Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Final Harlot of the Fab Four...

Introducing Our dear and humble 

Victoria Twyman 
{ Methodical Harlot, Voice of Reason }

I am a wife of nearly 31 years, a mother to 5 grown children and grandmother to 2 wonderful teenage grandsons.  I have been retired for about 5 years and am so enjoying the freedom to pursue my artistic dreams. I have, up to this point, been a self-taught jewelry artist - learning from tons of reading and watching videos;however, I have just started a metalsmith class and am looking forward to learning all of the tricks of the trade and improving on my skills.  I create one-of-a-kind jewelry and home decor pieces using vintage and found objects.  I am also now creating jewelry from metal - mostly copper and brass - and I think I have found my passion!!

Coffee Talk With Viki ~

1.  What is your earliest memory of knowing  you had an itch for design?
I grew up on a small farm and it seems like my brothers and I were always outside finding really cool stuff to make things out of.  I remember taking the plastic strawberry baskets and weaving leaves and sticks through them.  I would then add a piece of fabric around the top and tie it into a bow.  I was so proud of those little baskets!!

2.  Food/drink  nourishment of choice when in design mode?
Chocolate and Pepsi!!!   I know, how bad can you get, right???  I am trying to give up the Pepsi, but you will NEVER take my chocolate away from me!!!!

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do...
This is a hard one for me because I have never been influenced by one style.  I just love art and creative thinking - anything outside of the box.  If I was to pick a fashion designer it would have to be Vera Wang because her clothing has such wonderful asymmetrical lines.  As for a jewelry designer - 
I want to grow up to be like Troy Hawkins!  
He is my hero.  

4. What is your mantra/motto?

To LOVE what I am doing.  

To feel total joy and fulfillment from it.  

5. How you you define a Burlap Harlot? What makes you one?
A Burlap Harlot is non-judgmental, open to new and unique ideas and people.  Willing to accept everyone for who they are - their uniqueness - their individuality.  
Someone with an open mind and heart.   

6. As a designer what moves you? Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from everything around me.  I really LOVE old things, things with character and a story to tell.  I think I'm pretty good at listening to that story and absorbing inspiration from it.  I also find inspiration from my metal. It may sound weird, but a lot of times I will pick up a piece of metal and have no idea what I am going to do with it and I just hold it and the ideas start to form and I start working with that piece of metal until I'm happy with the result. 

You can find Viki's amazing jewelry creations at:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

And yet another of our troupe...

Jae Jennings
 { Stylist Harlot }


After graduating from F.I.D.M. (The fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) for interior design in Los Angeles, 
My husband and I ventured North in 2000 
to smell fresh air and raise 
our children in the country sunshine.
 I consider myself to be an aesthetic alchemist: creator of visually stimulating, beautiful space and things. I feel design and being creative is my dharma, I get lost in space and time, nothing else seems to matter.

Coffee Talk With Jae...

1. What is your earliest memory of knowing you had an itch for design?

Well, my mom says I was designing in the womb. My earliest memory of a love for design had to have been my fascination with creating the houses for my Barbie’s. I didn’t have the dream house, So I had to make do with creating walls from L.P.s, folding up towels for beds and adorning them with different pillow cases for bed spreads. I loved to dress them too, but never really liked to actually ‘play’. The fun was in the creating. I also changed my room around all the time growing up.

 2. Food/drink nourishment of choice when in design mode?

 Yerba Mate’ definitely gets creative juices flowing in the A.M. Afternoons and evenings- Red wine... If I did not have to feed my family, I could definitely survive on finger foods. 

3. Favorite designers? Fashion, interiors, jewelry, Art, Architecture? a few will do...

I have always loved Frank Lloyd Wrights’ organic interiors and architecture. I admire his ability to bring the outside in, his love of nature, clean lines and simplicity. He was a wild man, 
a true genius before his time. William Morris’ Textiles are timeless. 

4. What is your mantra/motto?

Hummm, So many…
“You do not need to have a lot of money to live richly” 
~ Jae Jennings
“One person’s craziness is another persons reality” 
~ Tim Burton
"Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or do without."
~ Old New England Saying

5. How do you define a Burlap Harlot? What makes you one?

A Burlap Harlot beats to her own drum, She makes her own rules, She prefers the charm of all things old, rusty and chippy with a story to tell, things with a soul as opposed to the high sheen and luster of polished brand new Cherry wood or meaningless junk made in China.

6. What inspires you?

I am inspired by others, nature, music, textiles, color, wabi ~ sabi (the Japanese art of imperfection) My husband and kiddos daily ~ they 'keep me keepin on'. 
Life itself is an ongoing creative process. 

These days I work as a freelance designer out of my home studio. I have been in a chapter of my life called:
'Watching the babes and vegetables grow' 

  You can find more of Jae's creative shenanigans Here:

{Jae Jennings} 

Organic, naturally inspired flower designs 

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