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    The Art Of — Blog

    Michelle Milowe

    Michelle Milowe

    Michelle Milowe is a home decorator and Etsy shop owner inspired by all things vintage. Her collections of found goods are transformed into timeless treasures for your home. Michelle's style is filled with subtle hues and textures to invoke a peaceful environment and showcases the twice-loved treasures she discovers. 

    "Hi, my name is Michelle Milowe. I am a twenty-something, type 4 (for my enneagram enthusiasts out there) homebody that loves all things floral, cheesy, and vintage. My husband and I recently purchased a 1970’s ranch that we are in the process of making our own—which is something like a modern European-inspired country cottage (I think)." 

    "I love seeking out the beauty in the ordinary and the overlooked, and thrift shops, estate sales, and flea markets are just a few of the many places I find it. I select items based on their tones and textures and how they would look with other tones and textures—such as brass candlesticks blanketed in crisp white linen and a drapey ivy plant on stacks of yellowed ivory books. I am a fan of chippy whites and patina metals, stoneware crocks and wooden bowls, moody paintings and pieces of architecture. If these items don’t end up in my shop, I style them in my home, mixing the old with new."

    "Creating a beautiful and meaningful home is my passion, to have a haven to retreat to, a welcoming place to invite others into, and a space that reflects those living there. And to me that is more than just acquiring and arranging “things.” It means collecting the details and moments that make home."

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    "One of my favorite quotes is by Laura Ingalls Wilder:

    “The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes,
    and surely it is in the everyday things around us that
    the beauty of life lies.”

    Through my home, my Etsy shop, and the way I live, I hope to impart an appreciation of the moments and the everyday things in which there is so much beauty to be found."

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     Interested in her Etsy Store? Visit her website here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleKettle

    Or follow her on social media @michellemilowe

    Megan Martinez - Meg Ya Look!

    Megan Martinez - Meg Ya Look!

    Megan Martinez is an independent graphic designer based out of Austin, Texas. She specializes in branding, puns & most importantly smiling faces for small businesses. People know her best for living colorfully and her hand-drawn aesthetic. You can find her at a local market selling art prints and lapel pins for fun on the weekends!

    "I always start by figuring out which Spotify playlist/podcast I'm going to listen to and that gets me going. A lot of the times, I even light a candle or two. Depending on what I'm working on, I jump straight into Illustrator. I know what you're thinking! I didn't say anything about sketching. I'm not a big sketcher and I never have been. I love Illustrator because I always start with one idea, and end up with something totally different. You can manipulate designs more efficiently this way! Other times, I watercolor and scan in my artwork to touch up and add any last details in Illustrator."

    She is inspired by vibrant colors, natural finds & happy dogs! She is an empath and all of those things make her feel deeply, which she then translates in her work.

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    Interested in Megan's designs & artwork? Visit her website here: www.megyalook.com

    Or follow her on social media @megyalook
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    Kaila Jackson - Blue Green Patina

    Kaila Jackson - Blue Green Patina

    Kaila Jackson is a flower gardener and floral artist working out of a stunning barn attic studio in Northeast Ohio. She grows and stylizes flowers to use as inspiration for her paintings. Mixing shimmering, natural pigments with delicate flourishes to create beautiful arrangements on handmade paper.

    "I find so much inspiration in light. When I wake to the silhouette of trees against a bright pink sky or watch long shadows dance on the wall of my studio in the late afternoon, I can feel the inspiration bubbling inside me. Like a peaceful kind of excitement, my ideas are sharp and vibrant, energy flows, and it all comes from golden light." 

    "Sometimes, like today, I walk to my studio on a gray, rainy day, climb a ladder to my attic space, and look out the window that oversees a corner of my garden. I think about newly sown flower seeds & small plants being watered by the rain. I light a candle, watch the flame flicker, enjoy the fresh scent, and in the stillness, I relax and begin to feel inspired." 

     

    "I paint with shimmering watercolors, made from mica powder mixed with color pigments. The paints grab any available light and reflect colors, so my vision travels around my painting as I work, until I feel dizzy with bliss. I add the final finishing details, and step back to watch the colors change as I move around the piece. There is fulfillment and satisfaction I only find here. An addiction, definitely, that keeps me coming back for more. And it all starts so simply: with light."

