If you’re a parent here on the island, you’ve probably heard of Caroline and her amazing art programs for kids. She’s also a designer and an amazing artist! Read on to learn more about one of our favorite island people.
VH: From where do you hail?
Caroline: Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
VH: How did you land on Vashon?
Caroline: I visited Vashon with my sister in April, 2017. I loved the island. We had coffee at Minglement. I fell in love with the light. We went hiking at Shinglemill and then two months later I started looking for a house! Universe intervened and I found a beautiful tiny home.
VH: Tell us all about your business – what you offer, what you do, etc.
Caroline: My passion, how I connect to this human experience, is through beauty. I have two business, both about creating with others. The first is called Paperwings, which is a visual art program for kids. Teaching kids to experiment while learning the fundamentals of visual art. I have classes on Saturdays at my home, Thursdays at Chautauqua and seasonally at VCA.
The second business is called ArtIntoDesign. I’m a visual designer, specializing in visual branding and website development. I call the business ArtIntoDesign because I approach the design process, with a pencil, sketching out my ideas. Then the process moves into identifying the business mission, tone and typography. The art becomes the design.
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
Caroline: Couldn’t not do it. Have you known when you hit that place when ignoring your purpose is painful? Having a business, takes a lot of structure and steadiness so finally with a little age…. it’s possible!
VH: What is your superpower?
Caroline: Getting lost
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Caroline: Hiking, hiking, hiking. Love to eat green curry at May’s, show them the dried fruit and lovely colors inside Minglement, and usually a glass of wine at the hardware store.
VH: What’s next for your business?
Caroline: Working on developing a lovely new branding and website for a company. It has a hand drawn lotus pod, trying to figure out the color scheme… Also, very excited to do a VCA artist in residency program with Kathleen Lawrence, the librarian at Chautauqua and the forth grade! Organic forms that are inspired by Chihuly and native American Art.
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂
Caroline: Beautiful monotype print with two eggs – one gold and one teal.