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Featured Artist: Emily Little

Emily Little of Little E Studio is a self-taught mixed media artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Emily uses layer upon layer of color and texture to create works of intentional joy.

Needing a new creative outlet after leaving her day job and closing her antique booth, Emily took a weekend abstract art class with friends. The class helped Emily overcome her inhibitions because it emphasized expression over perfection. Armed with the knowledge that there are no mistakes, only layers, Emily began painting every day.

Other than weekend class, Emily is primarily self-taught. Her style developed as she experimented with different mediums and applications until she found her niche with acrylic paints and the palette knife. Her fresh palette and unique style have been featured on home decor, gift, and seasonal lines with Creative Co-Op. This successful collaboration has allowed Emily’s bright and happy artwork to grace homes all over the world.

 How long have you worked with Creative Co-Op?

My first collection came out in 2012. It was all bright and colorful and whimsical. I remember the first product photo I ever got was of a small chest with my birdcage painting on the drawers. My jaw dropped. I was very green. I had no idea what licensing was really about at first, so seeing all the creative applications of my images on wood, metal, ceramic, and fabric just blew my mind. I suddenly realized that behind every rooster on a dish towel is a hard working artist sweating it out in a studio somewhere. I’m just so happy to be one of them!

What are your favorite Creative Co-Op products that you have been involved with?

The large decorative floral papers are definitely my favorite product ever. My original work tends to be very layered and textured, and the tactile nature of these papers captures that aspect of my work. Also, they are ginormous and I love the idea of someone having a huge statement piece of art at an affordable price. The prayer box from my first release, the oversized ornaments from the current Christmas collection, and anything they’ve done on metal is also a favorite. It’s too hard to decide!

I always feel like Tamra and the product development team at Creative are magicians. They just know how to match the right image to the right product in a way that respects the artist and considers the market. It’s so fascinating and fun to watch the process develop from image to showroom.

Who inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by the other local artists in my community. When you roam the aisles or sit across from talented people all weekend at an art show, you learn so much. And they are so generous with their advice and encouragement. It inspires me to grow and stretch when surrounded by people who excel at what they do in their chosen mediums.

What medium do you work in?

My work is mixed media. I typically use texture mediums, paper, fabric and acrylic paint applied with a palette knife although I’ve been exploring brush and pen work lately.

Do you have any other creative outlets?

Right now, renovating and decorating my house is my other creative outlet. Our former home burned several years ago and it took a couple of years to rebuild, sell, and then move again. We finally feel settled and ready to make this house our home. I’ve been having a blast infusing our home with the same unabashed mix of color, texture and pattern found in my artwork.

 What is your favorite meal?

Fair food. If you sell something in a kiosk, food truck or concession stand, I will buy it and eat it. Things I would never eat normally; I will eat if you sell it out of a truck. It makes no sense.

How does the place that you live/work inspire your creative pursuits?

My studio is in my home on 2.5 wooded acres that back up to a horse farm. When I throw open my studio doors, I see huge evergreen trees with gnarled limbs, rusty wire fences, golden hay bales, blue skies, stacked wood, glossy manes. These varied textures and saturated colors are integral to my work. The studio is definitely the heart of our home. During the day, I am a one-woman show, but once school and work are done, everyone ends up in the studio. We intentionally created a bright and colorful multifunctional space where everyone feels comfortable, including the dog who has claimed the bottom shelf of my paint table as his bed. The peaceful, natural beauty outside my studio and the messy, joy-filled togetherness inside cannot help but infuse my artwork with its signature happiness.

 

Check out all of the products featuring Emily’s art here!

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In the Studio with Kellie Montana

Kellie Montana is free-spirited southern girl with a love for the English countryside. She has been a licensed artist with Creative Co-Op since 2013 and, this spring, contributed a charming collection of jewelry to the most recent Embellish catalog. Take a tour of her vibrant studio and read about what inspires her creative process.

Kellie Montana for Creative Co-Op

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In the Studio with Lori Siebert

Lori Siebert is an endlessly imaginative artist that we at Creative Co-Op have had the pleasure of working with since 2011. She has a knack for mixing materials and patterns with whimsical themes, often inspired by nature, to create truly joyful artwork! Lori kindly shared with us a glimpse of her beautiful studios (yes, two!), along with thoughts on her inspiration and her creative process. If you want to see more of her work, you can find her home decor items here and her jewelry here.

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In the studio with Chad Barrett

Our newest release, Curated Gatherings, features inspired wall art by Georgia based artist Chad Barrett. We love his expressive style and eye for subtle color and composition. Chad graciously took us on a tour of his stunning studio and shared his inspiration and creative process, not to mention his guiltiest food indulgences. We hope you enjoy getting to know Chad as much as we have!

Artist interview with Chad Barrett for Creative Co-Op. Still life in library.

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Recap from Atlanta in the words of Caroline Simas!

Creative Co-Op was fortunate to have one of our newest licensed artists, Caroline Simas, present in our Atlanta Showroom to help promote our new collection – Multiple Blessings.

The Multiple Blessings collection reflects sentiments of faith and uplifting messages to live by, yet comes in a mix of patterns and colors in a way that is bright and right in so many settings.

Don’t just take our word for it, read Caroline’s recap here!

Caroline Simas with Robert Wang at the July 2012 Atlanta Gift Show

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New Spring Line at WILLIAMSBURG Craft House

WILLIAMSBURG Craft House has updated its look for spring. Thanks to a new partnership with Creative Co-Op, the store has a beautiful collection called “A Garden Story.” Store Manager Joanna Heitz and WILLIAMSBURG Product Manager Liza Gusler share the inspiration behind this new line and invite you to come see the spring assortment. Click below to see the exciting YouTube video.

The Garden Story Collection

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Partnering with Kelly Rae Roberts!

Creative Co-Op is pleased to announce a partnership with one of the hottest names in the industry…Kelly Rae Roberts! We can not wait to unveil the new line we have created together at the 2011 Summer markets.

Click on the link below to learn more about Kelly and the partnership with Creative Co-Op in her own words:

Kelly Rae Roberts’ blog

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