Archive for January, 2015

Featured Artist: Maggie Hurley

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Maggie Hurley, a talented artist out of Berkeley, CA, has her hands in multiple different mediums and styles.  Some days she paints with watercolors and oil paints-like you see in her work on BoomBoom Prints- and other days she sticks to clay.  No matter what she’s up to, she constantly find inspiration in the city life and natural world around her.  Take a look: 

BBP: When did you decide you first become interested in art? Did you know right away that you wanted to be an artist professionally?

 
I think I’ve always been an artist. I would spend hours on watercolors as a kid. For a long time, I believed that it wasn’t possible to make a living at it, so I spent some time in the corporate world. As the years passed by, there was something inside me that felt ignored. At a certain point, it became impossible to ignore the urge to at least try. Five years ago, I made the jump into being a full time artist.  It’s been a learning process, but I’ve never been happier.
BBP: Do you have a studio name or do you just go by your own name? 
I have a sort of subtitle to my business: Whimsy & Whatnot. It seems fitting. I sell work at craft fairs and often people in my booth will utter, “How whimsical!” At this point, I usually gesture to my banner, which has my shop name on it. I’m not entirely sure where it came from, it just popped into my head. I have such a variety of work and regardless of the subject, the one common thread seems to be whimsy.
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BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say? 
Um… uh…. er….. Smile-inducing?
BBP: What do you find inspires you most? 
Largely, the natural world. I live in an area where most gardens are lush, wild, and overgrown. The blooms I see remind me of firecrackers. Birds flit about, squirrels run away with errant plums. All of these things find their way into my pictures. I also am inspired by the ocean – the constant movement, the calm, the reflections. So much to work from.
BBP: Do you have kids? If so, tell us a bit about them! 
Do pets count? I have two rescues… an aging grey kitty called Miette, and a rambunctious 3.5 year old dobie mix named Zoe. I love those two like they were kids :)
BBP: What would you say is the coolest thing about being a professional artist?
I think my favorite part is that I can justify traveling and adventuring as part of my job. Having a flexible schedule. Getting to play for pay. Hearing the lovely ways in which my work makes people happier.
Oh. You said coolest thing (singular)… I suppose there are too many to name!
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BBP: What do like most about collaborating with BoomBoom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?
Well, we’re just getting started, but I like the idea of my work being able to wrap munchkins in something sweet and unique, which is something I couldn’t do on my own. Plus, the folks there seem like lovely people so far!
BBP: What did your room look like while you were growing up?
I shared a room with my sister. My dad built a shelf that was near the ceiling all the way around the room. Most of our stuffed animals lived up there. We had art around, lots of mess that my mom was constantly urging us to clean up. A white antiquey looking desk that got scribbled on. A big window that looked out into our yard. From my bed, I could see our treehouse. It was a sweet room.
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BBP: Is your workspace a specific nook designed to spark your creativity? Do you find yourself designing in all sorts of locations? Where does the magic happen?
Half of my bedroom serves as my office. I work on my watercolors or little acrylic paintings there. I also work digitally, so having a fun desk area is nice. I have lots of little nicknacks for inspiration….
I paint at my studio in Berkeley, but I think the magic happens in my day dreams.

BBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
Go for it! Just be prepared to work hard. Lots and lots of practice is key!
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BBP: Any other fun facts you’d like to add? 
I truly think anyone can be an artist. One thing that you don’t hear very often is that nearly every painting goes through a period of looking utterly awkward. I call it the teenage phase of a work. What makes an artist an artist is the desire to push past this awkward phase and into something truly wonderful. Just keep at it! Or put it in the closet and come back to it in a couple months.
Also, I sing non-stop. I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time. Thankfully, I’ve not seem to have driven anyone crazy with it yet!
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Roomboard: Ryan Deighton’s “Out of this World” Nursery

What little kid doesn’t love planets and astronauts?  With a beautiful golden star garland and adorable artwork by BoomBoom Prints artist Ryan Deighton, this blue nursery brings outer space to any kid’s space!

 

Nursery Roomboard Inspiration: Space

1. Golden Star Garland

2. Planet Mobile

3.  “Space Boy” and “Space Boy in Flying Saucer” Art Prints by BoomBoom Prints Artist Ryan Deighton

4. Navy Modena Crib

5. Grey Striped Rug

6. Grey Eddie Bauer Rocker 

7.  Rocket Pillow

8. Yellow Striped and Red Wavy Storage Bins

9.  Navy Pouf

Featured Artist: Ryan Deighton

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Ryan Deighton is a UK based surface pattern designer, who has a passion for mid century and retro design that can be seen as a major inspiration towards his design identity. He loves to use collage craft, digital processes and illustration within his work that is then transformed into his signature graphic design style. He uses a series of bold colourful shapes and textures to recreate a nostalgic essence in a contemporary format. Ryan has created a bunch of fun and playful prints ideal for children’s bedrooms, bathrooms and playrooms that capture and inspire the imagination of children. Take a look at what he had to say to BoomBoom Prints:

 

BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?
Colourful, Bright, Graphic and Playful

BBP: What is your favorite you use to create your artwork
I love to use collaged papers, acetate sheets and fine black pen to produce my initial ideas and illustrations. I then love to transform my ideas into digitally produced prints and patterns.
 Pilots and Planes nursery art printBBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
 
Go for it! Be experimental and try out lots of different techniques. Remember to have lots of fun and get your friends involved.
 
BBP: What do you find inspires you most?
 
