Living in New York City has allowed me the opportunity to meet young, glamorous, successful and super inspiring women who have turned their dreams into a reality. I call them my GLAMOUR KITTENS...I want to start sharing their stories with you so I can inspire all of you because they have truly inspired me. Today, I want to introduce you to the very first 'GLAMOUR KITTEN' I ever met in NYC, Anna Coroneo. Artist, fashion designer, and photographer...this girl is working it from every creative angle and built her business from the ground up. Join me as I take a look behind the girl, behind her business mind and a peek inside her space...
|on a business call to Sydney (her hometown), meet her two goldfish...romeo + juliet|
What inspired you to begin your career in art and fashion?I had always had an interest in art and design from an early age, however when I finished high school, I started a bachelor's degree in commerce... I had wanted to do something that was a balance of both art and commerce.
It was during the second accounting lecture, that I realised it was definitely not for me, and so I switched to study design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, and I've never looked back! I then continued my studies at Parsons in NYC, where I was able to combine my interests in art, design and business, in the Fashion Marketing course.
What do you love most about it?The freedom to explore and push design barriers... I love to apply my prints to various creative avenues
I also love the ability to collaborate with different partners. Currently, I am working with a headband company and I am also launching a collection of pillows and wallpaper designs for the home.
|a few sketches and doodles|
Where do you find inspiration?I am inspired by my surroundings... Inspiration can be derived from the most random of things... from the skin of a fruit or vegetable, lyrics from a song or even a conversation with a friend... In NYC, particularly, I often find interesting things in the street... just today, I was walking with a friend, and we found a cool old horse shoe, stuck in the pavement in a street in Tribeca! I also love street art and graffiti...
Inspiration is completely unpredictable... I am also always inspired by visiting art galleries and museums around the world... i also love antique stores, flea markets and also ABC homewares on 19th and Broadway...i often find that things that surprise me, catch me off guard or make me laugh, inspire me... i am also always drawn to anything colourful! i don't go looking for inspiration... i just happen to come across things that trigger thought/curiosity
I love to travel, and am always inspired by new experiences and adventures!
I am also inspired by the people in my life... my family and close friends... oh and music! i always have music blaring constantly!
|her gorgeous art surrounds her studio/home/office space|
What is your favorite part about owning your own business?Having the creative control to decide which direction to pursue... I am very direct in my creative vision. I know exactly what I want to go after and create.
I also like to have a flexible lifestyle, that allows for lots of travel and I love being able to work from anywhere with a phone signal/internet and paint brushes :) I love to live an international life...
I also love that each day, is unpredictable! I am also lucky to be constantly meeting people of various backgrounds...
I also thrive on the business aspect of having a creative company... I like to understand what is selling, what is popular and see the reaction to my creative pursuits.
Words of wisdom for those who want to take the leap and follow their dreams?
Never give up... always stay focussed on what you wish to achieve, never let anyone dampen your spirits and always surround yourself with positive people!When there is a will, there is a way!
Best advice you could give?
Acta non Verba... Deeds not words
|taking a peek at her upcoming fashion samples|
What do you love most about living in NYC?ahhhh i have always been madly in love with NYC!!!
The best thing, is waking up each day, not knowing what magic could strike you at any moment! You never know what is going to happen to you... anything is possible!
NYC is the most dynamic, exciting, fun, inspiring, whimsical and vibrant city there is! There is also a huge sense of positivity and forward momentum from people who live here... everyone is always keen to keep moving forward, bouncing ideas and just getting on with making things happen!
I am also the queen of throwing things together at the eleventh hour... and nyc is a city that allows for things to happen very quickly!
|her favorite nook in the apartment with gorgeous coffee table books and her signature 'I love' art print|
What do you consider your "domestic bliss"?haha! i love this question!
Domestic bliss for me, is having a fridge full of champagne, fresh fruits (watermelon/mango) and veggies... ironed bed sheets... everything in order! hmmm stacks of design and art books... inspiring art on the walls. I also looooove quiet nights at home, watching an old James Bond (Roger and Sean are the best Bonds btw...) and just chilling out on the couch... i've also recently been into double chocolate ben and jerry's for a treat! haha! I also love to cook dinners at home for friends,.. I looove hosting long dinner parties where friends hang out and conversations linger for hours on end... my guests know i also love a good dinner party game too!!
scented candles, music constantly playing, shells and soft lighting in the evening is a must... i also love natural light during the day... i haaaate having lights switched on during the day, if it can be avoided
another factor of domestic bliss... would definitely be having amazing neighbors!!! i have been spoilt with the best neighbors in the city living at the Jade... if you're lucky enough to have great neighbors in nyc, they really become a part of your family! :)
|coffee table magic|