printmaking

Feature Friday: Sunny Mullarkey

Happy Feature Friday!

This week we are featuring artist, Sunny Mullarkey! We love her nature inspired work! Each piece has so much life and whimsical detail to it while simultaneously having a  symmetry, precision and balance that really captures the very essence of nature and the creatures that inhabit it. Sunny has some awesome advice for all you artists out there, as well as some insight into her own journey as a lifelong creative. To check out more of her work visit the links below and read on to learn more about Sunny Mullarkey Studios!


: Tell us a little about yourself.

: I’m an artist and mother of three, living with my amazingly supportive husband, in Greenville, South Carolina. I have always been creative, from loving every colorful crayon, paint and paper I could get my hands on as a kid, to making art as my chosen profession today! I love hiking and strolling through the woods, exploring from the ground to the treetops – in the mountains or along the marshes of the coastline. Having family on these wilderness adventures means so much to me! My dad was in the Navy, so I moved around a lot as a child, until our family settled in Beaufort, South Carolina when I was 12. The lowcountry is magnificent, and I was very lucky to grow up in such a beautiful part of our world. I attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts for Visual Art, and went to Anderson University and the University of South Carolina for college, getting to explore so many mediums and art forms. I love listening to audiobooks, podcasts and lots and lots of music while in the studio!

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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: Illustrator Ann Shen

tumblr_me5jodMvUZ1qbwmaiHappy Feature Friday!

Today we’re featuring the fun and bright illustrations of Ann Shen! We have actually been familiar with Ann’s work for awhile since we always come across her illustrations in different places online. We love how her designs have an aesthetic that makes it easy to recognize her work and we’re so excited to get the chance to learn more about her. From selling her pieces on Etsy and doing freelance projects, to working on her very first book (that will be released next fall!), Ann is one busy creative! Luckily she took the time to answer some of our questions and show us how much she really loves what she does. Read on to brighten up your Friday by seeing her illustrations!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.
1445381491323: Hi! I’m Ann and I’m an illustrator, letterer, and graphic designer based in Los Angeles.
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