Friday, November 25, 2011
The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented graphic design and stationery members, Laura Hudson!
We caught up with Laura and asked her a few questions about her beautiful paper goods, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
- Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. I have always had a love for all things paper and the opportunity to take a fibers class while in art school helped grow that. I loved the process of creating individual sheets of paper and had my first experience to learn book binding techniques. Skip ahead a few years and Studio827 KC was born in early 2010 full of handmade journals. I most recently expanded the shop with a new line of journals embellished with fabric flowers, and coming soon - ruffles! At the beginning of this year I opened my second shop, Simply Paperie, where the graphic design side of me can cut loose. This shop is full of wedding invitations, stationery, calendars, etc. and I welcome all custom orders!
- What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why? I actually think one of my current favorite products (and it might be the typography nerd in me :) are my 2012 calendars. I am also loving my new line of ruffle journals, they will be hitting the shop soon!
- When you're not designing gorgeous personal stationery and super cute journals, what are your hobbies? I have always had a love for photography and wish I had more time to spend doing it. I also love to bake and am looking forward to our annual holiday baking in a few weeks! But in most of my spare time I love spending quality time laughing and having fun with family and friends!
- What do you like best about The Artisan Group? There are so many reasons I love this wonderful group. First, I am so thankful for the opportunities it has allowed me that were beyond my wildest dreams and the encouragement to stretch my creative boundaries. The Artisan Group has given me the confidence to take giant leaps in growing my business and is also the most amazing resource for knowledge and help as a business woman. But, above all this group is comprised of the most amazing, supportive and talented artisans I have had the pleasure to know and I appreciate everyone of you!
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented and unique members, Jenny Jafek-Jones!
the crimson poppy
We caught up with Jenny and asked her a few questions about her amazing paper flowers that look just like the real thing, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
- Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. At the crimson poppy, exquisite paper flowers blossom every day to bring joy forever. The seeds of our garden are vibrant specialty papers from around the world. We take them in hand, then nurture and trim them, until colorful wonders of petal and leaf emerge. Guided by Mother Nature, we craft every bloom to bring beauty to life. It's a lot of time and meticulous craftsmanship, but I love the idea of transforming ordinary paper into something extraordinary. This year the paper flowers have been featured in BRIDES, Southern Weddings, PaperRunway, and Meeting & Conventions magazines (along with some wonderful online press), and they'll be part of gift bags for the GBK 2012 Golden Globes and GBK 84th Annual Academy Awards gift lounge attendees. It makes me feel better about all the time I invest - one to four hours! - in each flower. :)
- What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why? Favorite with a story: Bird of Paradise. Personal favorite flower: Not poppies, believe it or not. Iris. Favorite to make: Pine cones. Fan favorite: An oversize rose made of vintage sheet music.
- When you're not handcrafting these incredibly realistic paper flower arrangements? I used to be an avid reader, but I've been so busy that the book my husband bought me last Christmas is still only half-read! It's a good problem to have, business-wise, but it's changed my views on what really counts: my time away from the crimson poppy is all about family and close friends.
- What do you like best about The Artisan Group? Great opportunities, great talent to surround yourself with, great resources; for me, the best part would have to be the great people who are part of The Artisan Group. I don't actually "know" any of them and most of us are unlikely to ever meet offline, but being part of a group whose members genuinely want to see each other succeed, share hard-earned knowledge unstintingly, and focus on how they can help each other while helping themselves… well, it's practically a paradise! :D
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our very talented hair accessory members, Carrie McQuaid!
Caroline G Bows
We caught up with Carrie and asked her a few questions about her adorable hair accessory line, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
- Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. Caroline G shop has products for your sweet little babies all the way up to women. We also sell bows for birthday favors and for wedding parties. The business, owned by Carrie, was founded out of her endless love for crafts and bright colors. Two years ago, Carrie got sick and lost some muscle strengthen in parts of her body. She used crafting as a means of distraction and healing, and her hobby eventually turned into a business. She now uses her business to bless others.
- What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why? My favorite product is actually a brand new product that I just recently introduced. I took my bridal clip and put it on a croquet headband so that sweet wee little ones could enjoy it. I really thought nothing of it until I got two emails from women asking if it could fit older girls. I informed them that any age could wear it but it was more marketed for little ones without enough hair to hold the clip. Both women responded back that the products would be perfect because their child was undergoing chemo treatments and would lose all their hair. It reminded me of why I started my business in the first place and how thankful I am that I can use my products to touch others lives.
- When you're not handcrafting these charming headbands and accessories, what are your hobbies? While it seems like my business is a majority of my life, I do find time for a few fun hobbies. I typically run every day and am currently training for a half marathon! I also enjoy making crafts with different mediums tham the items I sell. I love using my creative juices for other fun craft ideas to make and give away to friends.
- What do you like best about The Artisan Group? I love all the connections that I've made through The Artisan Group. I've gotten some great advice and amazing wisdom from all the members in the group. I'm excited to see what other opportunities will arise from being a part of the group.
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