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Spaces Revisit // Cassie Pyle

Since sharing my updated studio space, I’ve been eager to take another look into some previous Spaces visits to see how everyones workspaces  have changed. It’s hard not to make changes as time goes on, especially as a creative. Our ideas and inspirations are always changing, and sometimes even our surroundings. So, I’m especially excited to share a new look into one of my favorite Spaces original, Cassie Pyle of The Veda House. It’s fun to look over her new *beautiful space and see how things have changed! Let’s catch up with Cassie and see what she’s been up to:

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I’m a freelance Graphic Designer and budding photo stylist working from home and doing what I love. I’m also a contract Visual Designer for Cuyana and compulsive tinker-er.

What are three things you’ve learned over the past year?
This past year has been the start of a big adventure for me. Back in March, I left my full-time job as a Digital Art Director at an advertising agency to pursue projects that really speak to me as a creative soul. Let’s just say that was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done professionally. You can say that I’ve learned quite a bit from that experience. I’ve learned that there is absolutely no reason why you can’t go after what you really want. I’ve learned that following your heart is usually more rewarding than following your head. I’ve learned that no matter how much you love your job, you’ll always have days that feel overwhelming and days where you’re 100% un-motivated. Most importantly, I think I’ve learned that you are in complete control over your happiness, so go get it!

How has your workspace changed since the last time you shared?
The last time I shared my space here on Eva’s blog I was living in an old shoe factory converted to residential lofts. My creative space was tucked away in a corner and used primarily as a place to surf the internet, respond to emails, and do the occasional freelance project. Since then, my Fiancé and I have moved into an historic town home that was built back in 1870 and was once a brothel! Our space has lots of character, lots of natural light and more built in bookcases that I can fill. Now that I’m working from home everyday, I wanted my space to be one of the brightest corners of the house and to be on the main floor. I was lucky enough to be able to create a work/live space that is cozy and a place I enjoy being everyday.

How do you deal with being creatively blocked?
Honestly, I’m still trying to figure this out. When you’re creatively blocked as a freelance designer, that usually means you’re being unproductive and not bringing in any kind of cash-flow. Terrifying! I’m learning that when I’m feeling creatively blocked or just completely unmotivated, I need to step away from the computer. I’ll go walk the dog, stop by the community garden to check up on my tomatoes, or watch an episode of my favorite television series. Usually just stepping away helps a lot. If that doesn’t work, scrolling through Pinterest or bouncing around on Spotify are my next go-to’s. You really never know where you’ll be inspired.

If you could add one more thing to your workspace what would it be? 
I think I’d have to choose a comfy desk chair. The chair I have now was bought strictly because I loved it’s shape and because it matched the wood tones of my desk. The seat is a thin leather seat and the back is all wood. I LOVE this armchair from West Elm, but I’ll need to find something more appropriately sized to be a desk chair. I think a huge chalkboard wall could be real fun too!

Check Her Out:
+ Orignal Spaces Interview
+ Blog
+ Twitter
+ Pinterest
+ Instagram

 

Spaces // Maia McDonald

As always, I’m so excited to share another look in a beautiful workspace. This week, we get a to explore the beautiful space and creative journey of graphic designer, Maia McDonald.

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I’m the art director at Rue Magazine and a freelance graphic designer.

Describe your creative journey.
Growing up I attended an alternative private school that focused on the arts, so I spent a lot of time playing with paint, crayons, clay and fabric. I was also heavily influenced by my mom who started her own all natural toy/craft company when I was a toddler. A lot of time was spent exploring the arts – both at home and at school so I knew early on that I wanted to be in a creative field and eventually work for myself. Up until college I thought I was going to be a painter or photographer, it wasn’t until I took my first graphic design class that I realized that it was the perfect fit for me. I love how every project is like a visual puzzle, bringing together type and image and telling the story of a brand or product in a new way.

I worked for several years for various brands including Shopbop.com and Williams-Sonoma, but last year I was finally able to realize my goal of striking it out on my own and I’ve never looked back. I love being my own boss and creating beautiful work for fun new clients on a daily basis.

Share a little bit about your space.
My space is always evolving. I spend a lot of time working at my computer so I’m always trying to make it as comfy and inspiring as possible. Also, since I work at home, it’s important for me to create a space that is separate from the rest of my apartment, so I don’t always have to be thinking about work when I’m at “home”.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Definitely the floor to ceiling windows. I love all the light, I always pick apartments or office space based on the amount of light there is.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Books, light, music and art. Oh, and a good chair!

Thanks Maia!

Find Her:
+ Website
+ Blog
+ Twitter

 

Spaces // Kate Miss

Kicking off the week with a look into the all-around creative, Kate Miss‘ work space! Get inspired by her beautiful space and all the amazing things she creates.

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I do a lot of different creative things, but mainly I’m a graphic designer and jewelry designer that dabbles in photography as well.

