16 December 2013

Enormous Crush: Ariele Alasko

Ariele Alasko photo taken by Kinfolk
I have the biggest lady crush on Ariele Alasko from Brooklyn To West. I've mentioned before that I wanted to share things that inspire me. Well this lady is at the very top of my list.

A tour of Alasko's studio by Design Sponge 
When I first stumbled across her about a year ago I sat my ass down and didn't move until I had looked over the images of every single post she'd ever done. Over the top? Yes, but I do not regret my actions.   I didn't say I read every single word cuz that would just be crazy. I'd like to think of myself not as a stalker, but as a passionately curious individual. If I lived in Brooklyn, would I try to find the same coffee shops Alasko likes in hopes to "accidentally" bump into her and become best friends...hell yes. But again that just makes me passionately curious.

Recently sold Faceted Walnet Spoon by Alasko

Alasko's hand written tag
Seeing her work and reading about her story stirs in me the needs and desires to build with tools imperfect, beautiful wooden and metal objects for everyday use. I have a "small" pile of wood just waiting for me to execute the ideas floating around in my head. Knowing someone has come before and how they got to where they are now makes me feel encouraged. Should I choose to I could become an artist welding furniture creator! But alas, for now I'll be stick with inks and paints applied to paper and wood.
Coffee Table Four by Alasko
Reupholstered and hand stamped chair done by Alasko
Alasko adding a butterfly joint to a cutting board

artist photo: http://www.kinfolk.com/practical-handicraft/
studio shelf: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/08/sneak-peek-ariele-studio.html
walnut spoon: http://arielealasko.bigcartel.com/product/faceted-walnut-spoon
hand written tag: http://instagram.com/p/WubbMGCEeq/
lath coffee table: http://www.arielealasko.com/p/tables.html
chair: http://brooklyntowest.blogspot.com/2013/02/projects-at-home.html
butterfly joint: http://instagram.com/p/W5PkGNiEZZ/

13 December 2013

Ooo. Aaa.

I have embarked on the great branding journey. I started a few weeks ago with re-skinning this blog and creating a matching banner for my Etsy storefront as a test run of sorts. Opening my storefront earlier this week really forced me to sit down and research packaging which then led me to thinking about business cards which then led me to redesigning my website. This cascading of events all came down to fonts. To provide a consistent and solid brand, I wanted to start by selecting a font that I could applying across all platforms (banners, websites, business cards, packaging, etc). For me the best place to get a real sense of a font is my website. Trying things out on a website doesn't cost me any extra money like printing test business cards or doesn't involve save banner files in Illustrator and then uploading them to a blog or Etsy. So into the web designing I dove Thursday morning and this is where I landed:
I couldn't be happier about how my website is shaping up. I'm still working on ensuring the site is responsive for desktops, phones, and tablets. I also still need to work out how I want to display all my art work and write the jQuery which is why the full site won't go live until the end of January. But now I'm going to let the site marinate for a few days before ordering business cards!

And for reference this what my website looked like before today:
Previous Website Design

09 December 2013


Storefront open? Check! See my shiny storefront on Etsy.

Currently there are a few things in the shop one of which is my hand-painted nativity nesting dolls. Here are a couple shots that didn't make it into the etsy listing.

I decided against offering "Catch Hope" as a print in the shop despite mentioning that I would before. Depending on how things shake out I plan to add inventory throughout the next couple weeks in the form of some new watercolor prints and another one or two nesting doll sets. All of which are already in progress.

Aside from opening my storefront things I've tackled recently:
  • finished my first crochet project in the form of a bag to hold all my crocheting supplies
  • finished Christmas shopping
Things still on the docket among other things:
  • Polish up new watercolor painting and scan
  • Polish up holiday card design for friend

02 December 2013

Waa Waa Waa Waa

Imagine a distraught trombone like this one expressing the title of this post. Turns out opening a virtual storefront is a huge deal. I kneeew there were a lot of things I didn't think of…but damn there are a LOT of things I didn't think of. Did you know that the non-toxic chalkboard paint I picked up take 3 WHOLE DAYS to dry before you can draw on it. I didn't know either until I bought the new paint thinking the dry time would be 24 hours tops like the toxic stuff I use to pick up. Silly me, I should have known better. Also my print samples may have gone missing in the mail. So I'm crying uncle and postponing the opening of my Etsy shop for up to one week. If things start falling into place I will open shop before next Monday. As soon as things are up and running I will announce the official opening here. For glimpses of the action before then check out my instagram at glpaints.

Hope everyone didn't overstuff themselves too badly over the Thanksgiving weekend! Even though I couldn't control dry times and the postal service I did control getting my Christmas decorations up over the weekend. First time for everything.