CREATIVE FLAIR : 24

 
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy first day of December! Always the most exciting time of year! With that said, we're going to kick-off with a lovely Creative Flair ;) World traveller and designer, Stephanie, tells us a little about her trek in the freelance world and her adventurous aspirations. Talk about traveling envy! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

I’m a graphic designer. from Australia but currently living and working freelance in the UK.

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How did you first get into design + marketing? What’s your favorite part about it?

I just loved Art in school, so studying design at University seemed like the natural choice, and introduced me to all the ways I could channel that same creativity into different career paths. I actually think it’s too good to be true sometimes that I get to do something so fun as a job.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & how?

It literally changes every week, every corner of creative industries has inspired me at one time or another. Some days I’m inspired by other designers, illustrators and typographers from around the world. Then the next day I’m completely in awe of some tattoo artist I found on Instagram, or even my barista that whips up a wicked latte art.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

One of my first freelance projects was designing a wine label for a friends home-grown vintage. The concept involved using the old comic style drawings that one of them had drawn as a child. I loved it because those drawings were done such a long time ago, and I bet their artist never expected them to even leave their sketchbook. So it was essentially like collaborating with a person and an idea from the past, which is a wacky concept that made it really cool.

Having moved from Australia to the UK, has this influenced your work?

It’s definitely broadened the possibilities. Some days I wake up with a crazy idea about a photo project I want to do in a random city in Europe… and then I realise, I actually can just jump on a plane and make that happen.   

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Describe a normal workday for you.

Right now I’m working on my photography exhibition which kicks off next February back home in Australia. So it’s planning and organising at this stage. I’m glued to my macbook and trying to get in touch with people back home during waking hours thanks to the ridiculous time difference. But in a few weeks I’ll be spending my days exploring the different cities I’ve chosen to focus on and trying to capture the perfect picture!

You are a very successful freelance designer, any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Haha I’m definately not that successful yet. I’m proud of a lot of things I’ve done so far but still have big goals to reach. So the best advice I’d give (to myself included) is to just keep doing what you’re doing, and in the end hard work pays off.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  Having my own exhibition has been a dream of mine for a while, so  right now I’m just aspiring to pull this off. Then I guess the next dream is an even bigger and better one!

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m actually living that dream right now! I’m off to Morrocco next for a short break and then Italy for a month, to finish collecting photos for my exhibition.

Early bird or night owl?

Sometimes both? And a shameless daytime napper.

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Creative Flair : Frank Moth | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Lately I've been enjoying more and more collage artists and I seem to not get enough of them, so with that said, I asked the anonymous creative duos from Frank Moth to be a part of today's flair :) Funny part about this interview is that I never found out their actual names... their true to their brand and I respect that! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

The main person behind Frank Moth has been designing for years. He is self-taught and has been an art director of a music-curating website, designed the website of a web radio and he has a wide portfolio of artistic posters, band covers and music mixes. Frank Moth was created as a new effort with his significant other. We make mostly digital collages, with an obvious vintage and retrofuturistic direction. Sometimes we stray from that pattern to create some designs a bit more austere with fewer colors and minimal feeling.

How did you first get into collage? What’s your favorite part about it?

Collage was something that came naturally. Frank Moth’s early compositions involved the synthesis of different pictures to serve the purpose needed at the time. So collage inevitably evolved into today’s designs. The charming part about collage is that when you practice it, you then see every picture, old photo, or color hues with different eyes. You are just constantly thinking about new color palettes and combinations - makes your mind work in a different speed.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?

Yes, definitely. Mark Weaver is one of the greatest artists of a kind; his work is tremendously inspirational. We believe all collage artists have something to learn from him.  He is not the only one that we admire; Douglas Hales' collages are brilliant, and Jazberry Blue who is not a collagist but we love his designs and color pallette.

You have a very distinctive illustrative style. How did it evolve?

Well, this is a difficult question to answer. We do not fully recognize the references that have led up to our present design formula. They have to do with our experiences and feelings; we think the changes sometimes really shows through our work.

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

Hm... our favorite piece. Tough. We change favorites from time to time. One of the designs that has a special place in our heart is “Portrait”, because it was the first one we printed and hung in our house, it has a sentimental significance.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?

Yes, of course we do. We want to get around to making some analogue work in the collage spectrum. We have made an effort so far, but we are not ready just yet.

Based in Athens, how is your work influenced by the city’s culture?

Well, since we have lived in this city for several years, it has grown within us as far as the culture and everyday life goes. We have been walking around, gathering experiences and living under these specific urban sounds, which has definitely affected the way we create, but with a certain subtleness. By that we mean that our inspiration does not come directly from Athens as the entity of the city (like taking inspitation from the Acropolis) rather than a cityscape with people and patterns of sound, life and feelings that we are a part of. Do we even make sense? 

