Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings
On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.
The ChristmasInJuly team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.
The winner for January is Adam and Kelly of ColourscapeStudios!
Kelly and Adam are very into photography, illustrations and typography.
How did your shop come to be?
I opened Colourscape back in 2010 when we kept getting requests from people to purchase our photography when we posted it on Flickr.
We opened Colourscape Prints as our second store in late 2012 after having looked for Australian typography stores and didn’t find anyone doing the style we’d wanted.
What was it about photography and typography that inspired? did one build off the other one?
Photography is something I loved from afar for many years, and it wasn’t until I met Adam that the interest really sparked for me. He’d been shooting for years and it’s actually how we met (on a US based online art community site many many years ago). I love it, the way it makes you open your eyes to things people walk past everyday and take no notice of. I’m so much more aware of my surrounds than I ever was in life before photography.
The typography side came up as we noticed a big gap in the Australian market after looking around for a few prints to brighten up our home and we thought we could fill it. Adam’s knowledge of Illustrator through his work as an Industrial Designer helped us decide to go for it. Typography Design is so much more than just typing in a few words on a page, and it really is a craft all of it’s own. It’s not dis-similar to photography in some ways, when you get down to technical things like leading lines and focal points and the like.
I wondered if they enter their works into craft fairs or at markets?
I was doing several markets last year, but to get Adam’s business off the ground I’ve wound right back until he’s finished his course. Hoping to be back at my regular handmade market by mid year though as I miss the lovely fellow stallholders!
What inspires you to create?
Besides the gorgeous beach, we literally use the whole world as inspiration. For photography, I love using it to inspire people to get out and explore their world. To look a little harder and closer at things and see them in their best light! For our typography work we believe honesty and positivity are the best route through life, and we’ve had a world of negative to fight through in the last few years so it’s been a good way of reminding ourselves that it *will* get better eventually, we just have to keep moving forward!
Where do you create your illustrations and more?
Well for the photography it’s all outdoors. We don’t set up things in a studio… we love that our photography differs to most in that it has feeling and movement to it!
For our typography, it’s all created from initial concepts to finished design in the corner of our lounge room where the computer is set up, sometimes sketched into our trusted notepad, but mainly all done on the computer. We have a big cork-board inspiration board above us, and our printer sits right next to us so it’s a one stop work station!
Adam and Kelly make amazing works of art that inspire.
I say get yourself feeling good,while browsing their shop!