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Feature Friday: Illustrator Ann Shen

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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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Feature Friday: Caterham Design

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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: Artist Ellie Edon

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Today we’re featuring Ellie Edon of @wastedpaints. We can’t help but be drawn her colorful, fun pieces! A majority of her focus is on animals and it’s so cool that she makes them look completely realistic, while at the same time often using multicolor. She not only creates art because she’s talented at it, but also loves how it makes her feel. Her pieces make us happy so we’re glad that creating them does the same for her! Keep reading to learn more about Ellie and see her amazing works of art!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself as well as your artistic background.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 10.13.22 PM: I’m Ellie Edon. I am an 18 year old from Yorkshire in England. I’m a socialist, a vegetarian, intersectional feminist, a dog lover and someone who finds peace in making artwork. I find writing about myself difficult as I am still young and developing who I am. I want how I change as a person, and my values, to shine through my artwork someday.

I remember in Year 6 (in England this is around the age of 10/11) I won my first Art contest with the theme being Easter. In fact, I used very very bright colours even then. I also won a blue peter badge with the same work. (This was a big deal!!) I used to have very low self confidence, and found some self-esteem when people complimented my work. This esteem has helped me develop my skills in where I am today, and has made me a much more confident person. I’m still just someone with an Instagram account – still, it’s pretty cool having a following.

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Feature Friday: Singer-Songwriter Lidor Sai

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We’re always looking for new music to listen to and came across the amazingly talented singer, Lidor Sai. He has a debut EP of original songs coming out in November and on top of that, does some incredible covers which can be heard in different places around Los Angeles (and on his Facebook page!) We love that he’s written more than 50 songs and he’s only 20 years old, showing that you should start pursuing your passion as soon as possible. For today’s feature, Lidor put together a video giving more insight into his music and we’re so excited to share it with you! Make sure to check out his social media accounts as well to listen to his songs, covers, and to stay tuned to his big EP release.

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Instagram – @LidorSai
Twitter – @LidorSai
soundcloud.com/lidor-sai
youtube.com/lidorsai

Feature Friday: Singer Corina Seas

BY CAILIN BURKE
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For today’s feature we’re excited to have electro-pop artist Corina Seas! Her debut EP, Flux, will be out on September 22nd and it’s filled with fun, danceable songs and some of the catchiest lyrics and tunes. After I heard her first single, Crystal Cove, I was singing it for days! In our interview below you can tell how passionate she is about her music and we loved learning more about the behind-the-scenes work in creating Flux, as well as what she’s trying to achieve with her good vibes-inducing music. Again, her EP comes out in just four days and her single Crystal Cove is available on iTunes and SoundCloud now so make sure to show her some support! 

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself as well as how you got your start in music and how you knew you wanted to pursue a music career.
text - corina seas - purple: I grew up in Florida mostly, but my family is from Honduras and I was very fortunate to get to visit the country frequently.  I think going there put the world in perspective for me and really helped develop my sense of empathy, which is the basis for my humanistic approach to life and the meaning of things. That desire to connect with different people and learn new things was a big motivator in my wanting to pursue music professionally. Growing up, my parents were very enthusiastic about music too.  They aren’t musicians but they get down better than most and my dad is hilariously passionate when playing the air guitar.  So as soon as I could talk, I was running around singing, imitating musicians and making crazy voices and sounds, so it’s always been a part of me.

Pursuing music was something I always felt I needed to do. There was no specific moment when I chose to do music, it was just always my motivation for life and the only thing I felt I could really do and still be happy.  The future is remarkably insecure when attempting music, but it’s how I relate to people and how I find myself. I get a high from this that motivates my existence.  Music is everything to me.

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Awesome People Please Apply!

Hello lovely readers!

As most of you are aware, every Friday we feature someone who is doing something creative or just plain cool on our site. If you write, draw, paint, play an instrument, dance, own a business, travel, sew, design, craft, or have any other talent you want to share, apply to be a Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 17.05.05!

We love sharing what you guys are doing and it’s a great opportunity to show off what you do to your friends, family, colleagues and our readers from all over the world.

To apply simply shoot us an email at castlefoundations(at)gmail.com, tell us what you do and we will get back to you with our feature options.

We can’t wait to share some of the Features we already have lined up for this month!

–Tara & Cailin

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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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Feature Friday Sneak Peek

Make sure to check back tomorrow for our third Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 17.05.05!

This time we’re spotlighting someone with a talent a little different than those we’ve featured before. Here’s a clue:

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The full interview will be revealed at 10AM. Don’t forget to check it out and email castlefoundations@gmail.com if you’re interested in being featured yourself!

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!