Redux Recap // Seeking a new Studio

During a vacation in Charleston, I got to visit Redux Contemporary Arts Center, which had been on my radar for a long time.  It seems like every cute Southern artist I started to follow had a studio there.  I first learned about it years ago, when Sally King Benedict had a space there.  Since then, a handful of crazy talented women have joined, who you've probably seen all over Pinterest, blogs, etc - Teil Duncan, Lulie Wallace, Kate Long Stevenson, Blakely Little.  

Sally King Benedict at Redux

Sally King Benedict at Redux

Blakely Little

Blakely Little

Kate Long Stevenson

Kate Long Stevenson

Teil Duncan

Teil Duncan

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

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The artist that really blew me away, personally, was Raven Roxanne.  

My husband and I were wandering around the half-empty studios, peeking into most of them to see what was in progress.  Admittedly, we were a little nervous to poke around unescorted.  I really admire these artists... it was like wandering around a movie set trying to find your favorite celebrity at work.

So, of course, while shuffling through a particularly bright studio, an artist walks in on us and we became totally stutteringly awkward.  Luckily for us, it was Raven, who put us at ease right off the bat.  Y'all, she is so cool and nice.

Raven explained some technical decisions to us, like her glass palette table and how she uses the wall as an easel, and then we got into a deeper conversation about being a "solopreneur" and work-life balance and making the leap to pursue art full-time.  She was a wide open book and I can't even begin to tell you how uplifting and encouraging that was.  She even suggested that I stay in touch and ask questions down the road.

Raven's palette table

Raven's palette table

Teil at work, the day before a big online sale!

Teil at work, the day before a big online sale!

Every artist I met at Redux raved about the space and its collaborative atmosphere.  They lend each other new materials to experiment with.  They plan days to do their crating + shipping together.  They share business advice and artistic critiques.  

My brainy husband came away with a mind full of business ideas, but I was really touched by the openness and kindness of Raven and the other artists.  They were so normal.  And nice.  How do you find something like that?  

So, I'm on the lookout!  Now I have big dreams of finding my own Redux here in Cincinnati.  It could be an office/apartment that I share with one or two people, or it could be a big organization like Redux.  

The visit made me realize how much I miss collaborating with other creatives.  I'm not a huge fan of working from home.  There is so much to be gained in a community where you can bounce ideas off each other, find inspiration... or just have an excuse to put on real clothes without elastic waistbands.  I'd love to get in touch with other Cincinnati creatives.  If you have any ideas, or are looking for a studio mate yourself, please don't hesitate to contact me!

...and we're back!

Hello, friends!  Greetings from sunny Ohio!

What a whirlwind summer it has been.  How can I even begin to catch you up?

We went to Savannah, Charleston, and Boston in the spring, a beautiful wedding in St. Simons Island, then my husband graduated from his MBA program (woo!), then we moved out of our North Carolina apartment and became happily homeless for the summer.

Goodbye studio!  I loved you!

Our things in storage in the midwest, we miraculously found a house in Cincinnati in one day, spent a short week in DC, and then embarked upon the GREATEST month-long adventure of our lives!!  France.  Italy.  Art.  Food.  Drinks.  Sun.  Butchering the language.  Loving it anyway.  Repeat.

Y'all, I can't even begin to tell you about all the beautiful things... but I'll unpack them as best I can over the coming posts.



Just another day in Versailles.

Not to save all the love for France and its fancy-fance... here we are hiking Cinque Terre in Italy:  

Try not to be too jealous of my shoe + sock combo.

We made a slideshow out of a fraction of our Europe pics, and it became an hour-long YouTube video, no kidding.  Our families were so sweet to humor us and actually watch that thing.  Point is... the Europe trip might influence this blog for a long time. 

After Europe, we spent more time in DC, then were on to Louisville, KY... Birmingham, AL... New Orleans, LA... Kiln, MS... back to Washington, DC... Pawley's Island, SC... Columbus, OH... Hot Springs, AR... Louisville, KY... then we finally moved in to our new home in Cincinnati!

I'm still unpacking the studio and getting organized.  I put down a vinyl floor covering to act as a heavy-duty drop cloth (see below).  I'm pretty psyched about it... it flows with the rest of the home's hardwood floors, I don't trip on it or rip holes in it, and it will be super easy to roll up and remove from the real hardwoods underneath when we move out.  Hooray for Home Depot!

Today I'm working in the lovely Redtree Art Gallery & Coffee Shop, organizing files from the summer and figuring out who's on deck.  I can't wait to dive into these projects and get some paint in my hair!  Get ready Cinci, here I come!


Paper for Parties! Introducing Printed Invitation Design

Last night we hosted a baby shower for four of our favorite friends.  They are two couples, both of whom found out they were expecting at nearly the same time.  It has been so fun to see them prepare for their new baby girls!

It's hard to find an invitation designed for two couples.  So guess what I did?

It all started with a watercolor painting:

We wanted to host an atypical baby shower: it took place at night, and men comprised half the group.  We figured the boys might be wary of a girly "baby shower," so the drink theme made it a little more man-friendly.  This painting led to all kinds of cute party items!

Love having custom envelope liners... and look how thick these cards are!  Was so impressed by the printer.

A number of guests live in my apartment building, so I just hand-delivered the invitations.   Their envelopes looked so naked without stamps... so I made little faux stamps to go in the corner:

I made personalized notepads for the guests of honor, in hopes that they would serve as mementos from the shower once the couples move away and become families of three!

And for the rest of the guests... little baby bottle party favors with "It's a Girl!" Hershey kisses inside.  Yum.

The shower was a blast... we had the guys chugging beer out of baby bottles and other fun stuff.  I got way too into decorating for it.  Thank goodness for my husband, who inflated 50-something balloons!

Here's my little attempt at an ombre arrangement of tulips:

Cheers to the wonderful parents-to-be!  Thank you for giving us two beautiful reasons to celebrate.

On behalf of AJC... cheers to an exciting new foray into paper goods!