Happy Memorial Day!

This Mississippi Monday we have decided to do something a little different! Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives, but it is also a chance for us to give thanks to those who have served or are serving our country through the different military branches. To honor those and to give thanks, we are having a MEMORIAL DAY SALE (ONE DAY ONLY) on ALL STATE FLOWER PRINTS! 

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From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do for our country! We are proud to be from America! 

We are spending today with our family and friends! Tell us how you are spending your Memorial Day! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


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In lieu of National Hamburger Day tomorrow, we thought we’d dedicate this Friday Finds to ALL THINGS BURGER-LICIOUS. Who else goes all out for your favorite national “holiday”? Check out our inspo board below for goodies that will make tomorrow the ultimate BEST BURGER DAY EVER! 

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Who is ready to be the Burger Queen tomorrow? We sure are! 

Hope you spend your day biting into a delicious whopper! 

 

Sincerely with extra ketchup and fries, 

your BFFs at Thimblepress®


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Happy Monday! 
We are so excited to share our Q&A with 555 Designs, a design company consisting of  2 guys + two adorable pups. Their design technique, industrial/modern vibes and attention to detail literally leaves us speechless! Read on for more information from Jason “Twiggy”, co-owner of 555 Designs  + some INCREDIBLY designed dog beds!  

 

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What exactly is 555 Custom Designs?

555 Custom Designs is Jason Lott and Josh Bishop; two native Jacksonians who hand make furniture and home accessories. Everything we make pretty much falls into one of three categories:

• Custom Furniture: We work with clients to conceptualize, design, and build specific pieces for their home or office. This is a fun collaborative effort with our clients in which we bring our ideas to the table based on their initial needs and work with them to arrive at a design we’re all happy with. Then we build it! This could be anything from a home office setup including a desk/work surface and custom cabinetry to a dining table or buffet.
• Ready-Made: We often design and build furniture and accessories just for our own gratification. Maybe it’s something for one of our own homes or just creating for the sheer fun of it. These pieces are usually built to be reproduced in case a client sees a piece and would like one of their own or in case a retail establishment wants to order multiples to sell in their store.
• Limited Edition: We’re both fans of collecting salvaged materials and will often build pieces such as lamps or furniture with those materials. These pieces could be anything from repurposing antique hand tools into a table lamps or a table built from salvaged lumber we come across in our travels. Because of the nature of salvaged materials, all of these pieces are one-of-a-kind and carry their own sense of history and whimsy.

 

How did you all get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

We got started just by talking about our mutual interest in woodworking and design. Josh has a pretty extensive background in trim carpentry and commercial construction. I (Jason) have far less woodworking experience than Josh, but my dad always taught me as much as he could as I was growing up about basic woodworking, home maintenance, and construction. I used a lot of that knowledge to start making assemblage art with wood and found objects a few years before Josh and I met. After we met and became friends it was natural for us to talk about things like our mutual interests in woodworking, interior design, and furniture design. Eventually we got together after hours in Josh’s garage and tried making a few pieces of furniture for our own amusement and 555 Custom Designs was born. We made a few pieces for people we knew and after that we just always seem to have an order or two to fill.

It made sense to just set the whole thing up as a small business since it was something we wanted to continue tinkering with even if just after hours. That way the business could be self-sustaining as far as purchasing any tools and materials we need to build. If the profits from sales went strictly to the business and not into our own pockets, it could be its own entity and we wouldn’t have to personally contribute any funds to keep it going. It’s been a few years since we started doing this and its still just a moonlighting gig and we still don’t pay ourselves! We both have day jobs and pay our bills that way, but its a great way to flex our creative muscles and both literally and figuratively build something from the ground up. We’re constantly trying to grow the business and learn new things. The more we build, the more we learn and the more refined and elegant our work gets.
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How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

Any business is really just the people behind it. The identity of the business winds up being a sort of amalgamation of the identities of whoever is involved. We’re both native Mississippians and we both have Mississippi and the South in our blood. Does everything we do scream “Mississippi”? No. But it’s there. Sometimes you can really see it in the history of the materials we build with and sometimes its just there in spirit. Anything you build with your hands sort of gets infused with the spirit of the people building and the place its built in. Our work may not always look Southern, but it has a Southern soul.

 

What are your goals for your brand?

The goal is grow. Yes, grow the business. Grow our clientele. We want to get our name and our brand out there, but on a more personal level for us, it’s grow our abilities as craftsmen and grow what inspires us. Every piece is a learning experience. We’re often building something we’ve never built before. In fact, we usually are. Problems arise in every build and you have to just figure it out. You make it work. You do the very best you can with each piece and inevitably learn what to do or what not to do the next go-round.

