Monday, September 27, 2010

Honizukle Monday

Happy Honizukle Monday my darlings! Thanks so much for all of your words of kindness and encouragement in my last post. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, I managed to catch up on some much needed sleep so that was really cool.

Today being a Monday, and a grey one too, I wanted to start the week with something beautiful, colourful and very uplifting! About a couple weeks a ago Kimberly Costa of Honizukle Press, left a lovely comment on one of my posts, and being the ever so nosey girl that I am, I couldn't help but to click on her link. Well, lets just say I discovered a little treasure chest. She has the most whimsical sense of humour you can ever imagine, which are all evident in her illustrations.

After looking through her website, blog and Etsy shop, I knew I had to share some of this good stuff. So I made a comment on one of her posts, asking if I could feature her work over here, and she said yes! So the next thing I knew, we where exchanging emails like we were ol friends (ahh the beauty of blogging), and she happily answered the questions I asked her (told you I was nosey).

ME: I love the name Honizukle, how did you come up with it?
KC: Honizukle was a name a friend of mine started calling me in highschool. It was actually Honeysuckle, like the flower, but back then, as I do now, I always had to change it to make it my own. It became such a big part of my identity that it seemed natural to call my stationery Honizukle Press. I identify a lot with the name as it is a very delicate yet modest flower not lacking in beauty, which is what I'd like all my creations to be.
 ME: What inspires you?
 KC: Lately, I'm inspired by everything. From fashion to photography to nature, there isn't anything that I see that won't spark some sort of idea. I'm also now inspired by my son, who amazes me every day and my husband, who challenges me all the time and whose artwork blows my mind. I also find a lot of inspiration in seeing other people's work and specifically their process. The internet has made it possible to see what everyone is doing and it's so exciting to see people creating all over the world. My only problem is I want to do it all. Creating is just something that's so hard wired inside of me that I get excited about a lot of different mediums. I think that's why a lot of different things inspire me to work.
ME: What are you currently working on?
KC: I'm currently working on a very special project with my husband. It's something very different from what I normally do but I'm very excited about it. My husband loves to draw and I happen to love his drawings, so it makes for a great collaboration. I don't want to say too much about it as I want it to be a surprise but I will say is that it's going to be a project in which I step out of my comfort zone a little in terms of content and it will hopefully be available before December as it is going to be a calendar.

I've got other things in the works. One design set in particular is inspired by my husband's fashion, he's very dapper, and another by my son and my relationship with him. This last one will be an illustrated project in which I'm trying to put on paper what I'm experiencing as a first time mother. It's been amazing and I just have to share it somehow.
Aww such sweet words, I can't wait till it comes out. Apart from her obvious talent, she really, really, is a nice person. Even sent me a pic of her new baby boy, unfortunately the link was broken and couldn't open (still waiting for another one darling).
As a final touch, she shares her workspace with us. I love looking at where creative people work. The desk and the typewriter are simply fabulous.
I've only featured a tiny bit of her work here, I urge you to check out her website, from greeting cards to wedding invitations, she does it all.

All images are courtesy of Honizukle Press.


  1. Ijeoma, thanks so much for featuring my work on your blog! You made my day. :)

  2. zanele okonkwo27 September, 2010

    The postcards are pretty, I like them.

  3. really great illustrations. i hope you're not working too hard!!

  4. amazing illustrations!!!


  5. So sweet -- my favorites are the bird ones -- they are so fun!

    Hope you are having a great weekend my friend,


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