december featured crafter - ashley grove of fairview place

FP_studio4 This month's featured crafter is the multi-talented Ashley Grove of Fairview Place. This little lady's charmingly detailed felt food look good enough to eat and her brooches add a touch of bohemian class to any outfit. Ashley also has a keen eye for crafty treasures, particularly paper ephemera, which she fashions into unique greeting cards. Kitsch's craft supply section is filled with many of her fabulous finds. Not only is Ashley a talented crafter, she's an amazing graphic designer and community activist. She was instrumental in the planning of Better Block and even designed the awesome map guides for both events. We are happy to know Ashley and to sell her creations in our shop. Get to know Ashley and read this mini interview!

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Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere! Thrift stores, estate sales, a walk in a new area of town, blogs, talking with other creatives, children, my failed (and successful) art attempts, cemeteries, traveling, vintage books, magazines, maps and anything printed. I am an absolute pack rat, so I hoard all kinds of treasures even if I don’t need them at the moment. Weeks, months or years later, I find them and am completely inspired all over again.

 What's your studio playlist?

Anything from Jay-Z to the Beach Boys, Against Me! to The Black Keys. I have also recently started all the Cheers episodes (thanks, Netflix), which is absolutely amazing.


Where is your studio?

My boyfriend was gracious enough to give me the guest bedroom of our new home use as my studio (even though he’s the one who works from home). I haven’t quite finished decorating yet, but just love spending time in here. I can finally nerd out with all my labeled storage boxes and color-coordinated felt. I have a proper place to store my “in-progress” and “finished” works, along with tons of space for all my packaging – you’d be surprised how much room the felt food containers take up!

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 How do you get yourself out of a creative rut or clear your mind?

A call to my momma, a run, an episode of Cheers, a few minutes on, a flip through my look book (a binder full of images I’ve been collecting since high school, i.e. Pinterest before Pinterest), a long drive or a delicious beer.

 Share a recipe - bonus points if there's a story behind it.

My grandma’s coleslaw. It’s been at every meal since I can remember and people who loathe coleslaw just love it. 1 head of cabbage, 1 green pepper, three celery stalks, 1 white onion, 2 cups sugar, ½ cup vinegar. Put all the veggies in the food processor. Stir in sugar and vinegar and let sit (at least) overnight. Season with salt and pepper. You’re welcome.

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What's your dream project - if you had all the time and materials in the world?

I’d buy a big old house and remodel the entire thing. I’d fill it with textiles and treasures from all around the world, then pile in all my closest friends and family for a jamming house party.

What artists influence your work - who are your creative idols?

Honestly, some of my dearest friends. Shawn Barkdull, Emily Gansel, Krissi Xenakis and Adrienne Grove are some of the most talented, supportive and inspirational souls I’ve ever met. In the category of souls I have not met, Charlie Harper, David Carson, Ellen Lupton and Annie Leibovitz fit the bill.


Describe yourself in 5 words.

Driven, thoughtful, resourceful, patient, clever

Describe your work in 5 words.

Quirky, whimsical, playful, nostalgic, charming


Is there a story behind your blog/shop name?

I was home a few years back and helping my mom clean out my grandmother’s house after we moved her to a nursing home. It was a difficult time, as she was a huge part of my life and inspiring in so many ways (afterall, she’s the one who taught me to sew). As we were going through her things I found myself in love with it all. The retro knitted scarves, the beautiful Fostoria dishes, the scary handmade clowns, the timeless Mickey Mouse watch, and the boxes and boxes of vintage craft supplies, I knew all this goodness was the essence of my grandmother…and the love and appreciation of all things – new, old, handmade and scary - she instilled in me, inspired me to name the shop after her. Fairview Place is the name of the street she lived on.

We're handing you plane tickets to anywhere. Where are you going?

Machu Picchu. Can I have my tickets, please?

What's your favorite local haunt?

The DAV Thrift Store on Virginia Beach Blvd. Nice book selection, great clothing finds and they always play terrific music!

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