issue one printed art show
foreward by rhiannon bosse
Georgie St Clair
Twenty Two West
Art by Megan
Alaina Olive Design
Spruce Rd. Design
Rifle Paper Co. x Keds
To my fellow sisters, wives, daughters, mothers, aunts, friends, and neighbors. My fellow business owners and artists, dreamers and doers, and purveyors of beauty.
I see you carrying a laundry list of responsibility, often without showing sign of the tremendous weight on your deceivingly strong shoulders. I recognize this strength because I know it too well myself, as I come out of my own valley of heaviness. And while I’m no expert on white space and margin, I feel inspired to shed a simple truth here with you on the refining of self and the beauty of personal growth.
When we sit faithfully in the darkness, it’s then we can truly value the promise of light. When the harshest of winters feels unbearable, it’s then the newness of spring awakens us in the most redemptive of ways. While flowers will always be my favorite medium and inspiration, personally blooming into the next greatest version of myself, imperfections and all, has become my truth.
Wherever you are, whoever you may be, whichever season you’ve been called to sit in as you read these words, may you too bloom as graciously and joyfully as you were meant to.
With celebration for this beautiful first edition publication of
Whitespace and this printed art show,
Georgie St Clair
Georgie St Clair designs contemporary floral and botanical art prints and illustrations fresh from her studio in Brighton, UK. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, Georgie’s creations are often collaged with real flowers and foliage that are abundant with femininity and charm. And most definitely eye-catching.
“As artists, we most often capture people, but we refuel by traveling. We believe in travel because we know that every time we do, we see our every day world with fresh eyes. Exploring the world and its beauty is a gift and we feel lucky to do that together and to capture some of that wonder. This was taken in Charleston, a city not far from us, but one that we had yet to travel to together. As we explored, we photographed both places known and visited often as well as those that happened to draw us in, inviting us to imagine places that a cobbled path, just beyond an iron gate, can take us.”
A few days before the start of 2017, I decided to task myself with a challenge: design a new logo every day for 100 days straight. Almost every designer that I have looked up to in my career has completed some kind of daily creative exercise, so I figured the daily logo challenge would be mine. It was intimidating, challenging, and exhausting, but the creative freedom after years of freelancing and only designing with client briefs allowed me to explore new styles, shapes, and color combinations that I wouldn’t have otherwise. These logos are a few of my favorites from the series.
“I am Nicoletta, an artist and art director. I live on Long Island with my husband and two young children, where I do what I love—paint portraits and abstract art pieces in both large and small scale. I find inspiration in my passions—the garden, the beach and most of all, my family. “Blushed Rhymes” will always be a special piece to me—it was one of my first pieces where I truly found my groove. It will always remain a “parent” piece to me, with many paintings to follow in its footsteps.”
twenty two west
Mary Hamby is a full-time artist working out of her studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. The name of her business, Twenty Two West, comes from a place that inspires her—the address of the home where she grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. Her goal is to combine nostalgic roots with modern designs in each of her handmade pieces. She uses the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics, and woodworking to create fiber jewelry and modern art.
“My goal with my lettering is to bring joy and encouragement into the space and the viewer; not only with the art, but with the message as well. These pieces are meant as encouragement to choose words that water flowers, and see the beauty that our Creator has placed all around us!”
Art by Megan
“My paintings are each a memory. So often, I visit a place and immediately look around and think, ‘I will paint this moment.’ Whether it is a beach scene, beautiful flowers in a tote bag on the subway, or a simple moment walking in nature, I collect memories and turn them into my paintings. My works reflect an attitude of experimentation and a curiosity regarding the beauty created by the transparency and overlapping of ideas. Inspiration for all of my artwork comes from waterscapes, sunsets, bright colors in nature, and the silhouettes created by extreme light or darkness. I absolutely love working as a painter and am constantly exploring new ideas in my work.”
Crème Brands x Jordan Brittley
Illustration, Branding & Styling
From the designer, Kathryn — “The more I do brand design, the more I think it will get easier and I’ll start to care less. But, the truth is, I think it gets harder and I only care more. If I can in any way come alongside our clients like Jordan, lift them up, and help them to create more impact through design and messaging? Well, that’s just the best part of it all and why I do this.”
From the client, Jordan — “So much of my heart is wrapped up into one little image...one little design detail...one little sprig of hand-drawn lavender. I garden and dream of a garden party with all my family and friends. I really, really love flowers, herbs, cooking, singing, going barefoot, and running in the rain. Go ahead and clear up space to run. Because you can’t run very fast if the path is cluttered! Also, grab some lavender because it smells amazing!”
Drawing inspiration from nature and her Chinese-Italian heritage, U.K. based artist Melissa Selmin takes a minimalist approach to her monochromatic paintings.
“I am deeply inspired by the NYC Dance Project—the dancers and photographers are beyond phenomenal talents! Off-camera lighting has long been a challenge (okay, fear!) of mine, but I had a resident dancer of my own that was more than willing to help me practice. The way that light can sculpt and shape the human body is incredibly powerful and beautiful.”
Alaina Olive of Accents Floral Design
“This floral piece was designed with two words in mind: organic and movement. I wanted the overall feel to create a joyful mood and those freesia made it smell amazing!”
Our tea towels are originally hand-painted by Julie Song, then digitally printed on a beautiful and sturdy linen and cotton blend fabric. Our printing technique allows the quality and color to remain steadfast through the test of time and wash cycles. The tea towels are then sewn by hand, carefully packaged, and shipped in a strong white box.
Arlene is a multidisciplinary artist and designer residing just outside of Toronto, Canada. Her works include abstract painting, graphic design, photography, and illustration.
Custom brand identity for The Lilac Press — a lifestyle blog providing fashion, beauty inspiration, and down-to-earth tips for women. The soft, hand lettered logo reflects the friendly, sophisticated, and approachable traits of Leigha, the author behind The Lilac Press. Designed by Jamie and Ashley | Spruce Rd.
Rifle Paper Co. x Keds
For our second Keds® collaboration, we added a textural twist to the classic Champion sneaker. This collection features six new statement styles and introduces exciting new silhouettes and charming details from metallic printing to floral embroidery.
Shay Cochrane of SCStockshop
Styling & Photography
“Flowers will forever be one of my favorite things to photograph and owning the Stockshop allows me to indulge this love of flowers by regularly creating floral stock images. A fresh arrangement of flowers will eventually wilt and fall to disarray, but a photograph allows them to live on forever.”
Hands & flowers - these are a few of my favorite things.
I love the way hands can tell a story; there is a certain expressiveness that they carry. And flowers? They are the perfect symbol of life & beauty.
For this illustration, I combined my two favorites into one simple line drawing. I started the same way I start most of my illustrations, by scribbling in my sketchbook. I then used tracing paper to keep the parts that I liked and perfected the parts that I did not.