Well hello stranger! I know that’s what you guys are thinking 😉 My art and design has taken a back seat lately to my number 1 priority – my baby boy, Leo Hudson 🙂 He’s was born Sept. 18th, but has pulled my attention away since January. I was considered a high risk pregnancy due to a miscarriage in the past and he gave me several other scares as well along the way, but we finally made it and I’m so incredibly in love.

Since Leo came along I’ve managed to complete one freelance logo design and I’ve done a small amount of sketching and painting, but I’m realizing what a time suck this little fellow is! We’re still working at establishing a routine, so it’s hard to really sit down and work at this time, but I try to slip it in when I can. Having Leo here also has made me evaluate where I want my business to go. There are some things that I had planned on doing that just don’t seem feasible at this point in time – maybe later down the road.

So I’m adjusting to my new reality and working on a new game plan for 2015. There are plenty of successful stay at home moms and I fully intend to be one of them!

For now I thought I would share a few photos of my sweet boy  🙂

Announcement

 

The photos were taken by my sister, Amy Frost, owner of Frostbot Creative. You can see my hair has grown too, guess it’s time for a new bio pic soon!

Life is a journey, and my business has been no different. I’m excited about some of the ideas I have and look forward to growing Zeryndipity in 2015! I will be exclusively working on Zeryndipity and being a mom 🙂

I feel so incredibly blessed and thankful for the life I get to live, even if my business isn’t where I want it to be yet. With Thanksgiving just around the corner I hope you all take a moment to count all the blessings in your life. Thank you for caring enough to read this post and for your support on my journey! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Until next time…

EJ

 

 

 

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I’ve been painting and drawing a lot lately – working at refining my artistic style (now that I know what I WANT it to be). It’s interesting to think of art that way. Many would think that whatever we naturally create would be what our style is, and that’s true to some degree. However, I kept feeling that a lot of my work was versions of my style and not necessarily something that I would put in my home or on accessories I would carry – so why would very many people want my items/art if I didn’t love what I was creating?

As I’ve stated before, I took Smart Creative Style last fall and I began making big strides in creating art and patterns that I finally felt were my style. However, I began working on briefs for A Fresh Bunch for art licensing and at the same time I got pregnant. The combo was enough to….make me feel like I took a step backwards.

On one hand gaining experience with A Fresh Bunch was awesome, on the other hand, it made it very difficult for me to focus on developing my signature style. It’s not that I didn’t have enough time outside of the  design briefs that I could have continued working on my own style – there was still time outside of my part time marketing job too, but combined with being pregnant, well let’s just say I felt ridiculously tired ALL THE TIME.

So after feeling like a slacker for a while, I have finally gotten inspired again (at 28 weeks pregnant). My mom came to stay with me while my husband has been out of town for training and she has been learning to watercolor paint – painting several images a day. So, I started painting when she was painting and got to try out some of her new inktense pencils by Derwent and I’M IN LOVE! It’s like mixing prisma colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a bit like acrylic paint (being able to achieve some of the same effects). It combines all my favorite parts of each of those mediums I guess I should say.

Anyways, here are a few paintings I’ve done. I started with copying (as close to exact replica’s as I could create) pieces by Lital Gold and Yellena James – two artists who I highly admire. When I took “The Sellable Sketch” by Pattern Observer one of the exercises was replicating work by an artist we admire to learn to see what it is we like about their art.

Lital Gold ReplicaYellena James ReplicaSo after completing these two replica’s I finally decided to take on a new piece of my own. While I really like how it turned out, I will say that it’s a bit…..intense for the color palettes I’m typically drawn too – must be from the love of the vibrant color I’m able to achieve with the inktense pencils! So, without further a do here it is:

Rain Dance by Eryn J. Carlisle

I think for my next piece I will try to do a little bit more of a softer palette, but I still really like how this turned out. I’m looking forward to seeing where this all leads! Oh, and incase you were wondering, this piece was inspired by an image of a native american dancer wearing a traditional feather costume. I’ve named it “Rain Dance”.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time,

EJ

 

 

The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. Simon Mainwaring

Maybe it’s no big deal to share this, or maybe it is- but I’m going to anyways. I’ve been working at building my brand Zeryndipity, but as I’ve changed things up this past year, it just doesn’t feel right anymore.