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What is your background?

We both come from varied backgrounds and that often informs both our aesthetic and as well as our skill set as a team. Josh has done everything from floristry to commercial construction and Jason is a graphic designer and fine artist.

 
Where do you all find inspiration?

The internet, of course, is perhaps the ultimate source for design inspiration. There are so many people out there doing so much inspiring work. You see what others are doing and it motivates you to push yourself. However, inspiration often springs from necessity. When working with a customer, you have to work within the bounds of what it is they need, what kind of space a piece needs to fit into, and what their individual style is. It’s not about designing just for ourselves. Designing for someone else forces inspiration within boundaries and that’s where things get challenging on a creative level. The inspiration often comes in the design and building process. You just get to work and solve problems as you encounter them. The famous painter Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Though we don’t necessarily see ourselves as consummate professionals, we’re not sitting around waiting on something to inspire us. We get to work and let the process inspire and challenge us.

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What do you all like to do when you aren’t creating?
 
For us, building furniture IS a lot of our down time when not at our individual day jobs. Our little furniture business is as much recreation for us as it is work. We both get a lot out of it creatively. Though I (Jason) have a creative day job and also create art, furniture building is just one more creative outlet for me. When not building or creating otherwise, we both enjoy finding new projects around the house and new ways to improve our living spaces. Sort of amateur interior design. Otherwise, it’s time spent with friends and family. What else are you going to do in this tiny town? That’s a joke. There’s a lot happening in Mississippi and especially in Jackson. It’s great to see the creative community here in action and be a part of it as much as possible.

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine?

Honestly, Cups is probably our favorite and most frequented local establishment. Cups coffee and muffins are pretty the driving force behind our business. When Josh says, “I need to get a REAL cup of coffee,” he means he’s going to Cups. The coffee he made at home is only a sad precursor. Our shop is constantly littered with Cups’… cups.

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

We call Mississippi home because it IS home. We’re both from here and have managed to never live anywhere else. It’s easy these days to conduct out-of-state business when necessary given the ubiquity of the internet. We can put our work out there for anyone in the world to see and anyone can contact us. The creative community throughout the state though is quite inspiring and exciting. There’s such a huge creative movement here. It’s a blessing to be friends and neighbors with so many actively creative people.

 
How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?
 
We really hope that the work we do just goes to reinforce the image of the absolutely overflowing creative and progressive community that is Mississippi. Our state often has such a negative reputation for looking backward and not ahead and unfortunately, that’s often true on a lot of levels. But we definitely know that there is as much progressiveness here as there is narrow-mindedness. The negativity just takes the spotlight far more than the immense positivity. We hope that what we do and the love with which we do it can be a small contribution to our home state’s positive progress.
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Our Thimble Studio needs at least 5 of those AMAZING pet beds, please! How cool AND talented are these guys? Want to see more updates or photos of custom work? Check them out HERE: 

 


 

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California! Montana! Tennessee! North Carolina!

A few of our #thimbleteam members are headed out on all sorts of different road trips all over the U.S this summer and we couldn’t be MORE excited! Pictures please! Today we’ve created a round up of goodies that are essential to every road trip! (at least we think so!) 

 

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Safe travels! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


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Today is #mississippimonday and we are so excited to bring you artist, Lacy Barger Johnson! We are huge fans of Lacy’s style, movement and color! Read on for more beautiful snapshots of her work and details of her day-to-day life as a Mississippi artist! 

 

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Who exactly is Lacy Barger Johnson?

 I am a child of God, a delta girl, an artist, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. 

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

I have been creating art ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My mom is an artist and my parents let me turn a small room under the stairs into my first art studio. They allowed me to draw on the walls in the studio and it was every kids dream come true! I have always had a passion for painting and it is finally the season in my life where I can jump in and pursue it with all I have got!

 

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How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

As a child my dad would take me with him for work around rural Mississippi and at the end of the day we would share an RC Cola and a moon pie. Mississippi is home and it is in my blood.  I am inspired by the delta landscape, the rich culture, and the wonderful people. 

What are your goals for your brand? 

I hope that my paintings will bring light and hope to those who view them.  My goal is that one would feel inspired and encouraged. Right now my cousin Mary Margaret Harper and I are talking about expanding my paintings into textiles. It is still a very new idea and I am so excited to explore the possibilities!

 

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What is your background?

I grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi and attended college at Ole Miss attaining a B.S. in painting. I moved to Savannah, Georgia shortly after college to start graduate school. I earned my M.F.A. in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduate school I moved to Jackson, Mississippi and eventually found my way to Pearl River Glass Studio. I currently work as a glass artist making Stained Glass windows and exploring kiln formed glass. 

Where do you find inspiration?

I LOVE a delta sunset! I am inspired by color and texture found in nature, taking pictures, researching other artists, and traveling. 

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”? 

I enjoy running and cooking. My husband and I have a garden in our back yard but he does most of the work! I do enjoy spending time with him whether it is in the garden or on a run. I also love visiting with family and friends whenever I get the chance. 

What are your favorite local places to shop and dine? 

Art Supply, Midtown, Basils, Aladdin’s, La Brioche, and Rainbow Grocery.

 

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home? 

Family is a big reason. Mimi and Pop live right down the road and our frequent visits are wonderful. Pearl River Glass studio, my current employer, is a huge reason why I have stayed in Jackson. I love working there and the people have become like family. 

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

I believe that making art is important because it allows one to share their story with others. By engaging in the creative process I come across people to share my experience with and hopefully it is an encouragement to them. Mississippi has shaped who I am as an artist and person. It gives me great joy to live and create here.

 

 

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Want to know more about Lacy? Stop by Pearl River Glass Studio in Midtown and say hi! Or visit her HERE:

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Raise your hand if you’re headed out of town this weekend? Part of our team is headed to NYC for the National Stationery Show and we are so excited! For this #fridayfinds, we decided to create a round up of travel bags and luggage so you will be ultra prepared!! These bags will keep everything organized so your travel time can be a little less stressful! 

 

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See! Some luggage can actually be REALLY cute!!! Tell us where you are going this weekend! 

Safe travels! 

xo, 

Team Thimblepress


Ever wanted to go camping but just maybe in the backyard? Heading out on a big camping excursion is a big commitment. Luckily for us, in downtown Jackson, Lefleur’s Bluff State Park is literally around the corner! Kate, our Director of Creative Events + Public Relations, headed out to Lefleur’s Bluff last Friday night and wanted to share her experience in photos for this #mississippimonday! 

 

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The park is named for Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the banks of the Pearl River in the late 1700s. The city of Jackson was originally known as “LeFleur’s Bluff”. Today Mississippi’s vibrant capital city combines the earth and charm of its rich cultural heritage with exciting activities and attractions and contemporary lifestyles.

 

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K: “This state park is one of my top favorites to camp at for a little weekend getaway. It’s located right off Lakeland Drive in Jackson, deep in the woods right before the Natural Science Museum (pretty perfect huh?!)” 

 

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K: “You’ll drive back through the woods on a dirt road for about half a mile and then you reach the campground. We passed Maze Lake and a few walking trails on the way in. The campground can also be used as a day trip as well! Maze Lake is perfect for fishing and canoeing. The cypress trees were HUGE and perfect for the turtles that live in the lake!

 

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K: “It truly is like being somewhere else! We saw lots of other campers setting up camp and making fires. The past few months have been rainy, so this weekend was the first beautiful weekend in a long time! The excitement and energy from everyone was pretty incredible and extremely contagious!”

 

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K: “This Airstream immediately caught my eye when we arrived. It was beautifully restored and I had to get a photo. Just the way it fit-in so perfectly with the woods and lake in the background took my breath away!” 

 

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Makes us want to get outside immediately! Want to know more about Lefleur’s Bluff or ALL Mississippi State Parks? Check out the MS Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks website for more info! 

 

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The heat is here! Do you have your sandals and beach hats ready by the door? We sure do! Our team can’t wait to hit the water this summer! Today we’ve created a rounded up of our top beach-ready (or pool-ready) essentials! Bring on the sun! 

 

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What are you bringing to the beach this year? Add a comment and let’s chat! 

Have a great weekend!

xo, 

Team Thimblepress®


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This #mississippimonday is a special one! We are interviewing our friend, Mary Claire Primos, founder/creator of Stray at Home Art & Music Festival! This local festival happens once a year in May and we have a booth! We are big fans of supporting local, especially when it’s literally right around the corner! 

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What exactly is Stray at Home?

