Wallpaper Wednesdays 31 | Artist Feature - Mallory Overton
Wallpaper Wednesdays is now back in session, and this week we are getting inspired by one of the most genuinely sweetest people you'll have a chance to come across online - Mallory Overton of Castle Paper Co. I was instantly drawn to her work because her calligraphy style is so unique, and scrolling through her images immediately made me feel inspired and uplifted.
Reading through her captions, you start to get a sense of her personality - she's authentic, down-to-earth, and the type that you'd want to be BFFs with! You can see it in her writing that she puts a ton of heart into her work and it is truly a reflection of who she is on the inside.
Taking a look through her work, she creates beautiful wedding stationery, place cards, invitations, and prints (to name a few) and they are all sophisticated with a touch of playful whimsy. I just love them ALL! Her work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, and rightfully so because she's got major skills.
If you ever find yourself in search for a calligrapher, Mallory's your girl. Head to her site and tell her what you need. Whether it be for a wedding, event, business, or even for your home - she can design something that you will be absolutely head over heals for. And since she's one of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet, the process will be even that much more fun and stress-free, I'm sure. She also does copy editing. What can I say, the girl knows her stuff!
If you're the type that could stare at calligraphy for hours, do yourself a favor and follow Mallory on Instagram because she posts the prettiest photos of her life and work and makes everything look so completely effortless. I couldn't include all of her pretty calligraphy photos if I tried - so go ahead and see for yourself.
Wrapping it up, I asked Mallory to answer a few questions for us - so enjoy - and at the end of the post download her free wallpapers that she totally made for all of you.
Q & A | Mallory Overton - Castle Paper Co.
DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A PASSION FOR ART AND WHEN DID YOU START PURSUING IT?
I have always had a passion for beauty, and I’ve always had a strong sense for the way things look and feel + can observe that from an early age. I do consider writing to be an artform, and I started pursuing that in high school. I only started to pursue art as an endeavor about two years ago, so that piece is pretty new for me! I like it, though.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Outside. I love gardens. They bring out my inner eighty-year old. I get a lot of thinking done as I walk around; I love walking through my neighborhood to start the day. I’m also really inspired by museums + libraries, which feels a little cliche but it’s true. Museums because they make me feel small but in a good way, and remind me of the human spirit + how great it is to be a member of a group of creatures that can’t help but to create. Libraries for a similar reason, but with the added layer of story. Books carry so much nostalgia for me, as I was a much better reader as a child. I still love the idea of reading but find my attention so divided with things like, well, Instagram.
WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU USE?
Paper :) does that count? I have always loved + collected paper. I use a lot of markers, Tombows are my fave for brush markers, and Le Pen for felt-tip. I also use watercolor and acrylic ink for calligraphy and for painting. My new thing is to make tapestries out of linen that I can write on, so fabric is being added ot the list!
IN THREE WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART?
Okay, well whimsical would be one word. And sophisticated (sometimes). And then also intentional, because it’s both how I approach creating and how I try to use what I create.
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE CREATING ART? IF SO, WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
Yes, that or a podcast. But usually music while I’m creating -- right now, I have Spotify’s 70s Smash Hits playlist on repeat. But I mean, I also listen to Bieber. I’m all over the place. It has everything to do with my mood.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST TREASURED ART PIECE TO DATE - ONE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF.
A large-format piece hanging in my bathroom. Usually the things I make I grow tired of from spending so much time with them, or I see the imperfections + that prevents me from enjoying the finished product for what it is. But this piece that I love I wrote because the words moved me so much + I wasn’t worrying about how it looked, I was just writing it because I wanted to. I often think that I’ll probably have it forever -- it’s a C.S. Lewis quote about God’s love for us, and I love to read it every day.
NAME ONE ARTIST YOU ADMIRE.
Oh, man. Just one?!! Well, I am really inspired by Ali Nelson, of Ali Makes Things. The way she combines words + her story feels very close to my own heart! I am always interested to see what she is putting out there.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO EMERGING ARTISTS?
Don’t worry about what skills, tools, expertise, experience or vision you don’t have. Use what you do have, right now. If you are in this for the long term, you WILL have days where it feels like you’re going nowhere. We all do, so try not to get discouraged. Try instead to zoom out and ask yourself what you can do today that will bring you closer to your long-term goal--whether it’s based on a month, year, or lifetime of work.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?
Honestly, as a creative I imagine myself to be capable of way more things that I probably am, but I could see myself getting back into flowers, and I often dream of having a co-working/event space where a couple of my friends and I could work and plan fun events together + use our space to give to people! I have some dreams for it, but we’ll see what happens :)
IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
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