Artist/Designer Spotlight: Porter Teleo

I am wildly obsessed with the design duo of Porter Teleo – artist Kelly Porter and designer Bridgett Cochran. They have combined their enormous talent to develop a unique, hand-printed and hand-painted line of fabric and wallcoverings. Their work has been featured in many publications from, House Beautiful, Luxe, Veranda, Elle Decor and many more.

After I discovered Porter Teleo (and fell madly in love), I just had to speak with these ladies about their work, lifestyle, and inspirations.

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AW: How did Porter Teleo become who it is today?

BC: One small step at a time. It is wild to look back and see how far we have come.   I think Kelly and I shared a vision, an amazingly optimistic outlook, and a strong work ethic that all helped fuel our growth. 

KP: Bridgett Cochran and I had a wild idea to bring the best of both worlds together – fine art from my background and interior design from her background.  We brainstormed ideas over dinner and a bottle of wine.  6 months later, due to a lot of hard work and some unique and fresh designs, we had a line!  We worked together to create the beginnings of the collection, we started tiny, and then built it up over time.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

BC: I absolutely love Miles Redd’s work – every time I see a space that he has created I can tell it is him, not because the rooms are the same, but because they have such depth and character.   I am a big fan of Celerie Kemble as well, she always gives an unexpected twist that still feels completely  livable and I have never seen a room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber that I wouldn’t want to live in.  As for artists – I also love Cy Twombly and am drawn to Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, especially her palettes.

KP: I love Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Cy Twombly, and all of the abstract expressionists from the 50’s.  Design-wise – I love Kelly Behun’s style, Nicole Fuller, Jackson Paige, and Miles Redd.  It’s hard to name those, because there are so many more!

AW: What are some of the things that influence your work?

BC: Color, natural order, contrasting values, and balance.  

KP: Nature, organic form, botanical life, naturally created pattern, geology, Ancient art, religious art.

AW: What is a typical day behind the scenes at Porter Teleo? 

BC: The best thing about the career that we have created for ourselves is that there is no typical day!  There is absolutely no opportunity to get bored here!  We might be working on a new collection for two days and quickly need to switch to digging in on a new marketing plan and then back to the studio to mix color and finalize new colorways for new collections. It is exciting and fulfilling and provides endless opportunities for learning new ideas and processes.   

KP: We do a bit of everything!  It is always exciting – mainly because we are privy to information about the most exciting interior design going on in the world.  Our clients are top notch, so we see everything in the works, as we are creating patterns, product and color schemes for these amazing projects by the best designers in the world.  That is what I love about our days – that there is always inspirational info around us.

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AW: What are your everyday essentials?

BC: The essentials change based on what we are concentrating on in the studio.   The one thing that is always essential is our team!  They are smart, creative, adaptable, interesting people. 

KP: Paint, Ink, brushes, elevations, and a good creative team that is positive and ready to go!

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

BC: Many hats! I feel so lucky to have a work life that allows me to enjoy my home life and my children as much as I do.   Kelly and I knew early on, and before we became mothers, that we both wanted to create a life that allowed us to express ourselves in our work while still leaving energy to feel alive in our personal lives.    

KP: I keep really busy – I have two young daughters who mean everything to me, then I work hard at Porter Teleo, then when I get home and on weekends, I work a lot on my own paintings – oil on canvas.

 

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Boone Interiors

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Wallpaper (ceiling): Porter Teleo

Interiors: Elizabeth Krueger Design

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Wallpaper: Porter Teleo

Interiors: Olga Malyeva / Architectural Digest

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Window Treatments: Porter Teleo (jaw drop!)

Interior: Angie Hranowsky / House Beautiful

Follow Porter Teleo on Instagram to stay inspired!

xoA

 

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Artist/Designer Spotlight: Lindsay Cowles

This month’s spotlight is on contemporary artist and decorative arts designer, Lindsay Cowles. Her work is so creative and unique, an artist who can seamlessly merge from canvas to textile without skipping a beat is pure talent. Her style is so fresh and brings major wow factor to anything it touches, even the walls! And that takes me to my obsession, her wallcovering designs. Utter perfection! I’ll let her work do the talking…

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AW: Tell us a bit about your background

LC: From my first memories, I have always loved art. I took art classes all throughout my childhood, but stepped away from creating art for about 10 years when I went to college and then to New York. I was in the fashion industry in NYC and worked in sales for Alberta Ferretti. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I got back into painting. From that point, I haven’t stopped! And I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to bring my art full circle and create wallpapers and fabrics to dress the home.

