The amazing Kelli Murray Larson is giving away one of her beautiful prints to a lucky winner!
I discovered and started following Kelli my freshman year of college. I have seen her style morph and change from being a rougher almost street style, to very soft and understated, with neutral tones and textures. I've loved every minute of it. I was a fine arts major when I first found Kelli, and she immediately became (and is still) a HUGE inspiration to me. Not just her style and the way she painted, (and her wonderful clothes, that's another story) what really drew me to her was how she always had a deeper intention in all of her work. There was always something in her paintings that spoke to me.
I was (and STILL am) a huge fan of Jedidiah Clothing Co. where Kelli has been the head designer.
Summer '09 I had the chance to intern at Jedidiah, meet Kelli (I was star struck to say the least)
and work with their fabulous clothing co. I saw that these people had a purpose greater than simply making clothes, they wanted to help the people around them- caring for those in need.
So that is why I love Kelli and Jedidiah- and that is also why I am SO happy to be giving one of you one of her beautiful pieces!
Kelli answered a few questions about her inspiration, her life now as a new mamma, and being
an artist. Enjoy!
Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by a lot of things. But mostly, I am inspired by the people around me, by fashion, blogs, nature & animals, and all things vintage.
A lot of your work seems to have a deeper meaning within it, where would you say this comes from?
I love to create with a feeling or an emotion in mind. Usually that being love, or hope or just happiness. I am a dreamer at heart and my art is a reflection of who I am.
How has your worked changed since getting married and having a new baby?
To be honest, I have not had much time to work as of late :) Taking care of baby while still working part time is a tricky balance. But the little amount of personal art I have done since she has entered my world I would say has definitely been softer and more delicate and refined. I feel like my art continues to trend that way. I think one day I would like to create a whole line of nursery art. ONE DAY! :)
What is the best part about being an artist?
While I LOVE the process of actually creating art and taking it from concept to completion, I think the BEST part about being an artist is finding out that my work inspired someone or made a difference in their life in one way or another. That is the most fulfilling thing and biggest motivator to keep doing what I do.
The most difficult?
Sometimes I just get plain burnt out. My job is creative ( I am a graphic designer / merchandiser for a clothing company) and my passion/hobby is creative. So my mind is always on creative overload. I often have to push aside my work-a-holic tendencies and really live in the moment. Press "hold" on my art ideas and "to-do" lists and enjoy my everyday life. i.e my husband, my baby, a good meal. Balance is key to happiness!
How do you stay inspired to create?
I guess this goes hand in hand with how I answered the above question. It's definitely a challenge to constantly create. And it's near impossible to constantly create GOOD. For me, I need time to rest my mind. Usually it is after a few days of not creating anything at all that I am most excited to start on a project.
Thanks so much Kelli! You inspire me and so many others :)
You can check out Kelli's blog, Etsy Shop, Lookbook.nu for more goodness :)
Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday! So go comment peeps!