The question I get asked the most, since I started my blogging career nearly nine years ago is: what inspired you to start HonestyWTF? The short answer is: I'm in it for all the extraordinary places, people and things that simply fuel my love of discovery and innate curiosity. So naturally, I was excited to partner with LinkedIn to share examples of how I've been able to become a window into a diverse and inspiring community of artists, designers, creators and professionals. This is just a peek into the network that motivates me to what I do . . .
Spaces tell stories. What lies behind certain objects that make up a room, a interior vignette or even an accidental composition can tell all kinds of tales. And artist Mary Finlayson has the wonderful ability of storytelling with her vibrant gouache paintings. The former art educator and therapist starts her process by flattening a composition, modeled after a memory, specific items in her home or a photograph, and then skews the objects and amps up the colors with her signature bold color palette. I had the pleasure of meeting Mary in her home based studio a few weeks ago to witness the magic, as well as her new collection of hand knotted durhie and wool rugs, in real life. Not only is her work and her space so full of life and exuberance, Mary, herself, is a direct reflection of that energy. Her new mom glow is also so sweet to witness and overall, her deep passion for her craft is deeply inspiring.
Like with Mary, I had a crush on BRYR clogs long before actually meeting designer Isobel Schofield. Needless to say, knowing her made me love the brand even more - if that was at all possible. Isobel and the company culture she's created in her charming Dogpatch studio, which coincidentally housed an old clog factory back in 70s, is a true reflection of her passion, generosity, and overall, just genuinely good human qualities. It's no wonder Isobel named her company BRYR, which in Swedish means “to care”. There is so much intention and care that goes into the clog making process - from design to production to the ultimate customer experience. I've so enjoyed following the success of BRYR thus far, and can't wait to see what's in store for Isobel next . . .
Can you now see why I love my job so much? How can I possibly not be inspired to the story of such talented and brilliant people? But now, I wanna know . . . what inspires you? What are you in it for?