Mural Artist Brings Interactive Painting to Hazel Boutique in Ship Bottom

By Victoria Ford | Jul 03, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Ship Bottom — Those who have passed through downtown Ship Bottom any time in the last week or two may have noticed a large work of art coming to life. The artist, Cayla Morton, was working on a butterfly mural on the exterior of Hazel Boutique. The new Ship Bottom women’s clothing-and-lots-of-other-cool-stuff shop is the third location for owners and (twin) sisters Kim and Jenna Campfield. They also have boutiques in Ramsey and Belmar. Morton and her husband Matt live in Jersey City, but she spent whole summers in Harvey Cedars growing up.

The Campfields’ relationship with Morton started through her work with vintage denim as a fashion designer. Join her 17,400 Instagram followers to see her brand in action and visit caylamorton.com. Morton is represented by Lilac, a boutique PR firm that specializes in brand partnerships, digital influencer marketing and talent management.

Her career really took off when “Orange Is the New Black” actor Jackie Cruz (who plays Flaca) ordered one of her custom jackets. Morton also partners with Not Pot, maker of vegan CBD gummies, and collaborates with Teva, the sandal company. Amy Schumer has a pair. Morton’s work has also benefited Planned Parenthood.

The mural at 27th and the Boulevard is Morton’s very first. She is branching out into larger paintings, though, having done a guitar and a surfboard. As an artist she doesn’t feel limited to one medium or type of “canvas.” Currently, her medium of choice is Behr outdoor paints, and the paint surface is sheetrock.

She has no formal art school training, but she has plenty of natural talent.

The owners had given her somewhat free rein to design the artwork, trusting she would hit the right note. By all appearances, she has.

A psychedelic butterfly is the focal point, with an interactive component to invite passersby to stop and have someone take a photo of them standing between the wings, being the butterfly. As of Sunday (Day Six), she had plans to move to the outer extremes and paint in palm trees, flowers, sea shells and whatever else might occur to her along the way.

Certain elements already in place, such as the “baking” hot sun and the moon embracing Saturn and other details inside the wings, were not in the original drawing, but she’s following creative impulses.

All the while, she’s making new friends. Having a live audience is also a new experience for her, but she doesn’t mind, aside from stressing about the paint drying too fast.

Her grin takes over her face as she talks about the friendly encounters she has had with visitors and inquisitors.

“It’s so symmetrical!” a young onlooker named Robert exclaimed.

Balance is definitely a main objective for the overall piece, Morton explained. She loves the way a good mural will pull the eye in a lot of different directions, she said.

“Everything seems to be falling into place nicely,” she said.

— Victoria Ford

victoria@thesandpaper.net

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