Rachel Beach

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Artist Rachel Beach is based in New York City.  To see more of her work, click here.

 

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Les Graphiquants is a Paris-based graphic design studio founded in 2008.

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Nicholas Pilato

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Nicholas Pilato’s work involves the construction of surfaces and their disruption through varying methods of deterioration, abrasion and formal displacement. Utilizing concrete, tile and canvas, Pilato’s work generates a series of oppositions to achieve a sense of both creation and destruction. His work references the natural and the human, invoking aspects of sedimentation, erosion as well as industrial decay. Through creation and destruction, Pilato’s work is marked by constant flux, a divergence away from the appearance of the handmade and towards an evanescent sense of material and image. What is left is a memory of a sensation or crystallization of a material experience. -ANAT EGBI

Nicholas Pilato lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. To see more click here.

Michael Dean

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**All images are from www.mendeswooddm.com

Small Business Saturday: Maker Profile No. 3

Our final featured maker is Julia Szendrei.  A contemporary jewelry designer focusing on minimal and modern jewelry, she channels her passion for gemstones and metal into the subconscious intent of  her colorful, simple pieces.

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When did you begin your current business? 

I registered my business in 2010.  Prior to that, I worked small shows and collaborated with art galleries showing both my paintings and jewelry.

Was it your first endeavor? 

Yes!
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Native to Cape Cod, I was born on Nantucket where I have been painting and making jewelry since I was a very little girl. I grew up in a very magical household where the arts in any form were welcomed with open arms. I have been in the arts in some form or another through out my entire life. I began painting when I was 14 and then had interned with ceramic artists through out high school. My focus in college was Printmaking where I fell in love with the transfer of images from screen to paper both small and large.
(Honestly I think I’ve been educated in whole list of cool fields like weaving, printmaking, book binding, photography, graphic design, painting, welding, ceramics, 3d design, lapidary, metal work, & wood working.)
Throughout the years I have never lost my love for making jewelry and I studied abroad a ton in college where I learned that any approach to life must be one that you truly enjoy. Now, jewelry and being happy is my main focus.
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How has you approach changed (if at all)?
With my jewelry, I continue to learn and refresh every so often by building new styles and working with new gemstones and metal materials. There is a TON of options when it comes to design aspects and I also know that it’s a very competitive field to be working in. I try and keep things simple and modern as much as I can while also incorporating gemstone that help connect the body, soul and mind.
In life, I’m beginning to grasp the different levels we all have to go through almost daily. Learning, being humble, being honest and appreciating yourself and others. I have a special love for being kind to others and it’s fun to strengthen this practice.
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What have you learned?
Patience and listening to others feedback and critique is super important in any field. It’s never just all about you.
I think if you work hard enough and keep your blinders on to negative energy that your dreams will be successful

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Tell us a little about your process. What part of the process excites you the most?
I work with allot of metal in the raw form which is the bees knees. You can bend it, hammer it, solder it and make all sorts of crazy shapes. I also love to work with gemstones and use them as sort of a 3D color palate. I also LOVE to hand cut gemstones. This process is called Lapidary and it’s amazing. Big machines, water saws, diamond drill bits, you name it I love it.  As beautiful and delicate most of my work is, the processed behind it is loud, repetitive and allot of hard work goes into it.
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Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everything in life. My experience in nature and my personal spiritual practice has had allot of influence in my work. I love art history and history in general always inspires me to try and recreate and/or translate in my own form what once was considered beautiful. My husband has allot to do with my success as he’s been a contributing factor from day one. He’s always supporting my dreams and his love lights the fire to my dreams.
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What made you pursue your art as business?
It might be one of the last meaningful professions. If you can use your own two hands to positively contribute to the world, then I think it’s best that you take the proper steps to make that happen.
I also was raised in a very creative environment and truly believe that everyone has a talent that can shared or traded it with others. Cape Cod is very much a magical and spiritual place. Giving and receiving at all times, if not from the ocean to the land we were taught to respect the ebb and flow of general life.
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What are your goals for your business/how do you envision the future?
In the works are textile designs, slate paintings and one day publishing a book.
I’d like to collaborate more with other artists and learn about their techniques and practices too.
I love learning, and honestly it’s about time we join forces and change the world for the better one fun project at a time!

