The newest issue of Retail Minded is out! It is always so much fun to work on this magazine not only because of the creative freedom, but the content is always so interesting. Even if you are not a retail store owner, there are still lots of great articles that can apply to business owners in general. I've also been doing some other work for Retail Minded that I cannot wait to share with you. If you're curious, you can download the issue here.
I've got some products up on Society6, and they're offering free shipping from now until Sunday! So if you're in need of some fun prints, or an iPhone case or laptop skin, I gotcha covered. Go take a look for yourself! The next few weeks will be full of fun new surprises so get ready. In case you couldn't tell, I like to keep things nice and bold. Go make a statement!4
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Things have generally been feeling great lately - I've been feeling productive and more importantly, I've gotten to a point where I can see how much my work and vision has developed over the last 2-3 years. There is a stronger sense of who I want to be as a designer and creator, and a heightened sense of optimism that hasn't always been there. My etsy shop is slowly but surely picking up business, and with each new order comes a huge sense of accomplishment and excitement - along with a stronger drive to improve my work even more and create new things. It is the most challenged - and happy - I have felt in a while, and I hope to keep up the pace. The most exciting and satisfying thing about this career path is that every day is something new and eye-opening. There is always something to learn and new opportunities to grow. There are certainly days where inspiration simply does not come, but I'm slowly learning how to make the best use of those too. But all of the successes and failures are mine, and that feels great In the coming weeks I'll be reaching out to others who inspire me in hopes of creating some great new work for this blog. I'm so grateful for the mountains of support and feedback from friends and family, who undoubtedly play a huge role in helping me get here.
So, winter is one of those times when I catch up on all my documentaries and TV shows, mostly because it's the one time of year I don't feel guilty about staying inside. Well, I recently came across Eames: The Architect and the Painter, with which I am now completely enamored. I imagine I'll be watching this over and over... and over.
The movie talks about the career of Charles and Ray Eames and while I've known about them for a long time, there is so much I didn't know about their work! And their studio? It's a dream. They created such a whimsical, playful world through their films, paintings, photographs, and everything else they touched. It was truly magical to peek into their studio and see beautiful metal letters on the wall, and row upon row on books amongst a bunch of people, each working on something different.
It got me thinking a lot about working with a significant other. I've got friends who say never in a million years would they work with their partner, and others who seem to flourish in this kind of relationship. Mark and I have dabbled in small photo assignments here and there together, and next weekend we'll be shooting our first big gig: a wedding! It was inspiring to see in this documentary that Charles and Ray seemed to complement each other's vision, and in their case made the work they did that much stronger, and is certainly the exception to the rule that you shouldn't mix work and your personal life. Highly recommend you watch this instantly! Plus, if you enjoy James Franco's voice, he's the narrator :)