Monday, December 28, 2009

Love Notes

I just love these note cards from ViveLaFranceDesign on Etsy. All of her cards are handmade of course and so unique. I am always looking for some cute thank you cards and such.

She makes all kinds of cards and they also come in box sets as well. I like to get cards and give them as a pick me up for friends of mine. I asked Kara a few question to get to know her better.

How did you get started?

I have painted since I was a young girl and was equally interested in crafty things. I decided on a career in Graphic Design which allowed me to be creative, but didn't take away from my painting. I only worked for 3 years out of college due to a rare disease and although most of my time was spent lying down, I would muster up the energy to paint for a while each day. When my condition became worse and I didn't paint, I felt lost. As I finally started to get my health under control, I would make Christmas cards for family and friends, sell small watercolor paintings at local craft fairs and start a painting. I found etsy a year ago but didn't have the energy to commit until this past June when I finally felt ready.

What is your favorite creative thing to do?

I truly love painting. I get lost in color. Slowly watching the painting emerge off of the blank canvas. It's my meditation.I also love making cards. I love paper and creating a feeling with color. Never over doing it-- keeping it simple.I think my paintings are complex and expressive and my cards are simple, bold and elegant.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been painting since I was 7. My art teacher at school called my parents to tell them she thought I had real talent. After that, I started going to private lessons. I think I've always made cards. I would make them for my mom and leave them under her pillow. She still has many of them.

What is something most people may not know about you?

Finally feeling better has led me to find Pilates. It's the best thing ever. It has allowed me to become fit after years of pain and stillness.

1 comment:

vivelafrance said...

Your blog is lovely. Thank you for the feature!
Best wishes for the New Year!