Cara McGee is one super cool chick. With a talent for comic art, tea blending and creating a massive (and loyal) online following, McGee is sure to be on your radar soon, if she isn’t already! Recently, Adagio Teas held a special fan signing event with McGee, their most well known signature blender, at the Chicago Adagio location and The Daily Quirk was on hand to bring you an exclusive inside look at the event and an interview with the guest of honor! Watch the interview below where McGee tells us how she got started with her signature blends, the fandom teas she’s working on now and gives you her tea recommendations!
Jenipher Lyn is an artist whose book of doodles titled Being Stubborn, Depressed & Unpopular SAVED My Life was recently funded by Kickstarter. The book’s encouraging themes are targeted towards tweens, teens, 20-somethings and beyond. Jenipher’s goal was to publish a book that would help young women, especially, realize they aren’t alone on those “lowest of low” days we all have now and then. The book includes many colorful illustrations and text that encourage positive thinking.
In this exclusive interview, we learn more about how Jenipher Lyn began her project, why her book is like no other, what her self-discovered purpose in life is and how we can all be a little more awesome. Continue reading
Tune into this exclusive interview with Tom and Betsy Franco, celebrating the release of Betsy’s latest novel Naked, illustrated by her son. Naked is a love story and coming of age story, intertwined. Betsy explores the agony of being artists, alternating narration between “Cat” and Jesse Lucas, who meet in the Rodin sculpture garden at Stanford. Find out more directly from the author and the artist, right here in an exclusive feature on The Daily Quirk. Continue reading
Cara McGee is an artist of many talents. Comic art, tea blending, and social media prowess all fall under the realm of things Cara has added her own talented and unique spin on in the past few years. An alumni of the prestigious SCAD Atlanta, Cara is an excellent example of a modern day artist making her work accessible to the public through social media in a fun and engaging fashion (without it feeling like one big ad campaign). In fact, Cara comes across as genuinely humbled by her skyrocketing success and is extremely dedicated to her fan base, which is tens of thousands strong on Tumblr alone. It’s her appreciation of her fans and her willingness to connect and interact with them, both within the social media context and in the real world, that sets her apart in the newly rising field of the “Tumblr Famous” and caught our interest here at The Daily Quirk… well, that and the tea.
Cara’s signature tea blends on Adagio, a site for creating and purchasing ecologically responsible premium tea blends, are among the site’s best selling signature blends and have garnered her the nickname “the tea lady.” Inspired mainly by comics, books, and television, Cara has blends that appeal to every tea taste and many fandoms (including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, and The Hunger Games just to name a few), all of which she’s actually a fan of herself. Even if you’re not a big tea person, when you get a look at the custom labels Cara draws for each blend, you may be tempted to buy some just for the art!
I was lucky enough to catch up with Cara McGee between conventions to talk art, tea, and Tumblr for The Daily Quirk. Read on for the interview! Continue reading
This week’s Quirky Item of the Week is Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling, and I enjoyed this quirky little Ryan Gosling inspired coloring book so much that I instantly wanted to know more about its creator. Was she a Ryan Gosling super fan devoted to making art in his likeness? An artist inspired by the you look photoshopped good looks of the Gos? Someone who just really really likes to color? I had to know. Lucky for me the book’s creator, artist Mel Elliot, was willing to take some time to assuage my curiosity about Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling and all her other awesome coloring and project books. Spoiler alert, she’s not a crazy super fan, but she is a crazy good artist!
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This week’s Tumblr Tuesday feature, Serena Olivieri. For any of you that have read previous posts of mine you already know about my stationary obsession. I love beautiful paper, beautiful things made out of paper, paper paper paper, etc. So naturally when I first came across Serena’s blog, with its images of her amazing paper creations, I think I scrolled through every single post she ever published in awe of her work. Serena’s notebooks really are the star of the blog, each one a unique combination of her talents as a creative mind, illustrator and paper crafter. Serena was kind enough to take some time away from her amazing paper crafting to tell us a little about herself and her blog for this week’s Tumblr Tuesday 🙂
On to the interview!