Art Fair Fridays – Stephanie Sterjovski and SS Print Shop

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are once again happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re super excited to bring you a little behind the scenes look at the beautiful work of blogging superstar, Stephanie Sterjovski, whose online boutique SS Print Shop has been the go-to resource for stylish customers looking for graphic, chic art prints.  Stephanie’s work takes quotes and whitty quips and transforms them into beautifully designed pieces that instantly give a modern edge to any space. Her designs are lighthearted, approachable and most definitely speak to the artists love of creative inspiration.

How would you describe your background and what has lead you to this point in your career? I have always been a creative person, I’ve had experiences in freelance photography, styling, makeup and blogging that all started as a hobby which lead me to the career I have now. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to explore different creative routes and the value it brought. I also believe simple jobs like one my first being a cashier at the grocery store when I was a teenager formed as a stepping stone to customer service and interacting with people. Every job can teach you something, it’s all about your attitude.

How would you describe your creative process? I try my best to not force things, my best designs come at the opposite season of what I am working on and are usually the most organic. I get inspired all the time, I’m always writing things down in my phone or notebook when it hits me. Travel, a walk, a book — anything can spark something creative for me at anytime. I love taking photos of what inspires me as well to serve as a visual while I sit down for the design process, as it takes me back to that hit of inspiration.

What is your favourite medium to work in? I love graphic design! Creating stationery has been such a dream come true and seeing my designs turned into hard copy is such a rewarding feeling.

Which piece would you say is your most popular? One of our best sellers is the “Stop and Smell the Peonies” print. It has such a cult following! People who love flowers are a committed bunch, pun intended. I love that I was able to collaborate with one of my best friends, annawithlove on this piece as well.

What advice would you give to an artist starting out? Stop looking at Pinterest and stop looking at what everyone else is doing. Focus on what you are doing and encourage others (1 Thesalonnians 5:11). Comparison serves no purpose to you as a creative.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? When I opened my print shop there weren’t very many at the time, so I was not familiar with what it entailed, how it should run or look like. My shop was created from the demand of my blog followers asking me to start selling my designs from an old thread I used to call “Wednesday Words of Wisdom,” … I created what I loved, what inspired me and what I would hope to encourage others and have always just tried to stay true to this.
Art Fair Fridays - Stephanie Sterjovski

SS Print Shop
Stephanie Sterjovski

No. 1  Heirloom & Knot x SpoonFlower – Griffith Wallpaper – Price Upon Request
http://heirloomandknot.com/fabric-collection.html

No. 2  Erno Laszlo – White Marble Radiance Emulsion- $175.00
http://www.ernolaszlo.com/white-marble-radiance-emulsion.html?___store=default

No. 3  Black Rooster Décor – Kelly Gin Table Collection – $930.00
http://blackroosterdecor.com/products/kelly-gin-table-collection

No. 4  Target – Eddie Borgo for Target Backpack – White Marble – $44.99
http://www.target.com/p/eddie-borgo-for-target-backpack-white-marble/-/A-17078602#prodSlot=medium_1_8&term=marble

No. 5  Kelly Wearstler – Acolyte Ice Pail – $1295.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-decor-view-all/acolyte-ice-pail/HEN0018.html?dwvar_HEN0018_color=WHBLK&cgid=home-decor-view-all#start=1

No. 6  SS Print Shop – Travel Journal – $14.00
http://www.ssprintshop.com/collections/notebooks/products/travel-journal-gold-foil

No. 7  Etsy – Triton Fountain Pen – $190.00
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197974479/triton-fountain-pen-highlited-with?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=marble pen&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=71532f0c28819d0d2d2006f728f0307954a192a9:197974479

No. 8  Matter – Ronin Chair – $868.00
http://mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=2371

No. 9  Isabel Marant – Gold-plated resin cuff – $1208.00
http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/587736/Isabel_Marant/gold-plated-resin-cuff

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I’ve loved Stephanie and her mad graphic design/print making skills forever and a day. She’s fabulously stylish and her artwork is the definition of approachable glamour.  If you’re in the market for a chic addition to your home/artwall/office, look no further than SS Print Shop and their portfolio of whitty pretty…

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Here are some of my faves in perfectly styled sitchu…

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Love x much.

xx

A Media Tour for Cadillac Fairview

August was a super busy but ridiculously exhilerating month for me…party because I got to take part in another media tour, which I have to admit, is something I find both slightly terrifying and so amazingly exciting.  No matter how many times I do a TV spot, it’s always a bit nervewracking…but, it’s also incredibly fun and when you throw travel into the mix, well…it’s becomes something I just completely love doing.

