(Photos by the amazing Elizabeth Lavin for D Moms)
Friends, it's time for another "Inspired By" post, and this time the object of my creative affection is the amazing Julie Cohn.
There are very few woman that inspire me (both creatively and as a mother) like Julie does. An accomplished artist and designer, her compelling (and intensely beautiful) work ranges from public art, textiles, painting, and, most recently, a line of organic, sculptural jewelry that I am completely and totally obsessed with. Full stop. Her taste is impeccable and her aesthetic sensibility otherworldly.
Julie also possesses an honesty about her journey as a mother that is refreshing, and, well...necessary. Every time we spend time together I am fortified. I am lucky to call her a friend, and I am thrilled that she's agreed to share some of her creative inspirations here with us this week.
I'm also thrilled that she's agreed to do a little giveaway (as her jewelry needs to be out in the world).
Just leave a comment on this post about what inspires you creatively by midnight on Tuesday, May 7, and I'll announce winner on my Wednesday "Loving List" to receive Julie's gorgeous "Cup" ring.
So, without further ado herewith Julie's inspirations.
- Creative Fodder: I'm intrigued by this lily that opened from the sides rather than the top. The petals had grown together at the top. It's inspiring a new jewelry piece I'm working on.
- Works in Progress: My sketches in bronze are a key part of my design process.
- Reading: I'm currently in the midst of The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz. He's the former pastry chef from Chez Panisse and author of numerous dessert books attempts to explain french culture and their idiosyncrasies through hilarious day to day life stories and recipes.
- Shoes: Works of art for your feet. I wish these CYDWOQ beauties were mine... I am afraid my daughter's only memory of me will be sitting at the computer looking at tiny pictures of shoes for hours on end.
- Pinterest Window Shopping: Pinterest is speed dating for shopping. You cull through the clutter pretty quickly, which is helpful on my eternal quest the perfect handbag.
- Listening: I love Chris Botti in Boston. Botti is a horn player that accompanies a wide variety of artists singing standards. It's kind of sappy but I love it.
- Our Garden: The natural world is endlessly inspiring. Luckily my husband is a landscape architect, so our garden is pretty fantastic. (Ed: Julie's husband David Rolston is an amazing landscape architect, and their garden is beyond...)
- Indigo: I am obsessed with ethnic indigo.