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What inspires your art?
My goodness, there are so many things! Of course nature is a huge inspiration to me, I just love me a good flower (if you couldn't' tell!) I am always getting caught up in the beauty of the earth. When my husband and I are out for a walk or a bike ride I stop and oohh and awe at some beautiful rose, or funky bush and my husband just laughs and keeps walking because it literally happens about 3 times a block! (maybe that's why we have such short walks?) Both my mother and my mother-in-law are artists and they have both taught me so much about finding beauty and they are both such an inspiration! Lastly I would say different cultures, it's so inspiring to see how different regions of the world interpret the same subject matter in such diverse and beautiful ways!
Do you have an online store?
Coming March 2014!
Do you do custom work?
I LOVE doing custom work, it's always fun to take on a new challenge and meet new people!
Did you teach yourself to hand-letter?!
I sure did! Or I should say all of my painfully boring generals in college taught me how to hand letter, that's really where it all started, I would spend much more time decorating my notebook with all sorts of random words that I would occasionally pick up from the lecture than actually taking notes in it! It's really a miracle I graduated!
What are your favorite blogs?
Gosh there are so many!
For Design: http://www.designlovefest.com, Bri has such a clean and bold approach to design and serious style! She is also hilarious and very honest in her posts which I love!
For Travel: http://www.hearthmagazine.com/journal/ I absolutely love this blog because I spend (too many) hours planning future travel destinations and all the lovely things in the world I could see and I just love all the travel photos on this blog, and I just love Hearth Magazine, so of course I love their blog!
Lifestyle: http://lovetaza.com Love Taza. Her kids are adorable and I love NYC!
What will you be selling at the Vintage Whites Market in Salt Lake City? (March 8th from 10-5 at the Utah State Fairpark!)
I will be selling prints, embroidered portraits, greeting cards/social stationary, vintage ephemera, paper flowers, letterpressed goods! Lots of gold and lots of flowers!! (My house is currently covered in both!)
What's your favorite piece that you've done?
Hmm...this is tough because I feel like my style is always changing, but consistently my favorite piece that I have ever done is the first embroidered portrait I ever did, I LOVE doing anything very hands on, and I already paint all the time so it's nice to do something else that is very hands on! I have been working on continuing the series for quite some time and I am excited to have these at the VWM!