5+5: Erica Domesek
DIY doyenne, millenial Martha
The Art for Everyone 5+5, presented by 20x200 and Jen Bekman Projects, is a series of mini interviews that focus on a variety of tastemakers and trailblazers. From founders, curators and CEOS, to media mavens, editors-in-chief, and prolific authors, each of our subjects have one thing in common — a major appetite for art. In every feature, our interviewees round up their five favorite 20x200 prints, then answer five questions that shed some light on their relationship to art at this moment. Check out the entire series here.
The internet, it is a small, small world. There are like 2 degrees of separation between you and just about anyone (hi, Alexander Skarsgard, call me!) so we weren’t terribly surprised (but spectacularly pleased) when Jen’s BFF Stacy London connected JB to her other BFF, this week’s 5+5'er and stylish DIY doyenne, Erica Domesek — the creative force behind P.S. I Made This.
You see… Erica Domesek is sort of a big deal in both the crafting and fashion spheres. As the story goes, Erica once saved a friend from shelling out her hard-earned dough on a $600 necklace by throwing a crafting party to recreate the piece on their own. Not long after, the project drew praise backstage at a fashion show and a lightbulb went off for Erica: she could do this on a much larger scale!
It was a wild ride from revelation to a legit business built on the motto “I see it. I like it. I make it.” In addition to her addictive DIY blog, Erica has written two books, created a line of DIY kits and is a dynamic TV personality. She’s appeared on the Today Show, Rachael Ray, E! News, and had the surreal opportunity to drop some science on “M. Diddy” about how to craft a design-forward necklace out of rubber bouncy balls. In fact, The Wall Street Journal refers to her as the “Millennial Martha Stewart,” and the positive name-calling doesn’t stop there. Elle Magazine dubbed Erica “Fashion’s Queen of DIY”… so she’s royalty, ya hear!
Us? We just like to think of her as a badass business lady and owner of one covetable craft closet. Being an authority on style and home decor, we just knew Erica would have a unique take on the art that inspires her and BONUS: it turns out that Erica is also an OG 20x200 collector who’s been our champion since the early days. Color us bedazzled. We’re psyched our worlds have collided. Boom.
5 Perfect Picks
I’m an avid collector of fashion coffee table books…I even own some of these titles in the painting. It’s truly the best of the best!
Los Angeles holds a very special place in my heart. It’s almost like a second home to me. The sweet and warm colors mixed with my highway crowded heaven are the perfect medley.
There’s something about a beach packed with beautiful strangers boasting vivid colors that speaks to me. On one hand, you want to know who they are, where they are, why there are there… and on the other hand… you just want to get lost in the depth and composition.
I’ve been a fan of Sharon Montrose for quite some time. I fell in love with her giraffes a long time ago. Flamingo No. 4 speaks to me because I have ALWAYS wanted to hang a flamingo in my home! Every since I fell in love with Audubon’s iconic Flamingo, I’ve loved the idea of finding one of my own. I recently went to Tanzania and saw thousands of these pinky pals who took my breath away. I even took home some fallen found feathers.
I grew up going to boardwalks. My mother grew up going to boardwalks. My grandmother grew up going to boardwalks. This feels like it could have been someone in my family strolling. I have no idea who these girls are, but I dream that I am related to them and they are en route to get some boardwalk french fries.
5 Q’s + 5 A’s
- What’s your favorite museum?
- You’ve got $5M to spend on one piece of art. What would it be?
- Do you prefer a single statement piece or a salon wall?
I can’t lie — I love me a salon wall (which is what I have at home).
- Favorite color?
- Coveted coffee table book?
I have wayyyyy too many to tell you that, however I can tell you right now the 3 books I have on the table: About Time: A Visual Memoir Around the Clock, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are and an amazing book of puns.
The 411 on Erica Domesek
Erica Domesek, founder of the innovative do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this…is a distinguished design and style expert living and creating in New York City. Her mission is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to embrace the concept of “I see it. I like it. I make it.” She’s passionate about her mission in helping others stylishly personalize their lives through DIY.
Domesek has appeared on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Martha Stewart Show, E! News, The Nate Berkus Show, Fox Business News, and as a judge on TLC’s Craft Wars. Her work has been featured in issues of Glamour, Lucky, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Self, Elle, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and more. In 2013, she was named as a spokesperson for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA).