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Podcast with Matte Stephens

We all love Matte, but do we really know him? Well you’re about to. If you’re a fan of his colorful work filled with whimsical creatures then you’ll enjoy this podcast with him hosted by Creative Thursday that just went live last night. It’s just over an hour but well worth the time since Matte talks all about how artists make a living, a great topic for the times! With all the creative types out there looking to get started doing their own thing or for established artists in need of some encouragement (and tips) to keep going, it’s a terrific podcast to listen in on!

Great job Marisa and Matte! And for those of you interested, Matte also has an etsy store with nearly 1,500 items sold since it launched just one year ago this month. He is a bright shooting star with fans worldwide — one to watch!

(images from matte stephens)

Posted in inspiration, small business on February 28, 2008

Boston Locals: Small Biz Meet-up Tonight at DWR

Don’t miss this Boston locals! Tonight there’s another great Boston Design Salon business lady meet-up with a twist — it’s open to the boys! The BDS was formed by local ceramist Jill Rosenwald with the goal of gathering together local business ladies to mingle and talk shop. Whether you currently own a business or are just looking for other creative types to network with, the Boston Design Salon is for you.
Tonight authors Chris Grimley and Mimi Love of Color Space Style will present The 22 Minute Design Degree based on principles discussed in their new book that will give you, “everything you need to know about interior design”. They’ll also offer copies of their book Color Space Style, along with limited edition prints and shirts. Details here.

Info: Event will be held this evening, February 28th from 7-9 p.m. Please arrive promptly so that you don’t miss the presentation. The location is at the Design Within Reach showroom located in Boston’s South End at 519 Tremont Street, 617.451.7801. No need to R.S.V.P. at this point, just show up ready to learn and mingle as the event is open to the public. Don’t forget your business cards!

To join the Boston Design Salon group and receive future event announcements via email and to network with locals online, click here.

(images from dwr and color space style)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on February 28, 2008

Vitamin D(esign) {20% off for decor8 readers}

I can’t believe how many design bloggers have stores now, Vitamin D(esign) was one of the first I think, it’s really a hot feature for a blog to have I hear! Anyway, I was looking over the Vitamin D(esign) shop a few days ago and found lots of nice items and so I connected with owner Jaime to see if we could get a little deal going for decor8 readers…

And it’s in stone baby! 20% of everything until April 1st with code DECOR8 at checkout. The shop carries items from Henry Road, Brave Space, Rachel Denny, Alena Hennessy, Nosheen Iqbal and more. Thank you Jaime for the great offer!

(images from vitamin design)

Posted in discounts on February 28, 2008

Amy Walsh

More beautiful art to fall in love with today, this time from Philadelphia-based artist Amy Walsh. Amy wrote in about her work this afternoon and I was delighted to see it as I’d not heard about her before and really enjoy the colors and arrangements of things she pulls together for her mixed media collages. Amy recently completed a series of twelve designs which comprise “Beastiarium” which is a collection of oddball creatures that are hybrids of animals, plants and sea creatures. The entire series is currently available in her etsy shop. What a fascinating body of work!

Cabinet 4 is my personal favorite.

I can’t help but notice this trend in the art world right now of printing on pages from vintage books or sheet music. Amy uses books from the 1800’s. It’s a clever way to reuse something that otherwise may go unnoticed or worse, be discarded. Have you spotted this to, prints on pages? I like seeing all the mini trends out there… I often wonder where they originated and why other artists decide to pick it up, what inspired them about printing on vintage pages? Maybe Amy can stop in and answer this question for us. Amy if you’re there, I’d love to know more… Perhaps you can comment below?

(images from amy walsh)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on February 27, 2008


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