Welcome to the first post in my "Maker Monday" series! The goal of this series is to introduce you to other creative people and small business owners that I have had the pleasure of "meeting" online. There are so many amazing people currently creating amazing products, and I am excited to share some o them with you!
Also, I do realize that Monday was yesterday, but I was so excited to share this interview with you that I couldn't wait another week.
This week, I want to introduce you to Rachelle. I first "met" her through the wonderful ministry of Delight & Be. As I browsed through her shop and her social media accounts, I fell in love with her artwork and her whole aesthetic. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me. I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did!
1. If we were able to have this conversation in a cute little coffee shop, what would you be drinking? Coffee, tea, or neither?
I would most likely treat myself to coffee as this is a special occasion and I can always do with a little more caffeine in my day.
2. Tell us a little bit about what you make/do. What led you to choose that path?
I do a great many things and the list seems to be only growing longer. My primary passions are photography, cinematography, painting, adventuring, and music. I especially enjoy bringing together my passions for photography/cinematography with adventures and, in the case of cinematography, music. I do a great deal of watercolor illustration for my etsy shop as well as for the pure enjoyment of it. My family is full of creatives so it is something that I grew up around and in turn came to love. My parents used to run a photography business and they have been kind enough to let me borrow equipment and a lot of helpful advice in my pursuit of photography.
3. Where do you go for inspiration?
For me, the most inspiring place to be is outdoors. I constantly crave the mountains, the sea, the forest, and the open road. That, and people. And Jesus. Especially all three together. Music and the work of others also inspire greatly. I love seeing what other people have created and learning and taking inspiration from that.
4. Where do you most like to create?
For painting and any other type of illustration, I like to create right from home. Usually I'll set up my creative space at our kitchen table or at my desk if I need a quieter space. As for more active creative fields like photography, I love to go outside and explore. In that creative process, I like to think that the world is my canvas.
5. What does your creative process/daily routine look like?
In all honesty, there are many days on which I don't create at all, even if I'd like to. I go through frequent droughts of inspiration and sometimes don't paint for weeks at a time. So I can't say that I have daily creative processes - but, during the wonderful days when creativity is in abundance, I do have a few little routines! With painting, I first think up an idea. Oftentimes this looks like browsing Pinterest for inspiration, sketching, or even simply painting the first thing I happen to think of. I like to set up a space with my water jar, a cloth, my paints, a few sketchbooks, and some good music playing. As for filming and photography, I sometimes have visions for what I want to capture, but more often than not I try to keep an open mind and be willing to work with whatever I find. It is a messy and exhilarating process!
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Oh, boy. Is my answer allowed to be 'everywhere'? Well, there are a few specific places that I am longing to visit. One in particular is southern France. I don't know much about the region, but I do happen to know that the landscapes are incredibly picturesque and there are beautiful seaside highways. Yes, please! Another place is Norway. I'm not always one for colder weather, but Norway is so ridiculously gorgeous that I don't think I'd mind a bit! I also have strong Norwegian heritage and would love to visit some spots that I've heard of in old family stories. And the opportunity to snap a few photos of landscapes would be wonderful!
Thank you so much for the wonderful chat, Emily! The coffee was delicious and so caffeinated that I fear I've talked up a storm. wink emoticon It has been grand!