MC: Stray at Home is an art and music festival.  The name Stray at Home came from the idea of getting lost in creativity.  The way you can bring a painting or a found object or some other piece of art you love into your home and how at times you see that piece of art and can get lost in how wonderful it is, or how it makes you feel or appreciate the talent that went into making it or how it takes you back to the time you first discovered it and the events that took place at that time – maybe even admiring the art reminds you of the makers journey?  Either way, there is a sense of getting lost for a moment in its beauty.  Stray at Home Festival is a day where people can “get lost” in the fun and creativity around them.. and they can Stray at Home (in their home town – Jackson town).  We do hope that folks will purchase great art and then continue to Stray at Home in their homes from time to time.  Our mission statement is:

“We are a festival showcasing local and regional talents in visual art and music.  As lovers of creative culture, we say it is not enough simply to discover. It is our belief that the beauty of art and music dwells in the relationship between the artist, the viewer, and their community.  Stray at Home is a day in which those who create connect with those who enjoy, and stories and art are spread into our homes.  We are here to share and celebrate their beauty – the designers and builders – the dreamers and doers – the musicians, artistic muses, and culture makers.”

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the leap to create Stray at Home?

MC: I lived in Nashville for 7 years and for 3 of those years I put on a little back yard festival called Off 12th.  I lived just off 12th Ave South and had a big back yard and some friends of mine who were musicians and a few makers encouraged me to do it.  We had a handful of really talented makers participate, one of whom, artists like Emil Erwin of Emil Erwin designs (www.emilerwin.com) participated and some a few really good singers.  Emil I think now designs leather bags for J Crew.  When I moved to Jackson – I thought about trying to do something like Off 12th and when I first drove downtown and saw the white brick wall behind the governors mansion, the cobblestone streets on Congress and Smith Park, I knew that it would be my ideal spot for a festival.  Kristen Ley played a big role in Stray at Home becoming a reality!  We met at Redeemer church and became friends instantly.  She helped me chart out a plan for Stray, helped design the logo ANNDDD – created and laid out my whole website in one night!  A true sister, she is!!  Neil Polen helped me decide on the name for the festival.  I had a few different names and he was very certain that it should be Stray at Home – He said, “Stray at Home – Jackson, that’s what it should be”

 

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How does Mississippi play a role?

MC: Well, I put on the festival and I’m from Jackson, MS ;) I love my home state and have loved promoting local and regional MS artists the last 4 years!  It has been fun to spotlight local food trucks and bands and other small business through the festival.  We want to encourage and perhaps be a small spoke in the wheel of progressive happenings in Jackson and that bleeding into a greater network of festival happenings.  

What are your goals for Stray at Home?

MC: The high design, modern, festival market is a really growing around the country.  Two of my favorites are Renegade Craft Fair (which originated in Chicago) and the Porter Flea, which is in Nashville.  While those festivals are not near the same time as Stray at Home, there are other smaller festivals in Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas and New Orleans.  It is still a challenge to get great designers from other cities to participate in Stray at Home – but we are working towards it. However we do have 4 out of State artists coming this year!  I would love day to one day have 50 awesome makers in Stray at Home. I am excited about the local and regional MS artists that are participating this coming May 7th and can’t wait for everyone to get to shop their booths! 

 

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What is your background?

MC: I graduated Ole Miss with a Marketing and Psychology Major.  Didn’t really know what I wanted to do and I guess I’m still trying to figure that out.  Some folks say I am an artist, but I say I’m more of an art enthusiast and appreciator.  I have worked in the art field before and there I sold other makers works and helped get local Nashville painters into a few galleries and design shops.   

Where do you find inspiration?

MC: Inspiration is everywhere.. I’ll get excited and inspired over a pretty plate of food and a good meal.  ;)

I’m extremely visual always noticing details, etc. I love good design and beauty.  I often will be driving through a neighborhood and will stop to take a picture of a yard, or an angle of a house or a front door.  If I’m out in the country I’ll pull over and walk through a field to get a good landscape shot.   I also love thrifting and finding treasures whether that be an awesome Danish modern chair or a neat piece of old pottery.  I’m also inspired through other makers’ craft and paintings as well as good lyrics in a song and good tunes! And Poetry, specifically Wendell Berry.  Check him out!

 

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What do you like to do when you aren’t at the office?

MC: Some of the above, playing tennis, photography, fellowshipping with friends, watching a good film, watching sunsets, and fishing.

What are some of your favorite local places to shop and dine?

MC: I love shopping at Thimblepress®, Bliss Home, View Gallery, Arco Avenue and  I love to walk through Summer House. Dining: Parlor Market, Primos Café, Saltine, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Babalu, Sakura Bana (but there are a ton of great places to eat in Greater Jackson!)

