Ok, let’s all just go ahead and date ourselves, who had a mix tape? I know I certainly had some treasured mix tapes during my childhood. I distinctly remember laying in bed each night listening to my Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart tapes while slowly dozing to bed.
As with any era, the tape era came to an end once CD’s came around, but for those of you wanting a friendly and colorful reminder of the good ole days of rewind you’ve got to check out the Wooden Flamingo. It’s a fun and funky Etsy shop run by designer Sophie who rescues tapes from their landfill demise and gives them a second life of adorning vibrant painted patterns and turning them into memorable artwork for those of us music loves from the 80’s and early 90’s.
Sophie took a moment to do an interview with us below, learn more about her favorite colors to use and what gets her inspired when she is stuck in a rut. If you are looking for a unique recycled tape art piece for your home, look no further, her Etsy shop link is below, go check it out and purchase a set of colorful tapes that are sure to take you back down memory lane. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram to keep up with the latest projects she’s working on.
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I’ve always been interested in art, I have a fine art photography degree, but the cassette tape idea came to me when I was pregnant with my second child. I got a bit emotional when I found out most tapes get thrown away, because people don’t use them much anymore. So I want to find a way to add some life back in to them. I didn’t think they’d be as popular as they were and it took me a good 6 months before I even posted a picture of them because I figured it was my weird pregnancy brain coming up with something bizarre!
How would you describe your home decor style?
Different. I guess. I have lots of artwork, so keep most rooms downstairs just white so not to take away from the art. But then upstairs I have lot of colour..I don’t think I have any rules when it comes to my home. If I like I do it. I have a bright blue wooden floor in my living room which my husband and I built from scratch, and it’s my favorite part of the house.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
Books or galleries. I’m have so many art books from uni, and magazines that I just have a flick through there. I also love looking at peoples homes for new colour combos ideas.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
I’m big on pink and green at the moment (but who isn’t) but I also love purple and red together. Love a good colour clash. For me when it comes to pink, I hated that everyone associated it with being over girly when I was little. And now it’s become a big trend I love just how much everyone’s using it.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
I have an office at the end of my garden which I wished I used more. It’s full of colour and all my equipment and materials. But with a 11 month old it’s not practical so I tend to do most of my work in my living room…doing the odd bit here in between quiet times. And doing bigger projects when the kids are in bed.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
I love Amy Blackwells @amyjpeg work. Her use of colour and pattern inspires me everyday.
@2lgstudio for anything decor because I want to live in their house!
@poplap_dolls because Carri’s work is just insane and I want to invest in one of her handmade dolls!
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?