Pantone Color of the Year 2017

greeneryLove the new Pantone color of the year, GREENERY and the the additional color pairings!

“Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.” Pantone

Last year we featured ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY PANTONE and saw these colors featured everywhere from mermaid hair, wedding color palettes to favorite summer sunnies and more! We can’t wait to see where we see this color!

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This week I’ve been collaborating with the most amazing inspiring team at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa! We have been brain storming Easter 2017 stage and graphic design and can’t wait to launch all of the ideas! I’ll miss working with such a great team! You can see what we have created for Easter 2014-2016 here!

See THE INSPIRATION DEN’S favorite pinterest picks for the Pantone color of the year here, we LOVE greenery!

STAY GOLDEN.

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Some of you may know that I’ve made some prints in the past and took a break, while I focused on some branding and marketing jobs. Now that I am going to have some more free time, I would like to put my efforts into what I love, by creating more prints, design, life style and other inspiration. Here I’ll be apprising everyone in what I’m currently working on. I’ve set a personal goal to publish something once a week or more and keep this updated and consistent.

I think it’s important for all people to focus on their passions and areas of their lives they find joy and fulfillment in. Over the years, I’ve had periods of time where I felt like I was working hard on my day-to-day job, others and the busy-ness of life. In those moments, the things we do to inspire us personally may suffer unintentionally. I find that those personal achievements benefit us in more ways than one. When we make time for those passions, it’s therapeutic, inspiring and validating. Whatever your passion may be, try and carve out some time to do something for yourself. Trust me, your day-to-day job, family life and creative life will thank you!

Keep an eye out for my updated online store and exciting things ahead!

 

 

Jed Bridges : An Artist Interview & Look Book

I have many passions in life: blogging, fashion, and coffee (to name a few). But my biggest passion is for graphic design and type. That’s one of the reasons I started T&CO. As an artist I so enjoy coming across other inspiring people, and artists with fresh ideas, who are able to think and design outside the box, and I believe today’s featured artist does just that! I am so excited to introduce Jed Bridges, Director of Design at AppStack, a truly inspirational graphic designer, and great friend. Enjoy!

LWF: Little Woodland Friend 
JB: Jed Bridges

LWD: Where do you work?
JB: I’m currently the Director of Design at AppStack, a start up in Southern California. We are trying to make mobile websites and advertising really simple for small, non tech-savvy business owners. I get to work on everything from our mobile app to our robust custom dashboard. It’s really fun!

LWF: What does Inspiration mean to you?
JB: Inspiration is something I’m learning how to use correctly. It takes a lot of studying and really looking to understand the principles being used in someones work. Applying those principles to your own work is the hard part. With the goal being to create something in your own voice, incorrect application of inspiration will lead to plagiarism.

LWF: How do you start the creative process?
JB: Defining the goals of a design/product is usually step one for me. A project is basically a series of decisions. Every decision should revolve around those initial goals.


LWF: What are your top 5 favorite type faces?
JB: So hard to pick just 5! Garamond, Proxima Nova, Minion, Avant Garde Gothic, Lubalin Graph


LWF: Who inspires you?
JB: Just to lista  few in no perticular order. Milton Glaser, Wilson Miner, Saul Bass, Jason Santa Maria, Herb Lubalin, Franklin Zaph, Deter Rams, Frank Chimero, Rogie King, Drew 
Wilson.

 If your interested in seeing more from Jed check out his website and his dribble page!

Thanks Jed for letting me feature you on inspiration den!

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-Amber of Inspiration Den

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See the definition of Inspiration below. This is what Inspiration Den represents, and what it wants to evoke in others and would like to daily aspire to do through these interviews, inspiration boards, and articles! 

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I find inspiration in scouring through magazines, reading books, surfing the web and many other areas (you can read more about what inspires me here). Recently, as I was clicking my way through pinterest I came across Kelli Murray Art, which led me to Society6. I was immediately drawn in by all their amazing prints! 

I was so interested that I decided to contact Society6 for a Q&A with the founders and was so excited to hear back! Anyways, I’m happy to introduce Lucas Tirigall, Justin Cooper, & Justin Wills of Society 6! 
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LWF: Little Woodland Friend (Amber Dunstan)
S6: Society 6 

LWF: Can you tell the Inspiration Den followers how Society 6 was born and about the mission behind it?