What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

MC: My family is here, dear friends, my church – Redeemer and my church family.  There are so many fabulous writers and musicians from MS too.  We as a State are going through a lot of trials right now but I do believe that there are a ton of good, positive, things to celebrate and I’m going to keep fighting and praying for reconciliation and joy and growth and creativity!  I love the SIP’ !!

 

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How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of MS?

MC: I hope that other makers & makers who don’t know they’re makers yet, will be inspired to create and start a business once they come to Stray at Home and see other creatives creating and doing.  I hope these people will see good design and be inspired to create.  I hope one day investors and artists will come together and help each other bring more small businesses to our city!  Same goes with food trucks and other various vendors.  People seeing creativity and invention come to life and be successful – it’s so inspiring for me to see all this birth in our hometown of Jackson, MS.  

One of the food trucks that was at Stray at Home last year 2for7 Kitchen told me that they were inspired to decorate the outside of their truck from being at Stray at home 2015.  They were the only food truck that had nothing on the outside of their truck and realized they needed a makeover!  Right After Stray at Home – they were embolded and approached the Museum of Art group and they helped them partner up with a some local school kids who then painted their whole truck.  I was delighted to hear this story.  We and a few other festivals have helped breathe a little life back into Smith Park – which is a fantastic park that is underutilized and also in need of some renovation BUT we love the setting and its location (right behind the Governors Mansion)!  Our downtown is fabulous and we love being able to offer a day where folks who don’t live downtown can come hang out and enjoy it – and for many discovery it for the first time!  There are several restaurants downtown that we hope people will go enjoy after the festival is over on May 7th!  As with all things good and positive, which we think Stray at Home is, – people gravitate towards and want to eat, shop, play, and live in and around these things.  We hope more people even through little Stray at Home Festival will be inspired to live in Jackson and be a part and contribute to the creative economy!  

 

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If you’re local, come out to Smith Park in the historic downtown Jackson and support your local artists, crafters and makers! We will have a booth filled with all kinds of goodies, just for YOU! 

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This Friday Finds might be one of our favorites to date! Who doesn’t like to D-A-N-C-E?? Today we’ve created a round up of dance-tastic products, DIYs, outfits and more! We’ve got you covered for your perfect dance party!

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What are your favorite songs to dance too? We are movie’ and groovin’ to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits today (all day)! Leave us a comment and join in on the conversation! 

Have a great weekend! 

xx, 

Team Thimblepress

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Happy Monday! Today for #mississippimonday we are featuring a #thimblebestie Ginger Williams Cook! We can not wait to share her story with you! From her whimsical pet portraits to her amazing design work, Ginger is a pretty incredible artist, friend, mother and woman. Read on for more photos and information about the talented lady herself! 

 

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Who exactly is Ginger Williams Cook? 

I am a visual artist and an arts educator. The next few months will be spent working on some exciting illustration projects that I am antsy to see unfold. In addition to this, I am also working with a friend, Dr. Megan Clapton, with Mindful Therapy, to offer a series of Mindful Watercolor workshops.

My paintings toe the line of where fine art meets kitsch. The majority of the work I create is custom portraits of beloved pets, most commonly, dogs. There is a beautiful connection I have when it comes to painting animals onto a surface. It’s almost as if I can sense their personality from looking at a photo, and this tenderness can be seen and felt. When I am not working on a custom painting, I spend time continuing my visual dialog with the artistic process. My adorable husband, Justin, and I have two pretty great kids:  Eloise (4) and Oliver (18 months). We live in the Historic Belhaven Neighborhood in Jackson full of lush foliage and friendly neighbors.

How did you get started and what was the inspiration to take the small business leap?

I have been “at it” my whole life. Being an artist is all I know, but taking the small business leap is relatively new. It has been a priority-having young children-to be flexible and present in daily life. They are only little for such a short time, so it has made sense for me to work from home.

In 2011, I became the Studio Programs Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This position gave me so many incredible opportunities to work with a broad range of participants in an arts education setting. My responsibilities at the museum helped me to outline some goals for my own career path along with providing a predictable schedule during an otherwise roller coaster of what it means to become a first-time parent.

Also during this phase of life, I dedicated a great deal of time to emotional interviews as a featured story line in the HBO Documentary called The Dead Mothers Club. The documentary began before I became pregnant and the filming ended when Eloise was about three months old. It was incredibly painful to share my experience of my mother’s death with the world, but it was also very cathartic to spend so much time thinking and talking about my Mom as I was becoming a mother myself. The poster for the documentary is one of my paintings from 2005 directly dealing with what it’s like to lose a mother. 