When I first began Zeryndipity I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t have a clear vision. I just had the idea that I would like to design my own decorative pillows – because really I wanted to own my own boutique which just isn’t a possibility for me as long as my husband is in the military (and I’m no where near ready for something like that!..yet!). I had no idea if people would even like what I would offer enough for them to buy my items. I was pleasantly surprised how well people responded to my designs, I even began selling in two boutiques (who found me!) and then I got accepted into a juried art show and had really good sales (which I did two years in a row). I should be thrilled right? Well…I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy with the success I had, but I didn’t see how what I was doing could develop into a career- where I could do it full time. After  a lot of soul searching I learned I want to be a surface pattern designer and I wanted to get into art licensing. It’s funny because although I studied art in college I never really saw myself as being an artist for a living.

So I decided to move away from hand making things and focus on art licensing. At this point I went back and forth between keeping the name Zeryndipity or going by my name, Eryn J. Carlisle. My thought process was that I had been building the brand Zeryndipity so I didn’t want to throw it out (and I like the name) so I stayed with Zeryndipity and pursued my goal into art licensing.

I got picked up by “A Fresh Bunch” and got my first two licensing deals! While I’m not 100% sure that stationary is really the avenue of art licensing I want to do, it’s still good experience to get my feet wet in the world of art licensing. My passion after all is home decor 🙂

What I’ve realized though over the past 6 months is that I haven’t really known how to approach any of my social media or marketing. Since I’m wanting to do art licensing that means my target market would change – and yet I’m an artist and I love the relationships I’ve built with past customers and all the amazing people who have supported me on my journey. I also realized that although I stayed with the name Zeryndipity, the voice of Zeryndipity was still just me, not one of a studio/boutique.

I miss working with customers, and I want to be myself – which is what I always was anyways as Zeryndipity. So technically I could stay as Zeryndipity and begin making products again, but the products I want to make are for a new baby/kids line (which I’ve thought of a pretty awesome name for). So how do I keep all this clear? How do I not have 3 different brands? I want to pursue art licensing still, but also to develop a kids line – which hopefully will get picked up to be manufactured eventually. I’ll start by hand making, and hiring people to help me with making the products, but I have a vision for where it could go. I feel passionately about this new line and feel it will offer something that’s not currently in the market – or that I’ve seen anyways.

While I have loved building Zeryndipity and all the experience I have gained with it, I feel it may be time to let it go and be just me – Eryn J. Carlisle.

I’ve gone round and round about this, but I feel if I’m just me I can cover every aspect of my art, and maybe my kids line can be “name of soon to be childrens line” by Eryn J. Carlisle and I can keep it all on one website. Have you noticed I’m not announcing the name of this new line I’m developing? Anticipation people 😉 Plus I haven’t made any firm decisions about any of it. This is a huge decision for me and I want to make the right decision. I wanted to share my brand mood board I created for Zeryndipity  – just because 🙂

Zeryndipity Brand Mood Board

Zeryndipity Brand Mood Board

So that’s where I’m at – there’s most likely some changes to be coming soon!

Creatively Yours,

EJ

 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs

Last year I began on this pattern journey of mine and I had a goal I was working towards. Somewhere along that journey (maybe September of 2013?) I had a big idea – a vision. I mentioned it to my husband, and he immediately was worried that I meant I was switching gears, dropping what I was doing at the time to start working on this new idea. I said of course not…it was something for down the road. It wasn’t even a week later that I was chatting with my best friend on the phone and it turns out we both had similar thoughts and so a partnership began- sort of. We brainstormed and talked a lot about what we thought this company should be and ultimately I think we both felt too overwhelmed that it was something we could do, especially with our current schedules. So in Jan. 2014 we decided to put it on hold for the time being.