When I moved back to Richmond that I really focused on growing my company. I was able to focus 100% of my time on painting, product development and marketing.

My business is constantly growing and evolving. My next venture is rugs. Expect to see them in the next few months!

AW: What kind of creative process, routines or rituals do you have?

LC: Go go go! That’s my routine in a nutshell.

AW: What is integral to the work of an artist?

LC: To be in the right head space to create. Each part of what I do requires a different creative process— from painting; to building and editing patterns; to planning and developing colors; to figuring out which applications and scale would work best. I have to block out time for each of these creative processes and have to be in the right mindset to tackle each of them.

AW: Tips or advice you would give to someone trying to pursue a career in art and design?

LC: Never stop experimenting. It’s important to continue learning and pushing the limits on your creative process.

AW: Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you overcome them?

LC: Yes! Everyone in art and design must have creative blocks! I find that sometimes its through these blocks that you push yourself past your comfort zone and learn something new. And sometimes, I creative blocks require a full break. A chance to reflect. I do my best reflecting outside— either riding my bike, going for a walk, or just playing with my dogs and family outside. Travel always helps too. Seeing new places and having new experiences always helps.

AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?

LC: Gerhard Richter. His use of color, layering and depth is so inspirational. Motherwell for his shapes, proportions and use of black and white.

AW: What are your everyday essentials?

LC: In the studio— empty glass jars for mixing paint. When in the office, my cutting board, electric stapler and printer get a serious workout.

AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

LC: I am typically an early riser. I work out of my house, so I usually go to the kitchen, get my cup of coffee and head to the office pretty early. It’s a really tough commute 😉 Then my son and husband get up around 7, so I stop and take a break with them and have breakfast. Once my son is off to school, I find that mornings are a great time to catch up on things. I usually like to head to the studio and get in a few hours of painting while I am fresh, then back to the office to work on sample requests, order processing, design work, etc. The end of the day is family time. We all have dinner together and then relax for a bit before heading to bed.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?

LC: When I come up with something new that I love or help someone create something custom that they love! Or when I see how a designer has used my wallpapers, fabrics or art in a unique and different way. I love to see how creative people are with design. Sky is the limit!!

AW: Your latest obsession?

LC: Small paintings framed with a big mat board and frame. I always love juxtaposition.

AW: What do you do when you are outside of your studio?

LC: I chill with my son, husband and two frenchies. My son is 14 months old, so my time off is really all about him. He is growing and changing so much each day, it really is so much fun to watch!

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Wonderful Wallpaper

 

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Follow Lindsay’s Instagram feed to stay visually inspired and up to date on her latest designs and installs… I dare you to not heart every image!

 

xoA

Artist/Designer Spotlight: William McLure

This month’s spotlight goes to the ever so talented personality, William McLure. He is checking all inspiring boxes when it comes to an Artist and Designer – rich, natural and authentic are 3 words that come to mind when admiring his portfolio. He is a true Southern design gem and I am sure you are going to love our little Q&A with William.

AW: What kind of creative process, routines or rituals do you have?



WM: Well, first off I typically prefer to paint in the early morning hours or late at night. I typically get interrupted less during these hours and once the creative process is interrupted it can be hard to jump back into your creative cycle. I’m always listening to music or podcasts while I paint. I find that it keeps my mind from wandering and helps keep me focused, in some weird way, lol.



AW: What is integral to the work of an artist?


WM: For me I think it would have to be your space. I found very early on that this work requires large spaces to spread everything out and allow for drying time for the artwork. You also need a lot of natural light. My loft is perfect for this because two sides of the loft are nothing but floor-to-ceiling windows.

AW: Tips or advice you would give to someone trying to pursue a career in art and design?

