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Welcome to Superhero Sunday, a new feature on the CO+K blog where we're going to be showcasing our favorite artists along with guest art of our very own crafty superhero, Crafterella!


Aurora Lady is a portrait artist and Girl Pop Visionary from gorgeous Los Angeles, California. She loves vintage issues of Sassy, girls-girls-girls, and projects of heart wrenching proportions. Email her at alady@auroralady.com, and make dreams come true.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Yes! No! Kind of? I think most people start out creative--they are encouraged to draw and paint, to solve problems visually. Then we are trained to think this is the territory of children and that being creative won't pay the bills. As if art and responsibility are mutually exclusive.  I went through a fierce period of creative denial in high school and college before I took a drawing class as an elective and was forced to realize that the safe path wasn't something I'd be happy with. And then, after graduating, I worked shitty jobs, still not confident or trusting of my skills. My like changed when I accepted that I not only liked making art, but that I was capable of supporting myself with it. 

How would you describe the style of your work?

A Quaintrelle Soiree, with cherries on top. Leave with your heart in your hands.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

I am slightly obsessed with switching out my pencil cases and supplies, depending on where I'll be and what I intend to do. Right this second I'm a sucker for white watercolor pencil for highlights. My case in my purse contains a Gossip Girl notebook, a tiny paintbrush, scissors, watercolor pencils, and glitter glue. 

Who is your favorite superhero?

I don't read a lot of comic books. Really, I read Classics Illustrated and Katy Keene when I was little (I'm certain that Katy's blue-black hair influences me still!) I watched the first two seasons of Heroes, but was mesmerized by the villain more than anybody else. My real superheroes are women I know and love: Taryn Hipp for her superhuman strength and honesty, Dyana Valentine for her intuitive presence, my mom for teaching me to look for the potential in everything.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

To not be hindered by self-doubt or fear in the pursuit of what I want. 

Where do you look for inspiration?

I am very thankful to live in Los Angeles, which inspires me every time I turn around. I love walking outside and smelling jasmine in the air. I adore reading or hearing about people operating from a place of kindness or empathy, just because they have an opportunity to do so. Emails that are secretive, containing intimate soul baring details that liberate or unite.  My friends that make beautiful things or aid in the realization that people are beautiful. Being selective about the internet. Thoughtful encouragement to make better, to be better.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

My favorites are those that live honestly about who they are. I love folks who create who they are with sincerity and mindfulness. I am always checking out Kim Burly, Augusta Gail, Jennifer Emerling, and Doe Deere. I like people who don't deny that their own fear exists, and then they push through it to produce great work that resonates with others. If you can do that, if you can connect, then you've really gotten somewhere. 


Purple By Purple


"The best thing about living in Asheville is the vibrant culture of downtown and the gorgeous  mountain views. The people are like living art and everywhere you go you are inspired by the creativity and beauty of the surroundings." 



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Shop

My favorite place to go for supplies is The Bead Store downtown. They have all the supplies you need there to make tons of creative jewelry right in the store. They even do activity days so you can create with fellow crafters!


Be Inspired

The best places to go for inspiration are the street fairs, which are held often downtown. Just walking down the street you see so many interesting people with eye catching fashion sense and independent artists selling their work. Paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, and more are all displayed beautifully up and down a street of choice while a local band plays close by. 

Some must-dos including going to the River Arts District which is filled with art studios where observers are welcome - you can meet the artists and talk with most of them personally. Visit the art galleries and the museum of art. Go shopping! there are so many unique, one-of-a-kind things to find. Many of the stores sell items that local artists have created.

Also take a photo of/with the street performers. There are a lot of fun people to see like a woman who is very proficient in tricks with the hoola hoop, a man who can roll a ball across his entire body without hands and lots independent musicians. 


Eat & Drink

My favorite thing to do (non craft related) is explore all the different restaurants and cafes. There are so many delicious places to choose from. My favorite place, Green Sage, is a self - sustaining restaurant  and cafe that makes all their food fresh, organic, and from scratch with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Another great place is the Laughing Seed which has a menu specifically for vegans/vegetarians. But there are many others that I have yet to discover. There are a few cute little coffee places as well. Asheville is a great place for foodies. 


 Craft

A good place to sit and craft is The Drum Circle in Pritchard Park. It's called the drum circle because on Friday nights anyone is welcomed to come with their drums (or other instrument) and jam out while others dance or watch. But regularly, it is just a nice place to sit and relax and do whatever. 


Pick Up A Souvenir

A popular souvenir to take home is the "keep Asheville weird" sticker or another great souvenir is, of corse, some original Asheville artwork.


