7 Questions with Cina of Camp Cirrus

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I’ve mentioned before that I curate a Great.ly shop, through which I try to support wonderful creative independent makers who sell unique, stylish items. Camp Cirrus is one of those makers and today I’ve got an interview with Cina to learn more about what Camp Cirrus is all about.

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Camp Cirrus on Great.ly

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I have included several of the beautiful Camp Cirrus items in my Great.ly curated collections. For example, you can find at least one of the brand’s beautiful tea towels in my textiles section. Or you can find a beautifully-colored soft bucket bag in my soft goods section. Learn more about this great brand and why I support them from the interview …

7 Questions with Cina of Camp Cirrus

Q: How did Camp Cirrus begin?

After working as a freelance designer for more than ten years I felt an urge to be more intricately involved in each part of the whole creative process – from inspiration and ideas to the ready-to-sell prodcut. We started very small in 2010 and the company has grown slowly but steadily since then. We are very happy to have resellers both in our home town Helsingborg (in the southern part of Sweden) and in other places as far away as South Korea.

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Q: What colors are your own personal favorites?

That’s a tricky one. I use to say that I like all colours; it’s all a matter of how you put them together. I personally like when they are put together so that there is a little tension. If I really needed to choose, though, I’d say white indoors, green outdoors and accents of olive green and pink.

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Q: That makes sense and I adore those color choices. I see a lot of polka dots and florals in your collection … what draws you to these graphics?

The Swedish/ Nordic/ Scandinavian design tradition is what I lean on and there you have this kind of graphic simplicity. I love the basic patterns – dots, stripes, checks and plain florals. That’s mainly what I work with and I find that the possibilities to vary these themes are endless. However I do also like other more complex design, and I like when my strict shapes are combined with other styles.

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Q: This reminds me of something that you say on your site: “we like when a space or place is nice but not perfect” … Can you tell us a little bit more about what this means?

I like to think that textiles, other small stuff, art, etc. are the things that make a home nice to be in. To me it’s more important what kind of life you live in your home than how it looks in a picture. A home should be a place where all the people living there are represented in the style and I like when you see unexpected items on display beacuse they reflect the indivdiuality of the space. Colour and patterns, books and flowers and the smell of good food all combine to make a nice home if you ask me. That and a few nice people to chat with in the space are all a home really needs!

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Q: What tips do you have for people who are looking to make sure that their homes really do reflect their personal style in this way?

  • Listen to your heart.
  • Use as much colour as you dare; at least some colour is good for you!
  • Keep it simple.
  • Decorate your home for the people who live there, not to impress the guests.

A good practical tip is to make a colour scheme for the home (or a room): base colours (and woods etc.), additional colours and accents. If you are a bit uncertain about colours this is a trick that you can work with to never “choose wrong”.

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Q: How is Great.ly working out for you so far?

It has been a good thing both for sales and exposure. And I have found some new nice blogs and bloggers. It’s a charming and growing community of creative people.

Q: What else should we know?!

That the company is run by me and my husband Matts. We also have an office dog, Morris, who creates a laidback atmosphere at work (when he’s not barking at something!)

Want to find out more?

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Camp Cirrus is on Facebook and Cina is on Instagram as @cinakjellsson for those who want news and a peek at Camp Cirrus everyday life. And of course you can look for their items in my Great.ly Boutique.

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The Single Story

I’m still kind of recovering from my long weekend back to school. Those weekends are intense and they just wipe me out. I’m in class from 9-8 on Friday and Saturday and then 9-4 on Sunday. The classes this semester are family dynamics, psychopathology and trauma – not light material. So when I woke up on Monday I just felt completely beat up from the inside out and I’ve been mostly recuperating since.

That said, the weekend was truly inspiring. We pack a lot of amazing information into these weekends and I always leave with so, so much to think about. The favorite thing that stands out from this past weekend is a short TED talk that we watched in family dynamics about “the single story”. I have lots of thoughts but for now I’ll let the video speak for itself:

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Interview, Cover Reveal & Giveaway with Fantasy Author, Melissa McPhail

Welcome to an interview with Melissa McPhail, the author of Cephrael’s Hand. Below that you can see the newly-revealed book cover and check out the info to enter the book giveaway.

Author Interview

1. How important do you think cover art is to selling your books?

I think cover art is essential to book sales. A well-crafted cover will tell the reader in which genre the book is classified, represent in some way the story’s theme, and give an overall impression of the world. Fantasy book covers are vital to presenting a sense and feeling of the world. In many cases, the cover is the only visual representation a reader gets.

And of course, we all know that a book cover done well will catch a potential reader’s attention. It’s your best and sometimes only chance to make that memorable first impression.

2. For self-published and small house published authors, what do think is important to remember when deciding on the final cover for your work?

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TV Shows I’ve Marathon Watched This Summer

I watched a lot of TV this summer. I have terrible insomnia so I watch a lot of television at night. I also watch TV while crocheting and sometimes I have TV on the background when I’m doing busy work (answering email, etc.) Here are some of the television shows that I watched at least one full season of in the past few months:

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Orange is the New Black

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In Treatment

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Beautiful Art Peacocks by Laurel Roth

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I originally discovered the work of artist Laurel Roth a few years ago when researching for my crochet blog because she has a set of crochet pigeon suits that are adorable. Roth recently did a local fellowship at DeYoung museum (where so many of my favorite artists spend time!) so I wanted to check out what she’s been creating. That’s how I discovered her pretty bejeweled upcycled peacock art, although she actually created it in 2011.

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The artist describes this collection:

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Patterns, a Multimedia Solo Performance

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I previously mentioned that I was excited to go see Patterns, a multi-media solo performance by Amy Munz. The performance has now opened and I went to see it a few days ago. I had mixed feelings about the performance but saw some things that I really liked and felt like I was sitting in the midst of a lot of potential that I’m excited about.

The Basics

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Patterns is an experimental solo performance in two parts in which Amy plays a variety of different characters. She has very few props so it’s all about what she can do on the stage. Except, however, that her stage performance is supplemented by three screens (front, left and center) which each play different images. Sometimes there is voiceover recording as well.

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