'm Danielle, the quirky individual behind the scenes here at the Council.
I'm a native New Yorker - born and raised on Long Island. I like to travel - both near and far. Coffee, itunes, and crime solving tv shows are daily must haves and in general I like to have fun and laugh and frolic through the fields singing quite loudly not unlike Maria in the Sound of Music. :)
I'm 22 years old, living and crafting in Boston, Massachusetts. I've recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in 3D Fine Arts with a Fibers concentration. My favorite crafting materials include hoops, threads, and vintage fabrics, perhaps you have noticed.
Turning my artsy craftsy tendencies into a business was something I've wanted to do for a few years. It was much too much to handle while also being a full time student so I couldn't get the ball rolling on it until I at least graduated from College.
Towards the end of my College experience I was planning on attending another University in the fall to earn my MFA. But, due to a variety of odd happenings, I decided not to enroll in the program. I felt my experience was already tainted. As this all happened approximately one minute before my College graduation - I felt a little lost as to what I was supposed to do next. The plans I had fell apart and everyone else seemed to know what they were going to do and suddenly I did not.
And that's when I decided to dive into the things I had always wanted to try - selling on Luulla, doing local art markets and being an entrepreneur. And it turned out I was actually much more excited by the prospect of exploring those things than I was about enrolling in grad. school.
The first thing I did was set up a studio space in my apartment and got to work.
And so it goes...
I believe that the best and most memorable things in life are one of a kind and cannot be duplicated - days that stand out against all the others, fleeting moments, a really great girls night out, a particularly funny road trip, a surprise of some kind - once in a lifetime experiences - and that is how I like my art works to be as well - one of a kind.
The Merriweather Council has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Heartmade, Paper and Stitch Blog, HGTV.com, Cottages and Bungalows magazine Dec. 2010.