My Art Residency at SOURCED + Why Programs Like This Are Essential for Emerging Artists

Resident Artist Devon Walz, 2019

Resident Artist Devon Walz, 2019

When I walked into Sourced for the first time and met Michelle and the studio manager, Jaclyn, I was on the nervous side. Talking about my art and meeting new people has never been the most comfortable for me.

But the first thing I noticed was how warm and welcoming they were. How adorable and love-filled the space was. And how much they were genuinely interested in my story and excited to create an event that would celebrate the series of work I’d spent so long working on.

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I felt instantly at home and this really set the tone for the two months I would spend as the artist in residence here.

Before applying to the program, I was feeling lost about my next steps as an artist. I had a body of work almost completed that I felt proud of, but I didn’t know where or how I would show it.

I had an active online presence and did okay selling my work here and there, but I felt isolated in my day-to-day experience. I didn’t know how to plug into my local community or gain any more traction beyond what I was already doing.

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Artist Devon Walz

I wanted to start actually being an artist in spaces other than my little art studio and my own online platform. I was craving support, community and growth.

The residency at Sourced gave me exactly that.


During my time here, not only did I get to have my first solo show during Art Walk (which was crazy fun and SO well put together thanks to the imaginative Sourced team), but I was supported in the specific ways I was looking grow.

I was given guidance as to how to start reaching out to related businesses in the community, which helped me get way more comfortable building connections. And I nailed a studio visit as a result!

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I was able to do a mural on site with total trust and creative freedom (thanks Michelle!). This was a dream come true and added incredible value to my portfolio. The project also opened up a ton of inspiration and big ideas for me-- it may have been my favorite part!

And I made some amazing friends through it all.

Mural by Devon Walz during her artist residency at SOURCED.

Mural by Devon Walz during her artist residency at SOURCED.

If you’re an artist, you probably already know that the opportunity for a solo show is a big deal.

But what’s an even bigger deal is finding a group of people to support you, cheer you on, encourage your creative ideas, help you brainstorm and introduce you to a friend of a friend who needs a custom piece or who has a space to show some work.

Relationships are your most valuable asset as a developing artist.

But they can also feel the most daunting to build when you have no idea where to start or who to talk to.

Devon Walz at SOURCED.

This is where programs like the residency at SOURCED. are providing something SO important for emerging artists: a place to root into and grow outward from.

I can honestly say that I feel so much more confident in my place as a local artist after my time here.

If you’re a local artist who’s feeling stagnant like I was, I hope you’ll apply to this program. It will push you to get your body of work together, give you an opportunity to meet some lovely new people and propel you forward in your next steps.

As a past resident who’s stayed on board with the community (because I couldn’t imagine leaving it!), I’ll be SO excited to meet you, grab a coffee and chat about all things art.


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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.







Meet the Co-workers: A Conversation with Jaclyn Florescio of Yellow and Lace

Jaclyn of Yellow and Lace at SOURCED.

When I walk into SOURCED. and see Jac set up with her laptop, I light up because I know it’s going to be a fun day.

Not only is Jaclyn a seriously talented artist, but she’s become my biz bestie in the office (we can pass HOURS chatting strategy, art, jokes, just about anything).  She also has a killer eye for design. When I need visual feedback on anything at all, Jac’s who I call.

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Jaclyn runs a one-woman design and illustration company called Yellow and Lace where she does a little bit of everything: wedding invitations, custom paintings, typography and more. She’s a hard worker, loving officemate and can draw just about anything...in any style.

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Taken from @yellowandlace

I hope you enjoy getting to know her as I have. Without further ado- here’s my convo with Jac!


What is your favorite kind of project to work on? And with who?

In general, I like projects that require intentional planning and creativity.  From mocking up PDF presentations (yes, I was that girl who was stoked to make her own powerpoint) to an invitation suite.   One project may be more graphic design heavy and the other is more focused on illustration, but both require thoughtful planning.  Whether it's through placement of shapes and text or illustration and painting, my job is to communicate what needs to be communicated.    Anyway, lately invitations have been a lot of fun and mainly because it's illustration heavy and the clients I have worked with want to invest in my creativity and skills.  