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Julia’s jewelry make great gift for family and friends (or yourself!).  She will have all sorts of shiny baubles to discover at the truck show on November 29th- come meet this amazing lady and check out her Etsy shop for some pre-sale inspiration.

We hope you are as jazzed as we are to see what these talented makers are bringing on November 29th.  See you there!

Interview No. 1- Kristin Renner

Interview No. 2- Maker & Mineral

Annie McLaughlin

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To see more from Annie McLaughlin click here.

Atelier Müesli

 

Müesli is a Paris-based graphic design studio founded in 2008 by designers Léa Chapon and Mytil Ducomet.

At Müesli, Léa and Mytil combine their love for typography with a global mindset, leading to smart and surprising design solutions. Léa and Mytil emphasize the materials and textures of their design creations, and they combine homemade processes, such as woodcutting, engraving, letter printing, and silkscreen, with traditional printing to enrich each design project. This approach stems from their idea that every graphic solution can be seen as a system, a matrix of potential capable of producing variations without being limited to a single fixed expression. In its short life, Müesli has grown remarkably, and their clients span many industries, including dance company, natural park, wine shop, organic cosmetic company, design school and art gallery/museum. Similarly, although Müesli focuses mainly on paper creations, the studio’s graphic designs have ranged considerably, from global identity conception to font drawing and web design.

 

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Small Business Saturday: Maker Profile No. 2

Our next featured maker is Samantha Ives of Maker & Mineral.  This San Francisco native produces sustainable, hand-crafted and well-crafted home wears, accessories, and clothing for the modern person who wants to buck fast fashion and temporary trends.  Read her interview responses for insights into how she is currently growing her fledging business.

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When did you begin your current business?  Was it your first endeavor? Talk about bit about your background.

I started Maker & Mineral around May of this year.  And I have actually had two other very (and I mean VERY) small businesses that both lead to where I am right now.

I grew up right here in San Francisco. In a family of doctors, aka non creative types, I knew by the age of 14 that I wanted to pursue my own creativity and start my own business.  In high school, I took as many art classes as I possibly could without overloading and over summers I would travel to some new place to learn a new type of creative endeavor.  I did 2 summers at the Oxbow School in Napa learning film techniques and photography.  Then I spent a summer at SVA in New York taking life drawing, intaglio printmaking, and screen printing.  My junior year in high school I started a t-shirt business called A Certain Kind of Oblivious, which was destined to fail because of my complete lack of entrepreneurial acumen at the age of 16.  So, in my first few years at Vassar college, I left my business behind and chose to focus in Sculpture and Media Studies.  However, throughout college, my mind constantly floated back this idea of creating a design business.  Towards the end of my tenure at Vassar College, I briefly started a second business called The Ives Name, through which I sold decorative dishware made from upcycled plates and mugs.  Now, with more clarity of mind in what I wish to create, I have started Maker & Mineral, a line of custom textiles and handmade accessories and garments for the San Francisco woman.

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How has you approach changed (if at all)?  What have you learned?

My approach to creating textiles is constantly changing because I love to keep learning.  For the past two years I have been taking classes at City College to add new techniques to my repertoire.  I learned to weave last year and I am still trying to figure out how incorporate that steady-calm process into my daily work habits.  More than anything now, I am actually working now to hone a more specific, unwavering, process.  In some ways I would say I have creative ADHD.  I make tons of one thing, learn a new technique and get obsessed with creating that new type of product.   I think this is why I am drawn to the idea of starting a “lifestyle brand,” because then I can just keep making new products that all fit into an overarching theme.  I’ve learned that I need to trust to my own creative voice and stop over-thinking everything.

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Tell us a little about your process. What part of the process excites you the most?

