Most Mondays of the past year (2014) were spent traveling to Greenville, SC to shoot with Barb Blair of Knack Studios while she worked on her 2nd book. I feel very grateful to be included in that process, and I cannot wait to see the finished product. The title of the book is 'Furniture Makes The Room'; it does include some of the furniture techniques for which Barb is so celebrated, but includes beautiful styling and decor. The publisher is Chronicle Books, and it will be released early 2016.
Thankfully, I have a talented, small tribe of Greenville artist friends, and we keep up with each other's work, how our families are doing and growing, and opportunities to collaborate on projects. Most recently, Barb was invited to partner with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte to create a campaign to introducing Waverly® Inspirations Chalk Paint. I was happy to be invited to photograph this, work with Barb and Rachel, and be able to share just a little taste of our work together. Julie Dodds ( Willow Florals ) directed floral design (not only for the book, but for this campaign as well), Jessica ( A Darling Day ) provided props and helped with styling, and my dear friend Angie popped in for a bit. She lent her hand in every aspect of the making of that book. Her talent transcends genres, but for this project, she served as second-hand stylist to Barb; their working relationship is symbiotic. The book, and this campaign, pictured above, (these are just a few snippets), are reminders to me of that time we spent together. Heart strings tied to each other. Moments where we realize we're working in harmony in an unexpected way.
Special thanks to Barb, Handmade Charlotte for bringing me on board, Waverly and parent company Plaid for featuring this collaboration. You can view current posts by Barb here, the full tutorial here, and Rachel Faucett's descriptive here.