I am very pleased to announce our first bridal event this coming September. Some very talented local wedding vendors and myself are putting our heads (and our skills) together for our exciting event! Our Atélier Bliss event will be featuring: Truly Smitten, Vale of Enna, Just The Little Things, Hanuri Catering and Events, Junsui Design, and Green Apple Photo. If you happen to be in the area, please feel free to pop in for some refreshments and mingling. You can read more about our event on our blog.
The awesome and talented Laura Hooper has given my logo an amazing face lift! I asked her to script my logo in ‘Massy’ and I am just thrilled with the results! Laura does some stunning calligraphy work on wedding invitations and you should see her map illustrations! I’m so excited to be collaborating with her on future projects. Be sure to check out her website and her blog. And thanks for the little write up on Truly Smitten on your blog =).
Our uber talented florist, Vale of Enna, was featured on Chicago Brides Magazine as one of Chicago’s up and coming vendors. It was so nice of her to use our wedding photos as her examples. Also, I was at Barnes the other day and I picked up an issue of The Bride and Bloom magazine. I opened right in the middle of the magazine and saw that one of my past clients got featured on their “Real Weddings” segment! I was so excited for them and (secretly) myself because I designed their monogram, which they used throughout their wedding, and also had it lit on the dance floor. I had no idea you could do that!
I am just overjoyed to have had the opportunity to pick the creative brain of the very talented, Myra Callan from Twigs & Honey! She has been a HOT sensation ever since she opened up her shop on Etsy back in 2007 and getting bigger by the second! One look at her stunning collection and you’ll see why. Myra’s hair adornments and pins are truly elegant with a touch of organic gracefulness and packs a lot of “WOW” factor. Check out Myra’s Twigs & Honey and her blog. Read below for a mini interview with Myra.
TS: Your products are truly unique and I’ve never seen anything like it. Since when did you start constructing and designing your hair adornments and what inspired you to pursue this?
Myra: I think I may have started around junior high school when I would toy around with making flowers and putting them on pins. I continued to do this through the years and created pieces for family and friends. It was when Matt and I started planning our wedding that things really started to click for me. Over a year ago, more professionals in the industry started seeing my creations and recommended that I puruse selling them. I recieved such positive feedback and support that immediately following the wedding, I informally set up my Etsy shop – I think in October of 2007. I started brainstorming and getting myself prepared and did a ton of research. I have freestyled my creations for a long time but it was still very important for me to know that I was going to be creating a unique product that had not been done in my style before. When I was pretty confident that my products would be very unique, I started listing pieces on Etsy in January of 2008 and things just got crazy since then.
TS: You have a background in the environmental science & geography, does this at all influence your designs?
Myra: Yes! It definitely does! I’ve always been fascinated by the natural environment since I was very young and really went hardcore with studying environmental science. I volunteered at museums throughout high school and that led to majoring in the sciences. I don’t think you can separate the two – my passion for the environment and my designs. It is so much a part of me that it influences my personal style and lifestyle. I love the look of naturally made objects – the form, balance and colors. I like for my creations to be freeflowing just like objects in the natural environment. In the environement, you have systems that flow through each other and are in concert. My major educational studies and research were focused on Paleoclimatology and environmental change. I also dabbled in landscape architecture and agriculture studies in graduate school and I knew that whatever I created would pull from these interests. My pieces are not too “perfect” but have a touch of whimsy and an organic feel that I think helps make them very unique.
TS: What’s the most craziest amount of hair pieces you’ve done in a relatively short amount of time?
Myra: Ummm… I think right now as we speak! hahaha.
Actually, at the moment with my current turnaround times, I think I am slated to create about 650 to 700+ pieces, not including boutique orders. Thinking on shorter timeframes, I think creating about about 25 hair pieces in a day a few weeks ago was me at my craziest in terms of numbers and time. That day, I didn’t sit down for a meal and I didn’t sleep.
TS: When you are not working on Twigs & Honey, how do you spend your time?
Myra: This is tough to answer! Since February, I haven’t had any free time so I have not been doing much of anything else besides twigs & honey around the clock, 7 days a week. Before twigs & honey, I enjoyed other artistic pursuits such as painting, knitting, clay, and sewing. When I used to have even more time, I enjoyed competitive running and going outdoors with my now hubby. Together, we can spend hours at Borders and love watching movies. We like to fish too and used to live on a lake that made it pretty convenient. Have I hinted at the fact that I love to shop too? It’s all about finding that special and unique something and I have a weak spot for Anthropologie.
TS: I LOVE your identity name, “Twigs & Honey”, very catchy and earthy – how did you come up with it?
Myra: Tthat took a few months, literally! I have a secret hobby. I like to come up with names. Seriously! I’m so obsessed with it and am very picky. I knew I wanted to have something slightly organic. When I think of words, I think of what feelings and images those words evoke in someone. Whether it be memories, tastes, touch, etc. “Twigs” seemed very organic and freeform to me. The word also made me think of wood and chocolate browns, which were comforting in some weird way. Honey seemed warm and sweet. The color of honey I also thought worked well with the colors of chocolate brown. It is also about how the name looks visually to me in type. I wanted balance and I used to study map making and it was all about placement of text and the font style. “Twigs & Honey” has a great balance and it sounds funny, but the letters “g” and “y” balance each other as do the “t” and “h”. Just as many letters that are “higher” as the ones that hang “low”. Have I lost you yet? ;)
Nobody probably thinks this deeply on it. I think I’m biased towards thinking this way because I used to count letters in speech and print. It was a problem. It still influences the way I see text and names today, which is why I am so picky. I should come up with names as a secondary job. Those people who do it professionally are so lucky!
TS: You haven’t lost me at all – and it makes perfect sense regarding the balance of the wording. Twigs & Honey literally rolls off my tongue! =) Thank you SO much for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.