More from Chef Damaris Phillips.

I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that I love a good cooking or food-related TV show. One of my favorite people to watch is Chef Damaris Phillips. 

You might recognize her as one of the winners from Food Network Star, which led her to her own show, Southern at Heart. The show ran for several seasons on Food Network and I'm so thankful that she wore just about every one of our aprons across the episodes. This season, she has two brand new shows that you just have to catch, The Bobby & Damaris Show with the always-popular Chef Bobby Flay and Southern + Hungry with Rutledge Wood.

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Not too long ago, she was even sweet enough to co-designed a special apron for us in this limited edition collection - take a peek here .

Not only is she fun to watch on TV, her personality shines through on her Instagram and Facebook Live. She's so full of life!

Oh, and I can't forget that she has a new cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It's a collection of timeless recipes that combine the best parts of being a vegetarian and a meat eater, inspired by her own marriage. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy (it's on presale now) but from the Amazon preview it looks like our aprons will be making another debut.

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Damaris isn't only an amazing chef and southern personality, she's a great supporter of ours and we don't think you'll regret keeping up with her on TV, social media, and everywhere in between. So thankful for her support over the years so just wanted to share and I hope you guys will give her some love and support right back!


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MEET THE ARTIST : Sally King Benedict.

Sally King Benedict is an artist with the South in her blood. Born in Atlanta and working there today, her talents as a creative director and artist are innate. Encouraged by her parents and after school art programs at a young age, it's hard for her to remember a time when she didn't love getting her hands dirty and making things. 

Sally was lucky to gain a deep appreciation of art at a young age, thanks to a mom who worked at a modern art gallery and exposed her to the Atlanta art community - little did she know she'd one day be a big part of it.

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When asked about what inspires her work, she says: everything. "Everyday life inspires me, especially my son who's four and a half. Watching him paint and create artwork with so much freedom and joy inspires me to paint with a new perspective. Seeing how happy it makes him to create something for someone else reminds me of why I love this profession so much." 

Her art screams "freedom" itself. She works in mixed medium, meaning she draws and paints on various surfaces simultaneously and without constraint. Her studio facilitates her freeform pieces perfectly, with its natural light and segmented workspace: studio on one side, and office, gallery and meeting space on the other. It's the ideal balance of artistic whim and necessary organization. Right now, Sally's studio time is consumed by large commissions, the development of a children's book, and other product expansion. 

We took note of a special item in her studio when we visited: a small handprint pressed into clay. An heirloom that Sally keeps near, the handprint is her son's. "I grew up with my handprint in clay at my house and as soon as I became a new mom, I knew I wanted to do that with my son. We did it with him at a week old, pretty much as soon as he could put his little hand out. It's my favorite possession. I'll definitely pass it down to him someday." 

Sally is hard at work as one of the top contributors to the Atlanta artistic community, always offering her time and talent to collaborations, like providing insight on the design of the our Studio Apron and creating her own piece of apron art. 


When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com


MEET THE ARTIST : Maggie Mathews.

Maggie Mathews fell in love with art at a young age -- so young she can't even remember when it all started. She can however remember painting all of the furniture in her room at age 11, to which she says, "sorry mom."

There was no question that art would always be a part of her life. She says, "It was magic to me then and still is to this day!"

Coming from a family full of creatives, she had quite a few sources from which to learn and draw inspiration. Her dad, who is inspired by architecture, her grandmother and aunt, both painters, and her mom, with a passion for interiors and florals.. "Needless to say, I have always felt very supported in my love for art and am so grateful for that," Maggie says.

Maggie spent much of her life by the coast, and it's those seaside landscapes that she first painted before discovering her love of abstraction in art school. Her works are inspired by an endless list of things, from places she's visited to textiles, organic lines, nature and "even the paint splatter on the wood floors" in her studio. This year, though, her biggest inspiration is collage. "You have to take things apart and trust that they can be put back together in a totally new way, it is thrilling!" 

The media she uses range from acrylic to oil, gauche, ink, charcoal, gold and silver leaf and watercolor. Currently, she's working on an Airstream trailer, morphing it into a space for collaboration and a mobile gallery. "The possibilities and destinations are endless," she says. Also in the works is a children's book, which Maggie is writing and illustrating. The project is a lifelong dream for her, and recently her collage work opened her mind to illustration possibilities that she hadn't previously considered. 

The studio where all this magic happens is marked by its large, old windows and the light they provide. Washed brick walls and antique floors cover the space and serve as another source of inspiration for Maggie, who has always been drawn to old things. She spreads out her materials without worrying about the cleanup. It's all about the "method in the madness" and "organized chaos." 

Sitting in her studio is a small dish of seashells, again speaking to her childhood by the shore. The shells belonged to her grandmother Martha Lee Mathews, who collected them from the family's most loved spots on Dog Island and St. Georgia Island, Florida. As a painter, her grandmother capture many of those coastal scenes, especially in the last years of her life. The Mathews family treasures each and every painting, and Maggie finds that keeping the dish of shells close by helps her keep her grandmother's legacy alive in her own work. To make the connection even more special, Maggie and her grandmother share the same initials: MLM, with which both of their paintings are signed. Maggie says that as a child, her grandmother's work was the first that she "truly connected with." 