What is the best thing about being a one-woman small biz?

I get to work in my pajamas, don't have to shower, and can sleep during my break.  haha I'm joking (kind of). I've never been great at getting to work on time. I am a creative at heart and if you're a fellow creative, it's difficult to turn creativity on and off whenever you want.  My creativity usually comes out in the wee hours of the night, which means when you're waking up, I am probably just about to go to bed. So I guess that's what I like about being a one-woman small biz, I create my own schedule and am not pressured to clock into work!

What have you found to be the most challenging thing about it?

However, with that being said, creating a routine is very difficult for me.   And a lot of people say that they start their own business because they want more freedom; however, you quickly learn that routine and having a schedule is VERY crucial.  One can get caught up in the "freedom" and really waste a lot of time. Another challenge is that you end up wearing so many hats, it can be a bit overwhelming to work. I end up spending more time on the business side of things that actually creating. Just because I wanted to start a business making art, did not mean that I knew how to  run an actual business. I didn't know how to make contracts and invoices. You learn a lot about those things (the hard way) as you go.

What are your co-working day essentials and favorite tools?

Laptop

iphone and ipad

Sketchbook and pencil

(and coffee)

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What do you love most about co-working at Sourced?

Uhh, we're right next to the beach.  There is nothing more inspiring than nature.  I like that I get to be around other creatives!  It's nice to know there are a lot of people just like me going through the same struggles I am in their own businesses/work.   We have so many different kinds of creatives here, so basically we morph into one giant dream team and create some very memorable events.  Speaking of events, I like working here because I get to experience the "office work party" Doing your own thing can be super lonely and isolating.  When I work from home, the only person I end up talking to is my dog. I mean she loves me and all, but she can't really give me business advice or critique my work.   I can count on her for emotional support though.

You can dive deeper into Jaclyn’s world by following her on Instagram @yellowandlace and visiting her website  http://www.yellowandlace.com.

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.

Photos by Riley Starr Photo

Laguna Beach Mural with Resident Artist Ali Rybczyk

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At last month's Pop Up Market - our resident artist, Ali Rybczyk painted a large scale Laguna Beach abstract cityscape mural on our brick south facing wall. It's pretty rad. It's actually like really rad. We asked her a few questions regarding her inspiration and process. Enjoy!

WHAT INSPIRED THE MURAL?

It was inspired by the welcoming of a Summer spent in Laguna Beach. May it draw locals and tourists to come visit and take a photo with the wall— cross it off their summer bucket list! 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLACES AND ELEMENTS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE PIECE?

The Laguna Beach Trolley! To me, the trolley is an iconic and universal symbol of Laguna Beach- The trolley is filled with all walks of life- tourists, families, workers and young beach goers- it captures a sensation of summer— wet sandy feet, sun kissed smiles and smells of Hawaiian tropic. For me, it felt important to pronounce that in the piece, as it stands out amongst the abstract vibrancy of colors and beach-ly shapes

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HOW IS THE PROCESS DIFFERENT WHEN CREATING A MURAL?

The process of each new piece carries an equal sense of refreshed newness and a sense of familiarity. I think its the unfolding process that feels the same for me- as in, I know it will always come alive through its layers and time spent. Trusting in the layers, I feel as if I am gaining a new perspective, as I solve to add more coats on top of whats been done— that is the kind of process that I can relate to all my art endeavors. It is easier to approach a larger piece (for me!) I would like to continue to go big- more color, more time making. Its so healing for me- why not spend MORE time making something that causes such joy!?

All photos by our officemates, Neighborhood Creative! Make sure you stop by and check out Ali's mural!

*See more of Ali's work on her instagram: @loveincludeseveryone or her website www.paperleemade.com

Meet the Creative // The Neighborhood Journal

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Our clan is growing! In late July we welcomed Eddie & Jordan of The Neighborhood Journal as our new officemates. After working with this dynamic on a number of creative projects and videos, we can contest first hand to their talent and laid back vibe. Well, we'll let them tell you what they're all about...