My latest tour was on behalf of Cadillac Fairview

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It spanned the course of one week and 4 cities: Hamilton, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  The initiative focussed on getting kids back to school ready so I put together a variety of looks that speak to this years trends and with these ensembles in hand, shared my6 tips for back to school shopping.

Here’s the skinny on those…

Six Tips: Back to School Shopping

  1. Shop the sales and think longevity. Spend on clothing that can be worn across seasons.
  2. Look for key trends that are versatile. Invest in staple pieces that can be worn many different ways.
  3. Shop where there’s variety. Shopping at a mall can save you time and energy – it’s a one-stop-shop!
  4. Make a list, and stick to it, but give your child one freebie ticket to buy an item they really want. Shopping from a list can ensure a stress-free back to school shopping trip and also be a great lesson in budgeting for your child.
  5. Contact your child’s school and ask for their ‘need list’. With this, you’ll know exactly which school supplies to buy without any unnecessary purchases.
  6. Let your kids get involved! If your child is invested in their clothing choices, they’ll be more likely to wear what you buy. Make back to school shopping a fun experience for you both!

As for the tour itself, it all started in Hamilton, with a visit to CHCH

Before the taping, we got our mannequins all ready in their looks…

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(PS on that front…I love photos of mannequins:)

 

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…and then headed out for the taping…

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For this one, we focussed on 5 looks for kids of all ages and spoke to some key ‘back to school 2015′ trends, which include: varisty prep, girly cool, prim and proper, skater, and boho chic.  As with all the spots, I also shared my tips for actually nagivating the mall with kids and on budget.

Our next stop was Toronto and Canada AM.  This one was extra fun because my kids Scarlett and Malcolm joined me as our school-aged models…

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This spot had me sharing our elementary aged ‘girly cool’ and ‘varsity prep’ looks, along with two for the tween/teen group, which we named  ‘London calling’ and ‘relaxed outdoorsman’.  I also shared tips for shopping for back to school supplies with viewers.

From here, I headed to the airport and took off for Calgary. ..after arriving, I had one night at the super lovely Le Germaine hotel before a busy media day the next…

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Our interview filled day started with a visit to BT Calgary, where I shared 4 looks…the two younger kids, along with our boho chic and skater cool teenage ones…

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And as with the others, I also outlined my shopping tips with BT’s viewers.

After we wrapped this one, I did a radio interview en route to our next stop, Go Calgary and an interview live from Chinook Mall…

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With this one, we featured all 7 looks and talked about how you can encorporate trends, while still staying on budget.

Once that was finished, it was back to the hotel for one last radio interview and then I made my way to the airport and on to Vancouver.

I was actually born in Vancouver and lived there a second time as a teenager. I haven’t been back since I was 19 so to say I was a little excited would be a gross understatement.

Seeing this view from the airplane en route was bliss…

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After settling in and a good night’s rest, I was up and off to BT Vancouver

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…for our final back to school tips taping.

The mannequins there were a little fussy…

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…and it was a bit of a firing squad to get them all dressed before the live taping but once was all said and done, it ended up being such a fun shoot…

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After wrapping up at BT, I had an entire 24 hours to myself in this magical city and I LOVED it!

I walked and walked and walked some more and pretty much covered the entire downtown, including Granville Island, Gastown, and Yaletown. I took a few ferry rides, had some lunch overlooking the harbour, visited some of my favourite stores and then walked around some more. It was beuno.

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So…the takeaway on this one is that I had an AMAZING time talking back to school for Cadillac Fairview and can’t wait to do another tour soo

xx

Art Fair Fridays – Danielle Kroll

Our favourite blog day has come around again, where both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series.  Each week, we’re so happy to bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re delighted to introduce Danielle Kroll whose whimsical illustrations capture a lighthearted and playful approach to life.  Her works are quirky and cheeky, sophisticated and fun.  In a sea of artists who force a cerebral approach, Danielle’s work feels perfectly balanced in its dialogue…approachable and full of happiness.

