Normally I find the transition to spring to be a bit awkward, especially given how unpredictable the Chicago weather can be (seriously what do I even wear right now?). However, this April is off to a fairly pleasant start and I find myself wrapping my arms around those tiny signs that summer is on its way. So far it’s been a refreshing month filled with lots of moments of creativity which I’ve been channeling towards my next release. I’m currently focused on adding more desktop tools and home goods to my collection and hoping to strike the perfect balance between function and beauty.
Next week I’ll be launching some new spring products and I wanted to share the inspiration behind it all. Lately, I’m all about effortless daily style and imperfect brush illustrations and have worked to create a thoughtful collection that will seamlessly fit into everyday life. I also aimed to create a color palette that feels fresh and will provide the perfect transition into springtime. I’ve had a thing for rust for some time now, but am recently drawn to dusty blues and pale grays. I can’t wait to reveal all the new items very soon!
As the seasons change, so do the colors and images that I am inspired by. The progression of it is pretty evident in my pinterest feed as wintery neutrals are gradually replaced by springtime hues. As a long-time color-phobe, this time of year has always proven to be very refreshing and when I tend to embrace color the most, both in my wardrobe and my designs. Right now I am especially drawn to a combination of sage and dusty rose with skin tones. I’ve been experimenting with them a lot lately and plan on incorporating them into my upcoming product release.
As I begin to dream up new ideas for my next collection, I feel like a sponge trying to soak up everything around me. I get into these phases where I see inspiration everywhere and suddenly can't keep up with my ideas. Let's be honest, this is an awesome spot to be in as an artist. Right now I am especially drawn to rich palettes, brushstroke patterns and irregular shapes. With that said, I think it's safe to say that my new designs will be exploding with abstract details.
Here's a peek at some of the artists that I am currently inspired by:
As I work on my next collection, one of the things I have spent the most time thinking about is color. I've wanted to incorporate more of it for some time and have spent countless hours thinking about how to do so in a way that would work well with my already neutral palette and minimal branding.
For someone who works primarily with kraft, white and black paper, you could see how this decision could become a little daunting. I decided to start gradually last year with the introduction of 4 colors: peach, burgundy, emerald, and sky blue. I can't really say how I came to selecting these four, but they have definitely had a positive impact on my collection.
So here I am, a year later, looking to expand my color palette even further. I've always been the type to get hooked on the color of the moment and then a few months later be over it. Taking that into consideration, I decided that it would be best to select colors that I had a deep connection to. I found myself constantly returning to images of coastal Italian cities and tropical and desert regions and it soon became clear that I should draw my palette from my favorite places.
Over the last few months, I've carefully selected the colors that best elicit my memories of places like, Positano, Big Sur and southern Utah. I've narrowed it to 20 colors and am so excited to reveal them with my new collection. In the meantime, I hope this mood board serves as a nice little preview...it's certainly helped to keep me inspired.
You may know that I currently run Evermore Paper Co. from my home. I am lucky enough to have a designated office space to work from in which I can literally shut the door to (and often do) at the end of the work day. And while there are a great deal of advantages to working from home (going barefoot all day for one), there are an equal number of disadvantages (like not having enough storage space). With that said, I have high hopes of moving Evermore into a fancy new studio space sometime this year. Although it's still a bit of a ways off, I can't stop dreaming about how I would decorate it. I'm envisioning white walls and storage units with a combination of natural and gilded details throughout and of course, one seriously awesome rug to tie it all together. These are just a few of the items that I'm eyeing and you can also find more of my inspiration sources here.