I've recently taken on one of the biggest projects of my career as an artist for the Parade of Hearts. This has been my first experience working with glass, sculpture, and an entirely new creative process. It's been a learning opportunity is more ways than I can say and I'm so grateful for this experience.
Throughout the process, I've received a lot of comments, questions, and concerns. Here, I'm sharing more in-depth details about the project, the process, and what's to come.
What is this for?
The Parade of Hearts, a Heartland Celebration
What is the Parade of Hearts?
The Parade of Hearts is a collective art initiative that will place various heart sculptures throughout the KC Metro Area in early Spring 2022.
How many hearts are there?
There are 154 hearts designed by 123 artists. Each heart will be a vision that is unique to each artist and their experience of 2020 and 2021.
What happens to the hearts at the end of the Parade?
All of the hearts will be auctioned in June with funds distributed to four area organizations: Alt-Cap, Mid-America Regional Council, University of Kansas Health System and Visit KC Foundation.
PARADE OF HEARTS, A HEARTLAND CELEBRATION
To learn more about the Parade of Hearts, visit https://theparadeofhearts.com.
What's the name of it?
How big is it?
Roughly 5½ feet by 5½ feet.
What is it made of?
Originally formed out of plexiglass and then primed, my heart was made using 1" x 1" square mirrored glass tiles and construction adhesive to create a desired disco ball effect.
What was the inspiration?
The initial scope of the project was to illustrate a heart form to reflect your own experience of 2020 and 2021. My heart was inspired by a disco ball that I placed in the corner of my home office. Every day at sunrise and sunset, the sun would hit the ball just right to explode light across my office. This offered small moments of joy throughout my day. In connection to 2020, this piece is a physical illustration of our experiences in quarantine. Left alone, we were encouraged to reflect upon ourselves and our communities. The mirrors represent that internal reflection while the reflected light fragments illustrate the outreach of support, empathy, and understanding to our communities.
How many tiles are on it?
An estimated 6,500 tiles were used, each one placed by hand.
How long did it take?
The original form was picked up in November of 2021 and returned in late February of 2022. At least 60 hours were needed to complete this piece.
Can we see it?
Absolutely! Guests will be able to photograph and interact with the pieces as they're placed around the city.
Where will it go?
We don't know yet where our hearts are going. More details to come. Stay tuned!
Big, huge, sincere thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported my art over the years. I truly couldn't do it without you. Here's to many more projects to come!
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We're so excited to finally announce the 2022 KC Cauldron Member Scarf has been designed by Sevenelle Creative. The design was inspired by the KCC namesake, The Blue Hell, and uses typography to incorporate the membership year into the L's of "Hell." Designed with signature navy and lighter blue colors, the two-sided scarf will be available to all 2022 Cauldron members along with a matching koozie.
WHAT IS KANSAS CITY CAULDRON?
Kansas City Cauldron is the supporters section of Children's Mercy Park for all home Sporting Kansas City soccer games. The group is well-known for their playful antics and crowd-involvement during games, with enthusiastic flag-waving and boisterous chants, holding true to their signature bringing of both the noise and the ruckus. The group also travels for away games, following the team wherever they'll go, and hosts local fundraising and volunteering events in KC.
HUGE thank you to everyone who made this possible! We're looking forward to many more projects to come. To learn more about Kansas City Cauldron, click here.
Membership is available with or without the scarf and is open to new and returning members. Pickup for all 2022 membership scarves and koozies will take place on March 4th at the Boulevard Tasting Room from 4pm - 7pm. To learn more about Kansas City Cauldron and how you can become a member for the 2022 season, click below.
Newly designed products have officially been added to the Sevenelle Shop! Check out our corgi stickers, t-shirts, and prints, inspired by my own corgi babies, including our newest, Edward Valentine. We have one tricolor and one sable, both under the age of 3, so it's a lot of energy in our house. I'm sure our cat isn't as thrilled as we are to be a 2-corgi household.
Corgi Stickers and T-shirts!
Check out all of our corgi designs now available in the Sevenelle Shop!
Stay tuned as we update our shop with more designs like this.
'Tis the season to be... BUSY! There's a lot going on and you're invited to join us for this wild ride. Between gallery showings, new restaurant locations, and a new online shop, we've been busy here at Sevenelle and we can't wait to share the excitement with you.
New Online Shop
It's official: Sevenelle finally has an online shop! All of our photography and design prints, home goods, and more are available for purchase at our brand new online store, powered by Square. New pieces will be added soon so keep an eye out. Happy Shopping!
The Wooden Spoon
We're so excited to partner with The Wooden Spoon at their original location on College Boulevard in Lenexa! You may have seen some of our pieces at The Wooden Spoon at Fox Hill and we're very excited to feature some of our travel photography from San Francisco and beyond! To learn more, visit woodenspoonkc.com.
Lost Evenings Brewing Company
We're thrilled to be a showing artist at one of the newest breweries to come to Lenexa, Lost Evenings Brewing Company! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a beer (or two!) while you play board games, spend time with friends, and enjoy local photography. For more information, visit losteveningsbrewery.com.
It's always been a dream to show artwork in a Crossroads art gallery and now that dream is finally coming true! Sevenelle has been selected as a showing artist for the November Group Art Show. Check out other showing artists and upcoming events, including November First Friday at jonesgallerykc.com.
2020 Holiday Market at Union Station
Shop Sevenelle Creative this holiday season at Kansas City's 2020 Holiday Market at Union Station! We'll be there Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th from 10 am until 9 pm. Find unique gifts from local artisans, crafters, and more. Tickets available at thestrawberryswing.com.
If you're planning to attend one of these events, make sure to stop by and say hi! We'll keep you posted with any new opportunities that may arise, but for now, we're pretty booked. If you're interested in partnering or collaborating with us, send us a shoutout! We'd love to work with you for all of your creative projects.