How would you describe your background and what has lead you to this point in your career? I majored in Graphic Design at Tyler School of art but the program is pretty interdisciplinary so I was able to try many different mediums while in school including silk-screening, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, and painting. I got a job in Anthropologie’s Art Department right out of school and continued to work there for 3 years. When I got home from my day job I’d make my own artwork and eventually I started getting commissioned work from that. I quit my job at Anthropologie and have been working for myself ever since. 

How would you describe your creative process? Having a clever idea is very important in my work so I always start with a concept in my head first. After I have a solid idea I’ll flip through my inspiration books and images and think about the style and what sort of feeling I want the piece to portray. I work with gouache, India ink, and cut paper to make my final images. Sometimes I’ll edit the colors and composition on the computer if I’m not totally happy with what I ended up with. 

Where do you find your inspiration? I get really inspired by everyday life in general. I always get my best ideas when I’m just walking around my neighborhood and letting my mind wander. I love buying exhibition catalogs from shows I’ve seen and ones I haven’t seen too. When I was traveling around the west coast a few years ago I stumbled upon a beautiful show at the Seattle Art Museum about Australian Aboriginal Art. I still reference that exhibition book regularly. 

Of all your pieces, which is your personal favourite and why? ‘Ladies at the Beach’ because it feels fun, cheeky and sophisticated. I’m always trying to go for that balance in my work and I feel like that piece gets it just right. 

What advice would you give to an artist starting out? Start a blog to post your artwork on. I had a really small following on my blog when I was just starting out but just knowing that even a few people were expecting me to post was enough motivation to keep me working on new pieces. 

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? Stylistically, it feels friendly and handmade which can be refreshing in a life so full of computer screens and digital matter. I think my work can also be distinguished by its playful and humorous quality. Life gets hard and there are tons of artists who make beautiful work about serious issues. But for me, I get more inspired by the silly things in life and just hearing that my work made even one person smile always makes me feel some validation for what I’m doing. 

Art Fair Fridays - Danielle Kroll

No. 1  West Elm – Metal Frame Upholstered Chair – $958.59
http://www.westelm.com/products/metal-frame-upholstered-chair-h1547/?pkey=cliving-room-chairs%7C%7C4294963733&group=1&sku=9282380

No. 2  One Kings Lane – Hermès Playing Card, S/2 – $349.00
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/56783/4081736

No. 3  Jonathan Adler – Brass Pipe Box – $98.99
http://www.jonathanadler.com/sale/shop-by-category/online-warehouse-sale/brass-pipe-box/12068.html

No. 4  Kelly Wearstler – Dots Dinner Napkins – $125.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/entertaining-viewall/dots-dinner-napkins/HSH0004SET.html?cgid=entertaining-viewall&dwvar_HSH0004SET_color=BLK#start=1

No. 5  Bass – Wayfarer Shoes – $129.00
http://www.zappos.com/bass-wayfarer-black-white

No. 6  Cement Tile Shop – Diagonal VII Tile – $82.80 Per Box
http://www.cementtileshop.com/pacific-collection-cement-tile/DiagonalVII.html

No. 7  Alex Woo – Little Vegas Spade Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold – $398.00
http://www.alexwoo.com/vegas-spade-earrings-in-14-kt-yellow-gold.html

No. 8  Hermes – Small oval plate, 8.6″ – $165.00
http://usa.hermes.com/house/table/porcelain-earthenware/rallye-24/rallye-24-43387.html

No. 9  Givenchy – Silk-Jacquard Bow Tie – $175.00
http://www.mrporter.com/en-ca/mens/givenchy/silk-jacquard-bow-tie/565279

No. 10  Zinc Door – Home Amelie Square Pillow – $335.00
http://www.zincdoor.com/p/V-Rugs-and-Home-Amelie-Square-Pillow__VHAMELIE24.aspx

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I adore how whimsical Danielle’s work is. Each piece feels friendly….happy and unencumbered.  Her illustrations speak to a revelry and playfullness in life we often find ourselves taking for granted and definitely remind me to take a moment to smell the roses as it were.

Here are my top 5 of her current portfolio…

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Buying up the last one and the beach ladies tout suite.

Also…this collection of illustrations using vintage photographs from old books as their canvases, are magic…I want all of them..

