Pantone announced the 2014 color of the year – Radiant Orchid. Lavender is here to stay. We have seen around in the marketplace in the last couple of years and now it is center stage. Pantone describes it as:
Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.
Radiant orchid can be seen in places such as the home, makeup and apparel. We will see more and more in the year to come. I think it is a dreamy and peaceful color. My birthstone is amethyst so I have always been partial to purples. What do you think of it?Leave a Comment
Hi Everyone! Here’s a sneak peak at a photo I took at my headshot photoshoot recently. It was shot it in the parking lot where my studio is. I will be revealing the photos pretty soon with an update to my website and some other surprises.
What are your plans this weekend? I know I am not repeating last weekend and having 3 Thanksgiving dinners for 3 days in a row. Waaaayyy too much food. I am going to check out the Unique LA show in Downtown LA and hope to get some Christmas shopping accomplished. I attended the summer show and really enjoyed the wide array of vendors and designer-y products. If you are in the LA area check it out. It is a large marketplace for companies who sell US-made products. Lots of artisan jewelry, food items, clothing and more. Have a great weekend!
As you may have seen I started teaching this year. I guest lecture and substitute teach for Debra Valencia‘s course on the “Licensing your art and earning royalties“ at Otis College of Art and Design here in L.A. I have lectured on using social media to promote your art as well as a class on working with manufacturers. It is the first accredited course for art licensing in the country where you can learn from beginning to end how to get your artwork licensed on products. I highly recommend it if you are an artist in the area and who would like to enter the world of licensing.
This spring semester at Otis I will be offering a one-day, 3 hour seminar on “Social Media for Artists and Designers”. It will be on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1-4pm. It is a part of their Continuing Education courses and is a non-credit seminar anyone can attend. It is perfect for those with a phobia to social media or anyone who is tentatively using social media and needs information on how to use it effectively to promote their work and brand.
I will cover several topics such as:
If this sounds like something you need you can go here to register for the seminar. I am really looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!
***GIVEAWAY WINNER: The winner of the Spruce book giveaway is Katie Pond! I will be contacting you directly. Congrats!
This time of year I kick it into high gear and try to get a major part of my holiday shopping done. Nothing worse than shopping on the 23rd and 24th to get those last minute gifts and be amongst crowds and long lines. I rounded up a few gift guides I have been checking out for ideas. Here are some to help you tackle your shopping lists.
1. PopSugar has a great 2013 gift guide. There’s lots of designer-y, cool gifts for everyone in the family.
2. Martha Stewart has great taste we all know. Why not take her recommendations for gifts!
3. To and From is an annual guide curated by bloggers and filled with great gift ideas from an array of bloggers. See the online guide here.
4. The “ultimate” gift guide comes from Oprah herself with her famous “Favorite Things 2013″. If you haven’t seen it yet check it out here.
5. My local Los Angeles Times has one great guide. It is filled with ideas for animal lovers, book lovers and gifts for different price points from $5 and up.Leave a Comment
I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Amanda Brown at Alt Summit this past January. I say “fabulous” because she wore this stunning peacock feather shawl to the opening night party that turned heads. This woman has good taste, looked incredible and loves a statement piece. We stayed in the same hotel and during quick chats in elevators and waiting for shuttle rides I learned she is an expert upholsterer who runs her own company, Spruce, in Austin, TX. She was even teaching a workshop at Alt. I was unable to take her workshop but now have my hands on her amazing new book, Spruce, A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design.
Talk about a statement piece – this book is quite amazing and will be your how-to for any upholstery project you’d love to tackle. It is chocked with 6 projects with over 900 step-by-step images on everything from “spring-tying to channel-making from cushion-sewing to diamond-tufting”. She shows you how to give new life to an old piece, adding designer fabrics and touches and takes the intimidation out of a big upholstery project by making it fun and doable.
I have the honor of giving away a copy of Spruce to one lucky reader. Leave a comment here on why you would love to receive a copy. I will pick a winner next Wednesday, December 3rd at midnight PST, one week from now.
Get the chance to win an upholstery starter kit with their “Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest”! Readers upload a photo with a caption of their ugly chair that needs a redo on Storey Publishing’s Facebook page by December 1st, and one lucky winner will receive an upholstery hand tool kit ($250 value), a $200 gift certificate for fabric from Spruce, a custom design recommendations from Amanda Brown, and a signed copy of the book! Go here to enter.
You can watch Amanda here in her video below to see the story behind Spruce then run and buy the book here on Amazon. It would make a great holiday gift for a DIYer in your life.
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