Boho Inspired Stock Photos * Vintage Clothes *Jewelry

Florence, Italy · 1081 Sales


Boho Inspired Stock Photos * Vintage Clothes *Jewelry

Florence, Italy 1081 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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A little about me...

My name is Auria and I am an American artist and jewelry designer living in Florence, Italy. I sell handmade cards, jewelry and vintage clothing. I am also a full time stay - at - home mom of two spirited toddlers and a hoarder of 60s Indian block print fabrics.

What is your background?
My background is a bit all over the place. I have a degree in Anthropology but also studied fashion design and metalsmithing. I have worked as a florist, merchandiser and spearheaded converting part of my family’s wheat fields into a lavender farm in Washington State. I was even known as a “Country Manager” at one point in my life when I lived in Dublin, Ireland for a few years and headed a Swedish based publishing company. That was a bit nuts. Closing deals and sales negotiations were part of my daily vocabulary. I had no idea what I was doing but I did it really well. I’m pretty happy to be back to creating, It keeps me challenged but I feel more confident in these waters than the others.

Can you tell us about you artistic path?
My artistic path was strongly influenced by two factors; having artists for parents and growing up in a haunted house. It was an old Victorian house where my family had lived for three generations. And for a short period at the turn of the century it was also the town’s hospital. I moved in with my parents when I was around eight years old and we were truly an 80s version of the Adams family. For me it was like living in a castle with its old creaky floors, hidden passageways, paint chipped covered porches and stained glass windows. In that house, nestled up on a hill overlooking a small wheat farming community in eastern Washington, my curiosity for old and weathered objects bloomed. I remember one day my mother dug out a rusty table from the basement and proudly placed it near the dining room window; a new spot for some struggling house plants. When she explained to me it was the hospital’s old operating table I was both terrified and wonder struck. I didn’t even want to look at it. I wouldn’t eat in the dining room for weeks.
I think that is when I started to understand that objects are powerful. That they can make us feel something, even against our will or permission. That objects both new and old can evoke a deep and complicated spectrum of emotion. And I think that is why I love creating art, love vintage clothing and textiles and just making things in general. I want to make objects that take you to another place if only for a second. Pieces that make you or your home feel more beautiful and feminine.

What drew you to vintage Indian block print fabrics and integrating them in your work?
I think a little researched disorder known as “hoarding” is what really drew me to them and to massing such a collection. It’s a genetic illness that both my parents share. I think I have been a closet hoarder for decades actually.
But more seriously, my love for vintage Indian block prints could be traced to my mother’s fabric closet and her bohemian tastes in clothing and décor. My parent’s also ran a small boutique when I was a child called the Hand of Man. It was an amazing shop curated with their love for the ancient and artisanal. They would sell their raku pottery and sculpture alongside ancient bracelets from Afghanistan and India, Chinese cloisonné vases, turquoise rings, and Art Deco necklaces. It was a paradise for me as a child, it was like stepping into another world.
More recently I rediscovered vintage Indian block print fabric when I was looking to start a line of 40s inspired house robes. I had a very old robe from the 30s that was the softest dreamiest seersucker cotton ever and I wanted to find something similar in weight and texture to recreate a more updated loungewear line. I would spend hours searching Ebay and Etsy for old lightweight cotton yardage and that is when I started to come across the old Indian block print fabrics from the 60s and fell in love. I fell deep in love, so much so that I knew I would never have the heart to cut them up, even if it was to turn them into something as cozy as a 40s style robe.

Is there any advice you would like to send out to other creatively driven mothers?
I would like to say from the deepest most hopeful part of my being, hang in there and don’t give up! And I am kind of saying that to myself at the same time. Yes, hang in there! I wish I could say something certain like “it gets better” but I can’t because I have no idea. Just keep moving forward on your project and artistic dreams every day or as much as you can. And if you can’t finish a project don’t be too hard on yourself. Just start a new one because it is an important part of the one you just gave up on or can’t get to, you just don’t know it yet. Summon that multitasking witch and have her stir the cauldron, you have magic boiling girl, don’t let it sit or it will burn!

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Can I have a discount on three or more stock photos?

Why of course! Use coupon code BUY3LOVE at checkout and get four stock photos for the price of three!

Are your photos high enough quality to print?

Yes and yes! The files you receive are 300 dpi (3300 x 2550) which means you can print them out as large as "8.5 x 11". I wouldn't recommend much larger than that however.