The shells will stay with her wherever she paints, until she can pass them on. 

a collection of shells in the studio of artist Maggie Mathews / heirloomed
 Her grandmother's dish of collected shells. 

When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

MEET THE ARTIST : Britt Bass.

Britt Bass' work is inspired by the "grand and small." The shapes and colors she uses are derivative of "everything from the shadows reflected onto buildings to the way the mountains meet the sea." 

The aqueous media she works in successfully portray these inspirations. Britt's paintings are done in one or a combination of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastels, pencils, inks and others. When it comes to her medium she says, "the messier the better!" 

Britt's studio, though, is bright, clean and well-organized. Along the walls you'll see her finished pieces, and if you walk far enough back in the shotgun-style space, you'll find the large work tables she uses to stretch canvases, pack orders and store work. Even farther back and you'll find her printing room, where her giclee reproductions come to life on canvas and paper. She says that separating all of her workspaces and processes like this allows her to be fully present when she's creating her works. 

Collaborating with other local artists is important, and Britt is no exception. Currently, she's collaborating with Atlantan illustrator, Meredith Mejerle. She incorporates Meredith's "beautiful florals" into her own work, creating stunning compositions representative of both artists. 

 Her dog and studio companion, Birdie.

Her dog and studio companion, Birdie.

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When we spoke with Britt about her work, she shared with us the story of the necklace she rarely takes off. The diamond on the necklace was once a part of her grandmother's engagement ring. Britt's father gave her the necklace on her wedding day, and it quickly became her "everyday staple." A special heirloom and reminder of the grandmother she sadly never got to meet, the necklace has barely moved from her neck since her wedding day. That being said, she's sure that one day she'll pass it on. 

 The necklace given to Britt by her father, featuring the diamond from her Grandmother's engagement ring.

The necklace given to Britt by her father, featuring the diamond from her Grandmother's engagement ring.


When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

MEET THE ARTIST : Kiki Slaughter.

When it comes to heirlooms and the preservation of stories, there's nothing more important than hearing the narratives and inspirations of the makers and collaborators in your communities. We believe firmly in those people who work with their hands and master their craft, keeping it alive for another generation.

So, we reached out to artists in our community who we look to for inspiration ourselves. We asked them for insight into their creative processes, the legacy of their artwork, the importance of learning fundamental skills of a craft, and the role that their most special heirloom plays in their day-to-day. We also talked to them about our newest Studio Apron and received their design feedback. We wanted to ensure that the Studio Apron would be for artists and by artists. 


Kiki Slaughter has been making art since her sidewalk chalk days. 

Her family recognized her passion and talent at a young age and started her with painting teacher Karen Shea. Kiki's passion only grew stronger as she grew up, learning and mastering skills and mediums alongside Shea. The time she spent with her teacher was formative, but when it comes down to it Kiki has a drive that can't be taught. She is motivated by the very act of painting and combining colors and textures to create a unique composition.

Kiki works primarily in acrylic and oil on canvas, and is inspired not only by the act of painting but also by her children. She says they are her "biggest inspiration and greatest works of art. They stepped up my drive and gave me a whole new purpose to create and add more beauty to the world." 

artist paint brushes in kiki slaughter studio / for heirloomed

She is currently working toward a show at Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, opening in May 2017. It will showcase her paintings and her signature textile works. She says she's specifically excited to show her painted canvas strips, a "personal favorite" of her repertoire. It's a personal favorite of ours too because Kiki has literally been collecting these strips of painted canvas from old works from her studio and finally decided to bring these pieces back to life in a beautiful new way. They mark a history of her paintings and celebrate the trail she has taken to get where she is today.

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Outside of gallery shows, Kiki loves to collaborate just as much as we do. Her art has expanded now to include jewelry and wallpaper. You can wear her art now thanks to Coco Hill designer Erin McDermott, who helped turn Kiki's art into a painted jewelry line. She has also teamed up with Feathr to "create art that can literally cover your walls." 

kiki slaughter for coco hill painted jewelry bracelet / heirloomed

We were lucky enough to go behind the scenes and into Kiki's studio, or as she likes to call it, her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." Despite attempts to organize, her studio is a beautiful mess, and she likes it that way. In the midst of creating, paint tubes and brushes often litter the counters and floor in the most beautiful way. Chaos is the mark of a true artist.

 Kiki's Studio Apron, shown here in her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." 

Kiki's Studio Apron, shown here in her "painterly haven of controlled chaos." 

When you're in Kiki's studio, you may notice a newspaper article of a little girl in deep focus, alongside some sidewalk art. That little girl is Kiki, and this photo is an heirloom she keeps close to her creative process. She says "this picture takes me back to the creative spark I felt as a child and continue to feel so strongly today. My hands still ache when I can't make something and I get all loopy when I concentrate really hard on what I am creating." 

She doesn't remember why the picture was taken, but she does remember being happy to focus on her drawing. "I had so much energy as a kid and my parents found that art was the best way to direct it into something positive. This moment captures the love for art that I had then and now." 

Click over to shop the "Apron Art" that Kiki created for us as part of the launch for our new Studio Apron!


 

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com