Today, we are featured on the Etsy homepage with a sampling of our work and an interview in which we discuss our inspiration, process, and a bit of background context. It’s such a thrill for us! Of course, the VL blog is mentioned in the interview as a place where inspiration gets filed so, for all of you Etsians coming here for the first time, allow me to introduce you to some of the recurring themes and obsessions that have been mentioned here over the past couple of years.
Aside from our own studio news, there are almost 800 posts here on various topics that inspire us. I’ll just briefly introduce each one and hope that you’ll spend a bit of time rooting around, and finding something that inspires you as well.
Architecture is a regularly recurring topic, such as the magnificent Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, near our house and studio:
Art is another major source of inspiration, including the series of construction paintings by Sarah McKenzie:
Interior 5 by Sarah McKenzie
Cincinnati, where we currently live, constantly inspires us. For instance, we love the typographic cacophony of Smitty’s in Over-the-Rhine:
Fashion is another source of inspiration, for instance Detroit-centric apparel by 2:37am:
Home decor is really important to us, as it’s something we make as well. These landscape rugs by Liz Euwes are a perfect example of the kind of beautiful and clever home decor we admire:
Other ongoing obsessions include ghost signs. Our neighborhood is filled with these layers of history on the sides of buildings, like this Paramount Vodka ad:
Cartography is another interest, such as Ian Hundley’s cartographic quilts:
Oberg White by Ian Hundley
Since this starting this blog, I’ve been discovering really awesome details everywhere I go, like patterned entryway tile, as in this mid-century fire station in downtown Cincinnati:
Public art is another interest of ours. This mural by Christian Schmit is an incredible and unusual example, found in Covington, KY:
This is just a brief introduction to some of what you’ll find on this blog. I hope you’ll find something to inspire you here!