Category Archives: design & art
Doyle’s is hosting a Face Mug party with Rob. I made the flyer and you should sign up and make a mug!
I signed up for two community class at Tri-County today! The first is a 6 week class on Shoemaking taught by Peggy Patrick. Peggy also teaches shoemaking at the Folk School. Her classes are wildly popular and she is one of my favorite teachers. Peggy is also a wonderful old time musician, so I always hope that if I am in her vicinity maybe some musicality will magically rub off on me.
The second is called Chickens 101 – an intro to to Americas favorite bird with an emphasis on starting your own coop.
There is also a class on Bee Keeping that looks pretty tempting, but I thought 2 choices would be a good start! Stay tuned for class updates starting in February!
Recently I was able to cross something off my personal lifetime to do list! Even before I came to the Folk School I knew that I wanted to design a poster for the school. This year I was asked to come up with a design for the biggest event of the whole year, the Folk School Annual Fall Festival. I was so honored and excited.
This is the finalized design:
Wow! Looking at these photos from Malibu Dream Girl, the world of swimwear seems like a life time ago (even though it’s only been a year and a half). Here is a print I designed for the Gossip line; one of my last projects before I departed my position at Malibu Dream Girl to leave for North Carolina and the Folk School.
I got a job! And then I got another job! And then I got ANOTHER job!
Yep! I am am busy girl these days. I am still working with Rob the Potter. I threw my first two pound pitcher and a oil burning lantern. I took a bunch of pottery with me to Los Angeles and sold almost every piece! I have also started an Etsy store for Rob and have been working on my own Etsy store as well. My site is still in progress, but please check out Smoke in the Mountains Pottery. I shot all the photography and wrote all the descriptions and am quite proud of it. It’s been one month since our launch and we have already sold 8 pieces, which I consider to be a great success.
About three months ago, I was hired by Blue Moon Elise (BMe), a wonderful store right in the heart of downtown Murphy. BMe is a a soap/bodycare store, yoga studio, soap factory, and massage studio all in one. The company was started over a decade ago by Rachel Sylvester, a passionate and fiercely motivated gal with a dream and vision; she is such an inspiration to me as a yoga teacher and a business owner. I am learning a ton about essential oils and natural bodycare. I go home reeking like lavender and patchouli everyday. It’s the kind of place that sells Dr. Bronners and ear candles, but it’s still boutiquey and lux and on the main street. In addition to all the BMe products, the shop sells other natural body care lines and lots of cool jewelry, crafts, food, clothes, cleaning supplies, and yoga gear. I have really amped up my yoga practice too; I am taking 4 classes a week. Another perk – I can ride my bike there!
About two weeks ago, a started working part time in the Folk School Marketing Dept. The job is just temporary for now, but I love it so far. I am doing graphic design, web updates, and blogging on the Folk School site. The marketing department is in Tower House down by the blacksmith shop. Tower house was built in 1933.
It is surrounded by rolling fields and the occasional cow strolls on by. It is rural, majestic and pastoral – the complete opposite of the grey congested smoggy concrete land of Commerce where I used to work. Sometimes when I walk around the Folk School grounds it is so beautiful I just want to cry. Coming to North Carolina was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.
So the question on everyone’s mind is… are you staying out there? Well, my answer is that yes, I am staying here for now. I will be here through the summer and then I am going to reassess where I am at. I am horrible at permanence. I have a hard time committing out loud. I feel pretty committed to being here right now, and that’s all I have to say about that.
I do feel like the world has lots of adventures out there in store for me. One of the nice things about living out here and working various part time jobs is the flexibility of time to travel. Speaking of that, I booked a trip to Ireland in July! I am going for two weeks to meet up with my parents and Aunt Ann to go to the McAuliffe Clan Rally in New Market. My father’s mother’s maiden name is McAuliffe and that’s how I am connected to the McAuliffe linage. I am so excited to return to Ireland after 13 years.
Yep, life is pretty good right now!
My latest Wig Out! design for Jean Spinosa. I have been doing the wig out poster for 6 years now!!!! I really need to make an image gallery or a book to display them all side by side. It such a fun graphic challenge every month since Wig Out! has such diverse themes… LOVE IT! thanks Jean!!!