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Nashville artist Lori Danelle creates beautiful and inspiring art by intricately cutting pieces of paper into delicate, cheerful designs. Discover her charming work below, and see the design she's shared with us in embroidery form!

Lori's inspiring design is available in machine embroidery and hand embroidery formats.

Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art?

I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember. In fact, my mom still tells me about my first grade parent-teacher conference, where my teacher was so excited about my artistic abilities that she didn’t want to discuss how I was doing in my other subjects.

My parents were great about recognizing and encouraging my love for art and always had me enrolled in summer art classes or taking private art lessons.

When it came time for college, my dad was adamant that I go to a 4-year college and get a full degree, but didn’t have a lot of guidance beyond that. So, I did what I believed was the responsible thing and headed for a degree in business, since I didn’t know “artist” could be a real job. I quickly realized that was never going to work out for me and along the way discovered that graphic design was a real occupation and had a real Bachelor of Arts Degree to go with it. Win-win.

Tell us a bit about your design and the story behind it.

Building a business can be a bit scary and overwhelming. When I first read this phrase it really resonated with me. I designed this piece around the phrase to serve as both a challenge and a reminder that I will never achieve much of anything if I never dare to jump beyond what’s comfortable.

What inspires your designs?

I’m a bit of a sponge and always keep my eyes open. I love looking at the work of artists who work in different mediums than myself. Blogs and Pinterest have provided an overload of inspirational fodder. I also believe that creativity spurs creativity, so just diving into one project can often inspire something entirely new in another unrelated medium.

What’s your studio/workspace like?

Our family recently moved from a very small house where my workspace was the kitchen table to a new house where I have a fairly large room. However, as I didn’t start with any furniture, I’ve slowly been gathering pieces and figuring out what is needed to make the space work.

I do, however, have two pieces that I’m really happy to have. One is an old art chest that my mother-in-law gave me when we moved here. She saw how I was precariously storing my paper cuttings and decided I would put it to much better use. It had been passed to her from her grandma, who had gotten it from a school. I love how old it is, and how many people’s stories it has been a part of.

The other is a claw-foot bathtub couch I’ve had since I was 14. It had been my mom’s when she was young. It’s the perfect place for my girls to hang out with me while I’m working or to read a book. The fact that the only other one I’ve ever seen was owned by Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) doesn’t hurt either!

What’s your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made or received?

My family used to go camping a lot. On one particular trip, while looking for firewood, we found this beautiful cedar stump, with a bright pink center. My dad is a brilliant woodworker, so we decided to hang on to it for some future project. Years later, he gave it to me as a gift and had turned it into a set of drawers. It’s absolutely beautiful & one of the things I’d grab in the event of a fire.

Finally, if you were a Crayola color, what color would you be?

Robin’s Egg Blue.


Explore more of Lori's gorgeous paper cut art at loridanelle.com!

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