Meet Your Maker Monday: Teresa O'Connor
"You are amazing." This phrase was one of the first things we noticed on items made by Teresa O'Connor when we stepped into her shop Hello-Lucky. We visited Teresa at her home studio to see her at work and learn what inspires her creativity.
What do you make?
Mostly I make things I would like to wear or see someone wear or have in their home. My design aesthetic includes simple lines and shapes with attention to texture, color, print. Currently I am making scarves, neck warmers and wraps made from reclaimed sweaters. Year round I design and print tshirts, design and fabricate hand-hammered brass jewelry. I also hand print and hand paint work for the home, such as my "you are amazing" pillows and prints. Also, Camella and I have started our own line for Hunter Gatherer called the Hunter Gatherer girls. Together we design crystal necklaces made with reclaimed leather and ethically mined crystals from Arkansas.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Let's use today, December 16, 2013 as an example.
Get up, check email, instagram, Facebook, respond to messages, grab coffee, take a shower, and get my head on straight. Post on instagram and Facebook for Hello-Lucky and Hunter Gatherer, head into work for the day.
Meet Camella, run to look at properties, call about light boxes, message back and forth with Sarah working at Hello-Lucky, pull looks for model shoot, style looks, set up lights, shoot pics with model, then relocate to shoot a look book on Allen Parkway.
Decide on location, shoot one look, move locations, reshoot look, hold up blanket for model changing, shoot and style two more looks, head back to shop, put all back in its place, grab ipad, head to Antidote to edit images for website, edit images, add to site, then head home at 8pm to write this. After this, prep screens, print a couple of tshirt designs, add images to instagram and Facebook, then chill out for an hour before heading to bed.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I have been working with Houston artists for many years, curating exhibitions and pre-pop shops called Art Star. Many of these relationships have been going on for 10+ years, so it seemed natural to have my storefront in Houston as well.
Hello-Lucky will celebrate its 6th anniversary January 2014.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
Inspiration comes from various places for me, and travel is a big one. I love having time to meander about and let my mind wander. Quite often inspiration will come from a found object, or an unplanned moment.
When inspiration comes from an object, it can even inspire a line I have been working on, or a fashion show, giving it direction, or a point of departure.
What's next for Teresa O'Connor?
Hello-Lucky has started selling online at http://hello-lucky.myshopify.com and we plan to expand the website in the new year, and for Hunter Gatherer as well. I plan to do more travel for both businesses, heading to market in Vegas, as well as visiting artisans studios and documenting the process. For my fine art life, I might be in Berlin in 2014 for a one month residency.
What do you want people to know about your work?
Mostly that I consider my work to be the things I make, as well as the things I gather together for the shop. The curatorial process is equal to my act of being a maker.