Inspired by Ellywise

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We’re delighted to welcome Ashley Presley as our guest blogger today. Ashley is the owner and designer at Ellywise Studios, a custom line of felt flower bouquets, center pieces, wreaths, and other decor. At the heart of each and every flower is Ashley’s love for all things fun, pretty, and whimsical. A SCAD graduate and working full-time as an interactive designer, Ashley uses felt flower making as a creative outlet for her less technical side, and to channel her wildly imaginative nature.

 

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In my family, the year of 2014 was Woodard-Wedding-Central. I got married in May and my little sister in October. I wanted to do something special for my sister’s bridal shower decorations, so I spent four months making felt flowers for all the table decorations. Commitment, my friend.

I truly enjoyed it and was so inspired by the possibilities that I continued to make them just for fun. When my house began to burst at the seams with felt and flowers, my mom suggested posting some pictures of them online and seeing what happened. They were so well received it was overwhelming. I couldn’t be more excited about the whirlwind success around my little flower child that is Ellywise Studios!

 

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This is my darling Rue. We’re not totally sure of her breed, but I do know that she’s my perfect little rescue buddy/muse. Though her fur-fluff often covers most surfaces of my house, she loves to lie in my studio while I work and watch herself in the mirror (she knows how gorgeous she is, and she’s so modest about it – gotta love her).

 

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When she’s not admiring herself in the mirror, my sidekick Rue often stares at me with a look of fear and dismay. You see, one does not simply create in silence. My go to? Broadway. I’m not just talking singing, my friend. I’ve got the emotional acting, the dance numbers and volume. My husband checks in on me every once in a while to make sure I haven’t fallen and that these noises are not in fact cries for help.

My love for musicals came late in life. My first trip to New York was in 2011 where I saw my first show, so I’ve spent my time since then catching up. My karaoke song of choice would have to be Adelaide’s Lament from Guys and Dolls. I really feel like it gives me a good range of my acting/Rue-scaring skills. Although, when Jerry Lee hits the piano on Million Dollar Quartet I find myself flinging my body dancing around like I’ve escaped the asylum (who doesn’t??). So, that’s a close second.

 

 

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My main decorating theme/general life philosophy is floral. For anyone that has had to room with me (sorry college-besties-who-hate-pink) they know that in my interior-design-dictionary there is one word: flowers. And when I married my husband last year we bought a house and décor was discussed. The poor guy HATES flowers. “Please, no floral prints.”

Oops.

To be fair, we don’t sleep on floral sheets, and thankfully I do have my entire studio dedicated to making felt flowers.

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I think the thing I love most about the felt flowers is all the different ways they can be used. I’ve gotten to meet so many people around my hometown of Memphis through my flowers and everyone has different ideas of how they want to use them. I’ve made keepsake mini wedding bouquets for brides, baby announcement wreaths for expectant mothers, decorative garland for artists’ booths at shows, centerpieces for showers and parties, office decor, nursery decor – seriously, the list goes on and on. It’s so amazing to meet all these different people and be able to execute their ideas born from an image of my flowers. They’re so creative and I’m equally inspired by them!
Ellywise has given me an opportunity to combine so many things that I truly love. Weddings, flowers, bright colors and, well, basically anything pretty. Oh, and hot glue…lots and lots of hot glue.

Inspired by Street Art

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We here at House of Current like challenges, so this week we have decided to pick a theme for our Inspiration Fridays. Our team cherry-picked the best theme ideas, wrote each one of them down on a tiny piece of paper, threw the mix in a very special pencil holder which from now on we shall refer to as “the HoC theme generator”, and had our new account coordinator Lamar pick one out. So, ladies and friends, this week’s Inspiration comes from *drumroll* “Street Art”.

 



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“I love Paris. I love Prada. I love the spontaneity and realness of this photograph.  The longer I look at this image, the more I fall in love with it. Look at the dripping spray paint, her amazing shoes, the textures on the building….I could go on.” Wendy

Image by Scott Lowden.

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“Sometimes street art can be viewed as a bit…unwelcomed. In the case of the Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin, TX, it actually changed the neighborhood – for the better. After a development company went belly up and left behind these ugly, towering concrete structures, artists began to paint and design over it.” Rachel

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“I’ve always been fascinated by murals and graffiti. I love the texture created by layers upon layers of paint and paper. I also love the Living Walls and the Art on the Beltline programs we have here in town. It is amazing how some imagination and paint can transform a structure and add some color and joy in the lives of those that pass by them.” Scott

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“Living Walls launched as a non-profit organization to promote, educate and change perspectives about public space in our communities via street art. This street art can be found throughout the Atlanta area stretching as far south as East Point and as far North as Cheshire Bridge. The organization hosts an annual conference that facilitates dialogue concerning tribulations within the city and increases awareness. It’s amazing to drive by a Living Walls work in progress on the daily commute and watch drab concrete transform into an expression of beauty.

