Spotlight: Paule and Michael of Beyond Her
It was a pleasure to interview Paule and learn more about inspires her creativity!
What got you interested in screenprinting and textiles?
I am an artist, but I am a very practical person. My right and left brains are totally connected. I could have always just painted or created art. But I always wanted my art to do something or be something. I sew and screenprint because that’s how I can turn design into something that will be used and appreciated in the real world.
People often come into my booth and say, “I could never use that towel / bandana / scarf. It’s too pretty.” But to me, everyday objects can and should be beautiful. And just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean that it’s delicate. All my products are high quality and built for easy care. That’s how I found my tag line, “Art for Every Day.”
What inspires you?
I am inspired every day by what I see outside. I just get all blubbery around plants and animals and insects and produce. Everything in nature appears so simple, and yet the closer you look, the more ornate and layered and gorgeous it is. That’s how I want my designs to be.
What other hobbies do you have?
I’m an outdoor-type person. I run with my dog, I play tennis, I like playing around in the river near my studio. I also like to take in as much art, music and culture as I can. I like a city.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
This is a good piece of advice I feel like I’ve never taken: Focus on one thing. I’ve always been all over the place, and I think that has cost me and diluted my progress. My excuse is that I still haven’t found the “one thing” that deserves all my attention. It’s coming, though, I can feel it.
The La Grange Farmhouse
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