//
you're reading...
Artists & Designers, identities & city personalities, people worth noting

Inspiration of the Month: ⑩ questions with Etsy studio artist behind The Pair A Birds

Tabitha Bianca Brown is the artist behind The Pairabirds on Etsy. Brown recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the American Academy of Art, in Chicago. In her words, “The Pairabirds” is about “reinterpreting classic soul and modern minimalism.” From her little studio outside of Chicago she writes This is My Happy Place about being an introvert with a guilty pleasure of gossip blogs, her Yearbook prints, natural hair, her love of Moleskine notebooks, her inspirations and how to go about making your own art. Her work has been featured on Urban Outfitters blog, Afrolicious, Mod Cloth, West Elm blog, Paper N Stitch, to name but a few.

① Where do you call home?

Tabitha Bianca Brown: “A suburb 45 minutes north of Chicago.”

② How has your hometown or the place you call home affected your art?

T.B.B: “We have a ton of nature out here. Beautiful trees and flowers. I try to incorporate those shapes and colors into my work.”

③ When and how did you get started on Etsy?

T.B.B: “I started Etsy in March of 2007. I heard of it on Craftster years before, but didn’t think of it again until I began to seriously consider selling my work.”

④ Where did the idea of the Yearbook prints come from?

T.B.B: “The idea of Yearbook [prints] came from vintage sepia-toned photographs.”

⑤ I actually have a favorite Yearbook print you’ve made: Edith! I really love her tee-shirt type of “Pet yourself, not my hair.” Edith is a powerful cultural statement, I think. As a woman with ‘natural’ hair, have you ever been approached by such behavior from strangers? Or even people you know? If so, how did you respond?

T.B.B: “Fortunately, I haven’t dealt with people touching my hair. But, I’ve read so many horror stories of natural-haired ladies having people grab their hair. I knew plenty of people could relate to the shirt slogan. As for responding to unannounced petting….I read somewhere that you should begin petting the other person’s hair so they can see how awkward and uncomfortable that is!”

⑥ You’ve mentioned in your interview with Etsy blog that you are inspired by Alphonse Mucha. How did you discover him and what sort of affect has he made on your own artwork?

T.B.B: “I’m not quite sure how I discovered Mucha. It was probably from just poking around in the art section of the library. The organic linework and lightness of Mucha’s work was something I wanted to create in my own illustrations.”

⑦ Also, in your interview, I read that you like to keep your life private but you do enjoy gossip blogs — how did you come to discover this about yourself? And which [blogs] do you read?

T.B.B: “I’ve always been introverted. As I’ve gotten older, I begin to realize that there is nothing wrong with wanting to be with “one’s own thoughts.” As a private person, how I rationalize reading about celebs’ private lives…I have no idea! I would never want my private life in blogs, but reading about people who are so far removed from my life is okay to me. Some of the blogs I read are not entirely gossip, such as Jezebel and Clutch. My guilty gossip blog pleasure is ONTD.”

⑧ In your Etsy interview, you were asked what your autobiography would be entitled. But I’m curious to know what you’d want your epitaph to read. How do you hope to be remembered?

T.B.B: “In the Etsy interview, I mentioned wanting my autobiography to be like a game of Mad Libs. So, in keeping with that theme:

“Wow, she was truly a (adjective)!” “

⑨ What words would you pass on to fellow artists that are overwhelmed with potential project ideas or engulfed with ennui during tough times for the creative sector?

T.B.B: “For those with too many ideas and so little time: make lists. Write/sketch down potential projects. Make note of which project can be done quickly, which have the tightest deadline, what requires more materials, etc.

And, most importantly, write these timelines down in a calendar or planner. I live by my Moleskine Weekly Planner. I keep track of projects, orders, grocery lists, everything. It is one of the best items for an artist/designer/businesswoman (No, I don’t work for Moleskine. Nor, do I get paid by them…But, if you are reading this, Moleskine executives, Hello! Sure would love some Moleskine Notebooks!)

For those stuck in a rut: sketch, read, and research all the time. The sketches don’t have to be great. The books don’t have to be terrific. And, the research does not have to relate to your field. But, keeping your mind constantly working will help you in the long run.”

⑩ Lastly, a random question, what’s your sign?

T.B.B: Scorpio.

To keep up with The Pairabirds and Tabitha’s work, visit her blog entitled ‘Cover That Mother’, Flickr, Tumblr and/or Twitter.

Much thanks and gratitude to Tabitha Bianca Brown for being my first ‘Inspiration of the Month’ profile! *Also, if those Moleskine exec’s do in fact see this, send some notebooks my way, too!♥ // Permission to include graphic print granted by the artist, Tabitha Bianca Brown. // Please do not reproduce, copy, save, download, disseminate image without consent of artist.

About asliomur

Aslı Omur is a prolific writer. She is a freelance journalist for hire and a free agent. She writes about: film, people, books and authors, art and artists, music and musicians, cultures, travels, sexuality, cuisines, small businesses and their owners, finance, science & technology, genocide, war time, personalities, stereotypes, urban living, minimalism, simple lifestyles and life off the grid, among many other topics. She is also a published poet and photographer. Her life is one big curation & curiosità. Her article subjects, clients, friends & intimates call her a thorough reporter, coolspotter, trendstarter, creative thinker, sleuth & always a student.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Say what you have to say.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Alex – “Truth”

Blog Stats

  • 50,899 hits

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 46 other followers

Goodreads

🎶 #InstaSize | #music & #vintage vinyl for your Saturn Day's aural pleasures. xo 🎶 #turquoise #wall #green #mint #SSUR #ConeyIsland #seen #found #street #filthyfacades Los tres amigos para siempre. #InstaSize #köpekler #puppylove #SanFrancisco #instagram #SFdogs

Follow me on Twitter

Mailart365
Psychopathyawareness's Blog

information about psychopaths

Yerba Buena Night Art Walk

Come to the Yerba Buena Night Art Walk on Saturday October 11, 2014 from 4- 7pm in the Yerba Buena neighborhood.

Virtual Tarot

"I continue to be amazed by you 2 lovely lades! Each month your youtube readings seem to be exactly spot on, where i’m currently at, where I’ve been and where I’m headed, both personally and professionally." - Jen

ideas.ted.com

Explore ideas worth spreading, every weekday

No Food For Thought

A child of Jewish, Iraqi, Persian immigrants has a take on life

SPOTTED SF

Sharing local gems around San Francisco + on the road, too.

mondo a-go-go

cultural magpie

LIFE

Classic Pictures From LIFE Magazine's Archives

Roj Women

Kurdish and Turkish women's rights

AtomicTrauma

Dr. Strangelove or: How Helping Create the Atomic Bomb Traumatized Me

The Embarrassment

the world through foggy glasses..

Louise's Viral Vids

Seeing is Believing, Baby

The Indian Express

Latest News, Breaking News Live, Current Headlines, India News Online

Bedouin Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Aziz Abu Sarah

A Blog for Peace in Israel-Palestine.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 46 other followers

%d bloggers like this: