Introducing the Studio Series Part II. We are so excited to announce the arrival of the second Studio Series collaboration between Loren Hope and artist Lulie Wallace. Read on to learn about this exclusive collaboration and the inspiration behind the art.
Lulie Wallace is an artist based in South Carolina whose art reflects the things she’s attracted to in her everyday life. Inspired by bright, vibrant colors she finds inspiration in everyday items like a vintage Kilim rug or an usual print. Loren was immediately drawn to Lulie’s work because of her use of bright colors and playful aesthetic. Lulie’s passion and excitement shows in her work, and it’s one of the many reasons Loren was so inspired to create something beautiful to compliment the “Flowers for June” print by Lulie.
Q & A with Lulie:
How did you get started as an artist?
I’ve always been interested in art since a young girl and decided to major in studio art as a freshman at The College of Charleston. I loved my experience there and after my senior year of college, I contemplated going to graduate school for graphic design. I thought I’d give painting a try for one year and if it didn’t work out then I’d go back to school after that. Year by year, I felt more and more encouraged about what I was doing and my business has evolved ever since!
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Friendly, joyful, bright, quick, thoughtful, eclectic and not afraid of the dark.
What’s your favorite time of day to be creative?
2:00, I know it’s really specific but everyday if I start painting then I know I’m able to take care of something significant.
Anything you do to get you in the creative zone/mindset?
Everyday looks a little different, sometimes I listen to books, sometimes music and sometimes I literally listen to the ocean from a sound machine. It all depends on my mood!
What are your hobbies outside of painting?
I really enjoy cooking and traveling.
What’s your number one place to travel to?
Big Sur, California. It would definitely be my number one place to travel to right now!
Loren’s inspiration behind the necklace:
I have been a long time fan of Lulie’s work. She has a signature style that you can spot from a mile away. I particularly love her use of color and how she interprets flowers. Her pieces always feel animated and full of life, and they are just so happy. As soon as I saw the piece, ideas started flowing.
To make her piece, I knew I wanted to bring out the warm, rich hues that anchor it, while still putting pops of unexpected colors that feel spontaneous like Lulie’s work. I arranged the stones to play off the elements of the painting – for example the deep blue stones at the bottom center are pulled from the vase, while the top of the pendant feels abstractly botanical, the topaz navettes also mimicking the background blocks of yellow stripes. I loved this boxy chain that has hard lines mixed with small spheres. I topped each link of chain with these beautiful, vintage glass cornelian cabochons. The piece is a mixture of vintage stones, hand colored glass, Italian marbled resin, and genuine tigers eye. To give it warmth I had it plated in gold, and to bring out the colors of the stones we gave it a hand-antiqued finish.
To shop the “Flowers for June” Studio Series Necklace click here. The piece is limited edition, only 10 necklaces were made, and each has been numbered. Each necklace includes a print of “Flowers for June” by Lulie Wallace.