Thursday, May 26, 2011

Artist Interview: Lauren Jean Photography

Lauren Mitchell
Lauren Jean photography
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Lauren’s Influences: wow, so many .... I love Wendy Whitacre from Blue Lily photography because of her use of color. Her tones are warm and cool all the same time. I love Mika Beth Edwards for her clarity in her pictures. Her subjects are sharp, while her background in beautifully blurred. It really draws your eye to the subject of her picture. I also admire jasmine Star for her ability to use words to enhance her pictures. Her blog posts really draw you into her thinking behind the camera. She makes you feel involved in her pictures.

Her Camera: (in 2011) A Nikon d700

Transitions in Creativity
 I don't really think my creativity transitioned into my adult life at all at first. I think my creativity was put on hold in Jr high when I was diagnosed with dyslexia. School had always been difficult for me. And now that I was in Jr high there seemed to be more of a divide between the kids who could "DO" school and the ones who could not.

I had never even realized I was dyslexic when I was younger. I loved writing and reading so no one ever picked up on it.  As a teenager I still loved those things but I felt that I was not allowed to use my creativity because I struggled in school and had bad grades.   I think I buried a lot of my creative energy deep inside.

I also became a mother and a wife at a very young age. I was in way over my head and I actually thought that if I took time to develop interests outside of my child, I was some how failing as a mother. I see a lot of young and not so young mothers fall into that same trap. We are pre programmed to put everything about "us" on hold when we have a baby. That if we develop passions outside of or family we are somehow selfish.

That thinking couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth.  When I was finally delivered from a very bad set of circumstances in my first marriage I finally felt like I had the desire to find out who I was. And I realized that it didn't take away from my children. It added to their lives when mommy was happy. I also love that I am a role model for creativity for my daughters.

The transition didn't happen overnight. And there are days when I still feel guilty writing that blog post or editing that picture. But then I take a step back and remember that this is OK.

More than ok. This is necessary.

Creativity and Christianity

This answer may sound cheesy but it's true. As a photographer I paint with light. My camera is my paintbrush, the world my canvas and the light my paint. God is the creator of the light. Every time I see the way the light is casting on a subject, I am reminded of God’s light shining from within us.

God is in all creativity because he is the creator!! And I believe that God especially put the desire to create in women. We are made for creation. It is our job. When I finally realized that God was not only ok with me being creative but I was called to be creative. It put a whole new spin on things for me. It made blogging the memories of my family, taking time in the morning to read and reflect on things, and spending time learning more about my craft seem more like a higher calling then things I just enjoyed doing.

Currently I am working on growing my photography business and trusting that God will lead me right where I need to be. My dream is that one day He will need me to be in the middle of Africa photographing his hurting children and bringing those images back home to his children in America. I want to take pictures that move people to action. The pictures that speak a thousand words.

That’s my dream. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Artist Interview: Mustard Seed Interiors

Name: Marian (Miss Mustard Seed)
Name of Business: Mustard Seed Interiors
Creative Influences: French provincial style and American farmhouses
Preferred Medium of Creativity: Paint and fabric

Brief Bio
Mustard Seed Interiors is a small business that was born out of a love for antiques, decorating on a budget, and giving old pieces of furniture new life.  For over ten years, Marian, the designer and owner, has loved transforming second hand finds, hunting for unique antiques, and designing functional and beautiful spaces in her home and the homes of her friends and family.  In 2008, this passion for DIY and Home D├ęcor became Mustard Seed Interiors.  
Mustard Seed Interiors currently sells antiques, refurbished furniture, and handmade accessories for your home at The Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA, Wild Rose & Co. Marketplace in Walkersville, MD, Chartreuse & Co. in Frederick, MD, through Miss Mustard Seed’s Creative Blog, and at antique fairs in the mid-Atlantic region. 
Marian is also known as Miss Mustard Seed, the author of a DIY and decorating blog, Miss Mustard Seed’s Creative Blog and is a freelance writer for and Cottages & Bungalows magazine .  Her work has also been featured in Romantic Homes magazine (January 2011) and online at  Houzz,  Apartment Thearapy and many DIY/Home Decorating blogs.

What is one of your earliest creative memories?

My earliest creative memories all revolve around music.  My parents had me singing as a toddler and encouraged me in that endeavor.  As far as interior design, I loved touring the castles of Europe when we live in Germany.  I would drool over the furniture, even as a fourth grader!

Did your creative habits make a smooth transition into your adult life?  What did the evolution look like?

I majored in musical theatre in college, but left that when I got married and entered corporate America.  My creativity began to spill out into my home.  I soon discovered I had a real love and passion for interior design and budget makeovers.  I also discovered a draw to antiques and European influences, which certainly comes from my childhood.  

If you had a creative hiatus, what event/circumstance brought you back to your creative lifestyle?

When I had my first son, I gave up on decorating for a while.  I was discouraged that all accessories below four feet had to be put away.  After having my second son, I was at a low point and was encouraged to put my creativity to good use and start a business.  The business and my creativity blossomed.  

How has GOD been a part of your creative process/lifestyle?

My business is named after a bible verse in Luke that refers to faith.  Mustard Seed Interiors reminds me that this business is based on faith and is ultimately in His hands.  I know my talents and success are God given.  

Is there a particular moment where your creativity became infused into a spiritual practice?

My business and creative endeavors have been bathed in prayer.  We pray about decisions, antique fairs, successful sales, the blog, everything.  It has really surprised me what an encouragement my blog has been to other sisters in Christ who are at a low point and want to start their own business.  That was a blessing I didn’t really expect.  

What are you working on currently?

I am always working on several projects at one time.  I have a hand painted dresser in the works as well as some Christmas craft projects for 2011 and renovations in my 1940’s home.  

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