Describe your creative journey.
I come from a creative family, so I’ve always been been involved in some type of art my entire life, whether it be fine art, music, photography, or designing websites as a teenager – it was tricky deciding what I wanted to go to school for. But ultimately I chose graphic design because I knew it would be the best path for me to get a job as someone supporting myself. I think it’s a really good base career for a creative person who doesn’t quite know what they want to do because it can pay the bills, and can always lead to other creative endeavors if you decide you need to either being doing something else entirely or want to dabble in other things as well. I love graphic design but I would go out of my mind if it was the only thing I did. Being able to stop and work with my hands making jewelry or leaving my studio to go take photos is pretty dang awesome. I worked as a graphic designer for a few different companies fulltime out of college for about seven years before going freelance fulltime. Best decision I ever made.

Share a little bit about your space.
I joke to my friends that I work in a dungeon, but I know that’s not entirely true. It’s a very weird space – a room in the semi-basement off of the laundry room of an apartment building. I suppose it was originally storage, but it’s perfect for a creative space. My fiance is an artist who uses it nights and weekends and we split it right down the middle – my friend Katie also rents a desk two days a week so I don’t go out of my mind being alone all day. The downside is that it doesn’t get a ton of light and I can’t really see the outside world, but the upside is that it is so, so cheap, five blocks from my apartment, and nice and cool during the summer. Occasionally I’ll look for better spaces that are less raw and have more light, but nothing is as cheap or perfectly sized. I recently repainted and tried to jazz it up a bit more to make it homier. I use a kiln and sand bronze some days, so the rawness of the space is still necessary.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
That it’s separate from my living space. Working at home prior to this, there were so many distractions! I’d eat all the snacks in the house, randomly decide to do dishes, or lounge on the sofa. Now I can’t do any of that unless I walk home. But luckily, I can walk home fairly quickly, so most days I walk home for lunch and come back within an hour.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
A comfortable chair! Some people are crazy about having a pretty chair in their workspaces, and there is pretty much no such thing as a pretty chair that’s doing your back any good. Invest in a good chair and stop caring about how cute it is. Your back will thank you!

Thanks Kate!

Find Her:
+ Graphic Design
Jewelry
+ Photography
+ Blog
+ Twitter

 

Spaces // Kathleen Shannon

Take a peek into the workspace of Kathleen Shannon, of the super inspring Braid Creative. I met Kathleen at a design retreat last year and learned so much from talking with her. Check it out!

Tell us about yourself as a creative 
I co-own Braid Creative & Consulting with my sister Tara. We do branding and business visioning for other creative entrepreneurs like photographers, designers, makers, artists, consultants and coaches. My background is in graphic design but these days I spend most of my time writing, blogging, and planning things like ECourses and Workshops, and one-on-one consulting. I’m also now doing life coaching for creatives. Blogging about food, travel and life over at my personal blog is probably my favorite creative outlet.

Describe your creative journey 
I grew up learning to juggle, acting in plays, playing French horn in band, and always doing art. I also loved science and considered going to college for pre-med – but I chose fine art. I thought I would major in screen printing or painting but found myself a seat in the very competitive graphic design program. After graduation I worked my way up to senior art director in a small advertising agency. It was a fantastic job but after 5 years and lots of personal growth I found that traditional advertising was a sinking ship and didn’t quite align with my values. So I quit to be a freelancer. I found my passion not only in doing branding work for other solopreneurs but in sharing my own creative process, struggles, and victories on my personal blog. A year after freelancing my sister quit her job as a VP creative director to join forces with me – that’s when we started Braid Creative.

Share a little about your space
My sister and I, along with our designer Kristin (and two feisty cats), work out of my historical 1928 brick tudor home near downtown OKC. We work at a long wooden table with loads of natural light pouring in through the windows. We listen to Spotify all day… It’s pretty much a dream.

Favorite thing about my space
We have a chalkboard wall that we track our clients and projects on. But it’s kind of magical. Every quarter we erase the board to start fresh with lots of empty blanks – it’s our way of magically manifesting new clients. I know it sounds a little woo-woo but it totally works. It’s fun to see the board fill up towards the end of the quarter as a reminder of how much we’ve accomplished.

One thing every creative needs in their space
Music, natural light, a cup of tea, and incense.

Thanks Kathleen!

Find Her:
+ Website
+ Twitter
+ Personal Blog

PS –> designers and business owners NEED to check out Braid’s Blog + E-courses, they’ve put together some really amazing resources to help you grow your brand + business!

 

Spaces // Mary Frances Foster

Excited to shared today’s Spaces feature with you, as we take a look into Mary Frances Foster’s beautiful workspace. Mary Frances is a graphic designer and mixed media artist, her work is always perfectly thought out and beautifully vintage. Take a look!

