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Meet Adrianne Hawthorne of Ponnopozz | Artist's Corner

May 03, 2021

Adrianne Hawthorne Summer scrunchie artist

Meet Adrianne! Adrianne Hawthorne is a Chicago-based artist who loves to indulge in the biggest and brightest colors. Not only is she the owner of Ponnopozz, but we also collaborated with Adrianne on our newest Summer scrunchie design!!

The Scrunchie Club: Adrianne, welcome to the TSC Blanket Fort blog!! When did you first know you were going to be an artist?

AH: I knew as early as I can remember, maybe 3 years old. I used to always tell people that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. In 4th grade that changed to wanting to be a lawyer (didn’t every 90’s kid want this?) and then in 6th grade a meteorologist. By high school I decided I wanted to be a graphic designer and that’s what I have my degree in. After 11 years of design (which I’m still doing by day), I finally pursued abstract art and I haven’t looked back.

TSC: How has your artistic style changed over time?

AH: I started painting officially in 2018 and was doing portraits of plants using bright colors. That has evolved into subject matter that is more abstract and a style that is much looser. The bright colors are still there, though!

Adrianne Hawthorne chicago artist

TSC: What advice do you have for artists who are still searching for their signature style?

AH: This is a tough one because I too am still searching for my signature style. I am experiencing some growing pains right now as far as my work is concerned. My advice for other artists would be to just experiment until you find what you feel is right for you in the moment. Be open to your style evolving, if you want it to. Anything that feels right to you (as long as you keep pursuing it) will turn into a signature style because YOU made it!

TSC: Can you share more about the inspiration behind your Summer scrunchie?

AH: I wanted to use rich, bright colors to evoke the happy and carefree feelings of summer. This scrunchie was inspired by a day at the beach (or lake, in my case).

TSC: 15% of the profits from this design benefitsThe Night Ministry, a Chicago based nonprofit that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to community members struggling with poverty or homelessness. Can you share more about why you selected the Night Ministry to be the nonprofit partner for your scrunchie design?

AH: I wanted to pick a local non-profit and the Night Ministry is doing incredible work for the community. I remember once, back in 2013, the apartment building I was living in was damaged during a freak severe weather event. I had to evacuate myself and my two cats quickly. We were sitting on the sidewalk (me and two cats without a carrier) and a Night Ministry van pulled up. The woman inside offered to put my two cats in the van while I sorted through where I was going to stay that night. I’ll never forget it. It was a small thing that made such a difference to me personally. This past winter, I made lunch bags for TNM to pass out and it felt good to be able to give back in a real way. TNM is making a difference and I want to help/support them as much as I can.

TSC: When people wear your scrunchie design, how do you hope they feel?

AH: Happy and free, like they can conquer the world! Maybe my scrunchie will inspire others to create art! Now that would be ideal.

summer scrunchie - the scrunchie club

TSC: How do you treat yourself with kindness?

AH: I give myself Sundays off (which is a big one since I’m a bit of a workaholic). I actively try not to beat myself up about mistakes. I eat the slice of cake when it’s presented to me. And I get lots of sleep :)

TSC: And since this is our Summer scrunchie, we have to ask - what are you most looking forward to experiencing this summer?

AH: Picnics in Winnemac Park with our new picnic basket!

TSC: Thanks so much for chatting with us, Adrianne!

For more from Adrianne, follow her onInstagram! “Summer”, with original artwork by Adrianne, is available now.