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    Interested in Kaila's floral artwork? Visit her website here: www.KailaJackson.com
    Or follow her on social media @bluegreenpatina
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    Christina Laing - The Buffalo Collective

    Christina Laing - The Buffalo Collective

    A PASSION FOR DESIGN & HELPING LOCAL CREATIVES with Christina Laing of The Buffalo Collective

    Hello! I’m Christina Laing, owner and head designer at The Buffalo Collective, a small graphic design business in Buffalo, NY. We provide custom branding and website design for photographers, artists, and creative businesses. We are makers above all else, believing in unique one-of-a-kind design.
    Over the past ten years as an artist, I have pursued many creative paths. Student, photographer, gallery curator, studio manager, designer, traveler, dreamer. I went to school for photography and art history, and later began my very short career as a wedding photographer. As the years went on I realized that I had a greater passion for design, helping local creatives, and giving them the tools needed to chase their dreams.
    Local Design & Chasing Dreams

    Most days you can find me in my studio, an old furniture warehouse turned artist lofts in the Hydraulics District of Buffalo, NY. As fall creeps in I like to spend evenings in the studio as well... the windows open, cool breeze coming through the window, and the most perfect view of the city skyline out the window. My favorite little candle-lit nook is perfect for catching up on emails and working on client drawings.

    I am inspired by all things Buffalo and anything with a rich history, soul, and a story. I am particularly drawn to old handprinted signs and advertisements. My design style is very modern and minimal. I firmly believe, "it seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

     I try to give each of my clients something unique to them, to their values, to their brand. Everyone has that one thing that makes them stand out, that makes their clients say "it just has to be you and no one else." Watching our clients grow, evolve, and truly come into their own is the most fulfilling part of the design process and something I will never grow tired of.

    As I near the 5 year mark in my business, I'm taking time to stop, breathe, light a candle, and as always, be grateful for this humbling life that I have built for myself. Just like the first spring rain washes away the dirt of winter, the first autumn breeze rings in a season of change. Self reflection, growth, creative freedom. I'm excited for what this new season will bring to The Buffalo Collective and for our clients!

    Interested in The Buffalo Collective? Visit her website here: www.thebuffalocollective.com
    Or follow her on social media @thebuffalocollective

    Tori Radick - Tori Co

    Tori Radick - Tori Co

    CAPTURING EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS & MOMENTS with Tori Radick of Tori Co

    Hello! I’m Tori, and I have the privilege of documenting both the biggest and most mundane moments as a photographer at my brand tori co. in central PA as well as wherever the wind blows me. I’m also a human who has a deep love of chocolate for breakfast and quoting the show New Girl way more than your average Joe.
    The name tori co. was created as a result of my love for collaboration, working alongside brilliant minds and souls to create and document moments in time. I work alongside amazing couples, brands, brilliant creatives, and overall downright fun people to create content for my personal brand, clients, and brands I collaborate alongside.
    Building Relationships + Preserving Memories

    Now don’t get me wrong, nothing gets me pumped more than a styled space, perfect golden hour lighting, or traveling to places I used to only dream about with my camera, but I’ve found what truly inspires me is a genuine relationship with my clients, the brands I create for, and the creatives I work alongside capturing genuine moments.

    When I cull through my images, the ones I’m drawn to keep almost feel like you’re there experiencing the moment—the ones where you could almost jump right into the image. My hope in all that I do is to create imagery that makes the viewer feel something, whether it’s an emotional connection or a photograph that truly captures the person and lets them see themselves as beautiful. That’s what I live for. In my opinion, photos only increase in value over time. They’re a brilliant gift when our minds forget, a small capture that sparks a memory, allowing us to relive that moment over and over again.

    Candles are a huge part of my process and incorporate so much into what I do. Whether it’s editing by candle light late at night, most likely singing at the top of my lungs to Ben Rector, creating a cozy vibe with friends out on my back deck, trying to not get eaten alive with my sweet blood, or trying some crazy smoke effects out during a shoot, candles find a way to intrigue my eye and create a vibe I love.

     

    Interested in her photography? Visit her website here: www.toricophotography.com
    Or follow her on social media @toriradick