Color Palette No. 28 | Feminine & Powerful AF

Color Palette No. 28 | Feminine & Powerful AF

Color Palette No. 28

Feminine & Powerful

Did anyone else have a major chip on their shoulder growing up when people would assume they could guess their favorite color based on gender? This always annoyed the crap out of me. 

Until you are 10 or so I feel like every adult either assumes you like pink or blue dependent on your gender. I was always happy to report back that my favorite color was ACTUALLY green, but not regular green – more of a mix between Kelly Green and Olive (said  in the voice of Hermione from Sorcerer’s Stone.)

“Oooooh, you’re wearing pink, you’re a girly-girrrrrrl.” 

First of all – why is this an insult? Second of all, no. I am so grateful we are moving in a direction where labels like this are less pervasive and individuals are simply allowed to be. You like to wear dresses and sparkly glitter, but also to opperate heavy power tools & play in the dirt? Cool. You like to wear hard-core biker gear and also enjoy kittens and puppies and lattes? Fantastic. 

Anywho, I digress. These were some of the things that went through my head as I was putting together this week’s color palette. This palette was inspired by some art directed photos from a couple of my favorite design influences. Jessica Walsch’s always-super-honest photo series (the blue photo) and Bri Emery’s light, airy shoot for a new client of hers (the pink photo.) Using the pink as the lightest accent color with two very bold colors makes for an impactful color set. Used right, I think there are some really beautiful neutral effects that can be achieved.

This also happens to be the color palette of my house 🙂

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Hello My Name Is… Caitlin Peck

14 Questions With Illustrator Caitlin Peck

Welcome back to the Creator Interview Series! This series is a way to highlight some of my favorite creatives as individuals, parts of their creative process, and some get-to-know-them questions that will help show why I admire them and their work. I am SO excited to share with you!

Introducing Caitlin Peck

Age:
30

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

Where Can We See Your Work?
iamcaitlinpeck.com

I had the chance to show work next to Caitlin at a show organized by Corey Danks at Tattooed Mom’s in Philly a few months back. I was SO excited to meet her in person – the show had introduced me to her work (which I had scrolled through for way longer than is normal on ig) and I was thrilled to talk with her and see her work not on a screen. Her illustrations capture the things that are in my head that I’ve never been able to solidify, bring to light the surreal nature of our dreams, and make you feel like a kid again. She explains her work this way:

“I guess I kind of use my work to identify and sort out anxieties. Much of the imagery I use and create gives a kind of child-like whimsy to sort of nightmarish images. Along with a high attention to detail, it’s like adding beauty and charm to the terrifying to make it more palatable. I like to use both humor and existentialism in the images and titles. Word choice is very important. My process involves a running list of potential titles that are sourced from things that I wish I had said, things that I don’t think I’m cool enough to actually say, or parts of fabricated conversation.”

For reference – she is 100% cool enough to say whatever she wants.

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Artist:
The first artist I was ever introduced to outside of the Italian Boys’ Club was Aubrey Beardsley. I love his use of negative space and clusters of fine detail. Amy Cutler is always a favorite and Henry Darger. More recently I’ve been really into Zoe Hawk @zoe.hawk, Mando Marie @seeyouthroughit, and Katie Evans @kevans_art.

Go-to Inspiration Spot:
I love visiting the Jealous Curator blog or leafing through any artist book. I get most inspired when I look at other art.

Morning or Night Person:
Night

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
I spent some time in Ireland while in I was in grad school. I was on the west side of the country in the place called the ‘Burren’ which means wilderness. It was an absolute dream.

Who would you consider Your mentor?
While I never knew her or interacted with her, the way Louise Bourgeois speaks about making work is so inspiring. She speaks about it like an obsession. She made work literally up until the day she died. I want a life like that.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey?
Sometimes I feel like I’m still getting started. But I guess things really started 5 years ago after my divorce. I had a lot of free time that I used to just make art, go to events, and talk to everybody. Talking to everybody was the hardest part and it’s still not my favorite thing to do. But once you realize that everyone is usually as nervous as you and most people love to talk about their cats, it gets easier. 

