Tag Archives: Pittsburgh

Ashley Clarke

31 Oct

Name: Ashley Clarke

Location: Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh, Pa)

Featured Skill(s): Jewelry Design

Astrological Sign: Leo

Vice: dying my hair too much

Virtue: excellence at bargain/sale hunting

Favorite Quote:

“Let me be, was all I wanted.  Be what I am, no matter how I am.”- Henry Miller

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How long have you been making jewelry?

Since 2008.  I started Changes Jewelry, a crystal & bullet pendant necklace line.  I currently sell, and take custom orders at www.changesjewelry.com

This winter, I’ve got new crystal & leather pouch necklaces (very gypsy meets pocahontas).

How did you get into making jewelry?

I spent a couple years of my childhood living with a friend of the family.  She was a nature loving-hippie-wiccan-feminist and ran a jewelry & gemstone store.  I was in love with all of the little turquoise & quartz stones and dreamcatchers adorning the store.  It took me a decade before I decided to take all these things I loved & learned from her and make a craft (career) out of it.

What is one thing YOU can’t design jewelry without?

Music!  Stevie Nicks brings out my creative side.  Her style was so 70’s witchy and dreamy.

What has been your most memorable experience from/while designing jewelry?

Designing all of the bridesmaid necklaces for my best friend’s wedding.  I was so honored.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the jewelry industry/scene?

Erin Wasson.  She is a model turned jewelry designer.  Her brand Low Luv has the most amazing rings and braclets that are inexpensive and well-crafted.  Think tribal meets Egyptian goddess.  She is effortlessly cool and totally down to Earth.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in jewelry design?

Don’t make what everyone else is making unless you can do it bigger & better.  Wierd is a good thing now-a-days.  Be bold and create for yourself!  There are people out there looking for adventurous designs, and your creations might just be what they are dreaming of.

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First thing you do when you wake up?

Drink coffee, answer e-mails, and cuddle with my cats in bed.

What’s on your feet?

Always leather/suede boots.

What’s on your face?

Eyebrow pencil & mascara.

What is your favorite accessory?

Erin Wasson “Low Luv” rings

What are you listening to right now?

Wierd Owl from Brooklyn, NY

What won’t you leave the house without?

Prescription sunglasses.  I’m blind without them.

Where might we find you?

At Howlers seeing a friend’s band, or at Brillobox ordering a beer.

Last thing you do before bed?

Catch up on reality TV, and cuddle with my cats.

List one question you wish we would have asked, then answer it : )

n/a

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

The herb goat cheese french toast at Coca Cafe.  I have no idea why this came to mind, but seriously go try it ; )

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Stationery: Check Ya Penmanship

13 Mar

Welcome to our digital world. A world where tangible greetings have become a lost art.  Notecards, postcards, and stationery are almost unseen unless it’s a bday, wedding, or other monumental event. Text messages, emails, and “pokes” have replaced the subtle nuances of the handwritten message.  Shit, I can’t even remember the last time I got a number on a napkin passed down to me at a bar!

Sooo, this post is a digital shout out to the people with perfected penmanship. The people who take time to select a paper that speaks to their personal sense of style. The people who open and close 20+ cards in search of the one that sends the perfect midweek message. The people who mail their feelings as postmarked souvenirs. Thank you for embracing a lost art. Here’s to shoe boxes of memories underneath beds everywhere!

Here are a few of our crazy good stationery selections, for those of you looking to get on the good foot…er, hand:

Handmade Stationery Goldmine

Dirty Gerty Greeting Cards

Naughty Betty

Loca Buena Favs

412 residents!! Check out our favorite local spots for scooping up paper gems:

WildCard
4209 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 11am–7pm
Thu 11am–9pm
Sun 12–6pm


Kards Unlimited

5522 Walnut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Store Hours
Mon – Sat: 9:30 – 9:00
Sun: 12:00 – 5:00

Natalie Morris

25 Feb

Name: Natalie Morris

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Photographer (also loves dabbling in set design and craft projects)

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Vice: Lists larger than my day is long

Virtue: Easily inspired by others

Favorite Quote:

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

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How long have you been a photographer?
6 years, since 2006.

