Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maine The Magazine--Style Feature

I wanted to tell you about Maine. The magazine. Culture, People, Locations, Food, Lodging, Art, Retail. Your Maine source. They were kind enough to ask me to be a part of APRIL's style Q&A...I happily said yes and was able to work with an amazing photographer,

When you walk into the Maine Magazine, it's in the heart of the Portland Maine's Old Port in historic brick building--you go up to the second floor where you see the most dynamic beautiful and very stylish space---it's just beautiful and the people inside are even more beautiful--not only cool to look at but the nicest, down to earth and grounded people I have ever met---they run the business as connected individuals..Susan Kelley and Kevin Thomas...they just don't put together a magazine, they live it and believe that Maine is the most amazing place--and tell this story each month in the Maine Magazine. As  they come together, the two of them with such passion and vision for each spread, each photo and each story---methodically thought out--but open to the translation of amazing photographers like Cig Harvey Fine Art Photography and graphic designers like Jennifer Muller (amazing art director). I think it's powerful when like minded people come together and believe in something and let that drive others to create something bigger---almost becoming a cult following and obsession for people like me living and breathing in Maine.

I am so honored to be asked to do some work for this great pub and can't wait to show it here. I am doing two mailing promos that I think is some of my best graphic design work--because A. I had great copy, B. great images C. a design foundation that I could blend my own design aesthetic into... D. and people that get it--I mean, really get it. So to say I am a big fan of Maine Magazine is a under statement but honestly I just really care about these folks and the vision they have. It's funny how you can meet two people and feel the passion they have for what they do--and see that they are creating a magazine that truly represents us--Mainers. (or me a wanna be Mainer or what they call people from "away"..We are all so multi-faceted and finally we are not just lighthouses and lobsters--were artists, designers, architects, doctors, carpenters, boat builders, fisherman, moms and students....from everywhere...we all are people that live here and appreciate the great design and thought that goes into each magazine. 

Thank you for believing in me, and my own personal journey and thank you for letting me be a part of yours.  xo e

Sunday, March 14, 2010

RECENT PRESS-Boston Home & Mrs. Lilian

Hello hello! It has been a busy few weeks and orders are coming in pretty steady now..which I am so excited about! If I can just design and print pillows and have people like them I will be one happy designer! Wholesale is so fun...chatting with so many cool people that have fabulous shops all over the place! I want to open my own shop someday but for now I will settle with my etsy shop:) 

Just seems so fun buying cool stuff and putting together amazing collections---I know it's a lot more work then that but I do think it is right up my alley---at least maybe in my far off future. 

I am so excited to write about the little blurp in Boston HOME magazine--they featured Holly Becker, the amazing blogger and one of my little pillows--MR. Nut. Great press and a great write up about some amazing blogs to check out! 

The second mention is Mrs. Lilien  who I found surfing. She is adorable and I believe a wordy genius and an amazing interior and graphic designer. Please check out her link--simply fantastic and charming! She put together SPRING FEVAH! A adorable little snippet of Spring goodies and I love the fact that she uses DAISY THORN right in the center of her lovely composition! Super super sweet! I am now a die hard follower fan! 

I also wanted to point out an amazing designer that I recently found again--who I have heard of but never fully appreciated his genius: REX RAY. NEW LOVE! He is amazing and talented and finding his work on pillows and rugs now! GO REX RAY! So great to see graphic designers transcends into new areas! Love it. His compositions are layered and abstract and have great use of space and color---BIG FAN.. Rex Ray

More Inspiration I found online recently: Wallpaper, fabric, odds and ends:) Love this set of mid century chairs and table--Enjoy. e

Monday, March 1, 2010

Vintage Flett Finds

My mom and I escaped yesterday for a  few hours to our favorite junking spots and came home with a car full of funky finds!!! (NOT UNUSUAL for us professional junkers:)

Here is a little collection of things I found yesterday. A vintage striped kelly green dress....I just love the shape of this piece. It will need a little work for me to actual wear it but it will be worth it I think---maybe I will wear it over jeans with my frye boots?..I may cut it off a little more--might be way too long? Then I found some cool scarves---my passion. I can't seem to get enough of these little gems...the color palettes are always amazing and great for pulling odd things together for new projects that you wouldn't expect. Plus, I love to wear them---every which way--- And then I was so happy to find a 1937 wallpaper catalog from SEARS! Love love!!! I have been eyeing some of these for months on EBAY and I have never come across one here in Maine yet. Very cool. One thing I love about living here is that everything is so old. I can find the most amazing things in ordinary places because people here seem to keep things around for generations and of course New England is such a old place--not like Europe old but old enough to have a good amount of history---the wallpapers here are extraordinary and bottles---amazing...just don't get that in the midwest...(Colorado) where I am from. 

Anyway, I hope to be working on FALL pillows soon--and these little finds will do the trick getting me started! Enjoy.