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Posted March 11th, 2014 10:00


Fujifilm sent us their new Instax Mini 8 instant camera to play with and give away to you guys in a super special contest. Aside from the sleek new design, the cameras come in a range of new pastel colors making them look even more adorable.

The camera is simple to use - just load the film in the back and then press the chunky button at the bottom to pop out the lens. Turn the wheel around the lens to select the best function for your shooting conditions. The camera even has a flash for shooting at night.


When you're happy with the settings just press the shutter button to take your photo and watch as the photo develops from white in front of your eyes. We love it and think you're going to love it too!

Win Crafterella's Pink Instax Mini 8


For a chance of winning your own camera, simply draw, scribble or paint your own fan-art of Crafterella and upload it at the link below. Good luck and she can't wait to see your art!

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"The best thing about living in Madrid is that it has everything you can imagine, it´s a big and metropolitan city. In Madrid you can see musicals, monologues, exhibitions, museums, football games, basketball games, theater, concerts...

Anything you need you´ll find in Madrid. There is a lot to things to do and has a great nightlife." 



Shop

Pontejos is one of the most popular and oldest stores for craft supplies, and it is situated in the centre of the city, next to Plaza Mayor. Black Oveja is a shop where you can buy mostly fabric and wool, but it has also other things like washi tape. They also do workshops such as sewing, crochet, patchwork. Delipapel is a shop that has all the stuff above and supplies for scrapbooking. You can also do some workshops such as decorating your 100% handmade wedding, decoupage and decor for your walls. 

Rastro Market is really a must see in Madrid, every sunday you can see a lot of people buying and selling stuff. You can find everything you can imagine, from second hand things like furniture, pictures, clothing and old and used items from the fifties, to new stuff made in China.


Be Inspired

I love to walk in the city, there is always something new to find out. I especially like the centre where there are really small and curious streets. One of the neighborhoods of Madrid I like to walk in is Malasaña, because is full of weird and secondhand stores and also has a lot of little and cute coffee shops. I  also love to make picnics when it's sunny with my boyfriend and friends in Retiro Park or West Park, I also love the musicians and the monologues. And of course the nightlife of Madrid, there are a lot of bars and discos with different music styles.

The Debod Temple (situated next to Plaza de España), is an ancient egypt temple and is really beautiful to take photos of at dusk or dawn. Also, Oso y el madroño is a statue that represents Madrid, it's situated in Plaza del Sol and a must make to take a photo if you are in Madrid.


Eat & Drink

One of my favorite places to eat is Madrid is Casa Julio (Madera Street, nr. 37), a small bar where you can eat croquets which have different ingredients like ham, blue cheese and mushrooms. It's not expensive and on the walls you can find newspaper articles where they have appeared and photos with celebrities who have been there. All the croquetas are made by a grandma.

El Jardín Secreto is perfect in winter, because they have a wide range of different hot chocolates and it's the most romantic restaurant I've ever seen in my live. San Ginés is the most popular coffee shop where you can have really good "chocolate con churros". It's situated in the centre of Madrid next to Plaza del Sol. Las Bravas is the place where you can taste a really good brava sauce with potatoes, this is very typical and it tastes like heaven! 


 Craft

I like parks for crafting, where you can sit, relax and connect with the nature. There are two huge parks in Madrid I like to go, one is the Retiro Park, the other is West Park (parque del oeste). I don’t think there is a particular place for making crafty friends, but whenever I'm on the subway and I'm crocheting there is always somebody that asks me what I'm doing and we start to talk about crafts.

See Something Special

I think the Rastro Market is really quirky, there you´ll find so different people selling and buying so different and strange things. Also the Fuencarral Market is worth seeing, it has a lot of stores for very different tastes.


Pick Up A Souvenir

I would say, if you can, some food like vine, jamón serrano, manchego cheese, olive oil, turron (sweet for Christmas). The food in my country is really really tasty and has a great quality. 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted February 27th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Grand Junction, Colorado to take a look around Bri's inspiring office.


"Every time I come in here I feel like I am being invited to create. I love that."





Tell us about your space?
My husband and I are currently in Grand Junction, CO. We moved here in June of 2013. We live in an apartment right now and although it's one of the bigger spaces we've ever lived in, we still don't have a ton of room. We fortunately have a second bedroom which I turned into our office/craft space. Sometimes my husband works in the room on occasion. I'm a photographer that also dabbles in other crafts and design type hobbies. The room is used mostly for editing but also for making music and other artsy fartsy things. I play a few different instruments and enjoy singing. I have recently taken an interest in making wire rings that I sell on etsy. I also have personal sketchbooks/art journals that I make just for my own enjoyment.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I've really enjoyed adding some greenery around my creating space. Plants brighten up a room and just make me happy. I also have vintage touches here and there.

