Two weeks ago, I had a total pinch me moment when an amazing opportunity popped up that allowed me to spend a week in Charleston, South Carolina. I was able to spend my time exploring a new city that I had never been to, visit with an absolutely darling family, and managed to squeeze a sun-kissed tan into the mix, too! Life was the bee's knees, chickadees. I didn't think life could get much better at that moment, then suddenly... it did. I was laying in bed one night while I was in Charleston and literally sat straight up when I remembered that one of my absolute favorite artists is based out of the exact same city I was in!
Some of you may recognize Lulie's work if you have perused Anthropologie's website as she sells some of her prints and even bedding on their website. Huzzah! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lulie Wallace, her work is brilliant in both originality and color. I have been a fan of hers for a couple of years now and each time she releases a new piece of work, I fall in love with it all over again! The way she mixes her hues makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Recognizing my proximity to her creativity center, I decided to email her on a whim to see if I could stop by and check out her studio. There was no way that I was going to miss out on an opportunity to see her work in person! Less then twelve hours later I had the most kind response from Lulie herself welcoming me to check it out! I can shamelessly say that I jumped, squealed, and did a little dance when she got back to me.
While she was out of town for the week [total bummer], I made an appointment with her lovely assistant Brooke to come by. Lulie's studio is located at the Redux Contemporary Art Center on St. Philip Street. The Art Center houses free year round art exhibits and also is home to almost two dozen artists. Although the Art Center is free and open to the public, you have to make appointments with most of the local artists in order to visit their private studios. When I got to the studio, Brooke was eager to meet me and happy to answer any and all of my questions. Lulie's studio was closed off by a simple canvas curtain and I just couldn't wait to see what was behind it!
When I finally had a chance to see what was behind the magic curtain, I felt like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz! My big eyes and double-barreled grin could be seen from a mile away! I couldn't believe that I was actually in Lulie's studio, my dears! To be honest, I was not sure what to expect but I was quite surprised at how quaint her studio was and completely taken back by all of the lovely prints hanging from the floor to ceiling. Every time I thought that I had picked a favorite print, a new one popped into view! While I love all of her work, her flowers have always pulled on my heart-strings. I love her use of brightly colored stripes, abstract patterns, and her ability to pull it all together so beautifully. I have acquired a couple of her pieces in the past couple of years and I am dreaming of the day that I can purchase a large canvas for the [someday] baby Laird's nursery.
It was inspiring to see her work from a completely different perspective rather than the typical finished pieces that I admire on her website and Instagram. I was able to see leftover color palettes laying on her desk, incomplete pieces of work, and sporadic doodling on pieces of scrap paper spotted on her work table. To see her work and how it has evolved over the years has been a dream! I was in complete heaven!
If you are a fan of Lulie's work, be sure to keep up with her and all of her fabulous work through social media. If you are local to the Charleston area or are just visiting in the near future, Lulie will be holding a show at The Cabanas at the Mixon Bath and Raquet Club on Thursday, August 21st. Do yourself a favor and check out her work. I promise you, you won't be disappointed! Perhaps you will even be inspired to get your own creative juices flowin'!