Thank you for all of your support!
So much love
Sevenelle Creative is proud to take part in A Very Cherry Holiday Pop-Up with Cherry Pit Collective and Objects in Kansas City's Tower East District. Located at 31st and Cherry, this unique pop-up shop features local makers and artists with illustrations, jewelry, photography, textiles, ceramics, and more! Find the perfect gift for you or someone else this holiday season and have a very cherry holiday!
Follow Cherry Pit Collective on Facebook to see more of our holiday pop-up and upcoming events!
More information on shop hours and featured pop-ups within our pop-up available here: https://www.cherrypitcollective.com/shop.
Sevenelle has been invited to show at the new location of The Wooden Spoon in Overland Park! Local and travel photography will be on display among other local artists including painters, photographers, and student work.
Join us for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00 AM!
The Wooden Soon at Fox Hill
4671 Indian Creek Parkway
Overland Park, Kansas
Stop by and say hi to Tina (Tell her that Jess sent you!)
PS. Try the coffee cake - it's super yummy!
To learn more about The Wooden Spoon, click here.
Sevenelle Creative been invited to be the showing artist with the George Schlegel Gallery at the Roeland Park City Hall for the month of May! My work will be shown throughout the gallery, with photography from Kansas City, Portugal, Spain, Chicago, and more!
Join me for an evening to celebrate this opportunity and indulge in fine art and fine wine!
More information may be posted at a later time.
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
George Schlegel Art Gallery
Roeland Park City Hall
4600 W 51st St #200, Roeland Park, KS 66205
6pm - 8pm
A little about Sevenelle: I started Sevenelle Creative as a name for my freelance work in 2015 after moving back from Chicago. What began as mostly as a resource for graphic design and marketing, Sevenelle quickly became an outlet for me to express my love of travel and capturing the world around me. I began participating in art shows and selling my photography around the KC area at events including Strawberry Swing and First Fridays in the Crossroads Art District. Although Sevenelle is not full time, I hope to grow my business to sustain a creative lifestyle. I love design, typography, photography, and all things creative, and found Sevenelle to be a dream come true I didn't know I had. I'm excited for this journey and I can't wait to share more opportunities and experiences as they come. Thank you for all of your support! I couldn't do this without you. ♡ Jess
To learn more about Sevenelle Creative, click here.
Support local makers this holiday season with Sevenelle Creative and all of the creative and talented maker ladies of Cherry Pit Collective! Click below to see all remaining weekends, pop-ups, maker information, and more!
Happy holiday shopping!
In honor of World Photo Day, we're sharing some of our favorite shots from Kansas City and around the globe. What are some of your favorites? Share in the comments below!
This was of my favorite hikes through Lagos de Covadonga, Picos de Europa. We were completely surrounded by mountains and what sounded like wind chimes, though we found later that they were bells on the cows roaming the fields below. We hiked with people from all around the world, including one man with a trombone, and took a moment to share the same breathtaking view. Witnessing the mountains rolling into the distance in every direction just reminds you of how small you really are and it's an incredible experience.
We ventured out to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for Third Thursday, a celebration honoring the works of Jackson Pullock and many other artists of the abstract expressionism movement. This installation by Luis Tomasello entitled Chromoplastic Mural, caught my eye because the longer you stare at it, the more you see. From the beginning, everything looks to be placed at random, but inspecting it longer, you start to see patterns and that each piece was placed with intention and purpose. This is only a close-up of the wall-spanning artwork, but I highly recommend taking a trip to the contemporary wing to see for yourself.
As we wandered the streets of Porto, we found the personality of the city is not only in its people, but in its stores, buildings, and architecture. This business in particular caught my eye for the simplicity of their identity, the typography of their logo, the illustration of their signage, and the blue of their exterior. Everything about this storefront relates to my own aesthetic and I felt an immediate connection. Researching more, Typographia is an international collaborative project for artists, designers, and printers to create art and t-shirts to share with the world.
My brother and I had spent the day at Oceans of Fun, to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. As we walked out to the car at the end of our day, I looked up to find the Mamba making an ascent to the top of its iconic first drop. The serenity in this photo is what caught my attention - the stark contrast of a thrilling structure against a washed, empty sky.
On our way out of Potes, we stopped for breakfast at a place that was empty of people, but full of personality. Something as simple as a car out front had struck me because it was different than the automobiles we're accustomed to here in the States. Someone's personal mode of everyday transportation had suddenly become something so intriguing. I was fascinated and completely enamored with even the most mundane of Spain and can't wait to plan another trip.
Standing on what felt like the edge of the entire world, we found ourselves at the most western point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca, Portugal. The view was completely breathtaking, and not just because of the absolute terror that any misstep could lead to a sheer drop down the face of the cliff to the rocks below. It was surreal. We were as high, if not higher, than the clouds that rolled across the restless sea as it slammed the rocks of the shoreline, but everything was somehow quiet and still. To think this is all still happening now, today, all day, every day, still, my breath escapes me. One of my favorite places in the world I've been to, so far.
Our Airbnb accommodations in Sintra, Portugal were nothing short of spectacular. From the artwork, to the architecture, to the hammock on the patio outside, to the courageous puppy that would stand watch on the roof, just to see who was coming home. I loved every single bit of it. This was a piece in our bathroom, something so simple: a white pitcher hanging by its handle to carry a bouquet of flowers. It was a moment of simplicity that somehow enthralled me. It's the little things in life that can mean the most and sometimes, you just have to stop and smell the roses.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Jess, the owner and designer of Sevenelle Creative. I love sharing moments in art and life with you and invite you to explore and share with friends. See more of what Sevenelle is all about and send a shoutout to connect!
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