 or 2. And I always have a handful of personal projects in the works.
This week we talked to Miranda Kinkead of MIRA Apparel! We love how her apparel line came about, as she set a challenge for herself and then went on to achieve it. We also believe that you should find a way to incorporate what you love to do into your work/profession, and Miranda was able to take her passion of creating art and make it into a business. Read on to hear more about MIRA Apparel!
: Tell us about yourself.
: I have a passion for all things pertaining to the arts. I’m an avid moviegoer, a traveller, music lover, collector, jack-of-all-trades, master of none. And I am a second year Creative Industries student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
: How did your business get started? What made you decide to create t-shirts?
: Every year I like to set new goals and challenges for myself. At the beginning of 2014, I wanted to find a way to work doing something that I am passionate about. I have always thought of selling artwork but instead I decided to combine my love of visual art and fashion to create “wearable designs.” I worked all summer towards launching the Mira brand and then I received a grant through a program called Summer Company. Now Mira Apparel is running independently online.
: All of your packages come with a handwritten note in a bottle. What kind of messages do you like to send to your customers?
: Not many people receive handwritten letters any more so I thought it would be a sweet idea to write little notes to those who purchase from Mira Apparel. They are random messages so they can range from inspirational quotes, quotes from people, books, music suggestions, interesting words, dares. Some things I find and others I make up: all of which are carefully chosen and resonate with me or that I have some connection to. I really like the idea of spreading kind words positivity, and uplifting things (paying it forward). Hopefully I write something that gives the reader a little bit of happiness that day, and then I’m happy.
: How would you describe the type of person who wears (or should wear) MIRA Apparel?
: Mira Apparel can be worn by anyone. It is a brand for both men and women. The graphic designs will appeal to someone who appreciates art and something a little different. My sketches may attract individuals who prefer a twist to a staple piece like the t-shirt; and are looking for something a little different in their wardrobe.
: What are some of the challenging aspects of having your own business?
: The main challenge would have to be being an independent owner. I do everything myself when it comes to the designing, social media correspondence, management, accounting shipping and so on. Keeping on top of all those responsibilities while being a student and maintaining a social life can be difficult at times.
: Where do you see MIRA Apparel going in the long-term future? Do you have any plans for the expansion of MIRA Apparel’s merchandise line?
: Future collections will be released featuring new sketches and designs. I have also considered expanding the line to include either accessories or trinkets for some sort, even posters, but we will have to wait and see. 😉
: What is the process for designing and producing your shirts?
: It all starts with a sketch that I create in my sketchbook. I think of a concept that relates to the Mira theme and then a draw it out. Afterward, I scan the sketch to turn it into a computer graphic and then I may manipulate some elements to make the sketch fit for a t-shirt. This is the longest part. After the designing is finished I take the graphics to a local printing company in Toronto and they screen print the designs onto 100% white cotton tees.
: What’s your favorite part about what you do?
: I love being the “boss”. It is quite the learning experience to be able to create your own business from the ground up and run it independently, especially at my age. I feel like I will gain a lot of vital knowledge, experience and insight from this venture and I’m excited about the future of this brand. It is also really awesome that I get to put my artistic passion into a lucrative pursuit. And being passionate about what I do always makes it worthwhile. Also doing this while being a full-time student affords me the opportunity to make mistakes and learn as I go along.
: Name three things that you can’t live without.
: This is actually really difficult! There are many things I can’t live without so 3 out of several would be:
-Sunlight & Late Nights
-Positivity & Contentment
(sorry, kinda cheated ^ :P)
: Do you have any mentors that helped you get where you are today?
: I have always had my parents along side me and through out my life they have been my biggest supporters. I can go to them for an opinion or advice for a plan of action and I am really grateful for that.
: What advice would you give young entrepreneurs?
: You have to have a clear motive in mind. Know exactly why you are pursuing your business venture because a clear objective will drive you. You should also be passionate about the endeavor because it will help to maintain your motivation. And it always helps to constantly set goals to stay on track, focused and organized.
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