How did The Neighborhood Journal start?
We started The Neighborhood Journal with the idea that we wanted to document the creative people around us and build an online community where we could honestly showcase their talents and ideas through our own creative ability to tell their story.

What inspires you most about Laguna?
For us Laguna Beach feels like a place that naturally attracts creative people and seeing that happening around us pushes our creativity, naturally making us do better and work harder.

If someone’s visiting from out of town, where do you take them?
For us we most likely would take them to Ruby Street Beach and then grab food at La Sirena, if the beach wasn’t an option we would go to the Packing House in Anaheim or our favorite coffee shop in San Juan Capistrano, Hidden House. 

When you need a boost of creative inspiration how do you get it?
If we need a boost of creative inspiration we usually get it from going and exploring Orange County with our friends, watching short films, or going to live shows.  

What other types of work interests you? 
We like to come up with the best way to tell a brands story through a mix of filmmaking and photography, as well as develop growth strategies through social media and by creating comprehensive integrated web designs.

We know another huge influence for you guys is music and local bands - what are you currently listening to?

Funny you should ask...we just put out our first Summer Playlist using Soundcloud. It has it all!

Meet the Creative // Warren Ellison

Our newest Creative to move in and make is mark is Warren Ellison of Studio Misfits. Warren moved in February of this year and equally impresses us with his talent, accent, and ability to always see the glass half full. He is definitely the type of guy that you're gravitated to and seems to embody that joie de vivre we all are looking for. We took the opportunity to sit down and find out more about what makes this creative tick.

How long have you lived in Laguna?

12 years this Summer! I moved here from Durban South Africa in the Summer of 2003. I'd heard so much about this place but had never visited. At the time, I was playing in a band and wanted to chase dreams, so I thought bugger it, I'm going to sell all of my stuff, kiss everyone goodbye and head to California. Like so many have done before me! It took over 2 years and it wasn't easy, but in my experience making big changes seldom are.

What does your business consist of?

We offer creative design services, and for the larger part of the last 12 years, the bulk of that has been spent servicing the apparel industry. We are able to fulfill most of the design needs of an apparel brand, from designing and developing the actual clothing itself, to building lookbooks, ads, catalogs, branding etc. I started out in the action sports space, and then about 6 or 7 years ago started working with more contemporary brands, people who were selling Nordstroms and Bloomingdales and stores like that. 

Interestingly enough though, over the last couple years, we have been getting more and requests for websites which I just love doing. It's funny because thats actually how I got my start. I had a business back home in South Africa building websites 15 years ago, and when I moved here I transitioned almost immediately into apparel. I love clothing, some of my family is in the apparel business and so many brands are based out of Laguna, Irvine and Costa Mesa that it was a natural progression for me. Now though, I find myself once again drifting in the opposite direction, back to web design!

What current projects are you working on that your most excited about?

I just relaunched my website StudioMisfits which I'm stoked on. I'm always the last guy to get any of my graphic design needs met because I'm so busy making sure everyone else is taken care of so it feels good to cross that one off the list. In fact its the first time in my career I've had a portfolio of my work available for anyone to see! In the past I've always relied on word of mouth, and its kept me busy, but I felt like it was time for me to join the world and show everyone what I've been up to the last couple years.

Other projects I'm excited about - Hmmm a few! I recently developed a bunch of poster artwork for the Ripple Effect films for Red Bull with my friend Peter Hamblin, who is an incredibly talented filmmaker. There may be more of that coming down the pipeline, so I'm interested in seeing how that unfolds! 

I also co-own an Athletic Brand called "Harvest" which makes killer eco-friendly yogawear, and we recently found an Italian fabric which is as soft as you can imagine, and its super functional. The best part about it though is that it's made from recycled fishing nets! So I'm excited to use that for sure. Also, the Summer line is coming out soon so looking forward to seeing how that does. We are in Yogaworks and Corepower and a bunch of other yoga studios so you can find it there, or online at HarvestActive.com

Probably the biggest thing though is my wife and I just had a baby - She's 4 weeks old and she kills us with cuteness every day. Literally, nothing compares to her. So life is interesting, and really really good. I mean how can it not be in paradise right?