S6: Society6 was born over a sandwich in early 2009. The idea was simple, create as many opportunities as possible for the world’s artists. We finally grew tired of seeing so many incredibly talented people (mostly friends) go without exposure for their work. We also noticed that artists and creative people in general were having to make too many sacrifices to make ends meet, and that they were undermining the quality and value of their own work.
Today, Society6 empowers one of the most active, international artist communities in the world to make their artwork immediately available for sale as a variety of products – without giving up control of their rights. We believe that the artistic process is just as important as the end result and that artwork should be made accessible to everyone anywhere in the world.
LWF: Are you guys drawn to a specific art?
S6: Anything visual (illustration, photography, collage, paint, digital, etc.) and as far away from derivative as possible. Society6 artists are doing some of the most progressive work out there today.
LWF: Any words of wisdom or encouragement for an artist who is just beginning to hone their craft or launch a business?
S6: You have to put your work out there for the world to see. If you delay because you feel intimidated, or like it is ‘not ready yet’ then you will have missed out. Our feeling is that art is intended to be shared, and in our case purchased.
LWF: What inspires you guys?
S6: Anyone that is bold – vulnerability is rewarding.

Thanks Society6 for taking time out to answer our questions! We are truly inspired by your site and love how you provide artists the means to produce their work in this way! 

This feature is just a small taste of Society6, If you would like to see more check out their site! Also know this is an ideal site to find Christmas gifts! So get online and support art and get artwork as gallery quality prints, iPhone cases, t-shirts and other fine products on Society6!

Wesley Bird – Illustration – Design – Art

Happy Friday everyone! Get happy, today we’re showcasing Wesley Bird: artist, illustrator & designer! Friday is already a great day because it’s the end of the work week, but when you can top that off with some inspiration like this it makes it a whole lot better! 

I first stumbled up Wesley Bird after seeing her prints at the online shop, society6. The “Not All Who Wonder Are Lost” design particularly appealed to me. After this discovery, I needed to see more, so I dug a little further, and was totally inspired!

I’m thrilled to introduce Wesley Bird to my Inspiration Den readers. Not only is her art beautiful and inspiring, but her words of encouragement for aspiring artists is brilliant!

P.S. Keep an eye out for Wesley Bird designs, which may be appearing on some tee’s for a big clothing brand! Don’t know who it is or where it will be sold… All we know is, once we see them, we’ll be all over them! 
Artist Interview with Wesley Bird: 

LWF – Little Woodland Friend (Amber Dunstan)
WB – Wesley Bird 

LWF: How did you get started in your art? Do you have any advice for other artists just honing their craft?

WB: I’ve always had that creative gene inside of me, but I really dove into art my senior year of high school. That’s when I made the decision to study painting and printmaking in college. Although I have been creating art ever since I can remember, I didn’t really start to develop a personal style until the end of my junior year in college. Even now my style keeps changing and evolving! It’s funny, I look back on old art and I can see the phase I was in at the time. I’m sure a lot of people feel that way, it’s like reading an old journal.

Let’s see, advice for aspiring artists…When I was first starting to focus in on my art, I tried everything. I took so many different art classes in school to really find my niche. I think that is important, try everything! Once I discovered that I absolutely LOVED my life drawing classes, I made sure to take at least one every semester to learn as many techniques as I could. Now, if there is something that I want to create that I am not sure I can, I try until I make it work.  

LWF: What and Who inspires you?

WB: Inspiration comes from everywhere for me! An amazing scenic view, an awesome textile print, novels, music, literally everything. It is important to me to spend time outside of my work really absorbing what is around me. I can’t force myself to be creative, I have to allow myself to take that break and just be aware. Artists who really made a name for themselves are a big inspiration to me, Warhol, Koons, Pollock, O’Keefe. Not because they achieved fortune or fame, but because they can or could do something that nobody else at that time could do. It’s all about innovation as an artist. Taking the ordinary to the next level.

LWF: Do you have a favorite piece of art you’ve created lately? Do you have anything new in the works?

WB: Hmm, I recently did just a little fun little personal piece called “Holla Back”. It started because I ran out of little note cards to send to friends and family and I wanted to create something quirky and fun! Now everybody can have these little cards through my Society6 shop 🙂

As far as projects in the works go, I can’t really talk about it until it launches, but I have been collaborating with one of my all time favorite clothing brands, big at Urban Outfitters, to create a bunch of tee graphics for them. I’m super busy outside of my day job working on that, but it’s definitely going to be worth it, I’m pretty stoked on it right now!

LWF: How do you begin the creative process?

WB: I start my creative process by getting inspired by any of the things I mentioned above in question 2 and then I really just focus in on the project at hand. I spend time sketching out concepts and once I’m happy with one I move to pen and ink drawings. Unless the finished product is a drawing or painting, it gets scanned in and worked on in photo shop or illustrator! Basically it’s a lot of stepping away from what I’ve been working on and coming back with a fresh perspective.

