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Feature Friday: Lily Featherston Design

Happy Feature Friday!

Today we’re talking to the creator behind Lily Featherston Design to hear all about her background and the amazing prints, cards, and other fun products she creates! We think it is amazing that Lily bases all of her work off of subjects she truly loves — which is why you’ll see so many animals and nature based imagery in her designs. She doesn’t just stick to one medium and is always trying out new ways to create prints or even put her designs on new surfaces! We can’t wait to see where her work will take her next, so keep reading to learn more about Lily Featherston Design and get inspired along the way!

: Tell us a little about yourself.

: Hi! I’m a 27 year old artist living in New Hampshire with my boyfriend. I’ve spent most of my life in New Hampshire, but I moved to Portsmouth in 2013, about a year after graduating from college. Portsmouth is a beautiful little city on the coast, and I absolutely love it. When I’m not inside making art, I like to explore the coast and be by the ocean. I like pretty much all things seafood, so I spend a fair amount of time eating as well!

: You’re located in New Hampshire and grew up there. What about your environment has affected your artwork?

: I grew up in a small town, in a house surrounded by forest, so I spent almost all of my time in the woods. My family is very outdoor oriented so we were often hiking and exploring. We had a dog, and right down the road was a small farm, so I loved animals from a young age. When I was around 9 years old I got to take care of a lamb for a week. He had to be bottle fed, and I grew really attached to him. I remember he had the fuzziest little face, and he would clop along after me wherever I went. Sheep have become a common subject of mine, and I really think it stems from that early experience with “lamby” (Very original, I know!)

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Feature Friday: Honey and the Hive

Happy Feature Friday!

IMG_3341Today we’re featuring the fun (and often hilarious) illustrations of Kelsey DeLange of Honey and the Hive. We fell in love with her prints right away since we’re always looking for sassy sayings to hang on our walls. Not only does she have funny phrases, but she also sometimes pairs the words with food— which we love!, and has gorgeous inspirational prints as well. We just can’t get enough of their cheery vibe and bright colors! Read on to see more of her pieces and learn about the brand.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

honey hive logo: Hi there! My name is Kelsey and I make brightly colored whimsical illustrations for my shop, Honey and the Hive.  I live and work in a small town in Michigan, with my husband and our crazy cute tiny dude.

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Feature Friday: Illustrator Holly Sharpe

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Today we’re excited to feature illustrator Holly Sharpe! She has an amazing collection of work that spans from illustrations simply done with pencil, to those done digitally. We love how different her pieces look, but that you can still tell they are made by her. Her aesthetic really stands out and has caught the attention of companies like Marks & Spencer, Marie Claire, and Chloé; all whom she has worked with. Her illustrations are so vibrant and detailed, yet the brush strokes and drips make them free-spirited. With this unique take on illustrating it is no wonder that Holly is getting calls from some big names. We’re sure there is only more to come in her future and can’t wait for you to hear more about her!

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: How did your art career start?

holly: It is definitely not something that happened overnight. In some ways it has been a work in progress most of my life. I went to art college and after graduating from there I went on to do freelance work as a textile designer and then secured a full time position. Meanwhile I was trying to keep up my own drawings and illustrations on the side. This was all great experience and I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do now if I didn’t take those steps to break away and do my own work full time.

Sorry, that was a long-winded way of saying, my art career started by 1. Getting a 1st class honours degree and then 2. Working very hard and getting lots of experience!

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Describe the style of your work?

holly:  I would say my work is delicate but powerful. Usually it has attention to lines and detail and when I’m not sticking with monochrome, lots of bright colours. I don’t know how to describe my style as such, but a lot of people tell me that I have a very distinct style and that it is “different”.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What is the greatest lesson you learned while pursuing your passion?

holly:  Tough one, I’ve learned a lot along the way. I would probably say, to believe in yourself, stand strong with that belief and don’t let people take advantage of you and your work. I am a pretty positive person and I hate to be cynical, but unfortunately there are a lot of people/companies out there that will prey on an artist’s ‘desperate’ need for work and take advantage. So remember to value your work and what you do, even when some people don’t.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What can others do to bring their work to the next level or gain clients?

holly:  Keep trying, keep pushing your work to get better, try new things, and don’t stay in your comfort zone. Try and have a clear focus on what it is you do and what it is you want to do/achieve. Who are your dream clients? Try to offer something unique but focused. It is better to master one thing, and for that thing to be crystal clear, than to try and offer a million different styles and have no clear direction. Clients need to know what they are getting.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Who are some of your favorite artists, musicians, creatives etc.?

