Introducing small-batch, limited edition footwear to our shop has provided us with a unique opportunity to work with talented photographers across North America to help us launch new products. We handcraft custom Poppy Barley boots and/or shoes to their measurements, ship them, and leave the creative up to the photographer.
You may remember our shoot with Lori Andrews from Calgary featuring the Gotham Grey Highline Boot, which sold out quickly. And, due to popular demand, we brought the Gotham Grey leather back for another round of orders, this time in two flat boot styles--The Everyday City Boot and the Uptown Boot. The Everyday City Boot sold out even faster then The Highline, and there's only enough leather to make another eight pairs of Uptown Boots in the same hue.
So, who did we partner up with this time around? Meet Jade Sheldon (@Jade_Melissa on Instagram), an illustrator, artist, former Poppy Barley Ambassador, and one-half of the team behind the blog, Endlessly Enraptured. We connected with Jade through @CarmynJoy's Instagram feed last year and have been following her and husband Cory Burnsed's adventures in Portland, Oregon, ever since. The duo captures stunning scenes from their city with rich photography and insightful writing.
Find out more about Jade--like who's the one person she'd die to photograph--and how she works with her husband, Cory, in the Q&A below...
Where did you go to school? What did you study? I went to Pacific Northwest College of Art where I majored in illustration and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I then attended Pacific University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Education. I hope to teach art at the collegiate level someday.
Describe yourself in three words. Artist. Introvert. Over-Thinker.
What does your typical day look like? Since I am a freelance artist, no day looks quite the same. Certain days are spent strictly in front of the computer, answering emails and editing photographs. Other days are spent out and about, photographing and interviewing individuals for Endlessly Enraptured.
What does your creative process look like? When it comes to creating, I am not an over planner. I get an idea and I just go for it! You learn by doing.
How do you and your husband, Cory, work together? What approach do you take? My husband and I are a team, through and through. We use our strengths to compliment one another.
When did you start taking photographs? When I graduated from PNCA. I was burnt out when it came to creating illustrations but still had a very real desire to make art. I had taken a black and white film development class my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Since school was over, I had the time to revisit photography. That's when I picked up my camera again and started documenting my life.
Any tips for taking Instagram photos? Photograph what you love and photograph it in as much natural light as possible. And please don't overdue it on the filters.
If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? The goddess that is Audrey Hepburn. She is just so stylish and charming. I would be sure to ask her a million questions in-between shots.
How does Portland lend itself to your photography? Portland is such an incredible city that lends itself well to creatives. You have the luxury of being in a vibrant city while still having access to mountains, forests and beaches. I think the secret of how special Portland is, is out though because it seams like more and more people are coming here to be a part of it.
Describe your personal style in three words. Classic. Wearable. Feminine.
What was the concept behind your shoot for Poppy Barley featuring the Gotham Grey Everyday City Boot? I wanted to share one of my favorite things to do in my city: hang out at coffee shops. Portland is filled with incredible coffee shops and my husband and I love to sip coffee, chat, people watch and read for hours.
If you could take anyone for coffee and ask them anything you wanted, who would it be and where would you take them? What would you ask them? I would ask Emma Stone to have coffee at the Stumptown Coffee Roasters inside The Ace Hotel. That way would could pick up a box of Blue Star Donuts on the way and also get a photo booth strip taken together. In her sugar-filled, caffeinated haze, I would ask her to be my best friend. Then, as my best friend, she would be required to answer a multitude of my questions. Everything from skincare tips and how to look flawless lip syncing to advice on pursuing your dreams and using your influence to give back.
What is your new year's resolution? I set goals and make resolutions all year round. One thing I'm focusing on in the new year is managing stress. Stress has been my nemesis since I was 6 years old and every year I focus on new ways to handle it.
For a limited time, receive a Free Essentials Leather Care Kit with the purchase of any Ankle Boot or Mule.
Essentials Leather Care Kit
The essentials for protection and conditioning. For smooth leather. Protect your footwear before wearing them and keep the leather looking luxurious with Poppy Barley's three steps to care: Clean, Condition, Protect.