BY TARA BURKE
I adore the country path that is behind my Mom’s house. It goes into all the farming fields and is just one of my secret happy places. It’s also a great setting for taking photos.
BY TARA BURKE
I love mixing fancy clothing pieces with really casual ones and that is exactly what I did with this outfit. Cailin and I were in the city to go to Christmas Eve service at Hillsong NYC and to hit up the markets for some last minute shopping. A casual look and sneaks are a great way to stay comfortable when you’re walking all over the city. I knew I was going to wear my Vans because they are super comfortable, so I planned the rest of my outfit around that.
We love our photos, but in today’s day in age most of them end up stuck on our phones and computers. In turn, when Sweet Pix reached out to us about their photoboards we loved the idea of getting our photos off of our phones and onto our walls! Plus they are giving you guys 25% off your purchase with code CF25! Read on to learn more about our great experience with Sweet Pix!
Happy Feature Friday!
We absolutely love today’s feature with the amazing baker, Vickie Liu. We can’t get enough of her creative, adorable, and often funny cookies amongst other treats! She gives cookies such personality and her Instagram filled with cookie characters and shapes is sure to keep you looking and “wowing” for hours! We talked to her to find out more about how she found her baking talent as well as how she creates epic baked goods and a picture perfect Instagram feed.
: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in baking.
: Baking has been an interest of mine since high school, but back then I just made (un-appetizing looking) cupcakes for friends or family when I had the chance! After graduating university from courses I wasn’t passionate about and no full time job – I decided not to do my Masters in Architecture, and instead rekindled my love for baking and have been addicted ever since.
I’m currently working a part time job unrelated to my field of study, and baking part time. This includes taking custom orders, working with small businesses and brands, collaborating with other creatives, guest blogging and a little bit of styling.
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.
Today, we feature collage artist John Turck. Most of us can say we dabbled in collaging when we were kids, but John’s work brings it to the next level. We love how his work seamlessly blends pop culture, nature, architecture and nostalgic symbols of the past. One of his aims is to create handmade collages that look as if they were done in Photoshop. We certainly think he has achieved that. Some of his pieces truly look like digital art. Read on to learn more and see some awesome pieces!
: My name is John Turck, I’m 35 years old and I live in Manhattan. I graduated from Miami of Ohio with a degree in Fine Art in 2001. Aside from photography and a little bit of painting, I wasn’t really creating any artwork for a while. In late 2012 I started to spend time creating collage work and I decided that I was going to dedicate myself to it. I’ve been making collage art ever since and sharing it online almost everyday.
: Are there any messages that you try to convey in your work?
: I’m interested in Pop Art and Surrealism. My primary goal is to combine the images until I find the perfect fit. I want to make a handmade collage that appears like it was done in photoshop – where the coloring, shapes, lighting, everything just fits and works well together. In the process of combining these elements, each piece will take on it’s own life and a scene or story will start to emerge.
: I’ve been on Society6 for a year and a half, it’s great to have a space to sell my art. They make it pretty easy. I love that in addition to prints, I’m able to offer lots of other cool products – phone cases, t-shirts, tote bags, etc..
I sold my first shower curtain the other day, I thought that was pretty cool. Especially since the image is of a giant psychedelic frog, that’s the first thing that person sees everyday!
It’s also been a great place to see & meet other artists and form this little online community.
Also to get on Society 6, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instragram, Etsy, Facebook, and every other site.
Society 6: http://society6.com/turckart
BY CAILIN BURKE
Today we’re featuring photographer Val Walis, who has a unique approach to photography and is always trying new techniques. First hand, I’ve spent time with her in the dark room while she has created photos and seen all of the creative leaps she has taken. Now, a college student, Val has spent three years focusing mainly on her photography but also happens to be talented in jewelry making and sculpture. After looking at her work more in depth and talking to her, I’ve noticed that these two other interests of hers play a large role in her photos. Most of her work featured below is what is called experimental cameraless photography and involves taking found objects, placing them directly on photo paper, and exposing that, rather than exposing light through a negative onto the photo paper. Her pieces often have multiple objects placed in juxtaposition with one another to create something even more interesting. Most people think of photography as taking a Nikon or Canon camera and capturing a nature scene, architecture or people. Although Val has some great photography like that as well, I had never heard of cameraless photography before meeting her, so I thought it would be the perfect thing to showcase to you all.
Check out some of her photos below, some of which include camera photography as well. If you want to see them bigger, just click on any photo!
As for Val right now, she is continuing to study photography and create more pieces to develop her breadth of work. She has also worked directly assisting a local photographer to gain even more experience in the photography world. I’ve always been a big fan of Val’s pieces and love how much nature, textures, and a non traditional approach to photography make up her work. It’s always fun to see her process in the dark room and watch her reveal a new piece that she created by throwing sand, feathers, or even her own jewelry atop photo paper. For the future Val says, “I don’t ever want to stop my creative process, although I know it will probably take on more forms than I know now.”
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!
Castle Foundations is launching Feature Fridays on March 14th and we are looking for people with creative talent to spotlight! All you have to do to be considered is send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
#1 Name your talent (Can be anything from art, design, fashion design, illustration, music, crafts, baking, interior design, makeup design, photography, dance, writing…etc.)Embed from Getty Images
#2 A brief description of yourself and your work (One paragraph please!)
#3 Some examples of your work (No more than 5)Embed from Getty Images
It’s as simple as that! After we receive your application, we will contact you and let you in on the full process. Take this opportunity to share with the world what you’re passionate about and inspire others to follow their dreams!
P.S. You don’t have to be a professional, if you love what you do that’s good enough for us. Show em’ what you got!