Hey, Hi, Hello!

Hello friends!

I'm so excited you made it here, and stumbled upon my newest hobby (because knitting wasn't going so well).

I decided to join the blogging world for a few reasons- I'll tell you all about it below!- and am hoping to pick up some writing skills along the way...except I just realized I can't use emojis here to express emotions, ohnoooo.

First of all, I wanted a place to share my work and ideas with you, in a capacity that Facebook and Instagram just sometimes falls short. I also wanted to be able to share exciting things with you, like DIY's and show you all of my trial and error as I navigate through the art of business and the business of art. I want to show you helpful articles and share some business tips that might inspire or motivate you. I feel like my work is just a mash-up of such random things and I thought a blog might be the perfect way to organize the chaos into a format that makes sense.

I'll start off with a bit of an introduction so that we won't feel like strangers anymore!

My name is Hayley and I've been running an illustration company called Paper + Ink for the past 6 years. I am 27 and live in Edmonton, AB (#stillinedmonton, amiright?!). I draw tons of female portraits, focusing on femininity with a strong dose of badass. I love images that juxtapose themselves and use a ton of different mixed medias to get my ideas across.

Ophelia- pencil, pastel, and gold leaf paint on paper

Ophelia- pencil, pastel, and gold leaf paint on paper

Thunder- pencil and watercolour on paper

Thunder- pencil and watercolour on paper

I LOVE drawing, but after so many years, I began to feel an itch to experiment with something new. After much research and deliberation, I decided to try my hand at designing skateboard and longboard decks.

Now, before you start imagining this effortlessly cool, laid-back chic, let me be the first to tell you that I am the worst skateboarder ever and the only sport I have ever excelled at is competitive doughnut eating. What I love so much about it, though, is how creative you can be with a blank piece of wood. I fell in love with the idea that I was making my art portable.

I honestly didn't think I would do more than one skateboard deck, but after I finished my first board, I was totally hooked! The demand for my skateboard decks was intense- I had no idea there was such a lack in the market for custom work! So in June 2016, I founded my second business- The Skateboard Collective

Once the new year hit, I had completed over 40 custom decks in only 6 months. This was incredible, fantastic, and everything amazing...but I was feeling that restlessness again. I really wanted to expand on the woodworking skills that I had learned in the last few months, and create some large-scale, impactful artwork.

I began creating geometric wooden wall panels, and am just smitten with it so far! It's such hands-on work, but I feel so good, and so accomplished after each piece. I've only been doing this for a few weeks, but I can feel it becoming something big too.

My new love- woodworking!

My new love- woodworking!

So, there you have it. I am an illustrator, a skate deck designer, and an aspiring woodworker. I couldn't think of a stranger combination but somehow, it all rolls into a super satisfying lifestyle! Throw in my three cats (yes, 3) and a medium-sized coffee addiction, and that's all you need to know about me.

I'll be diving into more detail in the coming posts about all three areas: illustration, skateboards, and woodworking. You'll be able to read more about the process and how each area works!

All good things, 

Hayley