I just couldn’t get this idea out of my head though. I feel there’s a gap in the marketplace and I want to fill that gap. I have no idea how to make my dream a reality or how to make it happen but I’m going to start trying. My friend unfortunately doesn’t have the time to become involved at this point, but I’m going to move forward with it. I have to trust my gut that I’m passionate about this for a reason, and pray that God will give me guidance with this endeavor.

This will be an extension of my pattern journey, but on a bit of a different path than I had originally thought it would lead me down.

When I look at nursery decor I crave something different, and I don’t think I’m the only one. You can find designer nurseries on Pinterest that are gorgeous, but they’re typically not done with the “bed in a bag” “affordable” options you can purchase at big baby stores.

I envision a fresh aesthetic that helps new moms create designer nursery’s on a budget. I have a whole slew of ideas, but that’s the basic idea. And I just had to share this image because isn’t this little girl just too adorable 😉

I welcome any input that could help me propel my idea into existence, so please don’t be shy if you have ideas or connections to someone you think I should speak with. I’m open and want to make this vision a reality. I’m connecting the dots on the parts I know and praying the dots will connect in the future.

I guess becoming a mother really does change your life 😉

Until next time…

EJ

So earlier I was talking to my mom (who’s in town visiting) about my plans for Zeryndipity and the idea of making video’s to share on my blog that show’s my process was part of this discussion. I was playing with how to post a video and see how it worked and….I accidentally posted it!! So I’m sorry to those you got an email about a new post only to see there was nothing there.

While I’m apologizing though, I thought I would go ahead and share a few things I’ve done lately that didn’t get chosen that I did for different briefs for A Fresh Bunch.

First up, my Christmas collection, “Keeping Spirits Bright”:

Keeping Spirits Bright

This collection may have been chosen but there were issues with santa that they wanted changed, and since he was hand drawn when I tried to fix him digitally, it then wasn’t matching everything else and I really was frustrated with it. Something to learn to overcome, but I was unable to within the deadline – so maybe next time. I really was happy with the scene though for the bag, it makes me smile anyways 🙂

Next up, my attempt at a baby pattern – which didn’t really look baby, but it’s all a learning process.

Balloons

 

Lastly, a design for a birthday bag…..this was surprisingly really hard to get inspired to do, maybe why it didn’t get chosen, or it just didn’t fit the brief well enough, BUT I’m trying to push myself because there are definitely times that I will have to design when I’m not feeling inspired. So, here it is:

Birthday Cupcakes

 

Hope you all enjoy! While none of these designs have been chosen, I have had a wedding collection picked up to be licensed, which includes the save the date, invitation and the thank you notes. You can see and purchase those here:

I also had a design picked up by Clairebella.com but it’s not up yet, so I can’t share it just yet with you guys. It’s a painterly floral design that will be available in three different color ways, and I’m not quite sure which products their going to include my design on, but they have a wide range of products from throw pillows, to office stationary and more.

It’s been exciting, but also very challenging and I feel I’m loosing my signature look a bit as I do these different briefs, but I’m working towards being able to always show my style on any brief I do. Which is tough to fit within what that client’s aesthetic is as well!! I’m growing, and that’s what counts 🙂

Speaking of growing, I just found out that I’ll be having a little boy in September! Here’s my “gender announcement” photo shoot my mom did for me (the hubby isn’t in the pic because he had some training he was out of town for):

GenderRevealBoard_72

 

My husband and I are thrilled to be having a little boy who we plan to name Leo, and I can’t wait to decorate his nursery 😉 It has definitely inspired some ideas a boy’s nursery, but it definitely doesn’t fit within what seems to be the norm for nursery decor. I’ve thought about starting a nursery line with a friend of mine, so we’ll see where that leads! That’s all for now!

