My Work

Home Sweet Home

This original design was created about 8 years ago and it is still kicking! Out of everything that I have designed, I get asked about this one the most. The Home Sweet Home – Maryland design is simple, but impactful. As a native Marylander, I know that you can spot this flags pattern from a mile away! I’m happy to bring it back to life through a hoodie, mug, and shirt design.

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Sounds

Mac Miller

The first song I heard from Mac Miller was Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza in 2010. Rapping over this Lord Finesse sample, with many references to the cult classic ‘Kids’, Mac Miller brought a 90’s classic to his fans in the 2000’s. I’ve been a fan every since! Today seemed like a good day for a Mac Miller playlist, so here we go:

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Just Erica Nicole

Stylist, Erica Nicole has taken her love of fashion, behind the scenes production, and style to another level. She has taken a passion and creative gift and channeled it into a career. The best part of working with your friends is that you already know their personality and how to showcase it through their brands.

When your stylish and very talent friend is going to the Grammy’s to style Rapsody, 9th Wonder, and Eric G of Jamla Records and Roc Nation fame, you make sure she has her website game up! You don’t leave her hanging! You hit her up and say, let’s get this portfolio poppin’ and do this thing!!

In this case, we went for simple, but bold! I’d like to think that this kinda sums up Erica as a whole. Her personal style is laid back with clean lines, and bold statements. Transferring the personal visual brand that she’s created for herself into a website was a delight. Clean lines, a mix of black and bold colors and gradients!  I’m a sucker for a good gradient!

Having an already impressive portfolio made this site easy to build. Adding to the portfolio during Grammy week was just pure fun! Through Erica’s portfolio, you can see how she takes her clients personal style and pairs it with her knowledge of fashion and design. Watching her grow in her craft has been amazing. So happy to be a part of this creative journey through her site creation.

Take the time to get to know Erica, her work, and her style at her site: justericanicole.com

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Shop Darin Michelle

What do I do with all these ideas?

This is the question I am constantly asking myself? I find myself constantly designing and creating clothing and accessories. Most of these ideas just live on my computer or in a sketchbook. After months of thinking about how to either bring back old designs or create new ones, I decided to turn to some helpful resources and start creating!

Together, Printful and Etsy have created a perfect way for me to take my ideas and create my desired product. I started with bringing back and oldie but a goodie: Home Sweet Home Maryland! This was one of the first items I designed under my old brand LITTLE by Darin Michelle. This has also been my best selling product ever. The East Coast Representer hoodie comes in second!

If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for mugs! This one will be a perfect addition to my collection!

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Inspired by Women’s History Month and vintage posters that have a blurred text effect, the ROAR design was born. Dedicated to those women who have, are, and will roar through the ages, this has easily become one of my favorite designs.

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Having the itch to add in a couple more pieces, I went back to some previous sketches and work and created the GRRRL POWER long sleeve and BLOOM mug. Inspired by the both the Riot Grrrl and Girl Power movements of the 90’s the GRRRL POWER design was born. As for BLOOM – I have always loved the quote “Bloom where you are planted”. This was my personal take on that.

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All of these items are available on my updated Etsy Shop!

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Color Palette Inspiration

A New Season of Color

Hello Spring! (almost)

With warm weather right around the corner, my color inspiration has shifted from warm and muted tones to bold brights!  I’ve also said that as a Gemini, I have to sides of “color love” – black, white, and muted or super bright and bold!

In my time browsing Pinterest, I’ve come across so many images that inspire me to the fullest! Full of bold, bright colors and fun shapes, I feel full on energy just gazing over them.

 

Pink is the word!

One common thread I found in a lot of these images is the color pink! Who knew I would be such a fan. It’s amazing how the right pairing of brights can create a feeling of fun and youthfulness, or pure energy. I’m excited about working on some new personal projects and merchandise that will be super bright and bold!

Keep up with all of my color inspiration on my new Pinterest board, perfectly named ‘Color!!!’, for all my current color inspiration.

My Work

Spend More Time Making

About 6 months ago, I joined ArtFarm Annapolis, partnering with Alison Harbaugh at this creative space located in the Annapolis Arts District, in Downtown Annapolis. My goal at this space was to create a collaborative space for artists and makers to show and sell their goods. This would be a space that would make it easy for customers to engage with and get to know each brand.

In this time, I have seen that a lot of these businesses need so much more! The community, support, and resources that come with this space has been amazing for both my brand and others. What if small, creative businesses could have a place to sell their goods, promote their brand, and gain both resources and community? What would that look like?

THIS SPRING, I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF OUR CREATIVE BUSINESS RESIDENCY AT ARTFARM ANNAPOLIS!

Our goal is to give creative business owners support promoting their businesses, as well as more time to spend creating.

Visit us online to get more information and sign-up for our 3-month and 4-month residency programs!

Grrrl Life

Mommyhood x2

On February 13, my husband and I became parents for the second time. We welcomed our second girl, Elise, into the world after a quick, but intense labor! She arrived 9 days after her due date, in full force, as I had the flu! I’m not mad at her for making an exciting entrance.

This time around, pregnancy, labor, and healing was a little more trying and a little more tiring. The realities of being a self-employed mother of a toddler and newborn hit quick and hit hard! The reality of not having enough money saved for maternity leave hit quick and hard. The reality of having about 2 weeks cut from my maternity leave hit quick and hard! The reality that I am indeed feeling the postpartum baby blues has hit the quickest and the hardest. Needless to say, things have been a little rough. I now have a new appreciation for what it is to be a woman, a parent, and a self-employed badass!

There are days when I want to thrown the towel in and wave the white flag! Sometimes it doesn’t seem like all the work, late nights, endless meetings, and planning pay off! Wouldn’t it be easier to just go back to a full-time job? Wouldn’t be more cost effective to just stay home with the kids? In some cases, yes! In my case, it wouldn’t be as fulfilling as finishing this creative journey that I started almost 10 years ago!

With that said, here’s a high-five to new journey’s, new challenges, and raising two amazing girls! Here’s a raised glass to all the women who are busting their butts to follow their dreams and another raised glass to the new moms who are getting through the postpartum blues or depression – YOU ARE AMAZING AND YOU GOT THIS! Here is also a middle finger to self-doubt, fear, and that little voice that says that you should just quit!

Let’s see what the next year in this life brings! xoxo

Sounds

Mereba+ 9th Wonder

This song has become a favorite in our household. Even our 3 year old knows all the words! I have half a mind to start a petition and start raising funds for 9th Wonder and Mereba to do a full project together! Between this beat by 9th and Merba’s laid back vocals, this song is instantly infectious, and what can I say, any woman who also desires a matte, all black truck, is my kinda lady.

“I’m not sorry…”