I design paper products and I honestly get inspiration from BIZARRE places. I look for designs everywhere, and I have this weird thing that I do where I let the universe speak to me before I design a line and take in the signs around me. Whether in fashion (I'm a regular to the Vogue site which is full of inspiring patterns and color combos.), vintage textiles, home and wedding magazines, Anthropologie, or someone's iron gate.
There was this amazing drawing that my 6 year old nephew did, and it completely inspired an invitation and stationery set.
And magazines are truly an addiction for me. About 2 years ago, my husband got fed up with this stack that I had and THREW THEM AWAY when I wasn't home.
Some of them were Domino Magazines, too.
I know. I thought I was going to have to sign the divorce papers then and there.
We made up (I'll forgive, but I will never forget to leave magazines lying around again!) and I go through a tearing frenzy before designing. There was this page in the latest Better Homes and Gardens on zinnias and I was so drawn to the colors and shapes.
Vintage images and wallpaper designs inspire me too. I collect 50s magazines, and I ADORE a 50's lady illustration! They're so simple, and frankly, incredibly modern looking now. That's the style I try to emulate in my illustrations. I also became inspired by some 60s gals too. I love that cutout look like everything was pieced together by random textures. My new line has a bit of that influence.
My oh so fabulous aunt and uncle have owned a stationery store in my hometown of Alexandria, Louisiana since I was 4. I remember she had an entire section of kid's notepads and camp stationery and correspondence sets. I went there after school and organized and reorganized every row of perfect little boxes of paper candy (looking back I'm sure this was a bit horrifying for my aunt, who always had everything just so, but she never let on...).
I have a drawer of letters written from childhood sweethearts, camp friends, notes from my grandfather and birthday cards from my siblings. I cherish them all and when I'm feeling particularly sentimental, I take a dip into my past.
I'm a little guy. Honestly, I'm no Bonnie Marcus, Boatman Gellar, or Whitney English - who are all spectacularly talented. I'm just so proud to be a part of this written history that's so important.
Maybe someday, someone will pull a note I designed out of a drawer. =)
PS: I know this is a home blog, so I have to brag on this fabulous table I redid. It was the ugliest thing in the world and I freaked out when I saw it. I called my husband to come and meet me at the trashiest thrift store in Dallas.
When he got there, I showed him the table, and god love him, he said, "Um...ok? I trust you."
It was only $15, so I collected my gaudy table base and went to work! I was so proud of it when I was done, that I took a bazillion pictures.
Thank you for letting me be a part of your blog. I'm honored =)