 

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The world premiere happened on Mother’s Day in 2014, when I was pregnant with Oliver. Knowing that the exposure from HBO would lead to broadening my name and brand, I decided to give myself a year before taking the full leap into becoming a full-time artist. Being able to work from home was manageable until I would have hectic days and have to see unfinished work piling up. Another motivator was the day Eloise expressed her inner artist using a pink marker all over a portrait that was ¾ complete. That day is when I said a special prayer for a studio space outside of my home. Sure enough, God opened a door the month Oliver turned one and I found the studio of my dreams in the Fondren neighborhood-a vital creative hub in Jackson.

How does Mississippi play a role in your business? 

“Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person who raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother too.”  –Kathryn Stockett, The Help.

Honestly, leaving Mississippi to travel after college was the best decision I ever made. My Uncle and Aunt lived in Paris with my three cousins and welcomed me with open arms. They hosted me for several trips and then helped me with an extended stay in 2007. This experience changed my life. I traveled to Germany, Spain, Austria, but spent the majority of the time in Paris. I remember making the firm decision between going into an MFA program or spending my time wandering around Paris. I chose Paris, and my goal was to draw and paint every single day (all day) and stay in museums until they closed.

My artist friends from Mississippi came to visit me and we hatched plans of new paintings and shows we wanted to create upon my return. I was also falling head over heels in love with my now-husband through a long distance romance.

 

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Even though I returned to Mississippi during the recession, the creative soil here is very fertile. I have a very strong network of creative and passionate friends that call Jackson, Mississippi, home. They are the ones that fight for her good name and work against injustice. The people are the only reason why I love Mississippi. There is a distinct call of collaboration and a call to action in Jackson. My community has made me the artist I am today and I will continue to work in and for Jackson, Mississippi.

What are your goals for your brand?

Art is a conversation that changes. If it didn’t constantly refresh itself and offer new topics, a part of my soul would die. My goals are to just be able to watch my brand strengthen and grow.

 

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What is your background?

I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. I am just as passionate about teaching art as I am about creating it.  In another life, I am pretty sure I pursued a career in the theater. Alas, I chose to major in art because I didn’t think I could make any money as an actress. I earned my BFA from William Carey College in Gulfport, MS, and double majored in painting and drawing because I didn’t just want to do illustration or painting.

 

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Where do you fine inspiration?

I find most of my inspiration wandering around antique malls and flea markets. I am an incredibly sentimental person, and there is something moving about being surrounded by so many objects that have an unknown personal history. Plus it’s a great way to be able to see how trends find ways of resurfacing into current times.

What do you like to do when you aren’t “at the office”?

I like to go sketch or paint somewhere when I am not in the studio. Though I love shopping online, there is nothing I love more than to just spend an entire day shopping. Photos are nice to see, but the act of feeling fabrics and materials in my hands is satisfying. I also love to take my kids to the Natchez Trace nature trails in the jogging stroller or to the Jackson Zoo.

 

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What are you favorite local places to shop and dine?

My idea of a perfect Saturday morning is having breakfast at Broadstreet and visiting Lemuria bookstore. When my husband and I get a night out, we go to Hal and Mal’s (our Cheers).  I love having a girls’ night at Caet or dinner at Walker’s Drive-In. My kids LOVE Fondren Fro-Yo. Oh, and we cannot get enough of Green Ghost Tacos.

 

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What are some of the reasons you call Mississippi home?

Family. And friends I consider family. I am so inspired by the many Mississippians that have changed the world: Jim Henson, Oprah, Elvis, to name a few. Hopefully more of Mississippi will be equally inspired by the brave work by countless Civil Rights workers in our state and help Mississippi move forward one step at a time for ALL of its citizens.

How do you think what you are doing is helping to shape your local community as well as the image of Mississippi?

I get to work in a vibrant and creative community in Jackson, called Fondren. The good things from Mississippi past and present reside in the arts:  music, cuisine, literature, visual arts. I hope that my presence in the state can help redefine how the world sees Mississippi. Good people are here.

 

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(Yes, this is our fabulous Willow!)

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Don’t you just love everything about her art? Ginger is such an inspiration to us and we are so fortunate to call her our friend! Want to see more updates on Ginger and her AH-MAZING portraits? Check her out here: 

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Happy Earth Day!

Today, we’ve created a round-up of Eco-Friendly products, green goodies and floral items that help us remember how beautiful and awesome our Earth is!  

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What are you doing for Earth Day? 

Have a great weekend, outside! 

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