How do you keep organized?
I try my hardest to put things away when I am done with them. That sounds obvious and needless to say. But my creative space stays way more organized if I can make myself put things back where they go.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
One of my favorite things I own is my typewriter. I found it a few years ago for only $20 and it has been extra fun to play with. I have a lot of my photography and prints up around the room. I made the "Be Kind" print as well as a few others around our home. Most of the photo prints I have around are from my high school and college photo classes. They remind me how far I've come as an artist and to always try new things. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I make a lot of lists. If you look at the "notes" app on my phone, it is full of ideas and thoughts for projects. I also have a suitcase full of cutouts and clips of things that inspire me. I wouldn't call the suitcase organized, but at least it's all in one place. ;)

Where do you look for inspiration?
I really love pinterest. It's such easy access to a world of incredible, inspiring artists. I am a firm believer in exploring other artists' work and finding your own ideas and thoughts through it.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
The ultimate dream is to one day have my own dark room so I can develop and print my own work. That would be the best ever.


Erin P. By Erin P.


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This week Erin from Thanks, I Made It recreates the look of 70s style icon Bianca Jagger: 

"Bianca Jagger has such glamorous signature style that is quintessential '70s luxury. Who else can pull off the white suits or riding in on a horse to a birthday party the way she did? And don't forget the headgear-- veils, berets, turbans... she rocks it all!"

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carlyjcais By carlyjcais


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This week Carly from Chic Steals recreates the unique look of actress Tilda Swinton:

"Tilda Swinton is a true style icon: appearing in Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, and Christian Dior on red carpets the world over, she is also the face of avant-garde androgeny. With every role she takes on, she steps into her character effortlessly, transforming herself utterly and completely each and every time. Yet when she makes an appearance in real life, she is consistently true to her own minimalist style. Impeccably-tailored, minimal accessories, nude face, and gravity-defying coif, she truly marches to the beat of her own drummer."

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missjojangles By missjojangles


Outfit details:

  • Shirt - White Stuff
  • Collar Clips - DIY (see below)
  • Jumper - Vintage (The lady in the shop told me it dates back to a farmer’s son from World War Two! I love it when my clothes have a story behind them.)
  • Skirt - Joules
  • Tights - White Stuff
  • Boots - Jones Bootmaker

DIY Collar Clips

Recreate the look with Jojo's collar clips tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I’d have to say quirky and brightly coloured! I love to express my personality through my clothes and have fun with it. Recently, I’ve fallen into a style rut by wearing the same things again and again. I’m blaming this on the cold weather – I’ve been living in hats. I’m also trying my best to make mittens ‘happen’ as I’m rarely seen without them.?

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I have a gorgeous skater dress I bought in the TopShop sale last year. It’s backless and it’s made entirely of sequins. How could I possibly resist it? It’s become one of those dresses that I hang on the wall of my bedroom as decoration and am saving for a particularly magical day. Aside from that, there will always be a special place in my heart for my lucky pinafore dress and my trusty red tights. If in doubt, I’ll wear that combination, probably paired with a beret. I love wearing my beret so much some of my friends first knew me as ‘Beret Girl’ – a title I was proud to live up to.

Who are your style icons?

Most of my ‘style inspiration’ comes from outfits on blogs or Pinterest. I, also, love to recreate outfits from in films, Luna Lovegood out of Harry Potter had the coolest sense of style. My obsession with coloured tights must have stemmed from her. I have been known to make myself a pair of spectrospecs and a cork necklace too!

I adore vintage style and I’m always collecting old photographs of film stars or family members. My grandma was so stylish! I’m forever complaining that I was born in the wrong era. I wish we still wore the kinds of dresses they were wearing in the fifties and I love nothing more than to wear an Audrey Hepburn style headscarf.

Do you have any favourite designers?

My favourites are Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston. I’m all about bright colours and bold patterns. I’ve recently fallen in love with Kate Spade, anyone who condones cake for breakfast is a hero in my book.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I’m a high street girl, I find Internet shopping too overwhelming, as there is too much choice and I like being able to try on items. I can’t resist TopShop but a few firm favourites are Yumi, Joules and Joy the Store. I also like to go into independent shops as they offer more variety and you’re more likely to find a one-of-a-kind item in there. That or a top that has a Mean Girls quote on it.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

How I dream of being able to make my own clothes! I still haven’t quite mastered the sewing machine yet, but one day, I will, hopefully. There has been an odd time that I’ve shortened a skirt, fixed a hem or darned up the toe of a much-loved pair of tights. I usually only customize them with pieces of handmade jewellery, hair accessories or brooches. My first customized fashion piece was a pair of sunglasses adorned with buttons. They always brought a smile to people’s faces and I still wear them to this day.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

I recommend layers to build up an outfit. I usually wear a patterned T-shirt underneath a dress, and then add a cardigan or jacket and some accessories on top. I find hand making something is the best way to personilise an outfit as it will make it entirely unique. There is no way anyone else will be wearing a crown made of pom poms, is there?

