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Interview on design sponge!

November 30th, 2012 — 10:38am

I am absolutely over the moon to announce my featured interview on Design Sponge!!! Ginny Branch Stelling, the creator and writer of What’s In Your Toolbox? (a column I have always loved) contacted ME to be interviewed! I couldn’t have been more excited to participate!
Ginny gave me the kindest, most encouraging introduction ever. Thank you Ginny for your support and for this incredible opportunity! I also want to mention my dear friend, and fellow designer, Tracy Lenihan. Tracy is an amazingly talented designer and photographer and I cannot thank her enough for taking all the fantastic photographs!
Please check out the article!

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Two Hands Paperie

November 11th, 2012 — 8:47pm

As a perfect follow up to my previous post on Day of the Dead, I thought I’d share a fun project that I did as a surprise for Two Hands Paperie. This gorgeous store is in historic downtown Boulder, Colorado and it is owned by one of my dearest friends, Mia Semingson, and her husband Gerald Trainor.
Two Hands Paperie is such a magical place, full to the brim with decorative papers, journals, fine pens, cards, stationary, art supplies, books…. the list goes on and on!

photos by Fran Meneley
Mia is an incredible artist as well and her talents and enthusiasm are evident in every room, corner, and display area. I especially love how she decorates and celebrates
Day of the Dead in the store.
Here is a wonderful decorative sign on the front door made out of contact paper!
So clever!                              (photo by Fran Meneley)
Every year Mia builds a beautiful altar in the store and encourages anyone and everyone to contribute to it. You can see another fantastic design, cut out of contact paper, on the window behind the shrine.

And here are the beautiful women of Two Hands Paperie in true celebratory spirit!
Mia, on the far left, has started a wonderful tradition of having everyone’s faces painted for the occasion. The very talented Jessica Quintanilla does the amazing face painting.
I so wish I lived closer so I could join in the fun!
I’ve always wanted to go and visit Mia for Day of the Dead, this year I was determined to at least be there in spirit. I created this papel picado design as a festive surprise for the store. I had fun incorporating her logo (the two hands). I silkscreen printed banners to decorate the store and merchandise bags to give out to customers.

The bags were too large and flimsy to fit in my drying racks so I had to spread them out on every inch of my studio floor to dry, they looked so beautiful!
Here’s a lovely promotional piece that Mia put together for the store.
So, if you find yourself near Boulder, Two Hands Paperie is really worth a visit….
for Day of the Dead or anytime of year.

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Día de los Muertos

November 5th, 2012 — 4:25pm

Today I wanted to share a more personal post on Day of the Dead, a celebration that I have loved forever. My boyfriend, Marc, and I traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico last year to revel in the festivities. We had such an incredible time, as shown in the above photograph!
I’ve always been interested and inspired by this holiday. I love the thoughtful rituals involved; visiting and decorating the grave sites of our deceased family members and friends, gathering together to remember and celebrate with delicious food and lively music, building personal altars with abundant offerings, photographs, flowers, candles, and favorite things and possessions of the deceased. In Oaxaca, these altars are in every doorway, restaurant, little shop, everywhere!
Every square inch of the city is decorated and alive. Everywhere you look, a feast for the eyes!
At night, everyone visits the cemeteries, which are beautifully decorated for the occasion. Candles are everywhere creating a welcoming and magical environment. The energy feels mindful, but at the same time, very festive and playful. People enjoy meals sitting around the grave sites while Mariachi bands play, children and adults alike parade through the streets in magnificent costumes, there are free concerts, public art displays, and performances everywhere you look!
Here are just a few examples of the people I met and photographed, taking part in the exciting procession across town!

Back at our bed & breakfast, Hotel Azucenas, the candles were glowing on the altar we had all built together (the owner, Donna, and other wonderful guests who were staying there). It was a beautiful sight and a very special experience to have created it in the memory of all our loved ones who have past away.
I don’t want to start advertising things and businesses on my blog site, but in this case, I feel compelled to say that if you have any interest in going to Oaxaca and witnessing this magical holiday with your own eyes, I highly recommend checking out Hotel Azucenas as a place to stay.
Donna Radtke, the owner, is a fantastic woman and host (that’s Marc and I with Donna above…I love the wind spirits blowing through our hair!). It is a lovely place to stay and the staff feel like family.
We had the time of our lives :)

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