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Art Fair Fridays – Jenny Prinn

Friday has rolled around again and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are happy to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we are so happy to talk with artist Jenny Prinn, whose ethereal work perfectly balances both structure and fluidity.  Her abtract pieces showcase her openeness to mood, light and composition, and reflect an ease and openess to letting each painting lead the way to becomming what it wants to be.  Jenny’s portfolio is one which shows exploration and a love for beauty in simplicity.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist?

Since 2001.  It was then that I began to paint in earnest and started to sell my work.  It was a dream come true.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

For the work to be honest.

How would you describe your creative process?

I tend to work in series based on sketches that I’ve already done.  These preliminary sketches are often just lines and shapes.  Or sometimes they’re entire compositions.  But most often they are simply color combinations and juxtapositions.  These quick sketches are a way for me to “record” how moments feel, sound or taste.  I am then able to work from those records and build upon their energies.  But I always start a painting session with a free form piece–just to get my body and my mind loosened up.  With these pieces there are no rules and I push myself to explore.  I find that I can’t start a session with a specific end result in mind–everything goes awry.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Acrylic.  But to be honest, I find that I usually can’t fully express myself by using just one medium.  I love using Acrylic in conjunction with other mediums, such as Spray Paint, Watercolor, Gouache, Charcoal, and Oil Sticks.  Using multiple mediums gives my work depth–both literally and figuratively.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Hmmmm…..this is tough!  I’m so honored and blessed by every wonderful thing that has happened in my career so far!  Can I name a few?!  I’m so honored to sell through Serena and Lily;  I was absolutely floored when I was featured in InStyle.com; and it was so much fun to paint a commission for a well-known rockstar drummer and his wife!

How would you describe your signature style?

Bold, Honest, Vibrant and Colorful.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Literally, everywhere.  My work documents the small, transient moments in life that create a momentary spark and then are gone—those moments that you want to hold onto forever.  I use composition, shapes and line to articulate these sensations–but I find that color, in particular, is the vehicle by which I can relay the essence and electricity of these moments most genuinely.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers?

I’ve never really thought about this.  My paintings are the manifestation of how I see and process the world.  I just paint what is authentic to me.

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No. 1 Zara Home – Color dinner plate – $13.90
No. 2 One Kings Lane – Pagoda Patio Umbrella – $419.00
No. 3 Indigo – Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion And Architecture – $67.16
No. 4 Roksanda – Color-Block Crepe Dress – $1,619.67
No. 5 Serena & Lily – Chevron Riviera Side Chair – $225.00
No. 6 Sophie Hulme – Appliquéd Printed Leather Pouch – $452.64
No. 7 Drake General Store – Four-Piece Moyenne Ombre Glass Set – $24.00
No. 8 West Elm – Crewel Modern Blocks Pillow Cover – Shockwave – $24.00
No. 9 Banrock Station – Pink Moscato Rosé – $9.90
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I love work that feels open and revealing and Jenny Prinn’s definitely is that. Her beautiful eye for colour and ease of composition makes her pieces feel serene and un-complicated.  I imagine her paintings feeling very at home in both an Australian beach house and New York loft, which to me, says a lot about their timelessness and versatillity.
Here are my top 5 of Jenny’s current and most beautiful portfolio…
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Project Flip – Demo

I’m thrilled to tell you that demo of…

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…is almost DONE!!!!

Here’s how my asbestos/stucco/plaster/drywall free house is looking as of today…

1. Helllllooooo attic…you might not look like much now but you sure are going to make one pretty little bonus room…

2. Basement stairs… rather dungeon like at the moment but surprisingly, still an improvement over the before…

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3. View to exisiting kitchen…that back addition still needs to be blown off the building…once that happens, what you see there will be transofrmed into a little office complete with oodles and oodles of built ins…

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4. Living/dining…these rooms will exist pretty much as is…the wall between them will be opened up a bit and the back dining wall will be blown off to make room for kitchen/great room addition…the little narrow window in the living will disappear and make way for maybe the prettiest fireplace you’ve ever seen, while the front one will be made much larger…

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…that dining window will go…

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5. Hallway…new stairs and new larger openings into rooms…and tile of course…some pretty fantastical tile…

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6. Stairs again…they’ll be new…and pretty…

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7. Upstairs…new orientation for the existing bedrooms to make way for a large bathroom and then the addition will hold the master suite…

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We’re still waiting on our building permit, which by what I’ve been told, is about 1-2 weeks out and then finally…after so much time spent wondering if it will ever happen, the real fun will begin.

Stay tuned as it were:)

xx