‘Artist Spotlight’ Category

  1. Artist Spotlight – Monorail Studio

    January 18, 2012 by Lauren


    -Give us some basic info on you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.

    Our names are Sandrine Molnar and Daniella Valerio and we are co-owners of Monorail Studio. We live in Austin, TX with one very wild cuddly tuxedo cat named Marley. He does some pretty crazy things and keeps us full of inspiration. Salted Caramel is one of our favorite ice cream flavors but we love experimenting making our own ice cream and gelato at home. We definitely love to eat and enjoy cooking and gardening on our spare time.

    -What mediums do you like to work with?

    We are printmakers at heart. We love screenprinting, lithography, etching, woodblock printing and letterpress. Whenever we see a printing press we get a little giddy and excited. We currently work with screenprinting but we hope to soon invest in an etching press so we can expand our printing process. I also enjoy watercoloring particularly when it is on a print and Daniella enjoys drawing with a simple pen and paper.

    -Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?

    We were both very creative growing up. I did a lot of drawing and playing around on the beach. Daniella pretty much did the same thing too when she was growing up.


    -Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?

    We looooove food so we can’t really pick a favorite. But we really enjoy sushi, Mexican particularly Rick Bayless, vietnamese (love pho), dim-sum, and the burgers and shakes from Burger Guys in Houston. Seriously the best burgers and the best chocolate shake we’ve had (they temper their own chocolate to make it!). TV shows would have to be House and Bones. We listen to a lot of different music but we don’t really have a favorite band. We are both all over the place just because there is so much life has to offer and we want to experience a little of everything.

    -Is there anything you’d like to try your hand at doing? Knitting, baking, soap making, wood working, an instrument, etc.

    There are so many things we would like to try so we will just name a few. I’ve always wanted to try making a wonderful cake using fondant with all the bells and whistles. Bakers make it look so easy but I know it takes a lot of work and experience to pull off a fancy cake. As for Daniella, she’s always wanted to learn woodworking. It would be so nice to build your own furniture with your own two hands.

    -A couple of artists/etsy shops/photographers you enjoy?

    We love Aaron Horkey and his outrageously detailed screenprints and Suzy Lee for her wonderful visual storytelling. From Etsy we love sycamorestreetpress and handz for their lovely colorful and bright prints and MaidenVoyageClothing who have really cool products and product shots. We also love tugboatprintshop who have really great handmade woodblock prints.

    -One year from now…

    One year from now we hope to both work full time with Monorail Studio. We hope to be continuing down our current path and also expand our line of products to include t-shirts, totes, and other goodies. We look forward to living off of our art and see people enjoying what we create.


  2. Artist Spotlight

    November 18, 2011 by Lauren

    -Give us some basic info on you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.
    My name is Melanie Mckenney, I just moved back to my hometown of Buffalo, NY with my husband Justin, our daughter Lyla, and 2 dogs, Blue & Sadie.

    – What mediums do you like to work with?
    I love working with clay, glass, and jewelry.

    -Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?
    I was always creating something when I was growing up, out of any material I could find…painting rocks with nailpolish, creating sculptures of fruit, making ant boats out of leaves and twigs.

    -Top 5 favorite foods?
    I LOVE food…there isn’t many foods I don’t like.


    -Is there anything you’d like to try your hand at doing? Knitting, baking, soap making, wood working, an instrument, etc.
    I have pretty much tried every crafty creative thing out there.

    -A couple of artists/etsy shops you enjoy?
    I love the dresses from etsy artist FoldedRoses and AmandaArcher, the prints of trafalgarssquare, and the handbags of babyeverafter.

     -One year from now….
    I hope to have a thriving business and maybe buy a house or do some travelling.


  3. Artist Spotlight

    November 12, 2011 by Lauren

    Occasionally we are going to show off an artist’s work that is in the shop and have a brief interview. World, meet Emily. She paints these awesome shoes into a map of the world.

    -Give us some basic info about you: name, where you live, kids/pets, favorite ice cream flavor, etc.

    My name is Emily Cammarata. I live in Nacogdoches, TX. I don’t currently have any kids or pets, but its my dream one day to have a teacup pig. I like ice cream, but I’d pick frozen lemonade over it any day of the week.

    -What mediums do you like to work with?

    I really enjoy photography. I’m somewhat new to it but I enjoy getting to be creative with the setting, angles, and light. I also like making something from nothing; reusing old things to make something practical but with a creative twist.

    -Were you creative growing up/what did you enjoy doing?

    I was creative as a kid. Me and my 64 pack of crayolas were the best of friends. I went through different stages, too. I specifically remember trying origami when I was ten, which eventually turned into Christmas tree ornament making, then homemade card making.

    -Top 5 favorite foods, tv shows, and bands?

    Oh shoot. I’ll give you one of each. Favorite food is Mexican. I could eat chips and salsa every day of my life. TV show is currently Modern Family. And favorite band, there are too many to name, but I will also have a special place in my heart for Sufjan Stevens.

    -Is there anything you’d like to try your hand at doing? Knitting, baking, soap making, wood working, an instrument, etc.

    Everything. Knitting is first on my list, followed closely by quilting, watercolor, basket-weaving and also I would love to learn to play the steel guitar someday.

    -A couple of artists/etsy shops/photographers you enjoy?

    Deeann Rieves is one of my favorite artists, she does a lot of mixed media work that is very inspiring. One of my favorite photographers is Anna Skladmann, she has this series called “Little Adults” that is extremely interesting.

    -One year from now…

    One year from now I will still be in school, but TWO years from now I hope to be teaching overseas. Korea, Kenya, Afghanistan, wherever. Teaching kids, learning culture, and continuing to pursue creativity.