How did you get into photography?
I always loved taking pictures when I was younger, but I didn’t realize it should be my career until college. I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh initially for Video and soon realized my true love was a still image rather than a moving picture.

What is one thing YOU can’t do photography without?
A camera, ha!

With all seriousness, I couldn’t/wouldn’t want to work on a portfolio concepts without having a creative team of stylists by my side

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing photography?
I’d have to say from a wedding I shot this past summer. At the reception, they got extremely wild. Let’s just say I thought I was at a bachelor/bachelorette party. It was.. interesting.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the photography industry/scene?
Yes, Tyra Banks.I know some people find her annoying but I love her and what she does for young girls. She is always trying to boost their self esteem and show the beauty within.  I find her really motivating and a big inspiration.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in photography?
Keep chasing that creative dream, never let it go out of sight for too long. Remember this is what makes you happy and do everything you can to prolong this happiness. Take risks!

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First thing you do when you wake up?

Stretch and see if I have enough time to roll over and go back to sleep for a few minutes.

What’s on your feet?

Barefoot with silver nail polish on my toes

What’s on your face?

Mascara, eyeliner, and some laura mercier purple eye shadow

What is your favorite accessory?

I love accessories and have far to many of them to choose just one, but any piece of jewelry or a pair of sunglasses would be my choice.

What are you listening to right now?

Jack Johnson

What won’t you leave the house without?

Chap-stick

Where might we find you?

Out running on a trail or in the city

Last thing you do before bed?

Stretch out and run through the mental check list for the next day

Where can we find your work?

www.natmophoto.com

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

www.stumbleupon.com

Emma Konzel

25 Feb

Name: Emma Konzel

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Graphic Design

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Vice: Oreos

Virtue: I’m a good listener

Favorite Quote:

“No one gets remembered
for the things they didn’t do.”

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How long have you been a graphic designer?
Well I graduated in 2009 with a BFA concentrating in graphic design, so
about 3 years.

How did you get into graphic design?
I’ve always been interested in typography and designing but when I really
found my passion for it was in my third year of school. That’s when I got
to take all the interesting classes and really found the type of design
that I love.

What is one thing YOU can’t do graphic design without?
I cant design with out good inspiration.
Some websites I visit for that are
www.moredesignplease.com
www.ohsobeautifulpaper.com
www.designsponge.com
www.etsy.com
and a ton of random blogs I find when browsing the oh so infinite world
wide web :]

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing graphic design ?
I won two awards in a show juried by Rick Valicenti (of 3rst in Chicago).
He is an amazing designer, I really look up to him. And it was such an
honor for him to even LOOK at my work let alone like it enough to give me
an award!

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in graphic design?
Well with the recession, its been rough finding a job in this industry. My
advice would be to soak up as much information and skills while in school
as possible and keep your options open. Be a jack of all trades (and
master them all as well!)

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First thing you do when you wake up?

I look at the time on my phone and
usually go back to sleep!

What’s on your feet?

Moccasin slippers

What’s on your face?

Mascara

What is your favorite
accessory?

I love a good scarf

What are you listening to right now?

A commercial

What won’t you leave the
house without?

Clothes

Where might we find you?

Belvederes on Down n Derby night, getting my skate on!

Last thing you do before bed?

Say goodnight to my sleepy boyfriend

Where can we find your work?

I have an online portfolio www.emmakonzel.carbonmade.com, where I have a
bunch of work from school and beyond..
I am also working on opening a shop on etsy.com, this shop will feature
unique stationary, including but not limited to, greeting cards,
calendars, recipe cards and hopefully even notebooks..We will see, its
still in the idea phase but I will keep you posted!

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

I would love to own an airstream travel trailer, their design is amazing
and I think it would be the perfect vehicle to have on a long road trip :]