Friday, August 31, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Where are you from?
I spent the first eighteen years of my life growing up in north central Louisiana with my very large extended family and friends.
How long have you been in this area?
We have been in this area for 52 years. Luther, my husband of 51 years, and I came here from El Paso, Texas in 1960. He was an Engineer for Sun Oil Co. for 35 years before his death a year ago. Our house was built in 1929 on a private lane and it's been our home in Media for 44 years. We lived in San Francisco and Alberta, Canada for a few years. This house is a perfect show place for your art work.
Do you/did you work outside of home? What did/do you do?
In 1976, I helped open Claire's Boutique in the Granite Run Mall where I became manager for 10 years.....then was a district supervisor for eleven of their stores for another 2 years. My favorite job though was for Old Marple Vet. Hospital where I worked in the office and got to know and love the animal clients........even adopted a cat from there.
What are your hobbies?
When I was much younger I had lots of hobbies but have slowed down some now. Gardening was always my favorite but now a handyman does all the outside area and I take care of the orchids and many plants inside. I still love to do embroidery, crewel embroidery and cross-stitch. Baking and cooking is still something that I enjoy.......especially for Kat and Nate,my grandchildren.
What brings you joy in life?
Like most grandparents, I have to say that my grandchildren, Kat and Nate, have brought much joy to my life every day for the past 19 years. Their home is always so full of laughter, singing, sports conversation and animals. I feel much joy when my family and friends come to visit. Trips back home to Louisiana bring me joy and fill my heart with love.
You collect several artists including myself. How many of my paintings do you own now?
I have purchased six original paintings of which I've given two as gifts to friends.
The originals I have in my home are:
Up, Up and Away
Autumn Cows 1
I gave the original of " Fairy Cows" to an artist friend, Iris Innes and "Escaping With My Friends" to my son, Marty. I liked those two so much that I bought a print of them for myself.
Do you have a favorite?
It's hard to say that I have a favorite. They all say something different to me. My first two purchases were the hot air balloons because I was going through such a difficult time with Luther's illness that I wanted to float away in one of the balloons. The funny cows with no faces make me smile deep down. As of now I don't have any of your couch people or cats.
What made you want to collect my paintings?
I first saw your paintings in my daughter, Donna Sottung's home. She has quite a few of the cows and she commissioned you to do one for her daughter's graduation.........which by the way was awesome!!! Donna took me to your open house where I fell in love with so many of them. I knew from just looking at them one time that they would make me smile and feel good every time I walked into a room with them in it.
What is your favorite thing about my work?
Color! Color! Color! and what is happening in each painting.
You also commissioned me to do a painting for your son. Why did you think that he would like my art?
I asked you to paint "Escaping With My Friends" for my son Marty. The painting depicts him as the soft adorable Beltie, his hunting buddies as the camouflage cow and his colorful fun friends floating away from or arriving at his farm. I knew he would love the concept, the colors and the memories it held for him. He loves all the KOH paintings he's seen.
Which other artists do you collect?
I have five art boxes hanging on my walls, one table box and two large oil paintings done by Iris Innes and a Shaker style floor clock made by her husband who also makes fine furniture. Her art work and a video can be seen at irisinnesart.com. I also have originals painted by my husband, my sister and a dear friend from Louisiana. Karen, all these and yours mean more to me than the Wyeth and Scarborough that I have.
If you could change the world in one significant way, what would it be? As all hopeful Miss America's say "I would wish for world peace" BUT seriously at my age I would like to see more kindness and love going out to everyone we know.
Thank you Nelva for your support of my art and other artists. Without people like you, we wouldn't be able to do what we do :0)
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I recently had the pleasure of taking my first trip to France. What an experience! We started in Paris. First stop- the Louvre. I went on a tour with a friend of mine, so the way that things worked out on that first day, we had an hour and a half to explore one of the greatest museums in the world. I took off and made a beeline for the items I knew I wanted to see, The Venus of Samothrice, the Mona Lisa (what a rock star), the Wedding at Cana, The Seated Scribe, in addition to the egyptian sculptures and artifacts and the monumental paintings by Delacroix. Day 1. After an all night flight, already thrilling but exhausting.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Karen : Where are you from?
