For American Interior Designer Beth Diana Smith, the corporate world eventually took a back seat to make way for her passion. In our chat, Beth shares her journey and some advice for those looking to transition from a corporate role into creative entrepreneurship. She also shares some of the challenges she typically faces and what art and design truly mean for her and their impact on one's well-being.
Creativity comes in many forms and one of these is upcycling. Founder of The Upcycled Trading Co. Claire shares how her background in interior design merged with her passion for sustainability to create a company that aims to achieve sustainability with style. The company teaches people how to transform old, worn furniture into beautiful upscaled pieces; you can also buy furniture and accessories to compliment your home. Claire shares what a typical day for her looks like, how she looks after her well-being and offers some tips on how to start your upcycling journey.
I spoke to Artist and Business woman Salpi Markarian about her creative process, where she finds inspiration and how she finds balancing her businesses with art and motherhood. Salpi's art is a reflection of her life's experiences. With an eye for design and interiors, Salpi chooses her colour palettes based on what she feels a particular room needs; hoping her art will form rich connections with others and bring a powerful meaning to people's homes.
Emmanuel Unaji is an Artist, Designer, Co-founder of fashion brand Unaji and Art Director of Studio 32 OKE. With his art he seeks to break the boundaries between fine art, fashion design and music; exploring human branding, with a particular focus on how high fashion branding unconsciously informs our perceptions of luxury, beauty, identity and self-image.
Lucy Harris combines textile design and print to create her bold and bright designs. Mostly depicting people and natural subjects, Lucy draws inspiration from the world around her; appreciating the simple shapes and intricate details found in nature. Lucy shares her creative process with us and how it feels to see her designs as wallpaper in a room or on upholstered furniture.