My brand 19FIFTYTHREE is dedicated to creating what I hope is your next favorite tee or hoodie. I love soft fabrics, minimal prints, and abstract designs. Within the last few months, I have officially partnered with ArtFarm Annapolis. 19FIFTYTHREE is in charge of curating the front retail space, located at 45 West St. in the Annapolis Arts District. This has been a true delight and with the opening of this new space, I created a small collection of two tees and one hoodie. These three pieces are inspired by the colors of Annapolis and my current design style. The brick, blue, gold, and off cream with black and white that was chosen is directly inspired by the buildings and landscapes of the city I love so much!
I did a small run for the opening of our retail at ArtFarm, but am now taking pre-orders for the holidays. Pre-order today and receive your items by December 10! PRE-ORDER HERE.
It’s that time again! November in Maryland is all about crisp weather, warm drinks and feeling cozy by a bonfire or fireplace. These are my playlist picks for the beginning of this chilly season!
This past year has been a creative whirlwind! Design, the White House, Festivals, brand launching! Whew! After a year of saying yes to EVERY creative opportunity that passed my way, I realized what it is that I want to do and what I don’t want to do. My ‘Year of Yes’ was a way for me to see where my true passion lies and it worked! I’ve jokingly said September was the official beginning of my ‘Year of No’! Now that I know where I’d like my creative focus to lie, it’s a little easier to say ‘no’ to things that I don’t really want to do – or that don’t give me any fulfillment.
A few months ago, I made one final commitment in my ‘Year of Yes’. This was to join forces with creative space, ArtFarm. Located in the heart of the Annapolis Arts District, ArtFarm has become a hub for creativity, teaching, learning, and expression. They have achieved this through classes, events and gallery shows. My creative brand, 19FIFTYTHREE has official partnered with ArtFarm and will be occupying their front space. This space will house affordable art, art prints, and goods from both local and non-local artisans and makers. 19FIFTYTHREE as a brand will be sold here, alongside many wonderful brands.
It’s official and a full circle experience!
About 6 years ago, I found a small retail space in Downtown Annapolis that I wanted to use as a space to hold events, sell streetwear and records. I also planned on using the back of the space for small workshops. This space fell through and that dream was put on hold! In a very serendipitous way, this is that chance being handed to me once again! A larger space, with amazing creatives in the heart of the Arts District! Wow!
So what’s next? Well, we’re celebrating! This Friday, October 6, we’ll host our official launch at ArtFarm Annapolis from 7pm – 10pm! I hope to see you there!
While perusing on Pinterest, I stumbled upon watercolor and acrylic artists Emma Larsson – and I kinda fell in love! Her use of colors and way of making beautiful textures amazed me. The more of her work I found, the more I fell in love with her style and technique. Her pattern making and soft gradients are really what hooked me in. I find something so beautiful about a very soft gradient and a bold pattern – and she uses both beautifully!
“She describes her work as ‘an ongoing exploration without rules and conventions. Starting with a blank sheet, I never know the outcome. In that sense, every piece is an abstract fragment of who I am.’”
– Wood Society of the Arts
I hope that you enjoy her style as much as I have and find some good color inspiration in it! Check her out on Instagram to keep up with her work.
Acrylic on Indian paper
Acrylic on paper
Watercolor and ink on cotton paper
Watercolor and ink on cotton paper
Toro y Moi – “Rose Quartz”
Pretty Lights – “We Must Go On”
Pretty Lights – “Yellow Bird”
Washed Out – “Feel it All Around”
Althea & Donna – “Uptown Top Ranking”
My blog has largely been about what I am working on and what I am inspired by. I’ve decided to start taking some of the things I’m inspired by and creating my own bits of inspiration out of them. One big part of my job as a designer is the branding process. I love creating an overall feel for a brand that includes colors, fonts, and design elements – but color palette creation is my absolute favorite part of the branding process.
I’ve decided to dedicate a portion of my blog to creating my own color palettes as a source of inspiration for myself and others. My introductory palette is called ‘Sage Burning’. I love how this palette is both cool and warm, and plays well with our current transitioning seasons.
My hope is that through this palette creation, I will have a broader base and foundation for creating outside of my usual color palette. Black, white, cream, and gold have been my mainstays, but I’m ready for some more bursts of color!
See all my other inspiration on my Pinterest page!
Hope you all enjoy!
These last few months have been a WHIRLWIND! I’m a little too sleepy to give you a good update now, so I’ll just leave you with some jams I’ve been listening to lately! So much goodness to share!
Originally designed in 2013, the East Coast Representer hoodie I designed for 19FIFTYTHREE is still one of my favorite product designs ever! Like most, I take a certain pride in where I’m from and this hoodie allowed me to flex that muscle a little bit. The best part about designing something that you are proud of, is when other people are equally as proud or excited about it as well! The support that came in around this hoodie was AMAZING!
It’s one thing to have people support what you do because they love you, but to support you because they love what you create is even better. So, thank you! Thank you for all your support. Thank you for the fact that I am still printing these AND selling them! EAST COAST REPRESENT, REPRESENT!
Packaging a box full of hoodies!