Until next time,

EJ

I recently shared that I’m pregnant, so I’m obviously growing a belly along with this baby growing inside me, but that’s not the type of growing I’m going to discuss today. I mean who really wants to read a post about a growing belly? I will however share images once I start brainstorming for decorating the nursery, because that’s always fun and going to be inspiring some new designs of my own 🙂

What I mean by growing…is learning. This year has been wonderful and challenging so far, and as I’ve stated before, this pregnancy has made it hard at times to be motivated. As much as I struggled with this at first, I’ve finally come to terms with myself that’s it’s perfectly ok to grow slowly, as long as I continue to grow. My baby is my number one priority, and being a high risk pregnancy that means being very careful to keep stress down and take care of myself. I’ve spent A LOT of time recently really evaluating my goals.

My main goal was getting picked up by a studio and getting my first licensing deal – which happened when I got accepted by A Fresh Bunch (AFB). Working with AFB is challenging – it’s a very different way of working from what I’m used to, so I’m doing my best to make the most of the experience. Going into this I thought all I wanted to do was art licensing because at first I didn’t like the idea of selling off my designs, but I’ve come to realize I can always create new ones 😉 It can take a while to start seeing money from licensing, and I think it will be a little easier to create a steady(ish) income from freelancing/selling outright. I was already planning to freelance (I’ve only done freelancing for graphic design, not surface pattern design/illustration), but now that’s my next move – to pick up freelancing jobs.

Besides figuring out my next moves to get into freelancing for surface pattern design, I’ve decided to refresh myself on all the info I learned last year by going back through all my course work and notes from each class. I’m considering another course or two before the baby comes because I know there won’t be any time for classes AND running my freelance business once the baby’s here!

My biggest decision currently, to walk Surtex or not to walk Surtex…I’m not sure, very mixed emotions, so we’ll see. Hopefully I didn’t bore you with today’s post – I know my posts have been very me, me, me and I hope to change that – at the same time, this has become my place to openly speak about my journey as I pursue this dream of mine and hopefully it will serve as inspiration to those who want to pursue their dreams but are scared to. I’m making progress and getting closer to my dream, even if it has taken me longer than I thought it would. I’m getting there and that’s what matters!

Dream On!

EJ

 

As I’m getting back into the groove of conducting my own trend research, I couldn’t help but share the awesomeness from some of Anthropologie’s March 2014 Catalog.

I’m absolutely loving the hand-dyed, vintage aesthetic. Gorgeous. There’s a beautiful global feel paired with tradition and a touch of modern edge for a fresh feel. It’s the perfect balance really, in my opinion anyways 😉

Until next week…

EJ

I’m embarrassed at my myself for saying I was going to begin posting every Tuesday and then…..didn’t. My mom gets onto me and states she can’t stand bloggers who aren’t consistent. So, I’m going to get better – for my mother of course 😉 It’s funny to be compare myself to a blogger, because frankly, I haven’t really considered myself a blogger – but I am. It’s just secondary to being a surface pattern designer. Today is a very personal post, and I openly share the struggles I’ve been dealing with personally lately. I think it’s important to share the struggles as much as the victories when pursuing a dream.

I was planning to wait a bit longer to share this news, but I’m so excited I just can’t contain it anymore- I’m 12 weeks pregnant!!! Pregnancy is fantastic, but WOW, it’s super exhausting creating a baby! Apparently, when you’re pregnant your immune system runs at slow speed, which is a good thing, since it keeps your body from fighting off the baby — a foreigner to your body. The down side to this? I got sick, TWICE! in the last two months…and unable to take any medicine. I’ve barely been sick in the last 4 years.

So, with pregnancy fatigue, being sick twice, and then my mom and sister coming to visit for two weeks- it has been extremely hard to keep up. Oh and I gave up caffeine for the most part, I allow myself one small cup of Dr. Pepper a day….oh how I miss caffeine lol.

I started with ‘A Fresh Bunch’ (AFB) and completed their first assignment; created a wedding invitation, save the date, and thank you note design which turned into my first licensing deal!!! I’m super stoked because last year when I began pursuing surface pattern design seriously, I gave myself the goal of getting my first licensing deal before turning 30 – which is in 11 days! So I just made it! I also got to take part of a rebranding project for a client of AFB’s and have two designs that will be presented to the client which is exciting news too!