I’m a firm believer in that everything that has ever happened to you has put you in the place you are and being okay with that is actually the greatest challenge. I’m still learning and I’m still on this journey; I’m not ready to change anything about it yet.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?
I’ve had a studio outside of my living space for the past 3 years and what I consider to be lucky is it doesn’t have internet access. I try to make my podcast queue ahead of time so that I pick up my phone as little as possible. That being said however, I think a lot of good can come from just turning your brain off for a little and checking out 10 funniest cats on the internet. There is a book called ‘The Courage to Create’ by Rollo May that I often think about . It was published in 1975 but there’s a lot to it that applies today. One of the major points of the book is relieving the pressure creatives put on themselves to make and sometimes, brilliant ideas come from taking a walk or doing something mundane. I think the key is moderation on both ends. A lot of good can come from the internet, it sure makes researching easy, but there need to be limits. Just like if you overwork, you might burn out.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?
It’s not so much advice but I use it as such. Someone I didn’t know was seeing me work on a project and simply stated in passing, “You’re really good at what you do.” That phrase has stuck with me since and I remind myself of it whenever I’m feeling insecure.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?
Sometimes if I’m uncertain about a piece, I share it with my boyfriend. I probably listen to him only half of the time. Sometimes I live with a piece for a while to make up my mind about it but for the most part, I really like going with my gut.

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?
Showing up is important. Opening receptions can be one of the most stressful things because it’s not like playing a music show where you get to do the thing you love and people watch you. You already did the thing you love and now you are just there, with the product of your efforts, and hoping they come.

I also like to try to connect people. The art world can sometimes be weird and competitive and you think you need to keep your contacts to yourself because that’s your secret, or whatever. I love seeing artists succeed and if I can do my part in helping them get that show or introducing them to that collaboration, I’m thrilled.

How are you feelin these days?
The best kind of tired. I’ve been lucky to consistently show in 2018. I’ve planned a little break for myself though and am looking forward to taking some time to make more work in the studio and try out some new things.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?
I repeat the mantra, ‘Everything will be fine,’ because it usually is. When I have a big deadline or get stressed out about a show, I remind myself of that and tell myself that it’s okay to give myself a night off during crunch week. I keep myself really organized because I still work full-time, so the time that I’m not at work and can devote to the studio needs to be focused. So I’ll schedule out my week and really buckle down most evenings, but give myself a night off that I can relax, enjoy what I am able to accomplish, and give myself the much needed rest so I can get back to it.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

Whats your favorite podcast?
Oh! There are so many that I listen to and for so many moods. An always favorite is Buffering the Vampire Slayer. They watch one episode at a time of Buffy and discuss the episode in length complete with jingles, fashion watches, and sexual tension awards. It’s so fun!

Another is Art History Babes. I went to art school and had my fair share of art history classes in dark rooms that are a little too warm with a lecturer that breathes a little too heavy. These women talk about art history with as much fervor and enthusiasm as your bestie talks about their crush.

My process involves a running list of potential titles that are sourced from things that I wish I had said, things that I don’t think I’m cool enough to actually say, or parts of fabricated conversation.

– Caitlin Peck

Color Palette No. 27 | Soothing Tones X Goodbye Summer

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Color Palette No. 27

Soothing Tones X Goodbye Summer

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Each season has emotions tied to it. I love greeting the next, but watching summer go is always particularly hard. I tie summer to youth and as each year passes it gets harder to say goodbye (especially in adulthood where you no longer get to enjoy the fullness of a summer vacation.) Here’s to making each season better than the last and appreciating what’s in front of us <3

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A Cabin in the Woods

Lokal Hotels have this A-Frame set up just right. Did you ever wonder what would happen if Airbnb joined forces with old school hotels? I’m pretty sure that’s how the Lokal Hotels concepts are born.

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Getting out of the City

Did you know that I do not like s’mores?

Tim was deeply bothered by this fact when I mentioned it the first night we sat around the fire pit at the Stay Lokal A-frame with his family. “But your nickname is smoore!” Oh, the irony.

The Stay Lokal A-frame is a super convenient 50 minute drive out of Philly into NJ that feels like it’s buried deep in the Poconos instead. The property is nestled in amongst residential properties but has the distinct feeling of being isolated (in a good way.) Their instagram account does not lie, the entire place is incredibly adorable. A minimal, but welcoming and homey, vibe emanates from the place.

The Lokal Hotel’s A-Frame

You pull up to the updated A-frame and are met by floor to ceiling windows. Out back, the view is mirrored but with the addition of string lights, a large deck and a wood-fire-heated hot tub. The first floor’s open floor plan has a table for 10, a comfy living area, and a large projector with all the good channels. There is also a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor. The master bedroom is upstairs with a small balcony, an office nook, and a bathroom. In the basement is a small TV and couch plus 4 twin bed cubbies with curtains, presumably intended for children but I was v comfy in mine thank you very much.