It all starts with a graphic idea. Usually I think of some abstract version of a natural element (a rock, shell, or mushroom) and just keep doodling it in the margins of notebooks.  Then I decide how that idea can best come to life in textile form, be it screen printing, stamping, stenciling, digital printing, dying, or some other form of weird print making.  I go out and buy my fabrics, zippers, thread, inks, and whatever other materials I can find at SCRAP (a local creative reuse center) or venture to Discount Fabrics.  Next I prepare my printing method, which could mean carving out a potato, molding a wedge of plasticine, burning an image in a silk screen, or even manipulating drawings on the computer.  These different methods of printing are without a doubt my favorite part of the job.  I love exploring new methods of transferring an idea onto fabric, and even if the result is not what I expected, I am always excited by the process!  After the printing, I let my fabrics dry for about 24 hours before I heat set them.  I cut my fabric down trying for as little waste as possible.  The fashion industry is one of extreme waste, so I am trying to make my mark by creating very minimal refuse material.  Finally, I sew up the product and give it one last press and TA-DAH its ready for etsy or a boutique.  I have my hands in absolutely every aspect of the process from picking out the base textiles to sewing the final version, and it excites me to be able to see my idea completely through to fruition within the walls of my studio!

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

My biggest source of inspiration is Marimekko.  Not that I want to copy the iconic Finnish designs in any way, but Marimekko drives me to create innovative new design based in graphic imagery and color.  I would love to someday be a small scale version of Marimekko here in San Francisco.  Other than that, I draw inspiration from nature and sustainable design.  My own graphic sensibility is very tied to natural abstract forms.  And, I am simply obsessed with rocks.

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What made you pursue your art as business?

 

It’s honestly all I have ever wanted to do.  I could never imagine myself in any other career path.  Despite studying Fine Art, I knew I wanted to pursue design, and so many of my works in college referenced the rift between craft, design, and art.  I even did a piece in my senior year of college in which I opened a little shop and sold my art.  Maybe I’ve limited myself, but I choose to believe that I have just been following my passion.

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What are your goals for your business/how do you envision the future?

I would love to eventually open my own shop.  Where I am right now is the beginning of what I hope will one day be a local lifestyle brand.  Ideally I would partner with other local designers and artisans to open a shop not so unlike Little Paper Planes, but with a studio in the back or upstairs for both teaching classes and for production.  I don’t have those grandiose ideas of one day having a line at fashion week, that actually terrifies me, but instead I dream of having my own brick and mortar store and partnering with other local creative types in the community!!

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You can see more of Sam’s work on her site and shop her goods in her Etsy shop.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram, @makerandmineral, for more behind-the-scenes images, product updates and giveaways.  There are some exciting new projects coming up soon!

 

Finally, we’ll hear from Julia Szendrei, our last featured maker and a long-time LPP favorite!

 

Interview No. 1- Kristin Renner

Interview No. 3- Julia Szendrei

Small Business Saturday: Maker Profile No. 1

This year, Amex and Etsy have teamed up to promote Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to shopping local and supporting small businesses.  Held on November 29th, the day after the free-for-all that is Black Friday, it is an attempt to counter the blind consumption and excess of big-box stores and brands.

To highlight the event, Etsy selected ten featured boutiques from across the country who embody the ethos of shopping small.  For Small Business Saturday, these boutiques will each be hosting events with local Etsy vendors.  Little Paper Planes is thrilled to be one of the chosen boutiques- we find many of our favorite makers on Etsy and were early adopters of the Etsy wholesale program.  As Kelly Lynn Jones, owner and girl-boss extraordinaire of LPP says,

When you support small shops, you’re not just helping your local economy — you’re helping a community grow. When people shop small, they directly support artists and designers. The customer becomes part of the story of the objects they buy. It becomes a cycle of awareness about the things we buy: where the things come from and who makes them.

