Maker of the Month: Chloe Watkins

Our October Maker is here at Handzy and bringing all the funk!

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If you need a recap, our Maker of the Month series highlights a local (or local-ish!) artist that we carry in our brick + mortar shop. We love giving our customers the opportunity to learn more about the artists we support and what they're working on. Being a platform for other creatives is so important to us and what inspires us daily! The products in our shop are carefully selected and everything we carry is meant to inspire and make us—and of course you!—smile.

We're so excited to introduce our October Maker of the Month, LA-based designer Chloe Watkins. Her line, Chlothing Art, combines fashion and art to create fun and colorful clothing and accessories. Chloe is a DAAP grad—which is why we consider her to be a local artist—and we just think her pieces are just the cutest! We asked her a few questions to give us a better idea about her brand. Read through to learn more!

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How long have you been making your products?

I started Chlothing Art about a year ago, shortly after graduating from Fashion Design at DAAP [in 2016]. I wanted to continue designing and making things now that I was no longer working on school projects. I decided to come up with some fun, wearable pieces that I can share with others. 

Where do you draw inspiration for your pieces?

I love bold shapes and bright colors. I draw a lot of inspiration from sculpture, as well as nature. I have a huge appreciation for the 1960's. I am fascinated by the Mod era and all of the bold prints and patterns that were discovered then.

What are your hopes and dreams?!

I plan to continue creating my world of Chlothing Art. I want to influence funky girls everywhere with my own wearable Funky Girls. My dream is to one day have [my own clothing line business].


We have some totes and jewelry in the shop now!  Be sure to follow Chlothing Art on Instagram to stay up to date on new products and happenings!

Handzy Hashtags!

We want to share your photos!

We love sharing on Instagram, each post we craft is carefully styled + curated + each hashtag hand selected to make sure we're delivering the best content for YOU! While we love creating content in house we realized we're missing that extra piece to really make our feed special —your photos! So we're giving you the low down on the Handzy hashtags—some new, some we've used before—so you can share pics with a chance to be featured on our super cute feed!

 

#handzystyle
We love a good OOTD (outfit of the day, if you didn't know!) so use this hashtag when you have a very cute 'Handzy' outfit or are rocking jewelry, apparel or flair you got in the shop!

#handzyheartsyellow
Um. Have you heard that yellow is our absolute favorite color ever? I joke. Of course you have, we scream it from the rooftops! If you see a cute door, or building, or shoes, or flowers or ANYTHING YELLOW show us with the hashtag.

#handzymakes
We love making things and we love when you make things with us. Use this hashtag when you make anything at our workshops or create your own handmade card. Stay crafty!

#handzycardclub
It's pretty much the cutest club around! If you by a card from us, show us with our adorable hashtag. 

#cutethecov
We are proud to call Covington, KY home! Show us your favorite (+ cute obviously) spots in the 'hood!

 

See you on the 'Gram!

Paper Cut Card Workshop Follow-up!

We loved being a part of Cincinnati Design Week!

Community is a big part of our values at Handzy, so we were so excited to host a Cut Paper Card Workshop as a part of Cincinnati Design Week. We hosted our workshop at The Frock, a darling event space just right down the street from us in Covington, KY. So many people came out + we loved having the chance to talk about something we love so much—handmade cards!

As designers we so often get stuck behind a computer screen all day so it was nice to take a break and work with our hands for a bit. In the age of texts, emails + other electronic ways of messaging we feel you just can't beat the sentimental value of a handmade card—especially if they have hand cut shapes! It was such a hit and everyone knocked it out of the park with their super cute cards!

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Couldn't make it to the CDW Workshop?

Well, don't worry! We strongly feel that our love of card making needs to be shared with everyone so we're going to show you how you can make your very own cut paper cards using supplies you probably already own! Just follow our three easy steps:

1. Pick a color scheme. For our workshop we were inspired by a card from Wrap Magazine, a brand we just started carrying in our shop!

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2. Find some inspiration for your cut shapes. Matisse-inspired geometries feel timeless so we cut out some fun botanicals + softer, abstract shapes.

Cut Paper Fun Phrases

3. Print out some fun phrases! At Handzy we are all about encouragement + spreading positive vibes, so pick phrases that mean something to you!

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Now get messy! The best thing about cut paper art is that everything looks good! You really can't go wrong. Have some fun, play with colors + shapes and send them to favorite person (or keep them for yourself—we won't tell!!)

Download our fun phrases and a PDF of the instructions here!

Friday Follow Faves: October

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Bri Emery, art director and founder of blog DesignLoveFest, is the California girl I always wished I could be. Her Instagram is filled with FOMO-inducing pics of her travel, gorgeously styled photoshoots, + shots of casual dinner parties I wish I was invited to. Prepare for maximum inspiration!

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If you love cheeky puns and cool brand collabs then look no further than the pink-filled, expertly-curated Instagram feed of content creator Lizzie Darden. She also has an online shop where she sells some of her puns turned prints flair—which look awfully cute on a pair of overalls!

Kelly Mindell is the head gal behind the creative lifestyle company StudioDIY—in charge of 'Making Life a Party!' It's hard to not be obsessed with a colorful feed filled with DIY's, recipes, tips + tricks, outfit #goals, + so much more! She also has a monthly clutch subscription appropriately labeled #cantclutchthis—which has upped my clutch game to whole new level of cute + colorful.

Join us every first Friday as we share some of our favorite 'must follow' Instagram idols! Stay tuned—we've got a loooooong list!

Stocked Spotlight: Wrap Magazine

Handzy Shop + Studio is bursting at the seams with the work of so many independent artists, makers and designers!

This adorable card by Karl-Joel Eriksson for Wrap Magazine! You can find a lot of his cards in the Handzy Shop. Click this image to see more on his Instagram!

This adorable card by Karl-Joel Eriksson for Wrap Magazine! You can find a lot of his cards in the Handzy Shop. Click this image to see more on his Instagram!

Wrap Magazine features so many awesome artists, including Petra Eriksson, a Barcelona-based illustrator. Click to follow her on Instagram!

Wrap Magazine features so many awesome artists, including Petra Eriksson, a Barcelona-based illustrator. Click to follow her on Instagram!

Being a platform for other creatives is a huge part of what keeps us coming to work day after day. We love our local community but we also stock products from independent makers across the globe! The products in our shop are carefully selected and everything we carry inspires and motivates us. The "Stocked Spotlight" gives us a chance to highlight all of those people that are a bit too far from Covington to be a 'Maker of the Month' but that we are incredibly proud to stock in our shop!

We're excited to share a brand we just started to carry here at Handzy and the truth is we are obsessed! Like, SO obsessed. Wrap Magazine is a London, UK-based design and publishing brand founded by designers Chris and Polly Harrison in 2010. They work with the most talented illustrators and designers around the world to create a collection of stationery products, alongside publishing their magazine Wrap.

Being a big supporter of local artists and designers ourselves, we at Handzy just love them! They only use the highest quality materials and processes so each piece feels like a work of art.

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BRITTNEY'S FAVE!! You can find it at Handzy Shop + Studio now!

BRITTNEY'S FAVE!! You can find it at Handzy Shop + Studio now!

CATHERINE'S FAVE!! You can find it at Handzy Shop + Studio now!

CATHERINE'S FAVE!! You can find it at Handzy Shop + Studio now!