We are coming up to our 1st anniversary on the Juvenile Hall Design Blog. The last few months have been very hectic and exciting. I had no idea when I started my blog that it would result in a full circle of my art career. Having the opportunity to teach and inspire others to live whimsically has not only given me fulfillment, but has revealed a dormant piece of me that I haven’t explored in quite a while.
Before this journey began designing children’s spaces and décor, I was an illustrator.
At the beginning of my career in the early 90’s, those were two very different jobs in the art world. Interior designers focused on spaces. Illustrators, for the most part, designed for either the children’s book market or editorial publications. But in the last 20 years, I have found ways to express the whimsical storytelling of illustration through my kids’ room designs. My passion has always been to take a clients story, their interests, their dreams, their inspirations, and transform it into a living-breathing environment.
Many of my clients have had me design custom bedding, décor items, painted surfaces, furniture, paintings and even architecture for their homes. I love the challenge. But I don’t want to limit myself to only those who have the resources to hire me one on one.
Having had the chance to meet a whole new generation of makers, bloggers, and manufacturers has rekindled my interest in not only illustration, but has added, surface, textile and product design to my new list of obsessions.
For the next 5 weeks, I am thrilled to be enrolled in Lilla Rogers “Make Art that Sells course.” I will give you more details about the assignments and challenges as we move forward. But I welcome thoughts and ideas from my current readers, and my new followers. Time to muster my creative courage. Time to learn some new techniques, expose myself to new markets, and push the boundaries of my current routines.