If you think this is pretty cool, follow the link and plan a biking tour to check out all the current artwork! ” Lamar

 

 

“During this year’s Art Paris Art Fair, three artists were offered the chance to transform the façade of the iconic Grand Palais into a digital canvas for 4 days. The three video installations selected as this year’s winners came from an art collective of over 350 members named TeamLab, architect Dominic Harris and artist Mounir Fatmi.”

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Mounir Fatmi’s “Modern Times – A History of the Machine” is trying to convey movement, speed and time with “graphics inspired by the paintings of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, a Charlie Chaplin film, a Marcel Duchamp piece, calligraphy and philosophy.”

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TeamLab’s project “Universe of Water Particles” covered the building in a cascade of running water

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Dominic Harris’s Escher inspired projection is called A Concentric Study and its stated purpose is to “alter the viewer’s perception of the Grand Palais so that its architecture takes on a new narrative.” Ana

 

Inspired by the beach, historic neighborhoods and vintage cars.

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The saying, “Everything old is new again” seems to be ringing true this week at HOC. A lot of our inspirations have a very retro feeling to them. But then, maybe that’s all inspiration really is – the past (distant or recent) influencing what we create or do next in the future. However you define it, we hope these inspirations help you end your week on a high note.

"My best friend has recently turned an (adorable) hobby into a side business and I’m absolutely obsessed with it! Spring is right around the corner and considering my serious lack of a green thumb, these are perfect pops of color for the office, home, spring shower or whatever.”  Rachel

“My best friend has recently turned an (adorable) hobby into a side business and I’m absolutely obsessed with it! Spring is right around the corner and considering my serious lack of a green thumb, these are perfect pops of color for the office, home, spring shower or whatever.” Rachel

Click here to check her out on Instagram!

“In the chaos that is often ‘business travel’ I try to be aware of the beauty around me. My most recent visit to Miami was a feast for the eyes. The long hours are worth it when your view is of great art, and natural beauty.” Lisa

“In the chaos that is often ‘business travel’ I try to be aware of the beauty around me. My most recent visit to Miami was a feast for the eyes. The long hours are worth it when your view is of great art, and natural beauty.” Lisa

"Bill Domonkos's gifs inspire me because even though his mood is always gloomy, you can find touching beauty in the middle of all the sadness. The very eerie and atemporal feel of his work makes me wonder about the lives and times of the people in his imagines as I try to imagine how different they are from my own." Ana

“Bill Domonkos’s gifs inspire me because even though his mood is always gloomy, you can find touching beauty in the middle of all the sadness. The very eerie and atemporal feel of his work makes me wonder about the lives and times of the people in his imagines as I try to imagine how different they are from my own.” Ana

See more of his mesmerizing works here: Bill Domonkos

“Sometimes my inspiration just comes a quiet moment at the beach.” Wendy

“Sometimes my inspiration just comes a quiet moment at the beach.” Wendy

 “My old friend Andrew has spent the last 15 years living in eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia nations. He is a writer and his physical location is not important to his employers, so the vagabond life has worked out well for him. The quote below, from a recent interview, encapsulates why Andrew is an inspiration to me.” Scott B. "I didn’t want to spend the rest of my days wondering “what if.” So I changed my life, and here I am. The unpredictability can be scary at times, but I believe I would rather feel scared and alive than comfortable and depressed." Andrew Kerr

“My old friend Andrew has spent the last 15 years living in eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia nations. He is a writer and his physical location is not important to his employers, so the vagabond life has worked out well for him. The quote below, from a recent interview, encapsulates why Andrew is an inspiration to me.” Scott B.
I didn’t want to spend the rest of my days wondering “what if.” So I changed my life, and here I am. The unpredictability can be scary at times, but I believe I would rather feel scared and alive than comfortable and depressed.” Andrew Kerr

“My inspiration this week is Historic Grant Park. I love how Atlanta always finds a way to breathe new life into its history. We have a unique ability to merge modern convenience with antique beauty. Attached are two shots of my favorite places in Grant Park. Its even rumored the fountain may be restored to working condition soon!” Lamar

“My inspiration this week is Historic Grant Park. I love how Atlanta always finds a way to breathe new life into its history. We have a unique ability to merge modern convenience with antique beauty. Its even rumored the fountain may be restored to working condition soon!” Lamar

Click to learn more about this Atlanta gem. 

“Cars in general, and vintage cars in particular have always inspired me with their creativity, design and performance. None more so than the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster. By being so vastly ahead of its time, this car is rolling, roaring proof that human will, drive and innovation are the only limits of what is possible.” Scott G.

“Cars in general, and vintage cars in particular have always inspired me with their creativity, design and performance. None more so than the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster. By being so vastly ahead of its time, this car is rolling, roaring proof that human will, drive and innovation are the only limits of what is possible.” Scott G.