On a lifelong journey to inspire people to create

Jul 18, 2014 / 4 notes

Childhood dreams coming to life

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My dream growing up was to have a horse, brush her hair, braid it, put flowers and make her all pretty, and name her “Skipper”, so my parents got me a rabbit and named her skipper..

When I got a little older I started thinking somewhat rationally and thought maybe a horse wasn’t too realistic because to have one I would have to own a ranch so I can have enough space for Skipper and her companion/ companions, right? So after all my dreams were crushed all I wanted was to get a Carousel Horse for my living room, and surprisingly my husband was on board as well, yay, so we started looking for one in a good condition, only to be crushed again that all the wonderful ones come with a 3000$+ price tag, so another dream crushhhhed or postponed for when I win the lottery! 

Luckily, on my 22nd birthday my husband (which was nurtured by his loving wife to love Carousel Horses) found a way to make it happen, affordably! He managed to find a fine lady from Illinois who makes reproductions of a standing horse originally carved by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company for people to paint “COOLEST JOB EVER” like ever, seriously! 

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So back to my hopes and dreams, at a certain time when reality strikes, plans don’t work out and you have to take detours and all that fun stuff, this horse brought me back to life! I got to make my childhood dream a reality with my own bare hands and my mama’s magic wands, some serious art therapy right there! 

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Supplies were all bought from The Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, Walmart, and my mama’s studio

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If your childhood dreams were also made of horses with pretty flowers, I can totally make it happen for you!

 

Jun 20, 2014 / 6 notes

Channeling my inner interior design skills

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I was feeling completely empty, off course and uninspired. My inner creative self needed openness and a desperate urge for change. So we took charge and decided to make it happen!

I channeled my interior design skills which I picked up watching my mama do it since forever. 

With little to no budget set to do a major room makeover, it was all possible thanks to the power of spray paint from The Home Depot, Frames and accessories from Ikea, Target, and Dollar Tree and lots of patience. 

Now my room at my parents’ is an occasional sleepover space, as well as a studio space for myself, my husband, and Anteiqa, until we get our own, that celebrates all the beautiful little things in life, that makes it up with all its beautiful little moments, divine chaos, and imperfections. 

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May 13, 2014

National Letter Writing Month

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When was the last time you received a hand written letter from an old friend? A family member? A loved one? The kind that were so carefully crafted that lets you feel their scent through the paper and gets you lost in the perfect imperfections of their handwriting and scribbles.

April is The National Letter Writing Month, so we wanted to pay homage to the long lost art of letter writing. 

Being a hoarder of fine things, I looked through the boxes of stuff that I have and found lots of postage stamps and got so fascinated with the endless possibilities of things I can do with them. It overwhelmed me as I felt the need to create something as a token of appreciation to that art, and to bring more people back to it. 

So through Anteiqa, a little shop that creates vintage jewelry that I cofounded along with my cousin, we started looking for ways to use those stamps in our creations. We decided to make rings, I mean what is more symbolic than a ring! But after lots of failed attempts and multiple trials with paper stamps, we started looking for vintage stamps to send out the same message but perhaps with a more durable material. Luckily, we were able to locate four exquisite pieces that roughly date around the 1980s from a gentlemen who also collects stuff.

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postage stamp ring

With combined magical forces, we were able to create something so wonderful! ♥

 ”And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.” - J. K. Rowling

My work on Full Sail’s virtual gallery 
artoffullsail:

"Cowamilka" is a packaging and branding project done by Jamila Refky (Digital Arts and Design, 2013 graduate). In her own words, “The glass bottles keeps it fresh and healthy, which makes it appealing for adults and the little cow logo to attract kids.”
Apr 3, 2014 / 12 notes

My work on Full Sail’s virtual gallery 

artoffullsail:

"Cowamilka" is a packaging and branding project done by Jamila Refky (Digital Arts and Design, 2013 graduate). In her own words, “The glass bottles keeps it fresh and healthy, which makes it appealing for adults and the little cow logo to attract kids.”

Mar 26, 2014 / 4 notes

My baby bro is all grown up and is off to college next year! I still remember his first day of school when his backpack was twice his size, he is getting bigger by the day and is almost twice my size now. 

Last week, it was his senior prom! So he asked me to buy him a corsage for his date as well as a matching boutonniere for him. But I couldn’t just go pick one up from a store and call it a day! I had to create something just for him and his date to always remember this special day. 

I got all the materials needed from Michaels, inspiration from my brother’s bow tie, and patience which is probably just good genes.  

“Oh the places you’ll go” 

Always carry a pin around for when you find a map in new places you mark it..

If you don’t have any, take one from over populated areas.. no one will really notice 

Mobile, AL
Mar 12, 2014 / 2 notes

Always carry a pin around for when you find a map in new places you mark it..

If you don’t have any, take one from over populated areas.. no one will really notice 

Mobile, AL

Jan 24, 2014

Complete uselessness put to use

When it comes to raw materials, I’m a hoarder! Utterly obsessed, completely.

