Monday, November 8, 2010


I want to introduce to you the lovely and talented Australian artist and blogger, Kerri Shipp.
I met Kerri online via blogging and asked if she'd like to share with us her creative space, work and a bit about herself. She graciously obliged and took time out of her busy creative life to be featured here.

Where were you born?

I was born in Sydney, Australia, and lived there until I was 22. The day after my husband and I were married, we packed up our campervan with all our worldy possessions and moved to Brisbane, Queensland. We’ve been here for the past 21 years and absolutely love it!

What would you take if your house was burning down?

Besides my family of course, without a doubt it would be my gorgeous Labrador, Darcy, and our bird, Storm. Besides a few pieces of my grandmother’s jewellery, which mean the world to me, everything else can be replaced.

        Your favorite book?

That’s such a hard one for me, as I’ve always been an avid reader. From the age of five, my mother used to buy me Enid Blyton books, and I’d lose myself in the characters for hours. I do love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but choosing a favourite book would be like asking me to choose a favourite child!

If you could have only 1 last meal, what would you want on the menu?

Living in Queensland means we have access to fantastic seafood, so I’d say a banquet of fresh prawns, lobster and reef fish, followed by crème brulee for dessert. Divine.

Do you prefer hot weather or cold?

Definitely hot weather – summer can’t come soon enough for me.

Favorite artists?

Another really hard question to answer! I love Claude Monet’s use of colour, and I love Australian artist Ben Quilty’s unique style. Again, there are so many fabulous artists out there, and each one is so individual with such an array of talents. You only have to browse through Etsy to realise that the world is full of very talented people.

Pet peeve?

Injustice, and ignorance.

Best childhood memory?

Summer holidays. No school for six whole weeks, lots of trips to the beach and hanging out with friends. I went to school with the most fantastic group of girls, and we’re still friends all these years later. I’ve come to realise how lucky I am to have such wonderful friendships.

Favorite travel destination?

Whitehaven beach is in the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland, and would have to be the most beautiful place on earth. Crystal clear water, the whitest sand imaginable, all set on an island in the middle of the reef. Stunning.

Favorite shop?

Again, such a hard one! In Queensland we have some amazing designers, and I have to say I love visiting Anna Spiro’s stunning shop, Black and Spiro. Lily-G and Magnolia Interiors are also favourites, as is Signature on Hastings in Noosa.

Kerri is featuring a great give-away until November 10th on her blog and also 20% off sale at her Etsy shop, Driftwood Interiors until December 21st, so head over to check them both out now and let her know you read about her on Annechovie.
Thanks so much, Kerri!


Karena said...

Anne, great interview with a very talented artist!! I will visit Kerri's blog!

Karema Art by Karena

Digella said...

What a beautiful post about a beautiful and tallented lady!

Sarah B said...

Great post and how absolutely wonderful to have a beautiful face to go with the name now. Thank you!

Mariska Meijers said...

I just love it when my blogging friends team up! Great feature girls xoxo

Christy said...

What a fantastic interview Anne! What a beautiful artist! I love her pieces you've shown us and can't wait to go check out her blog. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

Unknown said...

So great reading and learning more about the lady behind Driftwood Interiors...fab interview and gorgeous artwork!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love it! And I'll make sure to pass on the discount info this week!

Jo said...

What a great interview ~ such amazing talent!

Hope all is well with you ~

Vanessa@decor happy said...

I love her home - didn't realize it was hers when I saw it on another blog. Will have to go over and enter her giveaway.

(I posted a photo on my blog with the canvas I recently purchased from you! Thnx.)

Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

Hi Anne, thanks so much for the interview, you're too sweet:) Just one thing - that home in the second pic is sadly not mine! Not sure what happened there, but unfortunately I can't claim that beauty as my own. Anyway, thanks for the feature, and for being so supportive, you're too kind. Have a great day, Kerri xx

Keren - The Brown Trading Co. said...

Wonderful interview. Kerri is so talented. Living in the same city as Kerri, I can relate to so many of the things that are great about living here - seafood, crystal clear waters and an abundance of talented designers. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Keren :o)

Lila said...

She is beautiful and talented. I love the blue painting. Everything is just lovely!
Lila Ferraro

MrsLittleJeans said...

Thank you for this lovely interview, hope you have a great week Anne!

North of 25A said...

Nice profile - love your questions - I will have to visit.

Kirsten Steen said...

Beautiful work! Must go check out the blog and shop. Thanks for sharing what I might never have found. Love what blogging brings us! Each other.

designchic said...

Loved your interview with this very talented lady...

Millie said...

Wonderful to see our Aussie girl Kerri's lovely work featured Anne!
Millie ^_^

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

Kerri is DIVINE. Love her. Hope you're well. xx Louise

Sabina said...

Anne, I just love reading and looking through your blog! Need to check your shop!!

Have a wonderful day.