6 THINGS WITH CARMEN NASH
6 Things with Carmen Nash Founder of Loft and Thought
Based in Florida, Carmen is an artist, mother of 3, and the founder of Loft and Thought. Her work displays an artful flare and consists of literature and storytelling through her culture, spiritual beliefs and roots in the church. The term "Visual Poetry", coined by Carmen, perfectly depicts the art she creates. Her aesthetic and perspective is like no other. It's no surprise that so many are drawn to her eloquent style. She describes the pieces that move her through rhythm, pattern, texture and warmth. Her creative process shares her journey of endless miles traveled to rescue vintage pieces that bring nostalgic memories that lingers. The result is a flurry of thoughts and evoked emotions. Carmen captivates her audience through simplicity and soul. She's the epitome of resilience, strength, and kindness.
1. What started it all for you?
It was a whirlwind that led to the road of becoming a full-time vintage furniture seller. My background is in Resort and Hospitality Management specifically Resort Spa management. I stopped working for awhile to care for my newborn daughter and wanted to earn income from home. The idea came to mind to buy things and resell because growing up I would go thrifting and junking with my parents. By a fluke I posted a really great chair I had found to a Facebook identification group and was connected to a furniture dealer who bought the chair from me. From then on I decided that I would build a clientele of people who were art and vintage lovers like myself.
2. What drives your creative spark?
My spirituality and my culture are the two driving forces of my creativity. My art form is rooted in a connection that I have with God and putting these things together is a representation of that. My culture is also reflected in my process and images of black women that I post throughout my feed express emotion of that experience.
3. Most treasured home decor item?
I have a small wrought iron candlestick that I purchased in college. I bought it jokingly and told my husband that I was going to be an eBay seller and that the candlestick was going to be the first thing I listed. I still have it and it's the running joke since I am now indeed an online seller.
4. What’s the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice I ever received was to be honest and keep your word. I feel that this is very important in business because developing strong relationships can push you much further then lacking them.
5. It's 5 o'clock at home. What would you be pouring?
I am on the road quite often and my go-to drink is a Starbucks Iced Venti Strawberry Acai Lemonade with raspberry or peach added.
6. What are your favorite 6 accounts that you follow for inspiration?
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"My spirituality and my culture are the two driving forces of my creativity. My art form is rooted in a connection that I have with God and putting these things together is a representation of that. My culture is also reflected in my process and images of black women that I post throughout my feed express emotion of that experience." -Carmen Nash