//Inspiration Thursday: Ashley Goldberg

I don't know about you guys and gals, but there are times when I feel I'm in a creative rut. I turn to the same techniques and themes over and over in scrapbooking, writing, painting, you name it! While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, sometimes I want a little "reboot," and to do that I turn to other artists for inspiration. Looking through what others have created often has a powerful influence on me because it motivates me to try new things and look at my art from a new perspective.

This feature will (hopefully) be a weekly endeavor where I will share with you artists I admire and keep bookmarked whenever I need a little shake-up in my routine. 

The first artist featured is Ashley Goldberg. The first time I became familiar with her work was when she collaborated with Studio Calico by designing products for one of their monthly kits. I instantly fell in love with her take on patterns and her use of color and shapes. I've never really been one for abstract art, but something about her work changed my views on that. She has designed items for Studio Calico kits since, and every time I spot one of her pieces I hoard it like a crazy person. Am I the only one who does that? Wait, don't answer...There are also items she has designed in Studio Calico's shop (though there are fewer items currently) that are just awesome. 

Y'all, this woman does abstract work with patterns like no one else. Here are some examples of her work.





See what I mean? But hey! She's not a one-trick pony! She also does fantastic images featuring cats and girls and even typography! Just look!





She has collaborated with Studio Calico, Land of Nod, Lazzari, Paperless Post, and so many others! I think her work is fresh and modern and simply beautiful. 

Ashley even offered a class through Studio Calico on art journaling where she shared some of her favorite techniques that she uses in her everyday endeavors. Folks, even after taking her class my work pales in comparison. But the point is, she encouraged us all to be free, fearless, and have fun with it! And really, isn't that what creating art is all about?

She has an online shop where you can buy her prints and even cooler, her stamp sets! I must confess, I covet these stamps. I own darn near every one that she has put out and use them constantly in my scrapbooking and other art. 

For more information and to look at other work she has done, please visit her (newly launched!!) website

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