Artist Feature with Sarah Pandolfi

This week’s feature is with the artist behind ‘The June Moon’ – Meet Sarah!

My name is Sarah Pandolfi, I am 19 years old and I was born and raised in Florida.  I would consider myself a creator. I have an enormous place in my heart for any and all things creative. I’ve always enjoyed painting, drawing, tie dying, etc… if it involves art, it’s right up my alley. my freshman year in college was when I really got into being an artist. I took up painting as a hobby to pass time (I didn’t even have paint on hand at the start, so I used some old coloured hair dyes!) I ended up with so many that I didn’t know what to do with them!! so, one day I decided to go sit in the grass outside of my college dorm and sell everything I’d made. the first thing I sold was that hair dye painting (for $7!) and after about an hour I’d been wiped clean. that’s when I realized that I could make a profit off of doing what I love. I eventually got the courage to open my Etsy and it’s been an indescribable experience so far.

That’s a beautiful story and its brilliant that you followed your passions! So what exactly inspired ‘The June Moon’ project and how did that come about?

This was one of those late night projects that you do when your creative juices are flowing and you just can’t wait until morning to get your ideas out. And what inspired me…okay so i just, i have this thing. where, sometimes, i’ll close my eyes and brilliant masterpieces will flash before my eyes. i can’t explain it. i honestly just let my hands do as they please and they eventually capture my imagination on paper.

The creative process is such diverse journey and I’m sure many other artists will resonate with how difficult it can sometimes be to describe that, but wow – what a vivid picture you just painted for us! So how are you finding the creative community so far?

I can’t even describe how incredible the creative community is. I had a rough time at the beginning (Instagram kept deleting my accounts with no explanation) and the support I was getting from people I’d literally known for a day that were fighting for me and promoting me blew me away. My shop has opened me up to an entire new realm of people just like me; creative souls who just radiate beauty. And I think it’s so incredible that all of these people with various businesses all want each other to succeed. Even people who specialize in similar things, such as art, will support each other rather than treating them as competition. I think that is so powerful. This has honestly changed my life in the best way possible.

I completely agree with you, the artist community is exactly that – It’s a family of creative minds and having other people to support and help you on your own journey makes that adventure even more special. So in terms of the future, what are your goals?

My goals are to do art for the rest of my life. I have dreams of opening an awesome little shop in a creative town where i can share my art and maybe others can share theirs too. My love and i have this funny thing where we say we’re going to renovate an old VW bus to travel the world and sell my art out of, so that would be pretty rad too! Wherever i end up is fine with me as long as I’m doing what I love.

A beautiful goal to have! And with the changes and movements in terms of the way people are choosing to live their lives, that sounds like the way to go! Are there any other projects that you’d like others to know about or people who you’d like to collaborate with on future artistic ventures?

As an artist, it’s hard to pick one thing to be good at. I have an extensive list of things that I want to try such as intricate macrame, spray painting, unique tie dying, wood burning… the list goes on and on. And as for people I’d like to collaborate with.. oh boy. There are so many amazing people I’ve met that I don’t even know how to choose. Well, some of the most inspiring people to me would have to be @morganscanvas, her passion and success is what pushed me to start doing this. @sacraluna helped me learn a lot about how to run an online business by posting tips and about her story to becoming the crystal queen. @charmaineolivia is everything that i love and her life inspired me as well. And Lupine Heart Clothing, of course. They have been just… i can’t even put into words how amazingly supportive they’ve been. So so so much love to you guys.

Aaah, thanks so much Sarah! This feature was super fun to put together and we wish you the very best on your creative journey. Be sure to check out Sarah’s work by visiting the following links:

Etsy Store,’The June Moon’: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thejunemoon

Instagram: @thejunemoon_ 

Words from Imaania (Founder, Lupine Heart) and Sarah Pandolfi (Artist, The June Moon).

Modelling Feature with Verca Foster

This blog is going to be a place where we’d like to start featuring independent artists, our models and designers to further their exposure and create an open community. We don’t believe in competing, we believe that small business and independent artists should work together and welcome each other into the community in any way we can.
This week we interviewed Verca Foster, a member of our modelling team – here’s what she had to say:
For those reading this feature, could you give us a short introduction into who you are and where you’re from?
“I’m Verca and I’m from a small town in Connecticut which almost no one knows about. As a member of the modelling team, I model the clothes that are up on the website and I also share the same values as the company. I’m vegan, cruelty free, and I love nature – this company is a great fit for me!
Awesome, so what was it that initially drew you towards the world of modelling?
 I only started modelling recently but as I grew up, my friends always suggested that I should try out modelling. I always thought that modelling revolved around runway style events and the usual stereotypes within the industry, but it when I found out about alternative modelling I knew it was for me. I had known about Morgan Joyce and Alysha Nett etc. for a while and I’ve always wanted to aspire to their level of work. I never thought I could do it because I never knew how to start, but Lupine Heart has been a great springboard for me.
Finding your feet in a new community can often be difficult, but how are you finding the experience so far?
I’m loving the community and the whole experience! it’s a great community to be in and everybody has been really positive so far. I think that’s really good for me because I struggle with not being positive, and being around people that are and have the same morals as me has been really beneficial.
Having a supportive community always makes a world of difference – that’s the same experience that we’ve had with our customers (who are more like friends and family in our eyes). So do you have any goals for the future in terms of your modelling?
My ultimate goals in the future are to become a successful model. Someday in the future, once I’m of age, I’d love to be involved in the Suicide Girl community. I love the way Alysha and Morgan model. I’ll have to wait a while before doing anything like that, but I absolutely love this company and I think it’s a really good place to start off with. I would also really like to maybe start my own company sometime in the future.
Those are great aspirations to have and we’d always be more than happy to give you any advice on starting your own company. Are there any new projects that you’re currently working on or companies that you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
As of right now I don’t really have any projects going on, but I’m continuing to try and put my name out there. I’m open to talk with companies about me modelling for them and I do my best to find companies but I can’t find them all. Check me out on vercafoster.com!
Thanks for your time Verca!
 
Check back here next week for a new feature with the upcoming independent business ‘The June Moon’ and its founder, Sarah Pandolfi.