Month: June 2013

Revenge of the Crafty Hipster

Apparently if you’re into being creative and wear big-ass glasses, you classify as a hipster, which is fine by me! Say what you will. But Hipsters will have the last laugh. (muhaha…)

“Hipsters have been mocked every which way; from their penchant for skinny jeans to their highbrow coffee tastes (and low-brow incomes), from their love of vintage records to their disdain for corporate chains and mass-marketed products. But as this group of kids has grown to adulthood, they have been taking what they love and starting businesses around them — at first to serve other people with tastes like theirs, and then translating those ideas to a larger market. In fact, the hipster entrepreneurs might be the only ones employing Americans to make things 20-30 years from now…”

Click here to read the rest of the article from Mother Nature Network.

Q&A with Designer Bianca Green

If you have walked into an Urban Outfitters store, than you have seen Bianca Green’s epic, ‘Louis Armstrong Told Us So” print. Her work speaks for itself, absolutely amazing!

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Bianca is an international recognized designer/illustrator/artist extraordinaire! Her work has been featured all over Urban Outfitters, Society6, DENY, and that just names a few. Bianca’s designs appear on anything from prints, fabrics, pillows to shower curtains and mirrors.  I reached out to Bianca hoping she could answer some of my questions about her design aesthetic.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Life. If you look around, there is so much inspiration everywhere. Shapes, colors, sounds, people, books, food.. anything and everything can be inspiring.

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(Like the print? Check it out here)

What are your main tools you use for your creations?
My hands and photoshop. I used to draw most of my pieces and outlines on paper, but the cleaning after scanning was so much work, I had to get a drawing tablet.

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When did you feel your designs started to get recognition? How did you first approach putting your artwork out there to the world?
I had never thought about selling or publishing my work, so I was extremely overwhelmed by the feedback I was getting on my blog. I started it as a tool of communication via pictures and doodles, because I had just moved to Uruguay – far away from family and friends. But then so many strangers came by and when the first girl asked me where she could buy a print, I was amazed and couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that someone would actually want to purchase my work. This is how everything started, and even though a lot of great opportunities and deals came along, that first girl who bought my “I Can See In The Dark” print, she means the world to me.

How did your designs branch out into home decor? And have you always envisioned your work heading into that direction?
I was always passionate about interior design, so when DENY Designs contacted me and I saw what they did, I was head over heels in love! Seeing my designs on sheets and shower curtains made me so happy. I am always open for new paths and products, so there isn’t really a direction I follow strictly. If something interesting comes my way and I like it, I will try it out. 

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When did Urban Outfitters reach out to you about using your designs?
That was right in the beginning. I had just started at Society6 when they launched their licensing partnership with Urban Outfitters. My “Louis Armstrong Told Us So” was one of the first prints they wanted to sell in their stores. I has been a wonderful experience working with them and it’s great because you reach a lot more people all over the world. I live in germany where Urban Outfitters is smaller, has a different concept and doesn’t sell any art. But I recently visited New York and my smile when from one ear to the other when I walked into an Urban Outfitters and saw my “You Make Me Home” print there. 

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I remember seeing your work on Society6 and then saw it at Urban outfitters on Newbury street in Boston – I am an artist myself, so it felt like I was seeing someone’s art dreams come true and I was just so happy for you, and I was thinking ‘YAY, this awesome artist made it!!”
Thank you so much!! I feel so blessed that people keep following my work and recognize it when they see it. It makes me happy too and it’s overwhelming to see my work in stores or in someone’s home. That’s why I get super excited to receive these pictures from people showing how my work looks on their walls, on their beds or on their cell phones. It’s surreal!

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As an artist/designer would you recommend Society6 and DENY to other artists?
It always depends on what kind of work you do and what your goal is. There are many artists that prefer to produce and sell themselves. And not every style works well on home decor products or technical devices. But I always say, you can try things out, make your own experiences and then still decide if you want to continue like that or not. There are so many ways and endless opportunities.

And lastly, what is your favorite piece you have ever designed?
That is like asking a mother of 5 to pick her favorite kid 🙂 I always explain it like this: I have a different relationship with every piece I create. Some I enjoyed creating more, some have been challenging. Some are more popular, some are my secret darlings. Some have opened many doors for me, some made me happy in a different way. The last piece I created was “Follow Your Own Path”. I had a wonderful time working on this compass piece, as I felt I was getting lost within finding it’s way. For someone who is a dreamer and travels a lot, with many homes all over the world, this piece is somehow my affirmation that I am on my very own and right path.

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(Like the print? Find it here).

Thank you to Bianca Green for sharing her story with Munro Shea Designs! And if your interested in reading more about Bianca click here & here!

SOWA Baby

This past Sunday, I went on a magical adventure with some of my friends to SOWA – for those who are not from the Boston area, SOWA is South Boston’s Sunday Funday hotspot. There are art galleries, vintage stores, food trucks, art and crafts – and more! Anywhere you can get a ‘monstah’ cookie sandwich is a place I want to be.

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ImageImage My two favorite stops – besides the Food trucks, were inside the little tented market. First stop was to Structure. (check out their website)

“Founded on the seacoast of Maine in 2008, and now based in Boston, Structure is a company working in the city and throughout New England. Committed to designing & producing handmade furniture, homes and utilitarian home goods.”

In their tent they had cute succulent planters, gorgeous benches and awesome wooden light pendants.

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And the second favorite tent was this little floral shop – they were almost completely empty by the time we got there – but I managed to wrangle away a little cacti. (The stranger the plants look the more I like em’).

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ImageImageAnd when I asked the owner why she was leaving for Alaska, she mentioned she was going to go work on a peonies farm, which I thought was such a cool way to spend the summer! It was a very successful Sunday Funday at SOWA!

Creative Spaces

Ariele Alasko is a brooklyn based furniture designer, and everything she touches – becomes beautiful – she will take old pieces of lathe – like this:

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