Hello, I am Lia Griffith, daily DIYer, designer, photographer, stylist, creative inventor and big dreamer. I live a handcrafted life and am here to share it with you, to inspire you, to help you remember that creative genius living inside of all of you.
I grew up in a family of DIYers. My parents were artists and we all found joy in the challenge of learning to sew, cook, upcycle, recycle and reinvent things in addition to our own art projects. I chose an education in graphic design and that has served me well, as I have had a flourishing and colorful design career. Along with branding, packaging and print design, I have had the opportunity to design many restaurant and retail spaces, owned both a children’s boutique and a European style flower shop and had a children’s clothing line that was sold at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and even the Disney stores.
For the last few years I was the creative director for Elli.com, a wonderful online stationery shop. It was while we were waiting for our site to launch that I began to spend more time creating posts for our blog with the idea of forming a paper loving community. That was where this all began and when I knew I had found my path. In March of 2013 I took the leap, left my job and started my media company so I can give my all to creating new projects and fresh ideas on ways to handcraft your life.
Though I have always had a knack with paper crafting, it was when I was able to showcase my work in a fully produced runway show featuring seven of my paper gowns that it started to set the stage. My Papier Couture adventure influences the paper flowers and tutorials that I create. This love of paper also helped me win the 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper contest in New York City. You can view my media tour videos are articles here.
My paper creations as well as other DIY projects have been featured in 6 printed publications from the UK, France and Hungary. I have also had the honor of being a guest writer and creative content developer for Seventh Generation, SheKnows, DIY Network and Good Housekeeping (AU). I am currently working on my first book to be published in 2014.
On this blog, unless otherwise noted, I have photographed all of the images. I use natural light (always), a Canon 5D Mark II and a 55mm 1.8 lens. * Headshots by Brian McDonnell at BMAC Studio. Image by Siene River, Paris, France by Shreyas Sagar.