I’ve got a fun interview today with Ashley from Bow+Arrow Art, a beautiful Denver-based design studio. Ashley creates fun and colorful art prints, note cards and greeting cards. As Ashley says, her days as an artist began the second she was old enough to hold a marker. Read on to find out how Ashley made her dream a reality, who helped her along the way and tips for looking chic on the cheap! xoxo
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Tell me about your shop. What’s the inspiration behind its launch?
Bow+Arrow Art was a long time coming, I think. I’ve been filling the margins of every notebook I’ve ever owned since I was big enough to hold a marker 🙂 My mom and husband finally convinced me to sell some of my designs last year. It was hard to think of my doodles as “art” but it has been so fun to share them! You can read a little more about it here.
What are some of your favorite design trends?
Well I loooove how imperfect is beautiful in a lot of trends these days. From hand-written typography to vintage furniture, people are finding value in the old and flawed. It makes my heart so happy that people will buy my cards and prints because they’re original and reflections of me rather than a perfect cookie-cutter copy!
What’s your #1 piece of design and style advice?
I’m not good at offering advice…and I don’t consider myself to be particularly stylish. I say be you and find the people who love YOU.
What are some ways that people can still look chic for less?
I genuinely think that confidence is the most beautiful accessory there is. Find something to love about what you wear and rock it with pride. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it certainly doesn’t need to be what everyone else is wearing. My favorite outfits originate from $4 skirts at the Goodwill, but they make me feel sassy, and I feel really good about saving money and not contributing more waste by buying brand new clothes!
What is your favorite piece in your shop and why?
This is my current fave. Mostly because I’m madly in love with the old hymn it comes from and I came up with this design while daydreaming about a tattoo I’d like to get 🙂 However, this is my close runner-up because it’s like a little pep talk every time you see it!