Kathy Beymer is the founder of Merriment Design, where she makes all manner of DIY projects from Chicago. Kathy loves to make handmade projects using materials in new, playful and unexpected ways. She began her career working with digital designs and is still inspired by these creations. Kathy also collaborates with top DIY publications and has even worked with brands such as DIY Network, HGTV, Martha Stewart Crafts and Disney. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Kathy Beymer.
Image Credit: 1) ) Modern Handcraft 2) Kelly Ventura Designs 3) Cindy Loughridge 4) Terrys Fabrics 5) Cakegirls
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I like simple and clever things that look handmade, not homemade. I grew up in a small town and live in Chicago so my creative aesthetic combines the country and city: modern and clean yet personal and hand-crafted.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Design is making things that people will actually use. How people use products and experiences in their own lives inspires me to dream up ways to make them more useful and special.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Heather Crosby from Yum Universe is inspired by everything, intimidated by nothing, talented as hell and driven to excel in whatever she decides to take on. Working with Heather taught me that it’s possible to make anything. Mary Maher from Cakegirls creates super clever cake and party designs while balancing motherhood. Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks is a generous, dedicated blogger and businesswoman.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
My family inspires me. I make them both functional objects and little joyful creations. Also, I like the challenge of starting with supplies like extra chopsticks and figuring out something clever to make with it.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
When I look back on my career, the dots connect: I’ve always enjoyed making things that are useful, usable and special. My advice is to find your common thread. Embrace your story and you’ll have a clear roadmap of how to be creatively true to yourself in any medium.