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

That is a question that has a different answer for each of the two of us. Half of Frank Moth would heartily say New York or Tokyo, which are rightfully the epicenters of many arts and sciences. The other half would say London.

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird would be the answer to that. We are way past the days of when we were night owls.

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Thank you so much for sharing Frank Moth!

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 20

 
Creative Flair : Jessica Levitz | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited to publish our 20th Creative Flair on this lovely Autumn day and still say that we're going strong with this column :D For today's feature we have the lovely Jessica from June Letters who was able to give us a bit of her time even though she has a new little addition to her family :) 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

I am a graphic designer, hand-letterer, and illustrator. I have my own one-woman freelance business called June Letters Studio.

How did you first get into design + lettering? What’s your favorite part about it?

I think there has always been a little designer in me, but I found my way to graphic design in college. I originally thought studio art was my calling but I signed up for an Intro to Graphic Design course and the rest is history. I started lettering for fun on my blog and much to my surprise people started reaching out to me specifically for lettering work! I never thought lettering would be such a big part of my job, but I am so happy it is!

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Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & how? 

So many! Recently one of my biggest inspirations has been ban.do's art director Jen Gotch - while their brand's style is a bit more girly and glam than mine - I truly admire her creativity, sense of humor, and ability to be real. I am also endlessly inspired by designer and illustrators Lotta Niemien, Leah Reena Goren, Leanne Shapton, Adrian Tomine, Lizzy Stewart, Anna Rifle Bond and so many more!

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Tell us a little bit about your client branding e-books. 

Since going full-time freelance over a year ago I have been so flattered to receive numerous emails from students and design novices that are curious about my design process and how I run my business. After receiving and responding to so many of these emails I realized that there must be a demand for this kind of knowledge and that it would be fun to write a short ebook about my process. With my baby due at any moment I quickly wrote, illustrated, and designed the book. On the day that I released my book I went into labor! Talk about good timing :) 

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What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

Hard to choose (so lucky I like my job!) but I would have to pick the illustrations I created of Shakespeare & Co. in Paris for Vanity Fair. It was such a dream to illustrate one of my favorite places in the world for such a wonderful publication. 

What made you decide to embark on June Letters Studio? 

After several years working in-house at different tech companies in San Francisco and moonlighting as a freelancer - I realized that I am truly happiest working from home on a variety of different projects. I love working on a branding project one day, and an illustration project the next. The variety keeps me on my toes and engaged - plus I am a total home-body and truly work best at home alone!

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Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  

I am one of those people that is always dreaming up big plans - my dreams change sometimes on a weekly basis. But I will say that I have always dreamed of some type of brick & mortar shop or studio situation - and honestly my ultimate goal is to always love what I do and feel financially stable!

You have a massive list of well-known clients, any advice for those wanting to land the big time gigs?  

Thank you! My biggest advice is to put yourself out there. Do the work you love to do, tell people about it and make connections. Also use Pinterest. I can't believe how many clients have found me through that platform!

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

This is a difficult one! Probably Paris, but with a summer home in the Northern California beach community of Mendocino. 

Early bird or night owl?

Hmm I am more of a mid-morning bird ;)

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Thank you so much for sharing Jessica!

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 19

 
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Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

During my usual Etsy browse I discovered a beautiful ring, which then led me to many beautiful pieces and discovering Katelin. Being the ballsy person that I am at times I sent her an email immediately to be a part of this, cuz come on, look at her stuff! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

I am a photographer turned jewelry designer. I create each piece by hand in my Cincinnati home studio.

How did you first get into jewelry design? What’s your favorite part about it? 

I began experimenting with jewelry making and design after I graduated from college. Having another craft to teach myself has been challenging yet rewarding. I love that there are so many methods of jewelry making, the combination of materials and design are endless. Metal is currently my favorite to work with because of its ability to change in so many ways.

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Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How? 

Lately I’ve been inspired by the creative buzz in the young artists and entrepreneurs I’ve met throughout Cincinnati at craft shows and on social media. It is uplifting to meet like minded people that have stories to share about their path as a designer or business owner.

What does your design process look like? 

The most exciting part of my job is designing and making new work. I carry a notebook to sketch new designs, which I later tweak through experimentation. Sometimes it is necessary to create a piece from start to finish to discover that it isn’t quite what I’m looking for, but a learning experience.  

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What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

Currently, my favorite piece is the Hair Pin + Angle Bangle set. I love the ways it can be styled as a hair piece, plus it doubles as a bracelet. Lately I’ve been interested in creating pieces that are versatile or interact with the wearer.

My personal favorite piece to wear is the hammered curve ear pin. It is such a lightweight piece that is easy to wear while creating a subtle statement.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire? 

