Happy Tuesday Inspiration Den readers! Some of you may remember when we interviewed Dianna of DAVIE ART in the Den a few months ago, I fell in love with her little characters and now they are coming to life in her new Children’s Book, WILD ONE!
For the month of November, artist DAVIE will be crowdfunding to publish her children’s book, WILD ONE. Take a look at her kickstarter page and support a your local artist.
WILD ONE pushes her audience to live brave and wild lives. It acts as an art book perfect for a coffee table and a family’s nighttime ritual before their little ones fall asleep.
DAVIE has been doing art for the last 3 years. She started doing street art and her work quickly evolved into shows at galleries and a freelance business. Her style has simple black lines and a classic aesthetic. To view DAVIE’s portfolio, visit her website!
Instagram: @davieart #makewildone
Today we are featuring Shannon Kirsten: illustrator + Photographer. As an invitation designer myself I have a special interest and am super inspired by other illustrators and designers. I first saw Shannon on a green wedding shoes post & fell in love with her work and then I made my way to her blog which is equally inspiring! I hope everyone enjoys my interview with Shannon! Have a happy Tuesday!!!!
Amber: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself & your artistic aesthetic?
Shannon: I am a photographer and illustrator born and raised in Florida (on the gulf coast). My degree and background is in fashion. I began my career working in textile then graphic design for a couple large apparel companies. I started to freelance on the side and found that I really loved illustration and using hand painted elements in my designs. Overtime I also started to do more hand lettering and experimenting with other paint mediums like gouache and watercolors. I never thought I would be doing calligraphy but I’ve grown to truly love it. I now focus mainly on painting custom wedding invitations, whimsical art prints, and other little paper goods! When I’m not painting, I’m photographing. Photography has been a lifelong hobby of mine that finally turned into a real business. I have been working on fashion photography projects for a couple of years now. As of last year I also started photographing weddings. In both of my mediums, femininity and nature are a consistent element in which I’m constantly inspired by. I am drawn to pretty and dainty but I love a touch of rustic…things with an edgy, dark side as well.
I’m so excited, today we are introducing the newest member of The Inspiration Den team! There are two reasons I’m excited to have Lindsay with us, First, I LOVE food and think her recipes are inspirational and actually delicious! Secondly, Lindsay and her family have certain food allergies, which makes all of her recipes usable for others who have these sensitivities. I think people finally paying attention to what they eat and how food affects them is amazing.
All that to say I would LOVE to introduce Lindsay Esparza, our newest recipe contributor for The Inspiration Den!
I’m so excited to introduce Dianna Grobstein of DAVIE ART! Love her technique and love for woodland animals! I hope everyone enjoys her interview and drawings as much as I do, and for all those Portlandia peeps you must check out this talented local gem! All images are available as prints or cards in her shop!
Amber // The Inspiration Den – Dianna Grobstein // Davie Art
Amber: Can you tell The Inspiration Den reader’s a little bit about yourself and how “DAVIE” got started?
Dianna: I am from Los Angeles and have lived in Portland for the last year and a half. I have been doing art since I was young, with my father and grandfather both being painters. I think I was my dad’s muse because about 90% of his paintings were of me. I have always loved art and found ways to be creative in everything I did.
A few years ago I started DAVIE. I actually remember the day when it happened. I was doodling at my job and a coworker asked if she could commission an illustration for her apartment. I had never really worked with pen and ink, and after that point drawing has become quite an obsession.
In the process of finding my style of lines and technique, I created the name DAVIE so I could do street art, and “protect my identity”. I was never much of a troublemaker, so I quickly stopped and just focused on creating a business. But my heart still wants to take my art to the streets. Maybe I will again someday.
Amber: Who and what inspires you and your work?
Dianna: I feel like my art teeters on the line of imagination and fiction. Some small details will look make-believe while everything else can seem somewhat realistic. I love books with raging imaginations and getting lost in their worlds. I need to make more time for books because I always get so excited to create after reading.
Amber: What’s your most inspiration piece of decor or detail in or of your studio?
Dianna: I have a piece of art by Kyle Field in my studio. I’ve always loved his work as well as his music (Little Wings), and have one of his drawings on my desk. He’s such a kind soul and is someone who has had a very authentic and genuine journey. He seems to keep true to doing what he loves while finding a large underground following who appreciates it. Looking at his drawing keeps me on track.
Amber: Any advice for the artist and dreamer?
Dianna: People have different views on this, but I tell people to just start creating and not fear your audience seeing the dirty process. Most people want to have all their ducks in a row before anyone views it, but that’s not always realistic. Allow yourself to make changes and grow in front of people. I’ve realized these last few years that nobody really cared that I’ve changed my website design or my logo. I’ve become more productive and less worried what people think.
Amber: What’s your favorite piece of art work you’ve ever done or your favorite drawing?