Daphne: Born and raised here in Southern Chester County. My children happen to be fourth generation Avon Grove students. I love it here.
Karen: What inspired you to become a designer?
Daphne: I have to say that I have always had a crafty/ creative side. I can remember when I was little I would always move things in my bedroom and around the house, loved to pick flowers and arrange them in glasses. I would make things out of just about anything you could think of. But really what shaped me into becoming a designer was growing up with a father that was always building or painting. He built our family home while I was growing up. He wasn’t shy with letting us help. Hammer, nails, paint brush….I learned to use them all and haven’t put them down since.
Karen: How long have you been a designer?
Daphne: I graduated college in 1991. I’d love to say that I have been designing since then, however family life soon began and I stayed home to raise my children. In 1994 I began a craft business and did that for several years. I just need that creative outlet. In 1999 I shifted gears a little and started working part time in an antique shop. Few years later I found myself managing a furniture store until it closed in 2007. Early 2008 I was encouraged by many of my loved ones to start my own design business. I love design, color, and people and just find it fun. So this started Design By Daphne.
Karen: How long have you had your own business?
Daphne: I have been in business now for just over 4 years.
Karen: What types of rooms do you specialize in?
Daphne: I really do not limit myself to any one room. I love them all. I tend to find inspiration from my clients and my creativity flows.
Karen: Who is your typical client?
Daphne: Most of my clients are middle class. I have designed for all ages. I find most of my clients are stuck with out inspiration or don’t know where to get started, and that is when they call upon me. I am able to dig out their ideas put them all together, along with a few of my own; to create the space they have been dreaming of.
I also have a few Commercial clients; of course their needs are much different and a bit more demanding. All the same I love what I do and design happens.
Karen: Price range?
Daphne: My consultation fees vary, depending on what your over all needs are.
Karen: What geographic area do you serve?
Daphne: Southern Chester county and Northern Delaware (Newark, Wilmington, Bear, Middletown, New Castle, )
Karen: You designed a room around some of my paintings, which ones? How did that idea come about?
Daphne: It all started a few years ago when my sister and I were at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. We found you and your art work displayed in the art hall. My sister fell in love with the Raining Broccoli (Eat Your Broccoli) with cows print. Bought it and planned to hang it right away in her kitchen. A few years went by; the print never got framed and just sat upright on the ledge. She wound up moving, and the cows got packed away. I helped her paint her new home, unpack, etc. Well during this time, she and I ventured out to another local craft fair, and we ran into you again, finding two more paintings that she just couldn’t live without. My sister asked me how she could work these into her new home as the new place really didn’t have any wall space in the kitchen. So the designer in me went to work. Coming up with the idea to display them in the Guest room, so that everyone who comes to stay would get to enjoy them and feel happy. Your paintings are so fun and full of life. That’s how the room came about. Fun colors that make you smile, whimsical mix match furnishings and endless imagination. And Yes, for Adults. Why should the kids be the only ones to enjoy fun colors?
Karen: What are the elements in my paintings that you pulled out to base your design on?
Daphne: I designed the room mostly from the fun colors in the paintings. I choose a fun stripe pattern for the walls in vibrant colors. It all happened from inspiration on the whimsical fun of your art.
Karen: Most of my collectors are adults who buy my paintings for themselves, yet very often, when I am at outdoor shows, I hear people remark how great they would be for kids rooms, which they are, but here people can see how they can be incorporated into a sophisticated, yet colorful and fun adult room.
Karen: What other items, colors, framing options etc.. might you incorporate with them in another room (kitchen for example) to create a cohesive display?
Daphne: To answer this, I would like to see them in some old carved frames of all shapes and sizes that were sprayed in a few bright fun colors (or one to keep it simple). Gallery them together on a wall near a writing desk, or behind a living room sofa. How fun?
Karen: What is your best decorating advice?
Daphne: Don’t be afraid ! Buy art that you love, hang it at eye level so you can enjoy it pull colors and inspiration from that art. Your home is your canvas and doesn’t have to look like it came from a magazine. Enjoy it!
For more information about Daphne and her work, here is where you can find her:
Design By Daphne, LLC
302-354-4158 or 484-897-0030