What We Did

We stayed from Tuesday night to Thursday am. It was a nice break from the city. Tim thoroughly enjoyed chopping wood for the hot tub and fire pits and everyone else had super relaxing days napping, playing chess and lounging in the hammock.

I had to work and used Wednesday as a working retreat (I did just get back from a week in Paris after all, LOL.) The one downside was night two I had to work all the way through until about 9. Less than ideal, but such is life.  There’s a solid collection of board games in the house, so we played those along with a few rounds of Code Names that we had brought along!  We caught ourselves checking phones a few times the first night and I think everyone was trying to be more in the moment on night two. It was really nice!

Planning for Next Time

To me this space would be an ideal work retreat. I would love to stay from Sunday to Thursday, keeping normal work hours but taking advantage of the mornings and evenings to enjoy the water. When exiting your front door normally dumps you onto a city street, it’s super refreshing to be able to walk out and see only nature 🙂

Get Away from it All.

Tips for the Stay Lokal A-Frame

  • Bring Bug Spray – Even with the fire going and a decent amount of bug spray coverage, we all got pretty bit up. I recommend coming heavily stocked with bug spray or a similar alternative.
  • Napkins – The cabin is INCREDIBLY well-equipped with shampoo, conditioner, soap, coffee, tea, towels, and bedding but I recommend bringing along a pack of dish towels or reusable napkins for meals during your stay.
  • Spotify Playlist – The entire cabin is wired with Sonos speakers. Come prepared to take full advantage with your own playlists or feel free to save one of these to play while you are there!
  • Hot Tub – If you plan to use the hot tub, start chopping wood and get the fire going IMMEDIATELY after you arrive. It takes about 6 hours to heat all the water in there!
  • Be Ready to Chop Wood – If you want to use the fire pit or hot tub, be ready to chop some wood! All the supplies are ready for you and there is a large wood pile behind the house, but you will probably need to cut the pieces smaller to fit them into the stoves.

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21 Questions With the Musician Behind Kid Astronaut

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Introducing Jon Shockness a.k.a. Kid Astronaut

Age:
28

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

I met Jon 4 or 5 years ago when he was touring with his [then] band Air Dubai. He’s a fellow Denverite, though I didn’t meet him until he came through Philly with one of my good high school friends. In the time I’ve known Jon, I’ve watched as he has gone on to create so much more in both collaborative and solo formats. His vocals are incredible, but Jon’s mindset is what inspires me most. As an inspirational figure in the Denver community, he takes his role seriously. He recognizes that his successes have given his voice even more power – and he uses it.

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Emoji:

🚀

Favorite Artist:
Michael Jackson created some of the most memorable, entertaining and visionary music to STILL exist. I look up to his artistry immensely.

Go-to Inspiration Spot:
When I need inspiration I usually create mood boards on Pinterest. I might meditate or just go outside.

Morning or Night Person:
Night

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Thoughtful

How would you describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Intentional

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Who would you consider Your mentor?
Oprah. I follow her on YouTube and she’s always bringing me enlightenment and encouragement.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey?
I got started by listening to music and wanting to create my own. My journey has been fun, at times tumultuous but I wouldn’t change it.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?
I focus on myself and what I want to accomplish. I create the type of life I want to live.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?
Just be yourself.

What are your favorite methods of self-promotion?
Social Media! I love engaging with photos/videos/text. All types of things.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?
No but I think i’ll start.

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?
By sharing their names, tagging them in posts and when I work with younger kids by encouraging them to shine their brightest and do what feels natural to them.

How are you feelin these days?
Today I’m feeling alright. Had a ton of awesome shows like lately and just now gearing up for the next phase.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?
By breathing, meditating, letting go of what I can’t control.

What’s your biggest fear?
Being buried alive.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

Whats your favorite podcast?
I honestly don’t have one… I know they’re mad popular now!!

What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?
Just humanity. Racism, sexism, any power dynamic that holds someone over someone else I dislike.

If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?
PRACTICE SELF LOVE

I am Kid Astronaut a musician, artist, dreamer, creative individual. With music I create sound portals that will take listeners either into a memory, a vision, maybe somewhere out into the universe or perhaps even deeper into themselves. I blend the worlds of music with engaging life experiences and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be an artist in my lifetime.

– Jon Shockness

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