I am thrilled that the talented and prolific Jaime Derringer is sharing her thoughts on making time for art, and how having her daughter brought on a surge of creativity. As many of you know, she is well-known in the design industry, particularly for showcasing modern design. I was always fascinated with the Designer Dailies column on her online magazine Design Milk, since I love seeing how many ways there are to live a life. I’ve enjoyed watching the progression of Jaime’s art over the past few years, and find her to be a big inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us, Jaime!
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Tell us a little about yourself. How old is your daughter? Where we can find you?
My name is Jaime Derringer and I am Founder and Executive Editor of two online magazines called Design Milk and Dog Milk. Design Milk is dedicated to the latest in modern design from art to architecture, fashion to technology. Dog Milk is a fun blog that focuses on modern design for dog lovers. I recently launched an online shop called Adorn Milk that sells architectural jewelry. I am also an artist.
My daughter, Amelia, is 3 and a half. Amelia goes to full-time day care ~8 AM – 5:30 PM M-F. Both my husband and I work full-time. I work from home and he goes into an office.
Has your approach to painting, your processes, medium, or your inspiration changed since having children?
I pinpoint the moment my daughter was born as one of the most inspirational moments of my life. They say that emotionally draining, difficult or overwhelming moments can spark creativity in a person, and I think that’s exactly what happened to me. I’ve always been creative, secretly, and self-critically. However, when Amelia was born I decided to just roll with it… to own it. I became pretty prolific, mostly because I had little time to create, but also because I never went to art school or anything so I felt like I needed to teach myself so many mediums, techniques, and to learn so much in such a short period of time. I wanted to get into a groove right away.
How does being an artist make you a better mother to your child? What do you hope they take away from seeing you as an artist doing something that fulfills you? Do you ever create art with your kid?
Where do you paint or create? What are your favorite things about your workspace and what would you improve?
Dream project? I don’t know… maybe eventually have a solo show of my artwork? I’m a pretty bad artist in that I don’t have aspirations and I’m not incredibly motivated; it’s been primarily a hobby and a personal project. I do sell artwork and prints, so there’s a business side of it, but I don’t really apply to shows or anything. I think I’d like to make some sculptures that incorporate moving parts and/or light.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy life to share with us, Jaime.
If you love peeking into people’s studio spaces as much as I do, definitely check out this recent interview with Jaime in Domino Magazine. She also gave a great interview for Design*Sponge’s “Life & Business” Series that fellow creative owners / bloggers will enjoy.
*All photos courtesy of Jaime Derringer