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Artisan of the Month
Carey Seven

Carey Seven decorative artisan Mountjoy Designs, LLC, based out of St. Louis, Missouri

Carey Seven took a leap, deciding to turn her beloved hobby into a full time career. It all began the day she accepted her mom’s offer of a weeklong faux finishing class. “It was a week of training and marketing. I hadn’t thought of that side of it. You think of the artwork, not of how you will get the jobs. Family and friends are good for the free jobs. But getting and keeping paying clients, that was a big deal, and I didn’t know anything about it. They had lectures that really helped. I went to work immediately. They said to make three phone calls a day. I did three a week. One designer gave me a job right away, I was so excited.”

With her budding client list, Carey launched her business Mountjoy Designs, LLC, based out of St. Louis, Missouri. She works mainly in the St. Louis region, but does travel out of state for the right job.

Even with her career in full swing, Carey is studying for her degree in Interior Design and attends Decorative painting conferences to stay on top of the emerging trends. While attending the 2013 IDAL Conference and Exposition, she met Kathy Carroll in the Proceed All Stars class. “She’s funny and really direct, which I like. We were in a classroom setting, but I did get to talk to her a little in her booth. She is there to help. We have questions a lot of times, its nice to have that ear and availability. She’s quick to respond to my inquires.”

Carey Seven faux finishing artisan Dining Room Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

Carey orders Golden products from Kathy. Some of which she used on a chair she refinished and wrote a step-by-step article that will be featured in a blog. The article is titled, What to do with the Ugly Chair. With the help of some truly fabulous paints, Carey turned an unattractive chair into an astounding one. “I love to paint. I do some of the plasters, but I just got introduced to some of the Golden Artist Colors and really like them. I love all the various products that makes my job easier.”

There are so many client jobs Carey can pull from memory to talk about, but a few come to the forefront. One is a painting on a window separating two bathrooms. It’s rather unique, something she has not previously encountered. “I’m doing an odd job right now, painting on glass. It’s something I’ve never done before, but I love working on something new and challenging. I always do a sample board before to make sure the products do what I want it to and the client has an idea of what the finished product will be. The client broke through the wall from one bathroom to the other to let the outside light shine through to the interior bathroom. The glass is textured pebbled glass to obscure the view. The glass paint is transparent and I am trying to build up the layers; it’s very brightly colored to incorporate the client’s artwork hanging in the bathrooms.”

Carey Seven mural artisan dutch or danish landscape mural Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

On the cusp of a decision, Carey is enjoying her steady and entertaining work over the summers. “I love murals. I love any fine art painting. I work for a theater in the summertime; it’s a union theater. I’m in a position that does not require union membership, and am at a crossroads right now. Its two months out of the year. It’s a nice avenue, a nice change working with other people. Sometimes my schedule is awesomely flexible to accommodate this. Theater makes you paint fast, big, and colorful.”

The exuberance and passion of theater is easily carried to her love of trompe l’oeil paintings. “I did another mural for a client of a window view of a North Carolina Beach scene. I used shade cloth for window treatments. It’s a vinyl-coated muslin. I prime it first then paint the mural; I can do them in my studio then have a wallpaperer hang it. It is very good for hard to reach areas. This one in particular was over a bar sink, in between cabinetry.”

Carey Seven faux brick finishing artisan wine celar Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

Carey is looking into purchasing additional studio space to increase her ever-growing business. “With the studio space, I’m looking forward to additionally teaching classes and having a Gallery. I’m working with a developer for the studio space and a workshop in the back so I can work on a lot of different projects.” In fact, Carey did a mural of a French café as part of her portfolio. Its eight feet tall by eleven feet wide and is now hanging in a French classroom in Ladue High School. “I’ve had a couple instances where I’ve had to rehang it but it’s now secured with double sided Velcro tape. It sticks to the canvas and the cinderblock of the school. The mural is in perfect position and it is removable for portfolio reviews if I need it.”

“Another area I’m currently involved in is miniatures and transferring down to 1/12th scale. I can do everything I do now only much smaller. Miniatures are my new hobby it is also runs in the family, as my mother is involved in miniatures and The Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection in the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville, Kentucky. It is an extensive collection and I was happy to be a part of the real scale and 1/12th scale faux finishes in the museum space. In the museum I did a full scale 20’X 9’ trompe l’oeil coffered barrel ceiling with gold medallions, a Nursery rhymes themed mural and a metallic plastered Rotunda. In 1/12th scale I did a back drop for a theatrical “Swan Lake” Ballet and a Venetian window with 6 murals for each Italian scene features there. It can be exciting switching back and forth.”

Carey loves the versatility of her job. She’s able to create, bring something that’s tired or out of date back to life through refinishing, venture into a new avenue of teaching her craft, or explore the tiny world of miniatures. What new avenue of her career will she embark on? “I love creating. It adds interest to my life. Art is my business.”

For more information about Carey Seven or Mountjoy Designs,LLC please call 314.560.6010 or visit www.mountjoydesigns.net

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Carey Seven decorative artisan Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

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Carey Seven faux brick finishing artisan wine celar Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

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Carey Seven decorative faux finishing artisan kitchen Mountjoy Designs St. Louis Missouri

 

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