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.
Artist Nuria González Alcaide shares how she has awoken and unleashed her inner artist after years of "following the line". Nuria draws on society for inspiration; her project 'When you pretend...' explores themes of compliancy, pretence and solitude, when we feel the need to hide or mask our emotions to conform. Art is a tool for self-exploration; she goes beyond her perfectionist tendencies and allows her emotions to pour onto the canvas. In our chat she shares her studio rituals, creative process and her dreams as an artist.
We spoke to Alexia and Claudia, Founders of Print Sisters about their journey within print and textiles and what they like most about vintage artworks. Print Sisters are passionate about supporting ethical brands and giving back to the planet; using 100% recycled and sustainable papers whilst contributing to the restoration of environments, biodiversity and communities. Read about their their creative process and journey so far.
For Kent based artist John Hammonde, the creative process evokes feelings of excitement, anticipation and euphoria. In his explosive and expressive art pieces he uses a spectrum of colour to express an array of emotion. In our chat John shares his creative process, his exciting collaboration with Folkestone Fringe this year and how art is essential for a balanced mind and a healthy mental wellness.