I truly enjoy creating. Things have happened naturally with RSV, and I feel honored that people want to support what I’m doing. My only goals are to keep creating and to travel more. 

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What motivated you to start your shop? Any advice for those wanting to do the same? 

I continued to create pieces on and off for about a year before I decided to try to sell anything. When I opened shop, things were slow until I began participating in craft shows, handing out business cards, and working on the brand image. My advice- It is important to connect with people and get your name out into the world. Someone is likely to support your cause (and spread the word!) if you spend a few minutes speaking about you and your process!

Do you have any quotes you live by? 

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir

I love this quote because it reminds me to slow down and take time to enjoy the world around me when things get a little too hectic.

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

This is a difficult question. During my free time, I try to travel as much as I can. I love experiencing new places, landscapes, and food and would choose to live somewhere that has these things within a few hours in any direction. My ideal living and working environment would be in a big open space with lots of windows and natural light in the middle of the forest or with an inspiring view. Some places I’d love to explore (and possibly live) are New Zealand, Colorado/Utah, PNW, Scandinavia, Banff National Park… the list could go on and on.

Early bird or night owl?

Early is when I’m most productive, but if I’m feeling creative I don’t mind staying up late!

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Thank you so much for sharing Katelin!

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 18

 
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Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Hello from Idaho everyone! Although I'm on holiday and travelled cross-country I didn't want to deprive anyone from our weekly Creative Flairs, so here it is! I'm sure many of you who follow design blogs know of this special someone since she's pretty fabulous in all that she does :) 


In a few sentences, describe yourself and what you do. 

Hi everyone, my name is Corina, and I’m a graphic designer and letterer. At the moment I’m living in the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia, where I’ve been freelancing for the past 4 years. I also run a blog - Cocorrina - the place where my passion for design started. 

How did you first get into design + lettering? What’s your favorite part about it? 

I recently discovered a video that my friends and I did; a mini interview when we were 14. We were asking each other what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I was the only one that was so confident about what she wanted. 

“I want to be a famous designer!” That’s exactly what I said :) I can remember even when I was 6-7 I’d create puppets and a small theatre in kindergarten, the need to create was always there. In my first year of college I was introduced to designer basics and immediately found my calling. 

My favourite part I’d say would be the fact that I’m living a creative life. It makes me feel fulfilled, it’s what fuels me and makes me happy. 

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Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How? 

Way too many! I wouldn’t even know where to begin... Let’s see, just to name a few, Wes Anderson - he’s simply brilliant, he made me think of boxes, lines, and alignments. Gustav Klimt - I got the love of gold, textures, and working with feelings from him.

And lastly Lykke Li - love her passion, style, and darkness. 

What inspires your designs? What is your process?  

Absolutely everything around me. From the temperature outside when I wake up, to the breeze when I open the door, the colours the sky takes in at sunset, the feeling of the water around me. Whenever I close my eyes, I see colours, shapes, and concepts. Although I fail at writing them down, some are stronger than others so they end up being designs. 

Regarding my process, it’s chaotic. Mostly lots of music, closed door, natural light, relaxation, and getting into the mood of design. Depending on the concept I’ll either sketch, or start designing straight onto my laptop. 

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What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

It would be like choosing one of your babies! I don’t think I could pick one, they were all made under different circumstances, feelings, and emotions.  Although I have some that are my least favourites, they all have a piece of me. 

Apart from design, you also created your own jewelry. How did this come about? 

I started creating jewellery when my husband and I first moved to Kefalonia Island. It was the need to have a creative outlet, at that point of my life I was having the very first steps as a freelance designer. About 2 years ago, I stopped designing jewellery as it did not feel fulfilling anymore, design filled all of the creative gaps :) 

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You are a very successful freelance designer, and very renowned in the web realm. Do you have any advice for those wanting to follow in your steps? 

Thank you so much for the sweet words, I’m truly flattered. I’d probably say the things I wish someone would have told me when I was struggling and comparing myself with successful designers. 

It really takes some time to discover yourself, your style in the creative world. Practicing a lot, being patient, determined, and passionate are key words if you want to be the best at what you do. We are all different and we all create our own paths, so sit down and think about what’s yours, how you want to be different and focus on just that. 

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Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  

I wouldn’t say I really have one. My goal is always to be driven by creativity, especially feeling that I've evolved and become better at what I do, even if that includes other creative outlets.  

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world where would you go and why? 

Oh! That’s a tough one. If i could, I would probably live in a different place every 6 months. Thailand, Iceland, but would definitely want to stay a little longer in Hawaii.  

Early bird or night owl? 

Definitely an early bird! I love waking up before the sun rises, have a coffee, get inspired, and then start working! Most of all, I enjoy having the rest of the day to do whatever I want and go to bed early. 

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Thank you so much for sharing Corina!

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