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At Home with Laura Kirkpatrick

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Laura Kirkpatrick of America's Next Top Model at home with her daughter Willow, wrapped up in a Storyteller alpaca knit throw

Welcome to our first blog entry, it's about time we started sharing more of our story.

We've spent the last couple of years building our brand & working with some of the best folks in the business. From alpaca farmers & artisans, to our lovely supporters & all those in-between. Each interaction has been something magical and we can't wait to share with you all through our blog, Field Notes. 
I've thought a lot about how I would introduce our work through this blog and I realized the best place to start is with our latest collection. The most obvious choice was working with my fabulous model-turned-photographer friend, Laura Kirkpatrick, to help tell our story.
You may know her from her work on America’s Next Top model. She was a contestant cycle 13 and again competed in the All Stars season. She almost won the whole thing both times and in my heart she will always be the winner. We grew up in neighboring small towns, but didn't meet each other until we had both moved away. We did ton of work together as model and designer back in 2010-2012, along the way I got to know her and I am so grateful for that experience. She is someone who is  truly deserving of all those fan favorite votes and one hard working mother.
We spent a Sunday together back in early March styling and shooting the Handmade Home Collection now available on our site. I brought a few of our favorite pieces to Laura's home that she shares with her  fiancé and their two year old daughter, Willow located outside of Cincinnati, OH. We got to talk about the highs and lows of parenting while owning your own business all while our toddlers ran around our feet and juggling the collection, a baby and a camera. Sounds chaotic because it was, but it's also all we've ever dreamed of and more. We share a true appreciation and love for our families and all things handmade: products with substance and soul, that is what both of our brands are all about.
Laura Kirkpatrick posing with Storyteller Studio textiles, A. St. Clair Kimono and Tee, Cindy Borders Jewelry, and Kentucky Royalty Alpaca Felt Hat
Laura with the Storyteller Studio textiles collection in her home
Kentucky Royalty outback alpaca felt hat  
Kentucky Royalty floppy alpaca felt hat
Currently, Laura runs a beef business with her family called Kentucky Darling Meats where they supply great-tasting beef to area markets and clients. These farmers care deeply about the animals and you can taste it in their products.
As she continues in her farming and modeling career she is also looking forward to the future. What's next for her, preparing for her upcoming wedding first and foremost. But also, she is taking all of that experience in-front of a camera and using it to work behind the camera, capturing images for brands and clients that she feels passionate about.
Her new photography venture carries on the same farm to table themes she has been building on throughout her career. She also has great eye for product styling, I got to witness that first hand throughout our shoot together. 
Handmade Home Collection styled and photographed by Laura Kirkpatrick
Steurer and Co. Madison Tote, David Kring Ceramics Vase/Pitcher 
David Kring Ceramics vase
Steurer and Co. Madison tote
David Kring Ceramics dispenser and bake dish
Berea College Crafts cutting board 
Berea College Crafts cutting boards
Berea College Craft chefs chopping block and double handled cutting board 
Follow Laura on instagram @Laura_Allstar and her new photo page @Ottenhiem_Opal