If you aren’t familiar with the Plucky Pioneer series, my friend Kate and I started it back in January to showcase young entrepreneurial women in the field of Art and Design. The women we select are not your average MBA types, but rather designers and artists who have taken their passion for their craft to the next level. Each Plucky feature includes a cheat sheet of their favorite things and a behind the scenes interview, in which the Pioneers discuss everything from their inspiration and design aesthetic to best business practices.
After a one month hiatus, the Monday interviews and Tuesday cheat sheets will resume next week. We have a most wonderfully talented Plucky Pioneer to feature – I'm sure you already know and love her creations. As the series continues, I'm excited to get to know more of the women who are leading today's design frontier and are personal sources of endless inspiration. The full archive of interviews and cheat sheets can be found here.
Above is a look back at the artwork and designs of our Pioneers over the last six months > 1,11) The wonderfully whimsical and colorful illustrations of Brooklyn artist Bella Foster skyrocketed in popularity with her artwork for the Kate Spade 2010 agenda 2) Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. – her hand drawn work, from wedding suites to children's alphabet prints, is sure to brighten your day 3) Catherine Fitzsimmon's Rickshaw Design creates darling "hand block prints for your bohemian baby" 4) Emily Maynard of Elva Fields creates the most stunning necklaces, above is Bellini – she writes, it's "perfect for brunch or any other festive event that might call for some champagne"… I couldn’t agree more! 5) I credit Breck Hostetter's (of Sesame Letterpress) gorgeous letterpress designs with piquing my own interest in the craft - I especially enjoy those adorable baby announcements 6) Dabney Lee's bold and colorful prints are distinctly her from a mile away – an instant centerpiece to any home office décor 7) Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd founded Marais USA right out of college, believing that good design and affordability shouldn’t be mutually exclusive –Anthropologie and thousands of fans have embraced their spirit 8) best friends Rand Niederhoffer and Camilla Gale opened their Brooklyn fashion boutique Thistle & Clover, showcasing young, up-and-coming designers, and viewing the shop as a home away from home 9,15) Lo Boheme's vintage inspired headbands add a touch of Jazz Age glamour to any bridal party 10) Margaret Elizabeth started making jewelry in her BC dorm room, and word of her marvelous work inevitably spread – I just love that clementine ribbon necklace! 12) Hannah Brooks Nation's Gadabout had grown from fun custom paper goods to her recent iPhone app - allowing the user to send their own e-stationery based on her darling templates 13) our first pioneer, Heather Clawson, designs interiors which exude timeless style and understated elegance 14) Tamara Kaye-Honey's House of Honey seamlessly mixes the traditional with the modern and the vintage with the new 16) Sarah Waldo's organic clothing for children is just d-a-r-l-i-n-g, and her line boats the cutest models on earth.