I mentioned that I was going to try to get more consistent with blogging. At the moment, I am thankfully slammed with finishing up a few projects that I am excited to share with you. Until then, I thought I would leave you with a few things that inspire me when I am feeling overwhelmed or lacking focus.
This blog, was my first blog that I became quickly obsessed with back in 2012. Brittany is a creative powerhouse designing events, serveware, stationary, and a maker of gigantic paper flowers. She even has a youtube channel now where she will teach you how to draw these amazing flowers.
Studio DIY, is a go to place for everything.. you guessed it.. DIY. Also great styling tips, and just an overall happy and fun place to visit on the internet if you need some inspiration and pepping up!
I love Jessica's site mostly because it is also bright and filled with color and Jessica teaches the Pattern Camp class that I took to start learning to make repeat patterns. Her work is amazing and I love seeing other artists thriving because it gives me hope when I need it the most.
I literally can't say enough good things about the Creative Pep Talk Podcast. I listen to this guy Andy J. Miller basically every day and I always end up feeling 100 times better. I listen to him in the car, while I'm getting ready in the morning and even when I need to take a walk around the block to clear my head. If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to creativity, Andy is your guy!
If you have always wanted to start a business but didn't know how or were feeling overwhelmed or even if you have already started your business, Start-Up is an amazing Podcast. This podcast follows Alex Bloomberg as he breaks away from corporate radio and starts his own podcast company. It's really well put together and overall interesting.
I would love to hear about some ways you find motivation or inspiration when you're feeling stuck. Comment Below! :)
So among all the other amazing things happening this year,
I was recently given the opportunity to shop and style for a small office space in GA.
When I say that this space is small, it is not an exaggeration.
This space definitely needed some love but it also had great potential.
Jenny is a trauma therapist and was looking for a contemporary and soothing place for her clients to come talk. After talking about what would work for both Jenny and her clients, we drew up what we wanted the room to look like and got started shopping.
In addition to choosing the furniture and accessories for the office, I was asked to create an art installation for one of the walls. Being that Jenny is a trauma therapist, she deals a lot with the body and wants her clients to be able to use this Somatic Experiencing chart as reference during their sessions.
We decided to stick with the same theme as the chart but wanted to make it look a little more artistic and handmade and a lot less rigid. I chose to cut different size circles out of plywood so that they would be really lightweight and Jenny could use the velcro 3M strips to hang them on the walls easily.
I've been really nervous about writing on the circles, even though I have done some hand lettering jobs in the past, none of them have been for a professional setting and my natural handwriting is similar to the practice images on the right but while I wanted these to look fun, I wanted to make sure they were readable and a little more sophisticated so they would fit into a professional setting.
I started practicing a font I liked until I felt like it was time to bite the bullet and really write on the circles. I have already gotten more comfortable with the font, which I am thankful for.
It is still hard not to be a tough critic on your own handwriting. As I am sure any artist or creative person could relate, it could always use some version of improvements but I am liking the overall aesthetic so far.
While I am still finishing up the art for the wall, the office is up and running and looks really amazing. Jenny loves it and is getting rave reviews from her clients so that's all I can ask for!
This was such a fun project. I am really looking forward to more like this one!
What kind of projects are you working on these days?
I'd love to connect and talk about anything creative!
Blogging hasn't really been my strong point with this site, mostly because when I started thejacofalltrades, I was really still trying to find out what kinds of creative work I wanted to do.
I've been so busy with commissioned work and the interior design firm I work for full-time, that I just haven't slowed down enough to document it, but I have decided to commit to short and sweet updates.
I'm a sucker for patterns. It's been a dream of mine for a few years now to start designing my own line of patterns that I can turn into fabric or bathing suits or phone cases, etc. With the help of sites like Zazzle and Society6 I could turn my designs into practically anything you could think of. Which is so fantastic.
I finally decided after learning some general knowledge in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to take a class online called Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift, a talented surface pattern designer and all over creative artist. Jessica's class was amazing and exactly what I needed to get started in pattern design. I'm pretty addicted to the process.
So far, I'm really enjoying the learning curve and I finally started adding my new pattern collection to my Zazzle Store this week! I'm so excited to finally start putting my patterns out into the world to see what they will become!
The question, "What do you do for a living?" has never been an easy question for me to answer.
I have a lot of jobs, and that was something I struggled with for some time.
Growing up we were taught to focus on finding ONE job that we can make our career.
Thankfully I stumbled across a blog and later a TED Talk that helped me see,
it's OKAY to have multiple jobs.
In fact, it might be even better (if that's what you're into).
2015 has been my best year yet in regards to my work.
One of my favorite jobs was project manager for an interior design project
..and now high end rental property in Key Colony Beach.
Which meant a new challenge and work trips to the Florida Keys!!
Say no more, I was all in! :)
Even though we would be in the Keys, this house wasn't going to be a piece of cake.
It looked like it was straight out of the eighties!
Which meant,on top of being 3.5 hours away from where I live..
there would be a substantial amount of demo and renovation work
Also, we would be blending furniture from an existing rental property
with new items while trying to create a totally new and original look
..on a strict budget
with an even stricter deadline..
but I love a challenge ;)
Construction brought it's own delays, as construction typically does
which meant putting in extra long days
and helping move the process along any way we could.
Even if it meant getting on the scaffolding and painting the focal wall ourselves.
I live for work like this.
I loved every challenge this project brought to the table.
From choosing the toilets, to hanging the blinds, and even spray painting those circles on the wall.
This project taught me so much and the house came together beautifully.
In the end, we nailed our deadline..
Literally.. JUST in time for the professional photoshoot.
Most importantly, we had a great team.
Which is a huge part of why I loved this job so much.
Your team on a project like this can either make or break you.
The people I work with are dreamers, and doers.
I feel really lucky to work alongside of them.