Every week, I am going to showcase one of my creative friends in a tribute I will call: Lovers Lane. Come and hear the stories, look at the art, and be inspired. Each one of my artistic friends shares a uniqueness, a history, and a vision. I am incredibly honored to be a part of this journey with you . . . down Lovers Lane.
Lovers Lane: Jennifer Abbott Temple
Meet my lovely friend Jenn. She is mom to 1 year old Maggie, wife to cutie pie Ben, and creator of the hip and hilarious papergoods line "Knee Knockers." Jenn "strives to create papergoods for the individual." Her signature illustrations are detail oriented designs with personalized touches of hair color, eye color, clothing, and background. Knee Knockers is comprised of stationary, invitations, gift tags, and any other customized papergoods you can dream up. (You should see the papergoods she made for her daughter's first birthday party!) Jenn enjoys working with her clients one on one to truly capture their unique style, and most importantly, to bring out the playfulness in us all.
|Thank You Card|
|Save the Date|
|Birthday Party Invitation|
|Engagement Party Invitation|
Jenn's signature illustrations are beautiful, "frame worthy" pieces of art, to be enjoyed year after year. Wouldn't it be so fun to have a framed invitation to your wedding or birthday in your home!? What a special momento to your Love and life! You can find Jenn here on Etsy.
And if you didn't Love her already, here are Jenn's answers to The Lovers Lane Questionaire. (Guaranteed to make you fall head over heels.)
1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? I wish I could say nature, but actually the two of us don't mix. I get most of my inspiration from people and the way they interact with one another. When I do a save the date, I think of all the cute things couples in love might do together and then exaggerate them. I am also inspired by various artists. I love Norman Rockwell and the way he portrays Americans in the 40's and 50's. I am also inspired by modern illustrator/artists: Matte Stephens, Masha Dyans, to name a couple.
2. What is your most treasured item in your home? Just one? I am insanely attached to the inanimate objects in my house. I love the artwork on my walls the most though, and would probably die of smoke inhalation trying to get it all out in the event of a fire. My favorite piece, however, is an oil painting I bought off ebay of a little girl holding a doll done all in shades of blue.
3. What is your favorite comfort food? I LOVE McDonald's cheeseburgers in all their non-grass fed cow glory. sorry. embarrassing but true.
4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I don't call myself an artist. That would be way to presumptuous on my part. I consider myself more of a creative. I have always had an itch to create. I call it an itch because I just get this feeling that I need to "make something."
5. Best advice you ever received? Most people don't actually want advice, even when they ask for it.
6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? That being said, my most important piece of advice and one that I could stand to follow myself, is that you have to put yourself out there. How does the saying go? "Nothing ventured, Nothing gained" too true.
7. What is one thing people would not know about you? Hard question. I am pretty open about all of my neurosis. I love to read most anything, but my guiltiest pleasure is that I love fantasy books, like Lord of Rings type stuff.
8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? I am a great lover of Vintage. Before I had a baby I was somewhat stylish and actually looked the part of an artist once in a while. I used to hunt for vintage pieces in thrift stores, antique stores, and estate sales. My favorite thing to look for: hats.
9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) I am on etsy, but am taking a little time off to come up with a children's line of stationary, birthday invitations, etc.
10. What is your favorite thing to wear? My favorite thing to wear is a pea coat that belonged to my great Aunt. It's bright green with a real leopard skin collar. I know that's about as PC as me dumping a gallon of oil in the ocean, but I can't part with it AND it was made about 50 years ago. Maybe there a statute of limitations on endangered fur. I will donate money to PETA.