The Cricut Explore Air™ Gold Edition machine at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores comes with exclusive Gold designer projects. The industry’s hottest DIY pros created these exclusive designs. Jeran, Gold designer and creator of Oleander and Palm, blends antiques, geometric shapes, nature, and global finds for a result that’s both warm and modern. She took the time to tell us where she gathers these elements, her earliest influences, and how she keeps her unique designs fresh. (Spoiler: A combination of inherited creativity and an unusual upbringing makes her a natural talent—but she still offers great tips.)
If someone was thinking about trying Cricut for the first time, what would you tell them?
You don’t have to be a scrapbooker or even a cardmaker to use a Cricut. I love the versatility of this machine—I use it to create custom home décor all the time.
What is your favorite Cricut software feature?
I love to upload my own designs and favorite fonts for a super custom look. Design Space is amazing for that.
What do you think of when you hear the word “gold”?
All the fun brass objects in my home that I’ve thrifted over the years.
Tell us about the inspiration for your Gold project designs.
I wanted to create clean, modern shapes and patterns that would work well in a variety of spaces. Geometric shapes are my go-to; I love how well they work in any color palette. I live in a 100-year-old house and own lots of midcentury furniture, but geometric shapes and patterns help keep my space feeling modern. I wanted my love of midcentury designs to also come through in my projects.
Describe your personal style.
Modern, eclectic, earthy, and global.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Nature first. If I’m on a hike in the desert, on a beach, or in the mountains, I find inspiration. I also love antiques and vintage finds. If I can’t go for a hike, I’ll wander through thrift stores, an antique mall, or a flea market.
Is there someone who taught or inspired you to be creative?
Both of my parents are extremely creative. I grew up in the third world, and their industriousness definitely rubbed off on me. They both have the ability to make something beautiful out of almost nothing at all.
See all of Oleander + Palm’s gold projects in Cricut Design Space, exclusive with the Cricut Explore Air™ Gold Edition machine at Jo-Ann. Plus, visit the Oleander + Palm blog for full details and instructions!