Hello friends! Welcome to the first post in the new blog, I’m so excited you’re here! I figured I would start things off with a *getting to know me* post. If you're hungry to learn even more you can see more tidbits and introductions over on my Instagram page! I’ll keep this bio a little short and plan to add monthly “things I’m loving right now” posts, so be on the the look out for those.
Where it all began
My love for art and design was fostered at a very young age. My mother was an artist and went to school for graphic design while I was growing up, so naturally I wanted to join her at the table as she composed her art, working along side her with my fat crayons, scribbling some lines that may or may not have represented a portrait of her. Art was always encouraged in my family, and relatives knew that my eyes twinkled at Christmas and birthdays when I opened craft sets or those really awesome art sets (you know the ones that have the paint, oil crayons and markers all in one set, those were the absolute best!) and I would spend HOURS coloring and pretending I was a famous artist.
Fast forward quite a few years later and I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with my BFA in Graphic Design. I even picked up a minor degree in print media and archaeology. Oh side note, before I decided to pursue design in college I was almost sure I wanted to be an archaeologist. Something about unearthing history still enthralls me to this day; dirty finger nails for the sake of exploration, I’ll take it! But alas, I landed on graphic design - and the closest I get to digging up fossils is building sandcastles at the beach and watching historical documentaries from my couch. I engrossed myself in courses of fine art, art history and of course typography and calligraphy throughout my time in college, even sneaking into a few extra calligraphy classes just to practice with the instructor even though I wasn't receiving class credit!
Finding my place(s)
After receiving my BFA I did my fair share of part-time jobs as I tried to find employment in the graphic design world. At one time I was juggling two graphic design jobs, freelancing, part-time at Starbucks and part-time banquet hosting at a country club. But all the hard work paid off, and I finally found my place in the marketing and corporate world where I have spent my time as an Art Director for the past 5 years. I have a deep love for branding and using design to engage audiences, move them, and educate them and advertising allows design to have such a heavy impact on the consumer that I can leave each day feeling fulfilled. I know that sounds SUPER corny, but believe me, there are definitely days where I cant wait to run home pour a big glass of wine and sink into the sofa, wondering why I cant just stay at home and cuddle puppies all day for a living.
So why calligraphy and stationery design?
I longed for the hands-on creative process of painting and calligraphy so I decided to turn my freelance efforts to the wedding and events industry. A few DBA name changes later and Blush & Blue Designs was born. Yay! I love engaging with couples; helping to create one-of-a-kind art work that captures their theme and personality perfectly. Knowing that some of these art pieces will be hung in their own homes and those of their families for years to come is truly rewarding. Does it get tough balancing what seems to be two full time jobs at once? It sure does, I won’t lie, but I love what I do and it makes the long nights and early mornings worth every extra cup of coffee and wine.
A little more personal
Along my journey I also picked up a handsome husband, an adorable little man (Spinelli) and a precious little girl (Tilda). The latter two are my fur-children, a cat and dog respectively. A little over a year ago we scooped up our roots in Buffalo, New York and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and WE. ARE. LOVING IT! Seriously, a winter without being buried in 5 feet of snow? Yes please! Our new city offers so many beautiful spots for hiking and kayaking, exploring breweries, cafes and the ever important brunch spots. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods contact me I’d love to have a coffee chat! I may also create a post all about my favorite places in the Raleigh area just for fun.
So in conclusion I will leave you with 5 fun facts not in the story
Coffee or Tea? Always coffee, always black.
Favorite color? lime green or mint, it’s really a toss up and depends on the day you ask me.
Favorite calligraphy nib? Nikko G at the moment of this writing
Favorite TV show? This one’s another toss up between Game of thrones and Walking Dead, but oh I just finished binging West World and gosh thats a tough contender as well.
Favorite wine? I'm a dry red girl in the winter and dry white in the summer. One of my favorite wineries remains in New York called Heron Hill Wineries, they make a delicious white blend called Eclipse White and the bottle art is also gorgeous!
Well that’s the somewhat short and sweet on my story. I hope you feel like you know me a little better. I would love to get to know you and your story and what bought you to my corner of the website, feel free to leave a comment, find me on instagram or send me a quick note via the contact form on the right.
until next time friends - go out and do all the things!