Patterns and prints from the 1950s mainly inspire me, as I love the colours and playful compositions. I also love mid century illustrations and packaging which provide me with lots of exciting ideas.
 
BBP: What do you like most about collaborating with Boom Boom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?
I love how Boom Boom Prints provide a platform for me to showcase my work with the potential of my prints going to good homes.

Astronaut space nursery art printBBP: Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist is Lucienne Day, a 1950s textile designer. Her experimental and abstract prints are very innovative of its time and are still seen as very contemporary today.
 
BBP: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip with extra toppings is a classic favorite however I do love a good lemon sorbet in the summer.
 
BBP: What was something that was near and dear to you as a child?
As a child I use to have a blue bear that went everywhere with me however as I grew up my younger sister took him under her wing so its good to know that my blue bear is still getting looked after.

 

Circus Eric the Elephant

Sail Boats

Sail Boats and Hot Air Balloons

Space Boy in Flying Saucer

 

 

 

Roomboard: The Lion and the Lark + Buy Modern Baby

BuyModernBaby created this beautiful roomboard using artwork from this week’s featured artist, the Lion and the Lark as the cornerstone!  With the beautiful pieces of Lion and the Lark bringing in soft corals, teals and yellows, this modern nursery embodies the idea of tranquility. The colorful tent adds a bit of whimsy and the chevron rug as a hint of fun!

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for product links, visit BuyModernBaby’s blog here!

Featured Artist: Lion and the Lark

 

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Laura, the designer behind The Lion & The Lark,  has been drawing and creating from a very early age.  Pulling inspiration from children’s books,  her art reflects the innocence and joy found in these stories.  See what this talented artist has to say about her work:

BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?

 

L&L: Simple, Colorful, Uplifting, Bright, Inspiring

 

BBP:  What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?

 

L&L: Never lose the spark of creativity that you have inside.  If you want to be an artist, keep trying, keep learning, keep creating! Even if you end up following another career path, never let that little flame of creativity go out.

 

BBP: If you use a name for your studio/shop other than your name, what is it and how did it come about?

 

L&L: The Lion & The Lark is a name I came up with when I opened my shop on Etsy, and it actually stems from my love of children’s stories. When trying to come up with a name, I was thinking through the animals of Aesop’s fables and other nursery rhymes read to me as a child. The lark is often used in literature as a symbol of daybreak, a messenger of the morning, and the lion a symbol of bravery. I like the idea of bravely greeting each new day and the opportunities it presents.

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BBP:  What do like most about collaborating with BoomBoom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?

 

L&L: I like that my art and designs can be brought to life through BoomBoom Prints. The product selections are more than what I could offer on my own. It gives me time to focus on new designs, while providing a wide array of unique art and products to its customers.

 

The  idea of customizable artwork is great. I’ve had many friends and family members say that they have some ideas about decorating a space, but that they aren’t creative or that they don’t know where to start. This platform allows someone to choose from existing ideas and designs, then customize it to their own space. It draws creativity from both sides.

 

BBP:  Is your workspace a specific nook designed to spark your creativity? Do you find yourself designing in all sorts of locations? Where does the magic happen?

 

L&L: My workspace is a vintage enamel top desk where I keep my iMac, and you will most always find a cup of coffee there as well.  I have a large dry erase board (made for me by my wonderful husband Tristan) on the adjacent wall where I write down ideas as they come to me, and a cork board where I pin up photographs, quotes, magazine cutouts, and other items that inspire my creativity. It may look like a bit of a mess at times, but I always joke that it reflects what’s in my brain: a semi-organized hodgepodge of words, colors, patterns, and ideas.

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BBP: What do you find inspires you most?

 

L&L: I find inspiration everywhere. When I’m out I am constantly looking at colors, textures, patterns, and fonts and thinking about how I could incorporate them into a design.

 

I am also inspired by vintage children’s books and the illustrations they contain. I especially love anything by Mary Blair. Her whimsical illustrations are some of my absolute favorites.

BBP:  Do you have pets?  

 

L&L: I have one dog, a lab/pit bull mix named Bear. I adopted him from a shelter when he was 5 months old. He is now 8 years old and spends his days at home with me while I work. When he isn’t napping or playing outside, he loves to sit on an old military trunk I have by the window and people/squirrel watch.

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BBP:  Where is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?

 

L&L: The most inspiring place I’ve ever visited was Honduras, Central America. I did work with an orphanage there over a number of trips from 2004-2010.  Not only are the mountains and rivers beautifully inspiring, but the people I met there were inspirational as well.

 

I met and interacted with so many children who had few, if any, material possessions, but played and lived with happy hearts and joyful spirits. Many were excited just to have someone to spend time with, overwhelmed with the feeling of simply being cared for and loved. I try to live with that same spirit, remembering that I have been given so much. I remind myself that happiness is not tightly bound to or based on our possessions, but in the love and compassion we give to others and receive ourselves.

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BBP:  What else would you like our readers to know about you?

 

L&L: In addition to graphic design, I also have an obsession with all things vintage and antique. When I‘m not designing, I can often be found out hunting for vintage and antique objects both to keep and sell. My vintage favorites include suitcases, brass animals, linens, maps, and children’s books. I love the idea that objects from past generations can be made new again.  I design many of the prints for my own walls to pair with the vintage items I want to display in the room.

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Be sure to check her work here!

 

Today is a New Day Geometric

 

Cute As A Button

Love Lives Here Floral Wreath

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