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I am a freelance graphic designer, art director and mixed media artist living (and working) from the second floor of a two-family flat in St. Louis. I’d say my main objective is to tell a story. To create a careful connection, evoking a delicate narrative between the words and imagery by using a hands-on design approach. Day-to-day I work on design projects ranging from branding to print, styling to stationery, packaging to web design. In addition, I’m planning to open an online shop offering my own original collage works, prints and stationery later this year.

Describe your creative journey.
I am fortunate to have been born to a creatively eclectic crew. My maternal Grandma is what I would consider a [Charlene] of all trades; graphic designer, painter, sign-painter, doll maker…one of those women who could do–and did–everything real well. My Mom and my Aunt certainly inherited her curiosity and creativity (I’ll probably never completely comprehend their collections). I guess growing up, I observed Mom with her careful collections and Dad, his apparent love for music and somewhere along the line I acquired my own capacity to connect and collect–and eventually create. And certainly to care about it all.

I remember in preschool, my teacher had the teeniest silver pencil on her desk. It was as long as my pointer, skinny as a coffee-stirrer, and had a single line of hearts all the way up the side in every shade of the rainbow. I had to have it. Once I finally fessed up about fawning over it, she gave it to me and even though I studied it every night, I never so much as drew a line with it. I imagine that’s where it all started.

After studying design a couple years (with a heavy emphasis on fine art), I interned as a junior art director at a local advertising agency where I was soon hired on full-time. From there, I worked for a handful of creative agencies for the next 6+ years as an art director, enabling me to work with big-name clients–and actually getting to see my work on the shelf. All-the-while, I found myself sort of grabbing for something with substance. I’d spend my evenings scouring websites, scanning bookstores. On the weekend, I’d hit antique shops and see as much live music as I could. I started to slowly sort through it all. This was when I began developing my illustration style, and I started a blog to get out the creative energy I had pent-up day-in and day-out working on things that I felt weren’t fully utilizing my own voice. Something clicked. Since then, I founded and ran an art gallery for about a year (until someone bought our space), continuously dabbled in creative going-ons and am now working on my own, designing for a diverse selection of start-ups, on a handful of exciting new projects. So, things are really just getting started! I’m excited for everything on the horizon.

Share a little bit about your space.
I moved in in November and am finally feeling settled. It’s right on the park and a block from the international district here that has great food, quaint bars and a few great coffee shops. It’s been great for meeting with clients and other creatives day-to-day without having to get in the car at all. As far as the space itself, it has much more light than my previous place and I really love having a place for all of my “creative messes” aside from the dining room table. Although, I still like to spread out and work there quite a bit. My office is small, but sort of a perfect fit. Nothing compares to the character of an old building (and the pocket door kills me).

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Since working from home, I love that I can listen to music–a turntable even–without headphones on, or for that matter not worrying that the music I’ve selected isn’t going to totally bum my neighbor out. Also, since I moved my desk to lookout the window, I look forward to seeing the old man across the street leave with his dog a handful of times each day. They’re gone for about 20 minutes each time and look like they have a ball together.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Whos-its and whats-its galore. Books, certainly. Sounds. Strong coffee… Abandon.

Thanks Mary Frances!

Check her out:
+ Website
+ Blog
+ Twitter
+ Dribbble

 

Spaces // Alex Yeske

Introducing — Alex Yeske! Alex has my (and I’m sure many others) dream job — she’s a graphic designer at Madewell! So of course, her workspace is perfectly beautiful. Alex is also a blogger at her perfectly curated blog, Dreams and Jeans. Check her out!

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hi everyone! I’m Alex and I’m a graphic designer living in NYC. I currently work as a graphic designer at Madewell and do some freelance work on the side. I design mostly print pieces now, but also do a bit of web design and art direction.

Describe your creative journey.
I always knew I wanted to go into some sort of design, but it wasn’t until high school that I decided on graphic design. I ended up at Syracuse University and majored in Communications Design (like Jen!). The program is one of the best out there in that it really prepares you for the real world and it allows you to explore your interests through graphic design. We dreamed up every one of our projects and did everything from the naming, copywriting, and of course the design. I always had a small desire to work in the fashion industry but never knew how. iIt wasn’t until I was in college that I realized I could work in fashion through graphic design. During my last semester, I networked like crazy because I didn’t have any experience in fashion and ultimately it paid off and got me to my current job!

Share a little bit about your space.
We just moved to this apartment in November and I’m so thrilled to finally have a workspace (even though it’s small)! It’s made such a difference in my design work and blogging just to have a place I can really sit down and work at.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
It’s a toss up! I love the light we get in this room – it’s extremely important to me to have good light in a workspace. I also love having a big wall to hang stuff on. I’m always switching out what hangs there, whether it’s inspiration or framed prints. I actually just painted this blue geometric piece and love the pop of color it brings.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Natural light and windows are so important to me and I think are essential to a workspace. I love being able to look outside when I need a break and I also feel that looking outside makes me feel more inspired!

Thanks Alex!

Find her:
+ Website
+ Blog
+ Twitter
+ Instagram
+ Pinterest