Friday, April 12, 2013

In the Spotlight: Roxy Marj

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A few years ago I went to church at a new building with a congregation consisting of mostly young, single college students. I was 18.1 years old and scared because I was completely alone. I floated around to the requisite meetings not knowing what to do or whom I should talk to when, out of the blue, a girl started to talk to me. In our conversation, I found out that she was living my dream life. She studied fashion design at Parsons, The New School for Design; she lived in New York for a few years, and she was living the bohemian lifestyle of a freelance illustrator.

She was one of the coolest, nicest people I’ve ever met. She ended up being a personal hero and a big influence in my life.

This choice lady’s name is Roxy. She is a local designer and illustrator operating under the name Roxy Marj, and besides the reasons above, there are many reasons why I love her and her work. Here are some of the main reasons:

Her work is designed for the child that survived when she became an adult. Every Roxy Marj item has the playful adult in mind. Yes, even if it was made for children! She makes a myriad of things from blankets to coloring posters for children, but I can’t help but want them for myself.

Kids coloring posters. Now your kids can color on the wall and inflict less property damage.

I have a baby niece on the way, and I want to buy her this bear blanket! (Or maybe just use it myself).

Not only does she have great children’s stuff, but nearly everything she makes has a children’s book, illustrative feel to it.

A wizard greeting card. This, and many things like this, is available in her shop.

Her work has a quirky sense of humor. If you’ve ever seen White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, you probably remember the scene about dance and choreography. To make the story short, choreography is just dance that takes itself too seriously.

The great thing about Roxy’s work is that it isn’t the way-too-serious variety. Her work is undeniably whimsical; it makes you feel giggly and lighthearted! She is never afraid to have fun or play with design.

Wink wink!

Her style is incredibly distinct. If you glance at the first page of her blog, Roxy’s style will hit you like a ton of bricks. No one does design the way that Roxy does. Everything seems to have a hand-made-with-love vibe to it. Somehow she has hit the sweet spot between bold and simple, childlike and sophisticated.

Some clothes that I presume she designed herself.

A wall and bowl, both of which she painted. And a doggy!

She sees possibility in EVERYTHING. Roxy is very open about the inspiration she gets. If you take just a peek at her blog you will see all the little, everyday things that inspire her.

Like the doodads in this lemon-face purse.

Or these icicles.

Or that she cut an onion and turned the peels into flowers.

Seriously—the creativity just keeps flowing.

Roxy knows what’s up. I mentioned before that Roxy’s work has a humorous and childlike quality to it, but it there is also a lot of humanity in it; something that really touches the soul. Here are some of the thing I find the most touching.

"If there is a design in this world in which we live, there must be a Designer"
—Thomas S. Monson

If you liked what you saw here, you should:

Watch this:

Read her blog.

Like her Facebook page.

And check out her Etsy store, so you can fill your home with the whimsy of Roxy Marj.

Now, go and play! (Thanks for not stealing Roxy Marj's work!)

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