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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. 

Asheville, North Carolina, USA •

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.

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!

Submit your fan art here »

Outfit details:

  • Top - Zara
  • Shades - Le Specs (Nordstorm)
  • Skirt - DIY (see below)
  • Heels - Halogen (Nordstorm)

DIY Porcelain Print Pleated Skirt:

Recreate the look with Rinchen's Porcelain Print Pleated Skirt tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

I love to experiment with different kinds of styles as I am still discovering my personal style but I often find myself leaning more towards a more minimalist modern chic look. More often than not though, I really just wear what I love and feel comfortable in regardless of it being in style or not. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

It’s always the dress I can quickly throw on without thinking twice when I am in a rush and know that I’ll still feel good and look polished wearing it. 

Who are your style icons?

I don’t have any particular style icons but if I were to pick, it would be the street style stars or fashion bloggers such as Rumi Neely whose styles are so effortless and chic.  

Do you have any favourite designers?

Balmain, Altuzarra and Erdem are some of my favorite designers. 

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

I don’t have one particular store/brand that I would consider a favorite. When I am shopping for something, I usually checkout a bunch of places hunting for that perfect thing. I always have difficulty finding my size whether its clothes or shoes so the hunt usually lasts quite long. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I customize more often than creating an entire outfit or piece of clothing. Usually it involves some kind of embellishment getting added on the piece. Other times, if I see a really nice print or texture but can’t find the dress in my size, I’ll buy whatever size they have and either customize it to fit me or use the fabric to make something else entirely.

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

In a single look, I only use one customized item whether it’s a piece of clothing or an accessory just to keep it minimal. I also tend to not use more than 2-3 colors in an outfit. Beyond that, I'd just stick to a balance of what you are in the mood for and what makes the most sense for the occasion. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love to keep up with other DIY blogs. I have too many favorite ones to list here. I also read a few street style and personal style blogs. Fashion Toast and Jak & Jil are my absolute favorites.  

Check out Rinchen's blog at HIGH on DIY »

Madrid, Spain • Visit Website »

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.

We head to New Jersey to go behind the scenes of Scathingly Brilliant and tour Kate's craft space which is as pretty as can be.

"I love the colors and how bright and cheerful it is! I'm also proud of how well I've organized all of my supplies. I use a lot of closed storage so that things are neat and tidy but still pleasant to look at."

Tell us about your space?
My craft space is actually located in my bedroom. The room is 11' x 11' and my craft space takes up one wall. I also have a little office in what used to be my closet and I often use that when I'm crafting as well. It's definitely an all-purpose space! I use it for pretty much everything from painting to sewing to packing orders and taking product photos for my shops. It's my bedroom, my office, my craft space, my shipping station when I pack orders and it's also kind of my living room since I do most of my eating and tv watching in there as well. I'm the only person that uses my room but at any given time there are usually 1 or 2 cats hanging around keeping me company. The crafts I do the most are probably drawing, painting and jewelry-making. I also love to sew although sometimes that can be tricky with my cats around… lately I've been doing that at the kitchen table away from curious paws ;)

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I painted the walls a really pretty aqua color and I put up artwork from some of my favorite artists. I love being surrounded by so many pretty, happy works of art! Since my bed takes up a big chunk of the space I probably have more cosiness than any craft room should have! It's definitely tempting to just curl up in bed sometimes with all my soft comfy pillows..

How do you keep organized?
I'm VERY messy! I have to spend a good half hour or more each night cleaning up whatever mess I made that day. But luckily I am pretty well organized and everything has a designated spot, so tidying up is just a matter of putting things back where they belong. As for works in progress, I have a bin where I keep them stashed away, but all of the supplies I need to make them still get put-away and then taken out again when it's time to resume work. I don't like going to sleep with a messy craft space (especially since I also sleep in there, it can be daunting to see all the work waiting for you in the morning!)