LOVE these “HOLLA BACK, YO!” notecards!

Water Color and tribal prints! 

One of my personal fave’s!

Contact & Media info for Wesley Bird
WEBSITE: wesleybird.com
INSTAGRAM: wesleybird 

-Team Woodland Friend

Thorn + Sparrow – An Artist Interview & Look Book

Happy Monday All!

I’m so excited to introduce a good friend of mine: Ashley Rodriguez of Thorn + Sparrow! Before Ashley relocated to Montana and started Thorn + Sparrow, we ran a custom invitation company together (which you can read up on here!). Ash and I pretty much share a brain when it comes to creating and crafting. We both have a passion for paper, graphic design, and fashion, as well as a desire to inspire our communities. I hope you enjoy this artist interview & look book. 

LWF: Little Woodland Friend (a.k.a. Amber Dunstan)
T+S: Thorn + Sparrow (a.k.a. Ashley Rodriguez)

LWF: What Does inspiration mean to you?

T+S: To me, inspiration means stirring up creativity- so whether that’s seeing pretty images, reading interviews and articles, hearing moving music or being in a new place and smelling all the different aromas, I soak it all in to stir up new ideas. most of the time I’m on the lookout for inspiration, but I love when inspiration comes when I’m not looking for it, when I’m forced to quickly jot down the unexpected vision when I’m out and about, that’s when I feel like a real artist.


LWF: Who Inspires you?

T+S: A lot of people inspire me, too many to list!! all of my friends are inspiring in their own way… I think it comes down to people who beat all odds in their craft – their vision, their determination, their patience, their faith, their passion – people who pursue something because of their love for that thing.

LWF: How do you start your creative process?

T+S: If I’m working on a custom project, I start the creative process by reading all about my client or chatting over coffee with them [though that doesn’t happen often since I’m way up in MT haha] so that I glean inspiration directly from the person I’m creating for, then I brainstorm and sketch any and all ideas that come from that. 
if I’m working on a non-custom project, I usually listen to music and sketch things or write down words that keep circling in my mind and i really try not to over think it – I try to paint/draw/write without anything else on my mind… it’s tough, but it always ends being some of my favorite work. 

If you like what you see here and would like to contact Ashley from Thorn + Sparrow go Here.
-Team Woodland Friend

Kelli Murray – An Artist Interview & Look Book

Hi Everyone,

So excited to get you pumped this Monday morning by this amazing illustrator, painter, blogger, fashion inspiration, designer, and pretty much everything we here at Inspiration Den adore! 


I first stumbled upon Kelli’s work on Pinterest. Everyone at Inspiration Den has a special place our hearts for paper & illustration, and this artist just blew our minds… It was her
LET’S CELEBRATE invitation which caught our attention. I loved this invite so much I needed see more. I was totally inspired by her blog, and found out that Kelli was not only a talented designer, but that she also has a knack for fashion and a super cute daughter! 

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Kelli Murray…





LWF: How would you describe your art in 10 words?

KM: Oh, this is terribly hard.  I would say my art is endearing, sweet and sometimes heart provoking.  Usually composed of dreamy girls and/or their animal friends.  (and that was over ten words!)  

 LWF: What inspires you and how do you start the creative process?  

KM: I am inspired by so many things.  Mainly nature and fashion and people.  I love to draw little animals and have really taken to illustrating female portraits.  All of my artwork starts with just a quick sketch of something I am inspired by.  I try to have a notebook with me all the time for this reason!  Weather it’s something I saw in a book or online…or something in my own life.  Lately, I have been really enjoying using pencil and watercolor on paper.  But most of my work is done on wood panels using acrylic paint.    

LWF: Do you have any words of wisdom or encouragement for artists who are just honing their craft?  

KM: Just keep creating.  Defining your style as an artist does not come overnight.  In fact, I think it’s a journey that never ends. But just like anything, the more you practice, the better you will get.  Just don’t give up.

LWF: I see you’re the head designer for Jedediah Clothing Company… Can you tell us a little bit about it?  

KM: I actually am in desperate need of a website update, so my current bio is a bit misleading.  I worked for Jedidiah for 6 years as the head designer, but decided to go full time freelance when I had my daughter in August of last year.  When I was working full time for them, my main roles were in graphic design and merchandising, and I worked with a team of other talented designers to create a full product line each season.  It was an amazing job and there are parts of it I do miss….but going freelance has allowed me to be at home with my daughter and also dive more deeply into my personal art and illustration.  Which is really my passion.


Contact Information & Shop for Kelli Murray