Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

At my big brother's suggestion, I started playing around with holiday images--Santa hats, antlers, and a Rudolph nose on my peacocks and my shivery, long-legged bird tangled in lights.  I thought the ideas were clever and the final printing turned out really good.  Other people thought the same, apparently.
After one week of my holiday cards at Paper Skyscraper, they sold out of all 4 dozen.  Wow! Paper Skyscraper and the there staff rocks, by the way.  They reordered immediately, so if you're in the Dilworth neighborhood, go grab some cards while you can!
I also started experimenting with the holiday prints on onesies--I mean, who doesn't love a unisex, holiday onesie?!? They too flew off the shelves at my most recent events and were show-stoppers indeed.
I'm planning on a modeling photo shoot with my friend's twins very soon so the onesies will be live and on the site ready for purchase.  In the meantime, they come in a variety of sizes and colors.  Please let me know if you'd like one for the holidays--there's still time between now and Christmas!      

Pop-Up Shop at West Elm

Several artist friends of mine have had the honor of being a featured artist of the month at West Elm. A few of my other friends have their work permanently featured in the "Made Locally" section of the Charlotte store.  After inquiring about their events and local artist selections, I was offered a pop-up shop event for the holidays.  I was so excited (to say the least).
So, the night of Tuesday, December 9th from 6-8pm, I was in the store with all my wares.  The space looked AMAZING!  I set up my luscious pillows on a wrap-around couch adorned with faux fur throws, my onesies and Christmas stockings dangled from above, and my cards, silk canvases, and framed paper prints decorated table spaces.  I had a great crowd and made some wonderful sales.  I also had a drawing that included an 8 piece hand-printed Christmas card give away.  The lucky winner was a lady I met through Charlotte's Arts and Science Council.  Her and her husband were shareholders for the project I did back in September where I had to make 50 pieces of art.  How wonderful to see them again!
I can only hope to do several more events like this in the coming year.  It was a major success, not to mention a huge honor to have been selected by West Elm.  They were so accommodating and their staff was so helpful.  Thank you West Elm of Charlotte--what a great note to end 2014 on!

The Charlotte Observer: Home & Garden Feature

I was recently featured in The Charlotte Observer's Home & Garden section! I was fantastically thrilled to be mentioned--what an honor!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Sullivan, a local, talented writer and blogger for The Charlotte Observer.  Karen told me she was most attracted to my bold color choices and color palette.  She asked me some questions about my sense of design aesthetic and how a potential buyer and art collector would envision my work in their own space. She was also included my Pop-Up Shop at West Elm ( yes, West Elm!).
So, if you're local, get your hard copy in stores or view the entire interview online at http://homelifeclt.blogspot.com/2014/12/artist-has-tips-for-decorating-with.html
A BIG thank you, Karen Sullivan, for your time, energy and enthusiasm for my artwork.  I can't begin to tell you how honored I feel!