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My kitchen is filled with vintage ceramics i purchased through out the years...
This is my latest ceramic crush. I've had it for ages but i just redecorated so i sort of rediscovered it :)
I use it to drink my Turkish coffee
Its only half of it, my sister has the other half... I think she has a large pitcher instead of the tea pot, a butter dish instead of the milk pitcher and.... well i don't remember :)
Its not signed or dated so it's probably home made instead of factory made
In a nutshell:
Paper. Pattern. Pleasure.
SusyJack makes fun, contemporary paper products with patterns that aim to delight and refresh.
Tell me a little about yourself ...
I began as a graphic designer and painter and have always had a love for product and handmade items. This spring, I decided to devote less of my time to client work, and more time to my own designs. I live in Boston and spend a great deal of time in New York as well, so many of my designs are inspired by what I see in the city....abstract art, architecture, grafitti....tempered with an organic style.
What are your favourite materials?
I love anything with a basic look-- raw canvas, kraft paper, newsprint, chip-board. I love it when a basic material can be combined with something more eyecatching and unexpected like a flowing design, hand-lettering, a gestural mark or a metallic ink.
What do you transform them into:
The goal with SusyJack items is to get paper products to the point where they look considered, but still spontaneous. So, I create alot of simple journals, cards, and gift tags. I am also working on some mounted prints.
How do you do it?
Generally, I create the designs in my head, sometimes after a busy day they come to me as I'm falling asleep. Then, I usually sketch them out by hand or draw them on my Apple. For example, the blank Journal in blue mesh came into my head while I was looking at a chain link fence in Manhattan. The te amo card popped into my head when I was looking at grafitti on the train.
What inspired you to do this?
I have always loved abstract art. I have a hard time getting representational! And, I love the power of gestural line and the groundedness of pattern. Also, I have always dreamed of styling my own line of products, so I thought why not do it?
Do you remember the first thing you made? What was it?
Hm....no. I've been making things since I can remember. Art and creativity have always been a force for me...I am lucky that has been the case. Being creative is something I take as a given-- not something I had to come across. It's a very fundamental part of me that I try always to nourish.
What's new and exciting in your store?
Hm....well, my whole store on etsy is basically new, and new designs are beign added all the time! Currently, I am working on a few new journals, and some mounted prints. There will also be afew surprises of SJ patterns applied to other types of items!
What is your favourite item? And why?
My favorite item of mine is the Burst Notebook. Every time I look at it, the shape makes me happy. There's just something about it.
On Etsy....god, there are so many. I tend to be pretty serious about my Favorites, so, probably anyone on that list is up there for inspriation as well as a reminder of what to buy eventually!
Can you give us a sneak peak of what's to come?
Check out my blog. There, I'm posting whatever experimental work I have going on. I'm also creating a flickr set for the same.
I can say this, I will be putting up some special "ones of a kind" which will be journals that have unique touches on each one!
Why should people buy handmade?
People should buy handmade because everybody wins.
Also, people should buy handmade as a reaction to the commodification of almost everything these days. Buying handmade also sends a message that Conglomerate Culture is not the only way. It reminds us of our humanity. It helps us take part in beauty. And, it's good for the soul!
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