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About my work life...
A lot of simple day to day things inspire me. I love California. I love history. I love fashion. I love old things. I like some new things. I collect things. I find useful ways to repurpose things. I discover new things about my mixed heritage. Those are inspirations in my work. I am Chinese American and I grew up in Sonoma County, but I've spent the majority of my working life in the Bay Area. Today I split my time between both places to seek balance. I turned to painting quite a few years ago to get me through an emotionally hard time in my life.
As a child, my parents were master craft makers back before that was even a thing. I grew up with a family wood shop, and lived in a geodesic dome that my dad built up around us. We moved from room to room as the walls were completed. It made life very interesting. There were always a lot of books and animals around me. My parents have this way of saying I was born busy which has been both a blessing and a curse. I do believe I have my Dad's entrepreneurial spirit, and my Mom's attention to detail because I've been designing and crafting my own creative projects as far back as I can remember to blink. My journey is constantly changing as I explore new mediums and new techniques.
Kelly Autumn is a Northern California based artist and designer. Kelly has creatively worked in various segments of the fashion, and gift market industries since 2001. Inspired by her love of vintage clothing & accessories, and collecting old children’s books & various folk ephemera - Her work often draws colorful influence from the past. Over the last 15 years, Kelly’s designs, and original art have been sold at her former Berkeley boutique, Relish At Home, and in various shops and museum stores nationwide including shops as far away as Australia and Japan. Her previous boutique, and unique accessory designs have been featured in numerous print & online publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Real Simple, Sunset Magazine, Brides Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride & Bloom, and Parents Magazine. Kelly’s fine art has been shown throughout the local Bay Area.
Kelly currently lives in North Berkeley, and paints in her West Berkeley studio. From time to time she also makes and builds things with her Dad in the family shop, in her hometown of Santa Rosa.
More of Kelly’s work can be found in and around town when she's working with a pop up, or doing a local event, or here in the shop.
For special projects, store inquiries, or to just say hello -- Send me an email
Follow her on Instagram at @kellyautumn
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