For Your Mama

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Don’t forget about the person that loves you the most in this world next week. We’ve got lots of fun and pretty things for her.

 

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happy mother’s day to all those amazing mums out there from the Personify team

 

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Artist Series: Ringo Yu of Yu Square Knitwear

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I’m excited to share this Artist Series with you all! I saw Yu Square socks not long ago online and I knew they belonged in Personify Shop with their bright colors and bold patterns.

Yu Square is a knitwear, textile design studio started and run by Ringo Yu. The first year she started the company, she knitted all the clothing garments herself, gradually adding scarves and beanies to her collection. After careful consideration, she started working with local manufacturers to produce knitwear pieces and socks. She currently works full time as a textile designer and a machine knitter at her studio in Taipei, Taiwan.

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It’s been a joy working with Ringo and I loved reading her answers to our interview questions below. After reading, head on over to our New Arrivals section to see our collection of Yu Square socks!

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1. How did you get started with what you do?

I’ve loved to draw and make stuff since I was little, so it was a natural path for me to study textile design. There I can combine my passion of both drawing and making. After graduating from CSM I started to work in the high fashion industry, but the fast-paced intensive lifestyle left me stressed out and uninspired, surrounded by bling sequins and luxury fabrics. In order to find my passion again, I began to design and knit some garments in my free time and tried to sell them online. With more and more orders from people I realized that this is what I should do! Eventually I quit my job and working full time for YU Square.

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  1. How would you describe your aesthetic?

Vibrant and cheerful. I can’t live without colours and I want to design things that make people happy and smile while wearing them, or even just looking at them. Life can be awful and we need colours to rescue our souls.

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  1. What’s your favorite thing about your business?

The greatest thing about my job is that I enjoy it more than anything else. No kidding, I love knitting THAT MUCH. Besides it’s nice that I have full control of my time, for example during low season I can arrange a short vacation time without approval from a boss…

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  1. What’s your least favorite?

The muscle of my right arm gets bigger and stronger due to constantly knitting. Errr Nrrrrrr!

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  1. Business advice?

Grab every chance to learn new things. Be brave to accomplish your goals, though some of them may not work out in the end. Trying and learning it doesn’t work is better than not trying and regretting not doing it, at least now you know where it can be improved.
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  1. What’s your favorite thing at Personify Shop?

Those amazing bottle openers! I love drinking with friends on Friday nights and these openers would definitely add some fun to it.

  1. My favorite party question: If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?

Nigel Peake, Nicola Rowlands and Kelly Puissegur! They are my most favourite illustrators by the way.

Happy Spring Picks

My top happy picks for this spring at the shop

spring-personify-shop1. I think this mermaid bottle opener lady is the perfect bar accessory.
2. Boost you lunchtime routine with the popsicle pop quiz lunch box.
3. This tote does anything but blend in.
4. I’m probably going to take one of these herschel supply x hudson’s bay little america backpacks home with me. I love them so much.
5. Love the minimalist take on the classic squash blossom design in wooden beads.
6. This confetti handmade catch all ceramic dish is my favorite
7. These felt birdhouses are fully functional and adorable. Invite your bird friends over this spring.
8. Say thank you with this colorful card.
9. Spruce up your outdoor space with these gorgeous ceramic lanterns. Nothing beats soft candlelight on your porch.

 

Artist Series: Natalie Jacob of Etymology Jewelry

Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop

Introducing Etymology Jewelry to Personify Shop has been so fun. I found Natalie Jacob through Etsy’s open call and I just couldn’t live without her line. I’m currently wearing one of her bracelets right this second. I love the colorful pieces, mixed media, and bohemian vibe of the line… It’s jewelry that’s ready to party! You can find her pieces under our New Arrivals tab. Read my interview with Natalie below.


 

How did you get started with what you do?

Etymology Jewelry started on Etsy in 2008 back when I was a first year student at the art college MICA. Making jewelry grew out of my natural disposition to create, as I was always making and forming things in an artistic way, even from a young age. Jewelry seemed to be a natural fit as I had also always been devouring fashion magazines and loved the idea of being involved in the fashion (or jewelry!) world. Now, it’s my chosen medium, allowing me to be in both the fashion world and the artistic world.
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How would you describe your aesthetic?

I always say my aesthetic is Mixed Media, or Boho. I like to say Mixed Media because it alludes to the materials I use- which are a mix of natural gemstones, vintage chains and recycled vinyl record album beads.
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What’s your favorite thing about making jewelry?

Well it’s definitely tricky to pick one favorite! I would say the thing I enjoy the most about making jewelry is the ability to be creative with design,  materials and color in a wearable way. I also truly love that I am able to be both an artist and a designer and have a variety of people – all over the world- wear my pieces!
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What’s your least favorite thing about making jewelry?

The occasional back ache from doing all that handmade jewelry fabrication!

Scout Bracelet from Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop

Any business advice?

You will hear one hundred no’s with your line before you get one yes. But all it takes is one yes, so keep going and be persistent!

What is your favorite thing at Personify Shop?

I’m a sucker for a great Ikat print- it’s probably my favorite sort of patterning out there. As a result I am absolutely in love with this pillow- it doesn’t hurt that all the colors also happen to match my bedding, so I may have to add it to my home sometime soon!

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If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?

This is definitely a little cheesy- but if I could hang out with anyone it would be my grandparents. They are no longer alive, but I was very close with them as I was growing up and miss having them around. A couple of the places they loved to go are still in business, so I’m sure we’d go to a favorite restaurant of theirs and just catch up. I’d tell them about all the accomplishments I’ve had with my business- including a recent feature in an Etsy partnership with Macy’s! It would be such a joy to see them and I know we’d have a great time.

Wanderlust layering bracelet from Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop


Thanks so much Natalie! It’s been a joy to work with you. I love your line so much and look forward to working together more in the future.

maddie

 

 

Style Inspiration: Justina Blakeney and the Jungalow

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Justina Blakeney is my all-time favorite designer and one Tammy and I just can’t get enough of. Her style is eclectic, bohemian, and jungalicious (full of patterns & plants). We sell her design book The New Bohemians. This book is the perfect gift for the vibrant people in your life. Do yourself a favor and follow her Jungalow and Justina Blakeney Instagrams. Check out some of my favorite of her designs below as well as when she answered my Instagram question on Periscope! Yay!

justina blakeney the new bohemians book at personify shopHer book The New Bohemians. You need it. Trust me.

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justina blakeney house personify shop style inspirationIn her home. That Charley Harper books is one of my favorites.

Justina Blakeney Junaglow kitchen redo personify shop style inspoHer kitchen redo aka the best thing ever. Watch out for these green tones this year. They’re coming…

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  This Blush cabinet in her home/studio has inspired me to paint more furniture pieces this year. Also, it’s the perfect pink. I want.

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Her new wallpaper collection from Hygge & West is unreal beautiful. This one is my favorite.


At the Gather Weekend I attended last year (see my previous post), they encouraged us to make a “design tree” of our favorite designers aka find out who they are inspired by. So, I asked Justina, “What are you creative influences and inspiration?” AND she answered!!! Ahh! She answered my question live on Persicope. It was amazing.

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Justina Blakeney on Persicope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s what she said:

  1. Jonathan Adler
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2. The Women Painters of MithilaJustina Blakeney Inspiration

3. Midcentury Modern Art in Nigeria

4. Picasso LinocutsJustina Blakeney Inspiration

5. The Ultimate House Book by Terrence ConranJustina Blakeney Inspiration

6. Frida KahloJustina Blakeney Inspiration

So there you have it. That’s what inspires the amazing Justina Blakeney.