Lastly, it would be really amazing to be involved in Surtex, which AFB is considering to do, but we need a few more of our designers to decide to do so. Today was the final day for us all to make the decision if we want to or not- so fingers crossed it happens! If it does, I have A LOT of designing to get done in the next month and a half, so I better learn to deal with this whole pregnancy thing.

I mean, know women get pregnant all the time and carry on with their normal jobs and bare through the fatigue and morning sickness – so I should be able to do the same right? I’ve learned a bit about myself the last few months – as someone who is a self starter, it has been incredibly hard to push myself to work when all I want to do is sleep and this little blessing gives me morning sickness (which isn’t really limited to the morning). I get up and go to my part time job, but my days dedicated to Zeryndipity I have not been as productive as I should be/like to be. So, I’m working on it- getting my mind set again to treat it as I would if I had a boss to answer to. Otherwise, everything I’ve busted my ass building will go away. I’ve finally gotten Zeryndipity going in the direction I want to be going, and I’m going to keep it going, and growing into the career I want.

So, no more excuses, I’m putting it out here to all of you, that I will rise to the occasion and be that motivated, self-starter I displayed last year (and have been my whole life). Here’s to moving forward!!

Creatively,

EJ

I have to be completely honest, I almost forgot to write today AND I did forget last week because I was the sickest I have been in 4 years! Plus I had a deadline to meet for A Fresh Bunch, which was brutal considering how I felt. It hit me last Monday and I’m still not completely over it, but work must go on!

There are some exciting things happening within A Fresh Bunch (AFB) and I’m super excited to be a part of it. I am however having to learn how to balance my time between my current day job and getting into the swing of things with AFB, while still keeping time open for my husband and my friends (my family is back in OK so I only get to talk to them these days). 

So, my task for this week- taking my own advice from last year and getting organized with my lists and breaking things down into timelines. I tried the organic approach the last month and I must say that is not for me. I have to set a much more strict schedule or things slip through the cracks, and well, that just can’t happen. 

I know today isn’t my best post – I’ll get better. I have a lot in store for everyone, I’m really excited to be diving further into trend research and forecasting because I think it’s such an interesting topic. Most of us buy what’s on trend, whether we realize it or not. Quite fascinating. Any who, that’s it for tonight. 

Coming up next week – trends.

Until next time…

EJ

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. SeussOh, the Places You’ll Go!

Just recently (Jan. 16th to be exact) I found out that I’m now part of A Fresh Bunch (AFB)!!!! AFB is a place to buy and license art from a global bunch of designers (which now includes me! yippee!) I’m super excited and yet also a bit….fearful..? I have worked so very hard to get to this point, and now that I’ve made this giant step for my career, the fear is trying to sneak its way in, trying to freeze me, making me question if I’m up to the task. Which is ridiculous!! I’m off to Great Places and A Fresh Bunch is the next part of my journey that will aid in helping me to continue to grow, gain experience and become more confident. Notice I say “grow” – this a scary word, an exciting word, but scary also. Anytime we grow, that means we’re pushing past our comfort zones….into unknown territory, into the unexpected. We never know how far we can go if we don’t try. We have to push and grow and try things that aren’t necessarily comfortable, because that’s how we learn. Pushing past our comfort zones can also be exhilarating because it’s new and exciting, it’s an adventure.

I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2014. Besides from becoming a member of AFB, I also have some other exciting news that unfortunately I can’t share just yet! 😉 On top of it all, I’m 90% sure I’ll be moving this year. My husband (an army man) is supposed to be getting orders to have us moved in Sept., BUT he’s applying for a unique job within the army that could keep us here another 5 or so years which in that case means we could have the chance to buy a home, which I think is really exciting. We will just have to wait and see!

I have a feeling 2014 will be a year of change for me and I think it’s going to be one exciting adventure! 🙂

Creatively Yours,

EJ

P.S. I want to apologize for my delay in writing! I’ve decided that you’ll be hearing from me every Tuesday- once a week is plenty right? 😉

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