I enjoy collecting any material I can get my hands on from vintage little gems to scrapes of wrapping paper, not that I’d like to admit it, but sometimes even leftovers from my shredder.. I’d never know when my soul will digest certain events and come up with brilliant ideas, or whenever I will feel the need to create, it happens when I least expect it so I always have to be prepared! At least that’s my excuse for the clutter around the house. 

But here is the thing, reality always proves me right and today was one of those days. 

I’ve been fighting a cold for almost a week now, and today was one of the absolute worst, couldn’t get out of bed, and as much as I’d love to spend the day catching up on all the shows I watch on Netflix or go through my must see movie list, I was bored out of my mind!! Don’t get me wrong, I like wasting time, in fact I ENJOY it.. but not when I have to.

So this morning on my way to the kitchen to make one of the magical Egyptian cold remedy drinks (ginger, lemon, honey, hot water, a drop of olive oil) I stumbled upon a box of treasure buried in one of the closets. In there were lots of stones and beads I’ve collected along the way among them were some turquoises, pearls, a few silver pieces and other stones that were all from a market in Old Cairo, Egypt. So thankfully, creativity kicked in. Took a huge tray, my remedy drink, tools and got to work. 

I made four necklaces for my mom and grandma, why? cause they rock! 

Thankful for a completely useless day put to use! 

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Nov 27, 2013 / 1 note

In search for the perfect painting

imageAs a graphic designer, I tend to, sometimes, get too caught up with client work and lose sight of the true meaning of creating art. I got lost in the digital world, felt extremely over whelmed with all the great work of other designers that I look up to so I felt the desperate need for some art therapy. 

My husband and I’ve been having a hard time deciding what to put on the wall behind our bed. So instead of spending months in search for the perfect painting. We decided to combine forces and create one! 

Even though I haven’t painted in over 4 years, I decided to listen to Audrey Hepburn’s wise words, “Nothing is impossible the word itself says I’m Possible”, and do the impossible! Instead of starting small to try to get back in the game, I decided to dive in deep and start with a big canvas.

We wanted something simple that resembles both of our characters in a way, so we came up with a hipster Audrey Hepburn. 

He came up with the concept, I painted it. 

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© 2013 Jamila Refky. All rights reserved.

7 am: Morning coffee at the NYC Library
"The classic New York landmark that housed all the great love stories"
Nov 26, 2013 / 1 note

7 am: Morning coffee at the NYC Library

"The classic New York landmark that housed all the great love stories"

"We’re captive on the carousel of timeWe can’t return we can only look behindFrom where we cameAnd go round and round and roundIn the circle game.” 
Nov 26, 2013

"We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.” 

LOVE LETTERS! New project for @anteiqa wrapped around my favorite statues #vintage #anteiqa #lovenotes #loveletters #cards #decor #bulldogs #colors #loveletterscards
Nov 20, 2013

LOVE LETTERS! New project for @anteiqa wrapped around my favorite statues #vintage #anteiqa #lovenotes #loveletters #cards #decor #bulldogs #colors #loveletterscards

Introducing LOVE LETTERS! Plastic envelopes with a gold chain and a pretty little heart, that come with different messages of your choice that can be later used as a perfect
addition to your jewelry collection to be used as a necklace, or displayed
on your vanity set, wrapped around your favorite vase or statue, could also work as an accessory to your favorite picture frame. The possibilities are
endless! #anteiqa #vintage #etsy #lovelettercard #lovenote #loveletters 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/169928194/love-letter-card?ref=cat_gallery_14
Nov 20, 2013

Introducing LOVE LETTERS! Plastic envelopes with a gold chain and a pretty little heart, that come with different messages of your choice that can be later used as a perfect
addition to your jewelry collection to be used as a necklace, or displayed
on your vanity set, wrapped around your favorite vase or statue, could also work as an accessory to your favorite picture frame. The possibilities are
endless! #anteiqa #vintage #etsy #lovelettercard #lovenote #loveletters
http://www.etsy.com/listing/169928194/love-letter-card?ref=cat_gallery_14

Show business back then #mbam #mbamtl #montreal #venice
Nov 16, 2013

Show business back then #mbam #mbamtl #montreal #venice

Got to revisit my favorite modern day painting | The Throne Room | #mbam #montreal
Nov 16, 2013 / 3 notes

Got to revisit my favorite modern day painting | The Throne Room | #mbam #montreal

Nov 4, 2013 / 2 notes

The debate with keeping animals in zoos vs setting them free in the wild has had an uprising of its own. 

For the most part some zoos actually provide adequate environments for its animals, sustainable breeding systems, and the health care they deserve while some other zoos keep animals locked up in unnecessary prisons solely for entertainment purposes with nothing in return for the animals. 

The world would be a much better place for those wonderful creatures if sanctuaries and zoos are there for taking care of infants, elders, harmed animals, and endangered ones but young healthy ones should be set free in their natural habitat.  

These young ones express their opinions in their own way.. in OUR PRETTY FACES! 

Berlin Zoological Garden | Zoologischer Garten

© 2013 Jamila Refky. All rights reserved.