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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 product 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 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
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
About my work life, inspiration and all that other stuff...
What am I inspired by? What's around me... Day to day things. Old things. New things. I find inspiration and beauty in the smallest places, especially everywhere we're not looking. Living in California, I have the best of everything around me -- the mountains, the city, the ocean, the farm land... I grew up in the country, but I've spent the majority of my life in the Bay Area. Today I split my time between both places to seek balance.
I've been designing and crafting creative projects as far back as I can remember to blink. I studied creative writing in school, and there is that influence in my work too sometimes. I also didn't go to art school. I've attended the school of work. I turned to painting a few years ago to get me through an emotionally hard time in my life. My journey with the paintbrush has now taught me more than I could ever imagine. Growing up an only child I was surrounded by books and animals. Naturally I was born with my father's entrepreneurial spirit, and my mother's attention to detail. 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.
My mom likes to say I was born busy. As a creative multi-tasker, I've enjoyed working many jobs through many phases of my life. Several of these companies have been small, start-up businesses. Supporting a local economy, and having close relationships with loyal customers is very dear to me. Aside from painting, I find inspiration several days a week in a very special resale consignment boutique. I enjoy working with other strong, creative women, not to mention loving this unique part of the fashion industry. Being surrounded by vintage treasures and colorful print & patterns all day long is not such a terrible thing!
I also volunteer my time in the East Bay as a Board Member with Arts For Oakland Kids. I spent a chunk of my childhood in Oakland, and I whole-heartedly believe in this non-profit organization and what it's doing to try and provide equal access to arts education in our most under-served Oakland schools. If you're interested in learning more and how you can help visit our site or get in touch.
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