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Workaholic // Janelle Pietrzak

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When I heard of a girl with the same name as me FROM PHILADELPHIA…i got excited. Then I saw her work. Janelle Pietrzak is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. Whimsical & tough with bright red lipstick and the girliest giggle, she straddles the line of femininity and strength in my favorite way possible. Meet our newest workaholic.

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What do you do?
I hand weave on a basic frame loom.  I weave textural wall hangings.  I also make home goods and jewelry.  My boyfriend Robert and I collaborate on various projects, like furniture and things for living.  Sometimes we work on large installations together.  In between all that, I also do freelance fabric & textile sourcing for apparel and accessories companies.

How did you get to where you are now?
My current situation is an accumulation of 10 years working in the fashion industry and fabric sourcing.  Since college I have always had side projects, like a t-shirt line, or a jewelry line.  Last year I think my hobby organically became a business and I realized it was something I could do full time.  At the start of 2013 I set goals for myself, it really helped to keep me focused on where I wanted to be and what I wanted to achieve.
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What made you turn to this direction?
It has always been my goal to work for myself, to have my own business.  When I was thinking about making All Roads full time, I got a few really big commissions that was a good jump start to leave my desk job.
Was this always your dream job?
It has always been my dream to make up my own job.  I have always made things with my hands, and been obsessed with creating.  I never really imagined that I could doing what I am doing full time.  I am still in awe of what I spend my days doing and I feel really lucky and appreciative that I made this into my livelihood.  I have worked in textile for 10 years, and truly love all aspects – from hand creating textiles, collecting beautiful vintage textiles from all over the world and sewing a dress out a simple yet luxurious linen canvas.
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
Lately my days run into each other and I work every single day.  I have a bunch of deadlines all at the same time, so it is a hectic time. I don’t really have any play time right now.  I hope to have a break soon!
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How do you find your inspiration and do you find it easy to stay organized?
I find a lot of inspiration in nature.  We recently moved to the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to explore and find some good hikes.  I also look at fashion and interior design for material and color inspiration. Textiles are obviously linked to fashion and interiors, so it is easy to find inspiration there.
I am pretty good at staying organized. I keep my studio pretty clean.  If I am organized then my brain has room to think and be creative.  I love to keep a large inspiration board of images and materials to look at.  It is totally a habit learned from working in the fashion industry.
How important is your work, and do you feel it defines you?
My work is extremely important, not just creating, but maintaining and growing my business as well. I do feel it defines me right now.  I just moved my studio into my home, and I am a little worried about a work/life balance.
What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself in?
This past year my work has been seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week and has been installed in a resort in Aruba. I feel proud and grateful that I have had some amazing opportunities.  I would love to do large scale weavings. I have ideas for a jewelry collection and I want to do home textiles as well.
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How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.
I love and appreciate fashion, but personally I hate figuring out what to wear. I dress for comfort and ease in the studio and usually in layers. I want to finally get some white overalls and make them my uniform.  Bright red lipstick is my answer to dressing up.
Do you listen to music during your work day?

Right now my favorite things to listen to are podcasts, I love The Moth and Throwing Shade.

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What’s something someone may not know about you?
I used to work at uniform manufacturer, it was one of the most terribly dull jobs I ever had. I kept trying to make the catholic girl’s blazers shrunken and more cute.  I was fired after 3 months.
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Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
Thank you for visiting my studio, you guys were a blast!

allroadstravelled@gmail.com

— Jenelle Campbell

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All of my love

All of my love has lately been going to zines. I started one in December and saw such a great response I did another! This was followed by zine fests & selling at shows..it’s been a whirlwind! Here are some images & a link to the zine blog to check it out!

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Caves! Lights! Action!

I love caves. Something about them just makes me feel like a child. The combination of  mystery & romance is something that gets me every time. Brice Bischof has gone to the Bronson Caves in Griffith Park ( Los Angeles ) & turned these rather bland & sun-drenched rocks into something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

Is it smoke? Lights? Fabric? I wouldn’t want to ruin the mystery for you.

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Free little libraries!

While having some girl time at my friend Natalie’s house the other day, I noticed her neighbors installing something. She informed me that the neighbor had gotten a bookshelf and wanted to make a little free library for the entire complex. What a great idea!!! We are so lucky in Southern California to never have to really deal with intense weather conditions, so that these sort of things can actually exist.

The following weeks, I started to notice little outdoor libraries with FREE LITTLE LIBRARY signs all over town. One in Los Feliz, another in Silverlake. They took on the shapes of bookshelves, curio cabinets & even an old trunk.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a kindle & iPad. They are fast, convenient and most of all green. But there is something to the romance of a book. Some of my favorite books I bought at a used store, found on a boardwalk in NJ one summer, was lent by a friend. These are books that have a memory attached to them.

Learn more about where to find one of these charming exchanges near you, or even better how to start your own, by visiting the Little Free Library website.

I’m going to start researching right now to find a way to bring this to my hood!

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Inspiration Station III

Charlotte Caron has been getting a lot of attention on blogs lately for her animal/human hybrid face paintings. I’m loving them!

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Delicate…street art?

Delicate & street art are not normally terms that you hear together. However, MADEMOISELLE MAURICE has somehow made the two work beautifully. Like a origami rainbow exploding from the dark old buildings around Paris, I imagine lovers strolling down a street & smiling when they see her work.

I only hope it’s still blooming around the city when I visit this summer.

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Inspiration Station II

I recently came across the work of James Nizam and am completely blown away by his new work using light & architecture. Using black and white photography, he turns dark rooms into “light sculptures”.  It’s a new take on the idea of a Camera Obscura and I’m really digging it.  Simple & Beautiful.

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Eco Inspiration I

Currently in love with Anna Garforth, an amazing typographer and environmental artist. The eco-graffiti trend has been on the rise, and this UK based artist is making some of the most beautiful work out there.

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Undo

I’m a total nerd for branding.
I love seeing how one idea can be carried out in so many different mediums.

I came across the branding for a new restaurant that features fast-fresh & organic street food. Those words sound strange together, don’t they? Well, that’s where they came up with the concept & name for Unforked. The goal of unforked is to change what people think about food, showing it can be healthy & high quality without compromising price.

Food politics aside, the design & copywriting for this restaurant is playful, clever but most of all—simple!

It was done by Design Ranch, who I couldn’t help but fall in love with just from the loading page. Visit for yourself.

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Arrange, Rearrange

My love of things neatly arranged is brought to new levels by the artist Giuseppe Randazzo.

His work titled “Stone Fields” is a series of algorithmic works. He uses algorithms to create the structure of the stones and to sort them by size according to an underlying pattern. Some of my favorites are below:

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