Happy Monday, all! I’m stoked to be hosting Tiffany from Whitehall Farm today as I’ve admired her boho creations for some time. And, she has generously offered to host a giveaway for Gypsy Mind readers! Hoot!! Scroll to the end of the post for details and information on how to enter.
Without further ado…
Have you been formally trained as an artist? (If so, where, and which degrees do you have?)
I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. My degree isn’t related to design or art, but every open spot in my semester class selection, I was taking art classes – Design, 3-D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Paint, etc… But most of the ideas in my shop are self-taught. I’ve always had a stash of paints, fabric paper, etc. readily accessible to play with daily.
Have you always loved making things? What do you love most about it?
I’ve always been creative – since I was a little girl. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a crayon in my hand. I grew up watching PappyLand – a TV show with an old man who taught you how to draw in unique ways. I was always winning art contests in school, poetry and creative writing awards, my friends were always having me draw things for them etc. I love being able to express myself, to escape into this wondrous place in your mind. To create something so unique – “I *made* that”. ME. This piece wouldn’t exist except for my brain, hands and heart.
How did you embark upon a career as a maker/artist? Do you have a “day job” too?
I opened my Etsy on a whim after graduating college, marrying my husband and becoming pregnant with my oldest son (2011 was a busy year!). My husband was in the army, so it made a job search a little tough with the moving. I spent a lot of time finding my niche – something I would enjoy doing for a long time. That’s when my Etsy came about in 2013.
I was at a time in my life where I was re-inventing myself, finding out who I truly was. I honestly had no idea what I was doing with my life… or my shop at the start! I just knew that I wanted to be creative and share my creations with the world. Now, I couldn’t be happier. I really dug down deep inside and asked myself how I could have the happiest life. And that’s creating.
My “day job” is my family. I have two wonderful boys, with hopefully many more to come; we want a huge family on the farm! My oldest recently has taken to painting which has me super excited. The Crayola aisle at Toys R Us is about to be emptied!
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I love my shop, because it really allows me to express my loves, style and designs. Basically you get a sneak peek into my brain. So a natural bohemian. It describes me and my items as one in the same. Some of my designs seem so simple on the surface, but deep down the arrangement is so intricate – the baroque grain in the wood, how different colors complement each other, the way a thread weaves in and out. I love rustic, vintage, old and historic. And that really shows through with my designs.
What’s the philosophy behind Whitehall Farm?
Providing unique beauty to people’s nurseries and homes. It is beyond humbling to know that people choose my items – something *I* created, I came up with, crafted with my own hands – to feature in their homes, in their nurseries, to gift to precious loved ones – all across the world! I cannot get over the fact that my items are all over the world! That’s truly amazing to me. Especially my baby mobiles. A baby is a mother and father’s most precious gift, and they chose my craft to make their baby happy. Every morning the beloved baby will open their sweet eyes and see my art.
Do you have a favorite creation or category of things to make?
My dreamcatcher mobiles. They’re so unique, so organic looking. They’re such a statement piece. So simple, yet so intricate.
Or my custom request mobiles. When some one comes to me with a custom request, it’s so exciting! I get to create something new and unique and just for them. I love my customers; I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people through my shop.
Name three things that inspire you…
1. My children. I like to make things that I think they will enjoy themselves. I always ask myself “hmmm, would Victor love that?” Maybe that’s why I end up keeping so many of my items!
2. My husband. When I’m looking for materials, he’s right there with me – “How about this? Would this look good? Oh, you could do amazing things with this!” He is very supportive and involved. And almost everyday he tells me “hey, how about this as an idea in your shop?” He’s amazing, and I thank my lucky stars everyday that I have him.
3. My own personal style. I love lace, natural looks and bohemian fashion and art.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of your work?
I love gardening, working out, curling up with a good book on a stormy afternoon, cooking, spending time with my two boys, eating seafood, playing the violin, snowmobiling, designing my future dream house, Pinterest, adding to my husband’s never-ending to-do list, planning ideas for my farm’s future, classic black and white movies
Ok, you’re stranded on a desert island. Which five things can’t you live without?
3. Reading material. Full of the classics.
4. A fishing pole to catch all the seafood in the water. Then I’d be in heaven and never want to leave.
5. Sunscreen – I’m a redhead and burn super easy.
Thanks, Tiffany! Because she is awesome, Tiffany has offered to give away a bit of boho goodness to a Gypsy Mind reader. She’s offered up her gorgeous dream catcher mobile as a prize:
To enter the contest:
-Like Gypsy Mind on Facebook.
-Like Whitehall Farm on Facebook.
-Comment on this post and tell us about your favorite item in Tiffany’s shop.
-You get a double entry if you share this contest via Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog! (Copy and paste the link to your post in a comment below so we know you shared.)
*Winner will be drawn randomly from all qualified entries.
**Don’t forget to make sure we can get a hold of you if you win (either via email or your website).
***U.S. and international residents are welcome to enter, but those outside the U.S. will have to pay shipping if they win (sorry, rising shipping costs, you know – we hope you understand).
We’ll announce the winner next Monday.