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Work Hard, Stay Young

“The day I grew up was the day I realized there is no free lunch,” she says. “You pay for everything — not only in money — but you pay with time, with experience, with love, with pain, you pay some way. You don’t get away free. If you do, you get something for nothing, and it’s worth nothing.” – Iris Apfel (on CNBC.com)

I’ve highlighted Apfel in this blog in the past, I just think she’s a fantastic lady. Her career continues to show that it’s never too late to find your calling and work hard to make yourself a success. She talked with CNBC.com about how her passion for her work is still going strong with being 95 years old.

Art Perspective: Shelby Apparel

I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Shelby Lynch of Shelby Apparel a few years ago while working on a long-term project together. We both love to crochet – the beautiful thing about crocheting is that no two artist’s styles are alike! I love her fresh take on apparel and design.

C Dyann: How did you decide to become a designer, and what influenced you to use crochet as your medium?
Shelby: I became a fashion designer due to my love for fashion and growing up in the fashion world of modeling. I chose crochet as my medium because I find it so fascinating the things you can make with yarn, It’s so unique and personal.
C Dyann: What is involved in your creative process, do you have a ritual like listening to music or a time of day you work best?

Shelby: My creative process comes from looking at different outfits and seeing how I can do it in crochet with an added twist. It’s crazy but my ritual is watching my favorite tv show beauty and the beast lol. I work best in the morning after a great cup of coffee.
C Dyann: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Shelby: Ummm a couple of designers that I like are Doub Hanshaw designer of the clothing line free people and Robyn Chachula designer of Blueprint Crochet.

C Dyann: Are you a model or have you ever modeled?
Shelby: I am a former model which I did for 31 years. I still enjoy doing it from time to time.
C Dyann: You make crochet look so easy, but for some aspiring crocheters it can be a challenge. What do you recommend to would-be crocheters to up their game?
Shelby: Thank you! What I can say to my fellow crocheters is to keep practicing and don’t be afraid to play around with different stitches.
C Dyann: How long have you been in business and what do you find most challenging as a business owner?
Shelby: I’ve been in business for 11 years and I can honestly say that the most challenging thing about being a business owner is not getting the next idea out fast enough.

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Art Perspective: Until No More

I met Until a few years ago while working on a project together in Los Angeles. She has since become one of the friendly faces who helped me become adjusted to life in southern California this past year. Until recently put out a new project of her own and is here to talk about it.

C Dyann: Who is Until No More exactly?

Until: Until, is a poet first and just a creative force to be reckoned with. But also a person who is in love with life, people and experiences. It is my joy to be of help and an inspiration to others as well as be inspired by them. Until is a person who works hard to become a better person everyday, which is what writing poetry does, writing period, along with many other things; that is who she is.

C Dyann: When did you know that you were a poet?

Until: I knew I was a poet at the tender age of twelve.


C Dyann: When did you write your first poem?

Until: I wrote my first poem at twelve years old.

C Dyann: What do you think are the biggest obstacles for writers and poets in the 21st century?

Until: Time and intangibleness. People are so in a hurry, no one makes time for anything, they become out of touch. No time to reflect, just do. Everything becomes so convenient, technology replacing people. Attention span lessening, receiving messages we’re losing. Time and in-tangibleness, which to me are the biggest obstacles for us writers and poets in the 21st Century.

C Dyann: Tell us about your latest work.

Until: My latest work is called “I Just Want to Write!” which is my very first poetry edition. Written in three transitions, one, how I began, two, chasing my dreams and how you should to and three, the fun and imagination of it all. Written to inspire, motivate and arouse your imagination while at the same time inviting you into my world to get to know and become one with me.

C Dyann: Where can we expect to see Until five years from now and what will she be doing?

Until: Five years from now, I will have hoped to become a better person in all aspects; along with the publishing of more books, greeting cards and a few intellectual properties and more.

C Dyann: Where can folks go if they want to see you perform some of your work?

Until: My website, www.untilnomore.net will have the occasional list of appearances. I’m around. I pop up in many areas and it may not always list them. So you’ll just have to catch me. Lol! But for now, people can see a teaser of my poetry and hear my spoken word CD on Until TV at www.youtube.com/untilnomore.

C Dyann: Until’s book can be purchased at her website: www.untilnomore.net and the purchase price is $15.00. Thank you so much for your time Until!