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

The list is getting longer every day. There are so many fab bloggers out there, now. Top of my list at the moment is Burkatron, What Olivia Did and Tolly Dolly Posh. I love Megan from Briar Rose’s style and could quite happily lose myself in her blog world for a day or two.


Check out Jojo's blog, Miss Jojangles »


leethal By leethal


Outfit details:

  • Boots - Village Merchants in Portland, Oregon
  • Layered tights - bottom yellow layer from Target, top circle-hole lace tights from Nordstrom Rack
  • Skirt - sewn from the sleeves of two button-down shirts 
  • Fingerless mitts - Color by Number Stripy Mitts in Malabrigo Sock yarn
  • Cardigan - DIY, reconstructed from a thrifted cardigan (see below)
  • T-shirt - thrifted and printed with a hand-carved linoleum block print of a camera
  • Glasses - Zenni Optical
  • Hat - Barry knit in Anzula For Better or Worsted

DIY Sweater Cuffs:

Recreate the look with Lee's Reconstructed Sweater Cuffs tutorial:



What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

 That's constantly changing, usually to the most recent piece I've made - so it's probably currently my travel sweater that I just finished knitting.  It was a super long-term project, striping between all the yarns I bought on a 3-week trip around the UK and Ireland in September 2012, which I started knitting while traveling on that trip.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I only pay attention to knitting pattern designers (and not nearly as much attention as I should pay) - a few of my favorites of those (off the top of my head) are Lynne Barr, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Teva Durham, and Elizabeth Zimmermann, of course.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I pretty much don't shop for new clothes, but I do occasionally buy something basic from H&M or Target.  My favorite place for socks is Sock Dreams, though I don't go there often because I don't have much budget for fancy socks.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes; most of my accessories are knit by me, many of my skirts are sewn by me, and many of my other items are embellished in some way (printed on, embroidered, etc).

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

I love color, but I try to avoid looking like a clown by either keeping the main outfit items more neutral and accessorizing with bright colors (like I did with this outfit), or if I want to wear a bright main clothing item, then keeping accessories toned down, and/or making sure they match nicely instead of just throwing on ALL THE COLORS like I'm sometimes tempted to do!  As for personalizing, try adding small embellishments if you can't or don't want to make full items, like bits of embroidery, trimmings/edgings, freezer paper stencil printing, etc.


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Rosie M. By Rosie M.


Outfit details:
  • Collar - DIY (see below)
  • Purple jacket - I made this to wear at my sister's wedding, inspired by classic Chanel boucle jackets.
  • Green top - this is from Topshop! I allowed myself to buy it as it's something I wouldn't be able to make.
  • Jeans - from a charity shop. I flicked white fabric paint all over them using a toothbrush as I wanted them to look like they were covered in stars. It didn't really work but I like them anyway
  • Shoes - Underground

DIY Stand Alone Collar

Recreate the look with Rosie's How To Make A Stand Alone Collar tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

A bit of a mess.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Probably a crazy cyan and gold chain patterned shirt I made with fabric from Walthamstow market earlier this year.

Who are your style icons?

Clementine from Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Tank Girl, Elvis 

Do you have any favourite designers?

Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Kantrantzou, Luella Bartley, Jean Charles De Castelbajac,

 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

As much as possible I try not to buy new clothes. If I am able to make a piece of clothing, I won’t let myself buy it. That means the only clothes I buy are knitted pieces – jumpers and cardigans. Topshop is a very tempting underworld of cool clothing so I allow myself a knit from there every now and then. Most of my jumpers come from Beyond Retro or charity shops.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I tend to make things from scratch as I am a fabric fiend and love the potential that every piece of fabric promises. I like to imagine things that don’t exist then bring them into being!

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Never underestimate the value of a colourful pair of socks!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I like to see the DIY projects that Geneva from ‘A Pair and a Spare’ comes up with. She is very inventive. I do love a bit of Susie Bubble – she is not afraid to go crazy with colour. 'Charity Shop Chic' as I am in awe of her ability to turn ugly things into beautiful, functional clothing! Recently I have enjoyed looking at the experimental outfits of Annika from The Pineneedle Collective.


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