WM: 
This is actually a great question. For me, I believe these two skill sets are talent-based. So, if you don’t have some sort of knack for it I don’t think it can be successfully cultivated through the educational process.
For me, one of them most important assets was being able to work for and with people that are talented. This experience taught me so much more than an education ever could. Also, never be afraid to take a risk. Sometimes it can be one of the most rewarding things you’ve ever done. I’m living proof of that, lol!



AW: Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you overcome them?


Most definitely! Recently I have had my best friend, my dog Baylor, pass away after 15-1/2 years, so, I really didn’t work or touch any painting for about four weeks. It was extremely hard for me, but eventually I started exploring social media again, looking at design books, and reading articles that were design based. Integrating myself back into my work through these avenues, was a great way to overcome my emotional block and to re-cultivate my creativity and get my mind back into the game.




AW: Who are a few artists/designers you admire and why?


WM: Mark Sikes is pretty amazing! He has the whole lifestyle concept down pat!
I think as far as the artist go I would have to go with Catherine and Jones. She’s based in Birmingham and has a clean, honest and timelessness quality to her work. Her composition and colors are on-point. I’ve actually spoken to her about commissioning a piece of hers for myself.


AW: What are your everyday essentials?

WM: 
I would have to say a long sleeve blue button down, some torn blue jeans, a great pair of sunglasses and some well-made loafers.




AW: A typical day in your life includes…?

WM: My morning drive to Starbucks and trying to get all my errands run before lunch. Then home to work on commissions… and at night time you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar I’m in the bathtub with Netflix.

AW: When do you feel most inspired?


WM: Usually it’s at night. I tend to be a little ADHD and there are less distractions at night, so I can really get in the creative flow and not be interrupted.

AW: Your latest obsession?

WM: My latest obsession….. I think it would have to be this 9-foot long by 6-foot tall, 17th century tapestry that I had framed to go over my bed.
I had been eyeballing it for about a year at the frame shop where I have some items framed. So, one day when I was there getting something framed I just happened to ask him what the story was behind it and why it was still there. He said that a doctor had brought it in to have it restored and framed, but had never come back to claim it and pay for it. I asked if it could be for sale and he said yes…… at that moment I instantly turned on the charm! He said all I had to do was pay the doctor’s bill and I could purchase it!
Needless to say, I pulled my debit card out instantly! And “that’s all she wrote,” and it became mine.


AW: What do you do when you are outside of your studio?


WM: Well, I enjoy running so that releases a lot of stress it helps me level out. I have a pretty close- knit group of friends, so we are usually at one of our houses doing a dinner party and cocktails.

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Are you in love yet? I’d love to hear what you think about my Q&A will William!

xo A

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Zoe Pawlak

Welcome to Wachs This Ways’ new feature, Artist/Designer Spotlight. There are so many wonderful and talented humans out there and I believe they need a shout out, so I’m here to do just that.

After some serious creative soul surfing on the web recently I discovered Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak. Her contemporary artwork is so refreshing and moody – in all of the right ways. She makes contemporary take on such a diversity – figurative, floral and landscapes – each with its own flair of personality. From canvas to floor, I love it all! Yup, you heard me correctly, floor – her rug collection is a show stopper!

Top of my list, if I must choose one, Rising

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I couldn’t stand to not share both of these beauties! Oh! The floors I can envision them on.

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Red Dust Collection-Shift

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If you’re still stuck on the commitment process when it comes to purchasing art, head back to my Designers Tips post ‘Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art‘.

xoA

Walking into the weekend like…

 

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Megan Hess / London Fashion Week 3 Print

Feeling fantastic going into this weekend. Confidence through the roof! It was such  a great week, there are few things better than feeling like you’ve earned some time off. When you’ve worked your booty off all week and you are left with a great sense of accomplishment by the end of day on Friday… that’s when you know you’ve earned it. So, clock out and get to doing some you time.

And, let me not forget to share my latest love – Megan Hess‘s fashion forward illustrations. Her designs are so playful, yet glamorous at the same time. Add some confidence to your office space or dressing room vanity with one of her prints.

 

New York-Lost in Dior & New York-Sipping in Celine

xo A

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