Lenexa is getting ready for another Kid Makers Market, and twin sisters Lila and Avery O’Hara, who run an Etsy page, are ready to sell their personalized artwork.
This year’s Kid Makers Market marks at least the fourth attendance for Lenexa’s 14-year-old girls. In fact, the event is their inspiration behind launching a digital store on Etsy and sharing their artwork with a wider audience.
“It’s really good because that’s what kicked off our urge to make art for sale, and just more often,” Lila said.
Last summer, the twins launched Willow Tree Artistry on Etsy, just after turning 13 and old enough to open the store.
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Although both young women are artists, they have developed their own niche specialties. They tried combinations of pen and ink, markers, charcoal, watercolors, and other media.
Now Avery mainly uses pen and ink and charcoal.
“My art has definitely evolved; he matured with me and became more of mine, ”Avery said, noting that she’s been drawing more original pieces lately. “I find my art reflects my changing interests. Like, right now, what really excites me is fashion: old vintage fashion photos. I love that, and that old school style where sometimes the lines are really exaggerated or just that general pen style.
Lila’s specialties are calligraphy and digital art, although she still enjoys using pen, ink and colored pencils. She hopes to change people’s perceptions of digital art as this art form is sometimes seen as easier or less impressive.
“I remember always being so impressed, like I see an artist and his pieces, so I want to be that for another young girl or anyone really, like ‘Wow, that’s really cool, I would like to be that. to be able to do that ‘”said Lila.
In a way, the girls are inspired by their mother, Dominique O’Hara, who loved to create art and who went to graphic design school. At the moment, she is helping her daughters run business. But she was an inspiration to Lila, and Avery enjoys looking at their mother’s old artwork.
“Most of all, I’m just proud of them because I think God gave them this talent, and I’m happy that they are using it,” said Dominique.
Ahead of the Kid Makers Market this weekend, the O’Hara sisters took out their artwork, highlighting pieces that took a long time and others they really enjoyed creating. Avery said some pieces, especially with a colored pencil, can take a long time to complete.
“It gives you less freedom because it’s not like you can erase it or really cover it up very well,” Avery added. “But there is also that feeling of abandonment when it comes to that. You can really just do it freehand, do whatever you want with it, create all these different textures.
The sisters discussed how quite competitive they were with each other, but as they grew and developed their Etsy business they found their own artistic styles and even teamed up on some projects together. .
“These are always some of my favorites,” Avery said.
For example, they recently completed a play “Hail Mary” for their aunt. They often draw inspiration from their Catholic roots to create works of religious art.
As their Etsy business grows, the O’Hara sisters are increasingly accepting requests for custom art, especially for portraits and calligraphy pieces.
“For me, my art for the shop is not that personal, so when I take it out to sell it, I want the goal to be, someone is going to have this in their house or give it as a gift, and that It’s going to be admired or loved, it’s going to be put to good use, ”Avery said.
Lila noted that she also enjoys reading positive reviews from their Etsy customers.
“It just makes me feel like I did that, I made them happy in the moment,” Lila said.