To that end, we are happy to introduce our three Etsy vendors: Kristin Renner, Maker & Mineral (Samantha Ives), and Julia Szendrei.  Over the next few days, we will be profiling each of these talented ladies.  It is a chance to learn more about the artists behind the wonderful goods that you see in the store and to get excited for SBS.  All three will be at Little Paper Planes on November 29th, with plenty of new goodies for sale.  Come out to support a local business, talk to the artists and get a jumpstart on holiday shopping you can feel very good about!

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First up is Kristin Renner, an apparel and surface pattern designer and freelance stylist in San Francisco. She creates patterns inspired by her colorful surroundings as well as bold & unique clothing with classic lines.   I interviewed her about her practice and inspiration:

When did you begin your current business?  Was it your first endeavor? Talk a bit about your background.

I’ve been designing and making clothing for about 7 years, however I didn’t expand into a business until last year. My work has evolved a lot over the years, finding my voice and experimenting. While I was studying Apparel Design in college and creating collections, I always had a clear vision of what I wanted the fabrics and prints to be, but almost always nothing I found came close. A couple years later it occurred to me that I should design the prints myself. It was something I always felt was reserved for graphic designers, illustrators and those who specifically studied textiles.

After graduating college, I moved around from Chicago to New York to Philly and began styling for various apparel brands as well as running a vintage shop on Etsy. During this time I took a step back from designing and became really immersed in the styling world. Then in 2012, I moved again to San Francisco and a whole world of pattern and color opened up to me in a way I hadn’t seen before. The inspiration of the city combined with previous thoughts of designing textile prints, felt like the right time and place to start working on my line again. So, my first venture into textile design was through applying my prints onto silk scarves. I had been collecting & wearing vintage scarves for years and loved what designers like Vera had done in this medium, so it felt like a natural canvas to work with. There is something about silk scarves that I find so special – you see it in images of women from the 1920s to the 1970s; an understated elegance. I love that there are countless ways to wear and style them, not to mention simply hanging them on a wall as decor. Shortly thereafter I began developing the clothing, with a new perspective and focused intention.

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How has you approach changed (if at all)?  What have you learned? 

I’ve learned a lot in just a year; such as not over-producing or trying to force rapid growth. I’ve embraced building my business slowly, making careful decisions. And really grasping the importance of staying true to yourself.

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Tell us a little about your process. What part of the process excites you the most?

I split my time between working on garments and creating textile prints. I currently draft, drape and sew all the clothing – which is an extremely rewarding process. Though, designing the prints is my favorite part of the whole operation – I love that I can create completely original fabrics without relying solely on industry offerings. My work is very much about color so having free reign to design with a specific palette on a small scale is essential.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

Walking around San Francisco has informed a lot of my pattern work – all the quirky architectural details and colors never cease to surprise me. I can instantly imagine them transferred onto fabric and all the possibilities. Im drawn to kind of abstract themes – a line from a book, a trick of the eye, or the feeling of being in a specific place – and building on that to tell a story.

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What made you pursue your art as business?

I felt a passion for transporting the vibrancy of the world around me into products, and the opportunity to then connect with individuals all around the world through those physical objects. Building connections & relationships with people and bringing them a sense of joy is what I believe having a business is truly about.

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What are your goals for your business and how do you envision the future?

I would like to broaden the product line, and apply my prints onto new surfaces such as home-wares, paper goods, etc. I’m also working on a collaboration with a jewelry designer I’m very fond of, and hope to continue working with other like-minded artists.

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Check out Renner’s Etsy for some early shopping or her personal site for more information about Kristin.

 

Coming up: Samantha Ives of Maker & Mineral! Stay tuned…

Interview No. 2 – Maker & Mineral

Interview No. 3 – Julia Szendrei

 

 

Hannah Carr

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Hannah Carr is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. During her time in Kansas City, she has participated in internships with artist Erika Hanson, artist Rachel Hayes, Paul Mesner Puppet Company, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Heavily influenced by surrealist film, Memphis Design, and German Expressionism, her installations and collage works consist of ideas surrounding the body, the stage, and a play between two-dimensional images and three-dimensional objects. After designing for the West 18th Street Fashion Show, she has continued making handmade garments and accessories.

To see more from Hannah Carr click here.