Every Tuesday I’m going to post some of my favorite style items inspired by music. As an artist I depend on music for inspiration while i’m at work in my studio. This first post is inspired by a musician close to my heart, Emmy Lou Harris. Reminded of my time spent farming on the west coast I decided to choose items that are comfortable and functional for hands-on work as well as urban-chic.
Since moving to Virginia I have been inspired by the landscape and the “red-clay dirt” that makes this state so unique. There’s a little bit of country in the New York City girl!
I am very pleased to announce that I just launched my sister and I’s etsy store, sostre! Lynnea’s work will be coming soon but for now I am selling some pieces from my senior art show as well as some new pieces I have been working on.
You can visit the shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sostre
I know it’s been a while since my last post. But I will be checking in more regularly from now on. I have been getting into the holiday spirit by using some of the raw materials I have on hand to create a more festive atmosphere for our little bungalow. What I love most about our house is the woodwork details. Our landlord has completely refurbished the house with 100-year old wood from a local farm. So naturally for decor, I decided to continue with this wood theme and I have added some home-made reclaimed-wood details to bring in the festive spirit.
This tree was made from these 4 materials:
- 10 - 12” x 1/4” Pine Wood Sticks
- Silver & Gold glitter
- Dark wood stain (*Jacobean wood finish from MINIWAX)
I also created this wreath from some branches I took from a shrub in my backyard and a $4 stick wreath from michaels. This took no more than 10 minutes to put together!
I’ll be checking in again later today wit some more pieces I’ve been working on and i’ll give you a glimpse into the studio in my home, where all the magic happens! Have a wonderful afternoon!
Ever since I can remember, it has been a tradition in my house for my mom to prepare a colorful, scandinavian spread for an after-church brunch. This usually consists of open faced sandwiches with a variety of jams, such as gooseberry or cloudberry jam, with norwegian cheeses such as: gietost - pronounced: yay-dust, a brown goat’s milk cheese and nokkelost - pronounced: nuggle-ust, a cow’s milk cheese with caraway seeds. Some trimmings include sardines, egg salad and fresh veggies. To top it off, there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of afternoon tea with lemon and honey to warm the soul.
With my parents both being first generation Norwegian immigrants, these scandinavian traditions remain to be an integral part of our entertaining. I hope to share these traditions with my children someday!
Lately I’ve been really inspired by the stamps from yellow owl workshop (http://yellowowlworkshop.com/stamps.html). So I began working on these linoleum and woodcut prints of some of the folk art trees that I designed. I’ll have to go out to Michael’s and get some proper ink, but for now the washed out look of india ink will have to suffice.
It feels good to be working with my hands again after staring at the screen most days, updating my portfolio and looking at the art/media/design section of craigslist. It’s easy to get discouraged after endlessly looking at other successful designers’ work and blogs, but it inspires me everyday to create something new. And i’m grateful for that.