January 15, 2020 • Sarah Schwartz
10 Designers to Watch in 2020: Mindy Carpenter
Carpe Diem Papers
Aesthetic of the Line?
Nostalgic art meets vintage style. Carpe Diem’s cards have a quirky elegance and sophistication, capturing the beauty of vintage objects and everyday scenes. From fancy parlors, beloved pets, flea market finds or a table of sweet treats, Mindy’s paintings bring humor and a warm heart to vibrant life.
Kelly’s Confetti Cake, named after my best friend. We are part-time professional cake tasters and have gone to great lengths to find the perfect flavor, beauty, icing, cuteness and wow factor. Kelly owns this original painting.
My Fancy Parlors. They were one of my first series of paintings where I really hit my stride. My two latest are Leopard & Louis (shown) and Pink Parlor. I love furnishing the rooms with eclectic furniture, capturing home décor trends, and adding a mosaic wall of artwork with messages or themed art.
Happy Birthday Cats. It’s such a funny mosaic of cats in clothes and eyeglasses!
This cheerful collection: Ciao Bella (shown), Live in the Sunshine and Stop & Smell the Roses. They’re the anchors of my line and capture a whimsical, feel-good nostalgia for color, life and a happy heart.
You’d think it was pink and green, but navy blue is my true-blue forever color.
Current Design Obsession?
Mixing patterns and designs: tartan with leopard, stripes with florals, golds and silvers with fur. My other obsession is working with new mediums; I’m learning gouache and adore it.
Peets coffee, almond croissants from a local French bakery, Gamblin oil paints, elizabethW bath products, walking our dog when I should be working, art books and antique store treasures.