Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Maker's Session: By Beep

Ever come across a handmade item so awesome it leaves you marveling for a few moments? Me too. This post is part of a little series in which I talk to the people who make these awesome things. Not to steal all their secrets, but to get to know these awesome makers and get a glimpse into their day-to-day creative life. Read the other Maker's Sessions here

When I stumbles across Emily Haworth's shop By Beep, I was instantly smitten by the adorable, whimsical designs but when I realized they are made primarily of paper... whoa. Total awe! 
Below, Emily shares about her work and creative process but if want to see even more her beautiful work stop by her website, follow her on twitter, and like her on facebook!

Share a bit about yourself, your creative background, and how you describe your style.
My name is Emily Haworth, and I am an artist living in Chicago, Illinois.
As a young adult, I dabbled in a few colleges, but school never truly fulfilled me. I have always thrived more on my own as an artist. It wasn't until I made the decision to learn independently that I began to connect the dots of my artistic style.
My work tends to take on a whimsical and nostalgic style. I communicate more through art than I do with words, so my work holds many symbolic messages. My messages are usually vague enough for people to contribute their own meanings based on their personal life experiences.

When did you get interested in making jewelry and how long have you been working with it?
Jewelry making began to charm me a little less than a decade ago. It began with me taking apart old jewelry in order to add my own admired baubles to it.

 How did paper come to be in your creations?
I started by creating shadow boxes. I grew a love for designing tiny paper environments inside of the them. Soon I began to notice that sections of these set designs could be incorporated into fashion. I began to toy with this idea and a year later ByBeep was born.

What does your creative process involve?
My mind is always in a hundred places at a time, so I'm always writing notes to keep everything organized and unforgotten. When I return to these notes, I start with the idea that feels most urgent. After that, I solve the details, figure out the layout, play with colors and textures, etc. Then I am ready to build. I work this way with every medium I use.

How does an average day in jewelry making go for you?
Since I already know how to create the jewelry in my store, my hands will go into autopilot while I brainstorm future projects. My jewelry process consists of a great deal of prepping, steady hands, and listening to hours worth of music. The time flies. However, if I am making a new piece, it goes exactly like my answer for in the above question.

Who loves your product?
I find that people who enjoy wearing statement pieces are more likely to be drawn to my jewelry. These people tend to be artists or people with an artistic eye. I also have many sculpture pieces that resemble machines/ instruments used in artistic professions or hobbies. People who work in these fields relate to my jewelry because it showcases who they are. The sewing machine necklace, for example, is a popular piece.

What bit of wisdom would you pass on to someone interested in making paper jewelry?
My work came together by making mistakes and continuing to try new approaches. Eventually it all came together. That is the secret. There is always a way to reach your desired goal, but you have to keep working at it. It will always take time to solve the puzzle.

What is something the creative business has taught you?
Exactly that, it is a business. It is a lot like walking into a boutique and someone saying, "Hey, you have every job-title in this store, and you have to make all the merchandise too." It takes a lot of dedication and time to make a creative business successful. The biggest thing I have learned is you have to be willing to take baby steps even though all you want to do is run miles.

Any exciting projects on the horizon?
Yes. I am in the process of developing a clothing line for ByBeep. The clothing will be hand printed and designed by me with Eco-friendly inks. This will make ByBeep more well-rounded, which I am excited about.

Anyone else looking forward to seeing the By Beep clothing line? To keep tabs on what else Emily is making, tag along on twitter, facebook, and her personal website.
PS - you should really check out her drawings.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Year 1

Want to know something CRAZY? We've been home-owners for a year.
The date sticks because moving into your first house on Halloween in pretty memorable.
Today is rainy and cold just like it was last year. Fortunately, we now have a cozy fireplace.

Three cheers for home ownership and all the adventures it brings!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2 sisters, 1 art journal | The wee dino loves ice cream

It's been a few weeks since I posted an art journal page from the book my sister and I shared. To make up for the absence I'm back with a cute, tiny dino to make you extra happy.
If you are new to this blog (Hello!) and want the back-story, read about the beginning here and check out other pages here.

Those of you that have been following along probably recognize that I did this page. It's funny how we all have 'styles' even when just arranging ephemera on a page.

Other than the fact that I love the ice cream loving longneck I don't have much to say about this page.

Yes, I do. The right page, as you can see, is a bag from foreign gummies. I had the clever idea to glue it in and use it as a pocket. Apparently my idea was too clever because Kali never thought to look in it ;)