ikamCreate | Vendor Spotlight

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Name Kirby-Jay Conyette

Hometown
I am originally from the beautiful twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago, and up until quite recently, I resided in the prettiest city, Annapolis.

Area of Expertise
I am a silk and paper floral artist, and pointillism illustrator. I specialize in floral backdrop installations and intricately- designed hand-painted collectibles.

How did you get your start in Floral Artistry and Illustration?
A quote by Jean Vanier comes to mind, "Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness." I have always loved acrylic paints, but I was never able to master the techniques of acrylic painting. Instead I would fill my blank canvases with thousands of tiny dots and floral details using hundreds of tubes of acrylic paints.My friends loved them; they found the details in my designs mesmerizing, so I began transferring them to every object I could find: candle holders, bottles, tea cups and shoes. ikamCreate was born. A year later, a friend requested a floral backdrop for her event. My illustration technique was not suitable for a project of that magnitude, so I introduced small silk flowers and larger handcrafted paper floral elements into my composition. I have been designing floral backdrops and 3D art pieces for events and homes ever since.

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What has been the highlight of your career?
I practice celebrating all the little things. Two of my highlights are:

1) This year, I created my 1st floral shop display window installation for HERE, a pop-up shop currently located on popular Main Street, Annapolis!

2) I provided floral planning and decor for my 1st out-of-state wedding last year - hello Ohio!

How would you describe your work?
My work can be best described as whimsical, intricate, and on my end, tedious joy.

What is your best piece of advice for brides planning their wedding?
Take a deep breath! Focus on the beautiful journey you're about to begin and let your vendors handle the wedding details. We’ve got you!

What trends do you hope to see come and go in 2019?
As a whole, I love trends. They shake things up a bit in the design world. Yes, everyone wants that look or color palette, but I've found that my clients always opt to have a variation of a trend with their own unique twist.

When you’re not working in weddings, what are you up to?
My floral design extends beyond weddings. I provide installations for many different events, bridal showers, baby showers, graduations, fundraisers and more. I also design 3D paper floral accent pieces for homes and offices. My floral work keeps me busy, but in my downtime you can find me binge watching a series or two on Netflix.

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Amy Scripts | Vendor Spotlight

Name Amy Scripts

Hometown
Pasadena, MD

Area of Expertise
Calligraphy!

How did you get your start in Calligraphy?
I honestly just wanted to learn. I was volunteering at my sorority’s recruitment almost two years ago and started doodling in a notebook (one of many very late nights during recruitment). I then started writing and decided I wanted to learn calligraphy. From there, I bought how-to books, made an Instagram account to hold myself accountable to progress and practiced often; and have been scripting every day since!

What has been the highlight of your career?
I’ve been able to do the wedding signage for my two best friends and honestly that was AWESOME! I knew most of the people at both weddings and it’s always cool to be invited to a wedding you’ve helped to do the decor for. In addition to those two weddings, I’ve met some really awesome people since I started doing calligraphy! Baltimore is such a small town and it’s really cool to have been able to meet people that I never would have otherwise through doing this and connecting on things we’re passionate about. 

How would you describe your work?
One of a kind and ever changing! I think calligraphy is really cool because every single piece is a little different. Handwriting varies calligrapher to calligrapher so I think it’s really neat that no two pieces will ever be exactly alike. It’s also always changing (for the better, I hope!) based on practice, learning different forms, etc.

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What is your best piece of advice for brides planning their wedding?
Have fun!!!!! It’s the one day that you get to entirely plan to share and celebrate your love for your partner. Let both of your style’s show, don’t stress over small details, and HAVE FUN planning the greatest party of your lives! 

What trends do you hope to see come and go in 2019?
Right now I’m honestly all about the jacket trend - more denim and more leather, PLEASE!!!! There’s nothing I want to see go. Is that weird? I love LOVE and I love weddings so much! I feel like each one is unique and that’s what makes them so special. Maybe the apron dance tradition can go because I never have cash - or let me make you a sign with your Venmo that we can put on the dance floor so even the cashless guests can dance! ;)

When you’re not working in weddings, what are you up to?
I have a day job outside of weddings. I’m a digital and creative account manager and work with lots of different companies in the area. I love meeting new people and networking, so it’s the perfect compliment to my calligraphy/wedding business. I also love spending time with my boyfriend, taking spin or barre classes, and loving on our Cavapoo puppy, Coco.