photography

Gold Details and Oversized Cardigans

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.

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Sweet Pix Photoboards

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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!

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Feature Friday: Baker Vickie Liu

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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.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in baking.
vickie: 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.

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Feature Friday: Caterham Design

22_September_Kate_Website_Profile_Photo_1Happy Feature Friday!

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.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about who you are.

CD logo:  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.

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Feature Friday: Collage Artist John Turck

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John Turck redToday, 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!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

Screenshot (59): 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.

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 Castle Logo: How did you get your start in collage art?

Screenshot (59): In high school I covered every square inch of my bedroom walls into one giant collage. Thousands of little magazine pieces from floor to ceiling. It was a massive project that took over 4 years to finish.

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Castle Logo:  Did you study/do other forms of art before collaging?

Screenshot (59): Mostly painting and photography. I really enjoy photography, there’s a gallery of my photographs here:  http://turckart.blogspot.com/p/photography.html

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Castle Logo: What are some of the techniques you use to create your pieces?

Screenshot (59): All of my work is handmade. Most of my time is spent collecting collage materials from books and magazines. I’ll cut them up in advance, and then file them away. I try to stay organized so that I can find the right pieces when I need them. I don’t always have a concept in mind when I start, usually I’ll lay out a few key images that I’d like to work with for the day, and then I’ll play around with different combinations until I find what I feel will be the absolute best fit.

Some of my work is mixed media – I’ll start with a painting, drawing – and then bring in collage elements that would best match the theme of my image.

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Castle Logo: Are there any messages that you try to convey in your work?

Screenshot (59): 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.

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Castle Logo: You sell your pieces on society6. What are some of the best parts about running your shop and what are some of the challenges?

Screenshot (59): 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.

I just opened up a new store at Print All Over Me, I’m really psyched with the way the sweatshirts look. Check it out here: http://printallover.me/collections/turck-collage

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Castle Logo: Who are some of your favorite collage artist?

Screenshot (59): One of my favorite artists is Jerry Uelsmann, he worked in Photomontage – using multiple negatives in the darkroom to create surreal masterpieces.
Some of my other favorites are: Eugenia Loli, Jesse Treece, Hugo Barros, Jay Riggio, Ben Giles, David Delruelle, Justin Angelos, Larry Carlson, Michael Tunk, and many more.

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Castle Logo: Is it hard to find resources to collect images from for your pieces?

Screenshot (59): I’m a collector. I’ve collected comic books, cds, dvds, and tons of other shit. I enjoy the collecting part of the collage process. Hunting through book stores, gathering old magazines at flea markets, grabbing new magazines where ever I can find them, even out of the recycling bin. It’s not hard to find if you know where to look.

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Castle Logo: Name a few things you love to do outside of work.

Screenshot (59): I’m a big fan of live music. I try to go to as many concerts as I can and feed off of that energy. If you follow my Tumblr you’ll notice that every time I post a new piece of art, I’ll also include a song that relates to it in some way.

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Castle Logo: Any advice/tips?

Screenshot (59): My advice would be to set goals for yourself and to work hard. For a collage artist, it really helps to stay organized.

Also to get on Society 6, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instragram, Etsy, Facebook, and every other site.


Society 6: http://society6.com/turckart
Tumblr:  http://johnturck.tumblr.com/
Printalloverme:  http://printallover.me/collections/turck-collage
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/turckcollage/
Blog: http://turckart.blogspot.com/

Photographer: Val Walis

BY CAILIN BURKE

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VALToday 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.

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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.”

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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CALLING ALL CREATIVES!

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 castlefoundations@gmail.com:

#1 Name your talent (Can be anything from art, design, fashion design, illustration, music, crafts, baking, interior design, makeup design, photography, dance, writing…etc.)

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#2 A brief description of yourself and your work (One paragraph please!)

#3 Some examples of your work (No more than 5)

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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! 

 

Pasta Recipe & Girl’s Night Tips

BY TARA BURKE

Getting together with your best girlfriends is always so much fun. For a catch-up with our friend who goes to school nearby, we decided we wanted to cook and have a girl’s night in. Our friend found a pasta recipe on Pinterest that she had tried and loved, and she wanted to share it with us. When she arrived at our place we were so excited we hopped right into the car to hit the grocery store for the ingredients. Here’s what you will need:

#1) One Pound of Gemelli Pasta

#2) Salt and Pepper

#3) Six Slices of Bacon

#4) Four Leeks or Two Large Leeks

#5) Two Large Eggs

#6) 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan 

#7) Zest of One Lemon

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Here’s a link for how you mix all these ingredients together to make this delicious and easy pasta dish: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/11/28/pasta-carbonara-—-easiest-weeknight-dinner/

We all split up the cooking tasks. I cooked up the bacon, Cailin zested the lemon and our friend Katy took the lead and chopped the leeks and bacon. She also cooked them down and added the ingredients into the mixing bowl along with the eggs, lemon zest and drained pasta. It was done in no time. All that was left to do was sit down and enjoy!

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Our meal was delicious and it’s a perfect pasta dish if you tend to lean towards the creamier pasta recipes that are amazingly scrumptious, but not that healthy. The eggs and parmesan cheese give it a creamy flavour, without having to actually add heavy cream and the lemon vest balances all the flavors giving it a fresh zing.

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After lots of catching up, girl talk and literary discussions, yes, we can’t seem to escape our love of books when we’re together; we were ready for dessert. I tampered with the idea of making something from scratch, but after a big business law test had me beat from studying I opted for an easy favorite, brownie mix! However, the mix we used isn’t your ordinary fudge brownie mix, it is Ghirardelli Caramel Turtle brownie mix. We tried this mix for the first time after our family brought them to our Super Bowl party. They were too good and were a simple way to make a ooey gooey chocolate dessert.

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We had a great time, with great food and lots of laughs. If you ever find yourself in need of an easy, but put-together meal for a casual dinner party, try this dish!