Monday, February 13, 2012
The Artisan Group is proud to announce this week's Artist Spotlight feature is one of our multi-talented members, Kelly Mitchell!
The Write Stuff Design
We caught up with Kelly and asked her a few questions about her unique Book Purse line, and her experiences so far working with TAG. Here's what she said:
- Tell us a little bit about your shoppe. The Write Stuff Design began in 2009 as a gift boutique consisting mostly of gift cards, calendars and other fun paper products. As the boutique grew I began to add products based on my personal favorite things such as books and travel. It was here that I came up with the idea for our signature Book Purse.
In a desire to design a product based on my love of travel, I came up with our popular Map Coasters. To recycle the interiors of our books used for the purses, I developed our Origami Paper Flowers and Book Sculptures. All of our designs incorporate the ever important idea of re-purposing everyday objects into fashionable accessories for the home and for the intellectual chic woman.
- What is your favorite product in your shoppe and why? My favorite piece would have to be my Jane Austen Book Purse. This piece shows off my favorite author in a fashionable manner that encourages discussion about my love of literature while making a fashion statement. In our house we have always collected beautiful editions of our favorite books. However, they sit on shelf in our office and are never seen by anyone. I wanted to come up with a way to show off my love of literature with the world. Thus, the Book Purse was born. The exterior cover of my favorite titles are re-purposed and designed into a stylish purse with coordinating fabrics and fun beaded handles. Every part of the book is then recycled as the interior pages are molded into individual paper flowers.
- When you're not handcrafting your fabulous Book Purses and designer stationery, what are your hobbies? Reading of course! I love to read and share my love of literature with my young children in reading them lots and lots of books! Travel and mapping out all the places I would love to visit is also another hobby that manifests itself in my work. And of course shopping local arts and farmers markets for fun handmade finds for myself and gifts for friends and family.
- What do you like best about The Artisan Group? I was so honored to be invited into The Artisan Group. It has afforded me opportunities to get my products in the hands of celebrities and get my name out there! Not only that but the wealth of knowledge and resources made available by Valerie and Nikki and all the other talented members is invaluable. There are so many people who are there to help with any question you may have regarding growing your business, motivating you and sharing in your successes. It is truly an honor to be called a member of The Artisan Group!
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