holly: Ah, so many… a few of my favourite artists are – Stina Persson, Lucian Freud, Egon Schiele, Conrad Roset, Kelly Beeman, Alexandra Levasseur, and Paula Bonet. As for music – this changes a lot, and I am always on the lookout for new musicians, but generally I love electronica-type music with nice female vocals. I love The Knife, Grimes, Kavinsky, Phantogram, Poliça… Oh and Arcade Fire is always a band I go back to. Right now I love working to, or doing yoga to Dr. Toast, his music is incredible.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: How have you overcome obstacles and discouragements in your career?

holly: When I think back, I have realized that I’ve developed a pretty good knack for forgetting about the things that didn’t work, or didn’t go ahead. It is important to have something of a mourning period for the biggies that can be a bit heartbreaking, but you cannot dwell on them. I just try and move on and work towards a new aim. I focus on the things that did work, which is always a boost and outweighs the obstacles and discouragements.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24:  Name one of your careers greatest highs?

holly: Doing a cosmetics collaboration with Marks & Spencer earlier this year!

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What career/artistic goal are you working towards next?

holly:  Ah, so many, my head is a bit all over the place at the moment. But I think my main goals are to have worked published in a book (or publish my own book…?!) and also to get more exhibitions across the globe.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What inspires you to create?

holly:  Everything. I’m sure a lot of artists say this, but sometimes the inspiration to create, is more of a need, an urge, almost an unexplainable desire to create something beautiful.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Tell us a little bit about who you are.

holly: I am an artist/ illustrator from Scotland. I love to travel, meet new people, and do yoga. I have brown hair, green eyes and a stupid laugh.

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Keep up with what Holly is doing next and make sure to follow her on social media for more!
Twitter: @hollysharpe

 

Feature Friday: Designer Kerry Ann Stokes

BY TARA & CAILIN BURKE 

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The need to create is something that a lot of our features have in common and it is no different for designer Kerry Ann Stokes. She has had an eye for design from a young age and since then has never stopped creating. Something we picked up on from Kerry’s interview was her seemingly comfortable attitude towards change. We think that’s great. It’s so easy to feel secure in something that isn’t fulfilling and to forget you can explore other options. Whether Kerry is illustrating or designing her flower crowns, she is open to where her next creative pursuit will take her. Continue reading to find out more about  Kerry and how you can purchase one of her beautiful flower crowns.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Untitled-7: My name is Kerry, and I’m a dreamer, designer + maker based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.  I grew up in a small town in CT, and went to art school in Boston, MA.  I’ve been living in this neighborhood for the past 4 years, and absolutely love the color and personality here.  When I was 12 I decided that I wanted to be a designer. While I’m always changing my mind about details- I will always love to design + to create.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What got you started?

Untitled-7: My creativity was fueled by my mother when I was just a kid.  She was DIY-ing way before there were blogs about how to do so.  She provided me with all sorts of arts + crafts supplies, and encouraged me to play with them endlessly.  Each year at my birthday party I insisted on a craft- and Mary Ann would work her magic to make sure that each party-goer walked away from my birthday party with a master-piece (not really… but at least they got some kind of trinket with their name on it in glitter.)  Only after a few years of me nagging my mother that I wanted to make stuffed animals at my birthday party (this was way before build-a-bear time) did she start to whip out her sewing machine for my party crafts.  I  became absolutely fascinated by the sewing machine- and needed to learn how to use it. I have a lot to thank my mother for and my passion to create is definitely one of them.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your inspirations?

Untitled-7: I am always searching for new inspirations and am constantly inspired by different textures and colors… but my go-to, always fascinating, is insects (mostly beetles.)

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your favorite medias to work with?

Untitled-7: For illustration:  I bounce back and forth between using ink/ pigments and markers.  I always use micron pens for details and I love to incorporate metallic gold dust or paints wherever possible.

For Flower Crowns + Accessories:  I use a variety of materials to build the crowns + other accessories.  The flowers are all silk- mostly silk organza, or silk chiffon… but there are some dupioni and satins in there as well.  The flowers with beading have a mix of sequins and glass beads.  The wreaths and headbands are fabric wrapped metal.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What is your aesthetic?

Untitled-7: Colorful + textural.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Name your favorite go-to creative spot?

Untitled-7: I love working from home.  My home office is my space that I’ve created to be inspiring and comfortable.  My man built me a desk, and I have artwork that I’ve made, as well as artwork from friends and family all around.  It’s bright, full of plants and my pup Slug gets to hang out with me while I create.  It’s the perfect working environment.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your future goals/biggest dreams?

Untitled-7: The one goal that has stayed the same is to get to create every day, but the specifics of that goal are always changing.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Any tips?

Untitled-7: Just do what you love + what feels right.

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See more of Kerry’s flower crowns and check out what she’s up to next at:

 

Feature Friday Sneak Peek

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We’re back to the arts, but this time we’re showcasing an amazing photographer! Look out for the post around 1PM EST tomorrow. Here’s a little preview of her work. This piece actually goes with another one of her photos but since it’s a “sneak peek” after all, you only get to see half of it… until tomorrow!

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