Dianna: I’ve grown very attached to the Rabbit that I did about a year ago. Whenever I finish drawings, I typically feel unsatisfied with the outcome to be honest, but I kind of shocked myself with how much I liked the little guy.
Amber: Looks like your main form of art are ink illustrations, why did you choose that over other forms of drawing or painting?
Dianna: I like clean lines and simplicity. I tend to wear a lot of black and white, and my house decor follows suit. My friends have critiqued my behavior as borderline OCD and so my art has always resembled similar patterns of my lifestyle. I like drawing because it feels more controlled than when I use to paint.
Amber: Can we expect any shows from you in the future and are you working on anything special right now?
Dianna: I’ve got a show going on in Portland, OR now showing my “Animals with Weapons” series. I’m also dabbling with the idea of a series called, “Animals Sinking Ships”.
Along with doing series, I like to follow what other artists in town are working on and try to grab coffee with them. I’m working with one guy to create my own typeface, which I’m super excited about and will realistically be launched in about a decade. I also want to work with this guy named Lord Blakely here in Portland and learn how to do graffiti style lettering this summer. I love drawing and am working on fine-tuning my style, while exploring other creative ideas with friends along the way.
Dianna of DAVIE ART!Anatomy by DAVIE ART
DAVIE ART CONTAT + SHOP INFO!
Here are a few of Amber’s DIY’s she put together for her website!
I’m so excited to have a new DIY contributor in The Inspiration Den and wanted to take a sec to introduce her to all of our readers! Check back tomorrow to see Amber’s First DIY post on How to Add Succulents to a Bouquet! Perfect for a wedding or event!
The Den: Tell our readers a little bit about who you are and what you do.
Amber L.: Hi there! I am Amber Lay, the founder of Amber Lay Events (ALE). We offer Event Coordinating & Planning, Custom Florals, and Design & Styling. While we often find ourselves doing weddings, we love to help with charity events, birthday parties and just about any other event under the sun. Speaking of the sun, I can’t get enough which is why I call San Diego my home and spend just about every minute I’m not working at the beach or as close to it as possible. Oh, and did I mention that a portion of our proceeds from each event goes to the one of the great CAUSES we partner with?! We feel very strongly about giving back to our community so we let our clients choose the CAUSE of their choice!
The Den: What inspired you to start designing, planning, and creating events, DIY’s, and everything in between?
Amber L: When I was in high school I saw the TV show called “Whose Wedding Is It Anyways” where they documented the lives of wedding planners. After just one episode I knew it would be the perfect career for me! With a lot of persistence I soon found myself living in LA and interning with my favorite celebrity wedding planner from the show. Then while getting my degree at San Diego State University, I rediscovered my passion for creating. That is when I delved into the floral design side of the wedding industry. Upon graduating, I landed a job Hostess with the Mostess (HWTM), the popular party blog. There I learned about DIY’s and started contributing posts on HWTM. There are so many talented people in this industry and Southern California takes weddings, creativity and design to a whole other level so I find that inspirational in itself.
The Den: Who inspires your work?
Amber L: Ever since I was a little girl my dad instilled a strong work ethic in my siblings and me. While we despised him at the time, now I understand why he had us laying tile at the age of 4 and installing sprinkler systems at the age of 11. He wanted us to be strong, independent and hard-working individuals. His drive and ambition inspires me to work hard everyday so that I can be completely self-sufficient and independent financially. But working hard isn’t enough. I have always known that I wanted to do something that I am passionate about, something that makes me happy to go to work everyday. Each wedding I do I seriously get the biggest high from. That’s how I know I truly love it. Plus weddings are usually one of the most important days in someone’s life so being a part of that is an honor.
The Den: Anything currently in the works for the ALE Team?
Amber L: Yes!!! We have lots of fun projects going on all the time! Right now our biggest project is the launch of a new branch of ALE called Cotton Clouds For A Cause (CCFAC) (http://www.cottoncloudsforacause.com). My clients often times ask for advice on what to do for wedding favors. I always recommend donating to the charity of their choice and doing an in lieu-of-favor card letting guests know that a donation was made in their honor. Most of my clients love the idea of donating but want something tangible for their guests too.
With that feedback the idea for CCFAC was born…we offer cotton candy favors in custom and creative packaging. Since the portions are small (I mean let’s be honest, wedding guests already have appetizers, drinks, dinner, drinks, cake, drinks, usually a dessert bar of some sort, more drinks, and sometimes even comfort food snacks at the end of the night so they don’t really need a huge chunk of cotton candy) a portion of the proceeds from each favor go to the same CAUSES that a portion of ALE event proceeds go to…and yes the client gets to choose the CAUSE! We also offer event packages where we spin fresh cotton candy at events with a portion of the proceeds also going to the CAUSE of the client’s choice.