A GASP FOR AIR

 
A Gasp for Air | InBetween the Curls

Hello you lovely readers, I know I've been a little MIA lately - scratch that, very MIA! 

I believe I started writing this post a few weeks ago but was hesitant at the mere thought of publishing it. Sometimes it can be very taboo to write about something so personal, but we all go through ups and downs and it's ok to allow others to see that not everything is so magical as it seems on good ol' social media. And to hell with taboo this and taboo that; it's my blog and I feel that many of you, especially those creative minds can relate to this post. And what better time to publish this than on Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK?

As our late, legendary Prince once said, "Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." It sounds a bit dramatic, but I totally get what he was referring. As much as I enjoy life and its simple nature, it can get overwhelming and just turn into this spiraling domino effect of uncertainties. I think it's safe to say that we've all been there; it's just hard to see that when you feel like you're drowning and the rest of the world is living this colorful dream, or at least it seems... 

As fantastic as it may appear to be a freelance designer, not everything is cotton candy and rainbows. We all see the flexibility we have, and enjoyment of projects that we are passionate about, but what about the things you don't see? Like, will I get more clients next month? Will I have enough money for the future? Am I growing in my skills set? All of these questions are the things others don't see. And when these questions start to build up, it can really weigh on you to the point where you're physically in pain. Hello! That was me these past few months. The stress I had created was causing me to have muscle spasms - not particularly fun. Sometimes, I get these anxieties about my next step in life and that little spark of doubt can turn into a really big fire of questioning everything around me. I'm human, and it's definitely one of my downfalls- you can say I'm trying to work on that. The tough question is, how does one get out of it? Well, as much support as I got from my friends and family, unfortunately the only person that could get me out of the funk was myself. I know, I wish there was a magic potion. I literally had to stop wallowing in my crap and continue on, so I booked a flight to New York - HA! A holiday and something to look forward to always seems to boost my spirit. It's a good 'band-aid' for the meantime but not the solution for the long haul, so I continued pursuing my goals for the month and once I got the ball rolling, things started to magically fall into place. Weird how that works, huh? I'm a true believer that things happen for a reason, but I also know that when you're in a rut it's easy to see the glass half empty. I guess what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.  

I don't want to bore you and go on and on about the subject, but I can only reiterate that we all go through things that are not ideal; not everything you see on social media is the full picture. What I can promise is that there is light on the other side, you just have to dig at it.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their week and know that they're not alone! 

P.S. How lovely is that image?! I couldn't have found a more perfect photo to mirror this post :) 

 

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DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP

 
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP

I have a treat to share for those whimsical readers out there! I discovered Becky's work almost a year ago on good ol' Instagram, and she is definitely one of my favorite people to follow; she won't disappoint. That inner child in me just loves everything she produces, and her beautiful feed engrosses you into this magical Kokeshi doll world you never knew you'd be so into. Let me just cut to the chase- super talented girl! Apart from her fun dolls she also creates other goodies, but I'll let you browse her website ;)  

Here's a little background on the wonderful gal behind these dolls :) 

Every creation begins life on the pages of a sketchbook. My work has long been inspired by a love for Nordic design and Japanese Illustration, sketching and painting since I was a child I carry a sketchbook in my pocket 24/7. I currently work from my home studio in the South-East of England.

DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP
DESIGN LOOKOUT 11 : BECKY KEMP

Apart from her 'famous' creations, she also does custom designs such as the ones shown above on the right hand side :) Being a big kid is never too late! 

 

[website | instagram]

 

 

 

GIFT GUIDE : V-DAY OR ANY DAY!

 
Gift Guide : V-Day or Any Day! | InBetween the Curls

Hello all of you friends + lovers out there! I've put together a fun little wish list for Valentines, or any other day for that matter; my gift to you my fellow last minute shoppers! I personally don't believe that all V-Day gifts have to be flowers and chocolates, so instead I've added a little twist on these choices  ;) 

1. That print by Loui Jover just reminded me of explosive love, I mean look at all those colors! I say it's pretty close to V-Day related...

2. The polaroid is so you can take all of those pictures of your friends and loved ones, then you can give it to them on the spot. It really is a win-win for both parties. I picked the pink to give it the holiday vibe, but there are other colors for the gents! 

3. Nothing is more romantic than a candlestick dinner with a lovely rose/copper candlestick, amirite?!  

4. For the travelers; this is seriously the coolest! You can start planning your next trip with your fab friends or a special someone ;) 

5. The watch for the men out there... you can tell how late your date is with this sleek piece - Ha! Guilty*

6. I'd say the book is pretty obvious, but I love how it's about all kinds of love and not just the typical couples' love :) 

7. The beautiful wood amplifier is definitely a fave. How is this love related? Hello, music brings people together. It's a known fact. 

8. So I say flowers shouldn't have to be a thing, but where would you put them if you were to get them? Yup, I thought ahead.. Flowers die, vases are forever :D 

9. Last but not least... jewelry. I know it's a cliché but a girl likes her bling. Especially when it's handmade by a local artist :D You might recognize it because it's from this Creative Flair

So there ya go! Hope everyone has a fab + safe weekend <3

 

[print | polaroid | candlestick globe | watch | book | amplifier | vase | ring]

 

 

 

DESIGN LOOKOUT 10 : ASYA KOZINA

 
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina

Hey guys, do I have a treat for you! Thanks to my lovely friend who posted this gem the other day, I thought I'd share this treasure for the rest of the crowd! After seeing these amazing creations I had no choice but to research the artist behind all of this talent; let's just say I quickly became one of her biggest fans.  

Ukraine native, Asya Kozina began her love for paper sculptures since her childhood, and thus flourished her numerous jaw-dropping paper exhibitions. Her latest work are these wig sculptures; they're nothing short of amazing. Additional kudos to these beautiful editorial photographs taken by Anastasia Andreeva. 

Here are a few words by the artist herself, regarding her inspiration towards these wigs: 

Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the Baroque era. This is art for art's sake aesthetics for aesthetics, no practical sense. But they are beautiful. I made a series of wigs. Paper helps to highlight in this case the main form and not be obsessed unnecessary details.

Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina
Design Lookout 10 : Asya Kozina

Don't miss out on Asya's portfolio in the link below! 

P.S. Remember that friend of mine I mentioned earlier that brought this artist to my attention? Well, if you're in the UK area and need a make up artist... don't doubt that she's your gal! You can get in touch with her loveliness right here.

 

[Asya Kozina]

 

 

 

DESIGN LOOKOUT 09 : INKED

 
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls

One of my favorite things about the 'Design Lookout' column is that I find delicious eye candy from any creative spark; it doesn't necessarily have to be graphic design. For today's column I thought I'd share more of the permanent works of art. I've always had a fascination with skin art, I personally don't have a sleeve of tattoos but I think it's such an amazing talent to have. I mean, you can't really press the delete button once you've inked... As the years progress more tattoo artist have broken out of that 'I <3 mom' stereotype and have really done stunning work. If you don't believe me just check out a few of these... 

Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls
Design Lookout 09 : Inked | InBetween the Curls