Luckily the things I make don't require very bulky supplies. I keep my paints in a plastic swan that was made for holding potted plants. I keep my fabric supplies stashed away under my desk and my jewelry pieces all fit in five little plastic bins in my closet. I also keep foam board and canvases laying flat under my mattress! Small spaces require a lot of unconventional storage solutions, lol!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
If you have a small space, putting your bed on risers is one of the best things you can ever do. I keep all of the things I don't use very often under my bed, and then I have shelving running along the sides of the bed where I keep supplies that I use on a daily basis. I also like utilizing the walls in my room to get things off the floor. I have a vertical record player that's hanging on the wall, and I also have a large white shelf where I keep knick knacks and supplies.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have a wall of artwork I commissioned of my cat who passed away earlier this year.. those pieces are all very important to me. I also have a lot of my favorite vintage dresses hanging up too. As far as tools or supplies, I love my Xyron sticker maker. It's seriously the most useful tool I've ever purchased, I use it for so many things! I like to display art from other artists that I admire, but I do have a few of my own things sprinkled around my room. A couple embroideries, a painting of my grandmother and a self-portrait holding one of my cats.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have a couple notebooks where I am constantly writing down ideas, but most of them are written on little slips of paper or post-it notes. If an idea hits me while I'm out I'll usually e-mail it to myself and then write it down later. I'm very forgetful so I'm paranoid about writing things down and making sure I'll remember them later!

Where do you look for inspiration?
I get most of my inspiration for drawings and paintings from classic movies or old family photos. A lot of my jewelry or accessory ideas come from childhood memories and nostalgia.  

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Honestly I love the craft space I have.. if it was a little bit bigger that would be nice, but otherwise it actually is my dream craft space! Well, maybe if it was attached to an art supply store where all of the products were free of charge that would be ideal ;) haha!

Outfit details:

  • Sweatshirt - DIY (see below) 
  • Sneakers - DIY 
  • Bracelets - DIY  
  • Jeans - Primark 
  • Beanie - local store

DIY Aztec Sweater:

Recreate the look with Veva's Aztec Sweater tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

I think that “less is more” My style is very simple but I always wear a special necklace or bracelet who gives color to the rest of the outfit. When I dress up, I  I never wear more than 3 colours, I always try to highlight an item and the rest remaining in a second place. I love to wear sneakers, and mixing it with more formal clothes.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My belstaff jacket, I love ride my motorcycle and I have this jacket  since 2005

Who are your style icons?

I love Sienna Miller, her style is natural and perfect

Do you have any favourite designers?

I love all the things who Marc Jacobs has done, I think he is a genius.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Of course! I have customize a lot of clothes like sweatshirts, pants, tops.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love Sincerely Junles, Collage vintage or Lovely Pepa.

Check out Veva's blog at My White Idea »

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.

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!

Outfit details:

  • Shirt - charity shop/DIY (see below) 
  • Skirt - vintage 
  • Shoes - Clarks

DIY Heart Printed Shirt:

Recreate the look with Sally's Heart On My Sleeve tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

My style is classic, smart, elegant and chic with a slightly 'fashion' edge. I wear high heels a lot. I source my clothes and accessories from a variety of places, largely charity shops but I also make my own clothes and customise my charity shop finds to make my unique wardrobe (I have been blogging about this since 2011). Overall, my wardrobe is a real mix of high-end, high street, self-made, charity shop and vintage and I love mixing things together to create unexpected results!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Tough choice! This summer dress I made is a prime candidate. It's a designer copycat piece I made from old sheets, using Japanese shibori dyeing techniques. I was delighted with how it turned out.

Who are your style icons?

Carrie Bradshaw.

Do you have any favourite designers?

My favourites include Erdem and Stella McCartney, but honestly there are a lot that I admire. 

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

I'm a charity shop addict. I love finding old and unusual things and turning them into something new. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

A bit of both, but mostly customise. I do everything from tweak the size of garments to dyeing/bleaching to cutting them up and starting again.

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

It's great fun mixing up vintage with high street and charity shop with designer, but remember, less is more. One killer piece or one killer accessory only! Let that piece shine!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

The US has some of my favourites including Atlantic Pacific, Wendy's Lookbook and Lam in Louboutins.

Check out Sally's blog at Charity Shop Chic »

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