Creative Women Series - Emily, Jones Design Company

I'm really excited to share this next interview in the Creative Women Series here on l.i.d.

Emily is someone who's blog I found and was instantly hooked!!  She has a very authentic way of communicating with her readers and is very open with sharing.  Whether it's her personal experiences, favorite tools or 'how-tos" - she doesn't hold back.  I began this journey of mine with goals but had no idea where or how I was going to start.  Emily's Blog Class was my starting point.  With the help of her husband Ryan, Emily has published a very thorough, content rich, online program that will help anyone build their own WP site as well as create graphics and even coding.  Life i design was born through that experience and it's one that I'll never forget and will always be grateful for!

Please meet the wonderfully talented and generous Emily!

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Your name: Emily

Your website: jonesdesigncompany.com

What part of the world do you live in: seattle area, washington

How long have you been an artist: forever, graphic designer – 11 years, blogger – 5 years

Tell the readers a bit about what your creative life consists of?  I write a lifestyle blog where I talk about decorating our home, doing simple diy projects, motherhood, faith, anything inspiring and pretty. I create art prints, teach classes about blogging and beginning graphic design and have a monthly club with organizational paper goods.

What is your favourite part of your art-form? I love any form of creating. Watercolor, graphic design, baking, painting walls, moving furniture, sewing new pillows, making a wreath. Blogging fits in perfectly because there is no set rule – I can write about anything that is going on or whatever is currently inspiring me! Having the freedom to create many different things is my favorite part.

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What is the most challenging part of your work? I try to keep to a regular blogging schedule, and each post takes hours to complete. Add in email and basic business tasks and four kids, and I don’t have a ton of time to just get lost in creating.

What was the last thing that you created/wrote/designed that you absolutely loved? I was sick a few weeks ago and couldn’t tackle any real work tasks, so I pulled out  my watercolors and got lost in them for several hours. The house was quiet and my hands painted work I am very proud of.

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When did you begin to realize that you had a talent or a wanting to do art? I have always loved and excelled at art, penmanship, style. When I was young I either wanted to be an artist or a window dresser (which was my name for a visual stylist!). I had no idea that I would actually make a career out of selling my art and being a pretend stylist who takes photos of my house all the time.

Do you have formal training? No. All self-taught.

Is this your full-time gig/business? Yes.  I worked for a few years after college, then started a stationery company. When our first son was born, I stopped working and only took on custom design work. This work sustained our family for 7 years with a part time income. I began blogging right before our last baby was born and things have steadily progressed and changed the direction of my business away from custom design.

What is your favourite thing in your studio/office space? I love many parts of my office (the handpainted walls, the super long desk, the open shelves and light from the large window) but mostly I love that this room is just for me. It is the one place I can close the doors and just be Emily. I feel creative and passionate in my office.

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What is one piece of advice that you have to share with those who want to pursue a life that they design? We have all been given talents and passions for our enjoyment, the betterment of society, but MOSTLY to bring glory to God. Use your gifts however you can to make Jesus’ name shine brighter and you are on the right track.

Now for the fun stuff!!

If you could design your most perfect studio/office space anywhere in the world, where would that be?  I would love a little studio outside of our house, but still on our property. It would be a white cottage with pretty windows, concrete floors and views of water or hills or something vast and peaceful.

Chocolate or Coffee? Or both!! Both, of course! I don’t drink coffee in the morning – I prefer an afternoon decaf latte. And I’ll eat chocolate any time of day.

 Pen and paper or digital? Pen & paper. But I love transferring those into digital artwork!

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 What colour/font do you find you use most often when you create? I use Bebas Neue all the time. And Courier.  As for color, I tend to stick to muted jewel tones. Lots of blues, greens and golds. And black & white stripes forever.

 How many Pinterest boards do you currently have?  How many are secret?!!  I have 20 boards and 2 private

 What's one tool that you can't live without? My computer. I have two and love them both. An imac with huge screen for daily work and a macbook pro laptop for working at night on the couch or bed.

 What’s the last book you read? The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen

Your favourite magazine to peruse? Country Living & better homes & gardens

 Where do you get your inspiration from? Everywhere! Signage, nature, photographs, my imagination.

Thank you Emily, for sharing your story and inspiration with us!

Nicki

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