Hi All! I am Julieann founder of Jace Interiors, a design firm here in Cambridge, MA and the interior design blogger for the Tastemakers over at Stylefeeder! Holly introduced me to decor8 readers back in 2006 with an interview. We met in person at the SoWa Open Market and she has become a great design friend. She has asked me to fill in for her Etsy Take 5 Tuesday post today while she is getting settled in Germany (can we all say…. so jealous?!). Its been great to take a peak inside her new abode over at Haus Maus, its as if we are secretly all stashed in her suitcase!
Today I decided to have an Etsy theme, this helps me to not go off track since I am known to sit for hours scouting through all the sellers! I am a big fan of small hostess and housewarming gifts, especially if you take into account the personality of the homeowner. So on to my Etsy finds! Lets take a peak shall we?
First up is the FABULOUS Aki Takada and her store Oktak. I recently purchased this little bird purse for a friend and I have to say when it arrived in the post I was just giddy. It is the perfect size for a cell, mirror, lipgloss, money and a few other trinkets. They are extremely well made with 60′s/70′s vintage textiles. She also has a “frame purse” which is just delightful. Take a peek at her store since she has some great baby gifts too!
Michelle Brusegaard has the sweetest linens. She proclaims to have “art and craft ADD”, I believe a few of us can relate to that! Her linens would make a lovely gift for a host of a dinner party especially if you have an idea of the color scheme. I love setting a table with special linens even if it is just for pizza, it makes it seem more festive. These Dusty Aqua with Red Poppy Napkins and the Red Poppies Notecards are my favorites. Check out the rest of her store and her great blog too!
If you have not explored John W Golden you should take a look into his world. For years his work was all over network television! First I fell in love with his “By Order of Management” signs which always reminded me of something my mother would say. Now I see he has great city nickname signs like this BeanTown (Boston) one, obviously close to my heart!
How many homeowners do you know who have newborns and are in love with their puppers! Many I imagine, so along comes the brilliant Bella Blu Designs! She creates these fabulous onesies for the little tot with dog appliques in fun busy prints. Too cute! You will be the hit of any baby shower with this combo as a present!
Lastly we have the little gem Paloma’s Nest. This is one of those gifts not many people would necessarily get for themselves but once scattered over a dining table or each one placed at individual settings, I can only imagine the fun conversation which would begin! They use all the leftover wood for the “little thought for your day” building blocks! They are just too sweet: Smile Big, Have Hope, Love and Laugh Often are just a few. Great idea and nice to see there is nothing going to waste!
Thanks for letting me share some of my finds from Etsy, it was great fun! Please share some of your favorite and unique hostess gifts from Etsy if you’d like by commenting. Thanks for having me!
(text from julianne of jace interiors, images linked to sources above)
I was flattered and honored when Holly asked me to be a guest blogger on decor8 for a few days while she settles into her new apartment and part-time life in Germany. I just want to say what a great resource and friendly voice you are here in the design blogosphere Holly. I don’t know how you do it really, every day there are a whole bunch of great new finds with informative, casual blog posts. You’re an inspiration – you make me a better blogger – and I’m sure many of us have nicer homes and studios because of the encouragement we find on decor8. I don’t know how you do it really, but thank you for doing your decor8 thing! [Holly - don't remove this! : ) ]
Holly asked me to introduce myself: I’m Jason Thompson, father of two, blogger, bookbinder and the founder of Rag & Bone Bindery, a small bookbinding studio based in Providence, Rhode Island. Rag & Bone has been designing & manufacturing handcrafted Albums, Guestbooks, Journals and other books for 18 years now [where does the time go?] and you can find our Albums through retailers across the U.S. and Canada.
decor8 readers can save 20% on all Albums & Books at the Rag & Bone Bindery boutique, simply enter this discount code during checkout [good through Friday, 08/22/08, enter code: decor8].
As a bookbinder, I love books, paper, bookbinding, book arts, paper craft, origami, altered books and art made with books as objects. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by books all day, but sometimes I forget how beautiful they are, which is one reason I’m drawn to book art and artists’ books. I’m inspired by the different interpretations artists find with their art, whether it still retains its “bookish-ness” or is inspired simply by the book form. Here are a few of my favorite artists and journalers who use books as muse and/or medium.
Sabrina Ward Harrison
Artist and journaler Sabrina Ward Harrison published her first book at the age of 23, “Spilling Open; The Art of Becoming Yourself”. This was one of the first published journals I discovered [together with Dan Eldon's, The Journey Is The Destination] that inspired me to journal myself. What is it about journals and journaling that encourages such self reflection? Sabina’s confessional journal pages are visual treats and a reminder of how fragile, inspired, confused, creative and individual we all are. Sabrina’s art has since moved off her journal pages to encompass photography, collage, installations and performances. She recently spent two years living in a former one-room schoolhouse.
I first met Issaquah, Washington artist Teesha Moore while writing my first book and was blown away [I still am...] by her textured, layered and colorful journals. I was fortunate to have three of them to myself for a few weeks for photography and have to admit, I was inspired and a little intimidated. They’re so complex and dense. Teesha runs Artfest and Artfiberfest every year, two retreats with one-of-a-kind, unique art classes and events focusing on handmade art, book art and journals. Teesha also publishes “Art & Life” and “Play” ‘zines. She’s an inspiration to book artists and journalers and her love for art shows in everything she does. I’ve only met Teesha once, we’re on opposite sides of the country, and she’s just as lovely and generous in person. Check out her colorful art studio…
Artfest 2008 took place in April, however the 2009 schedule is in progress and dates are yet to be announced. Visit her website to stay up to date and join the artfest mailing list.
San Francisco Bay area artist Lisa Kokin has her feet firmly planted in the world of fine art but her book work is approachable and playful. Her altered books maintain the book form, creation through destruction, and have a unified look and feel. She maintains a visual continuity throughout her work but finds new life in old books by reshaping them, shredding pages and even sewing books inside-out. In addition to altered books, Lisa also uses buttons as medium for her unique collages.
Georgia Russell [Georgia doesn't seem to have her own website, but is represented by England Gallery]
Scottish Artist Georgia Russell uses a scalpel [and obsessive patience] to create altered books which have been cut, very meticulously, into strips and shreds and carefully arranged into beautiful compositions. This kind of work gets me excited to create myself. There’s just something about particular types of art that sparks the, “I can do that!” feeling which inspires me to create something too. Though frankly, there’s no way I could make something as beautiful as this no matter how sharp the scalpel and how many band-aids I have on hand. Georgia is continually refining her art, creating new and unusual book forms.
UK artist Su Blackwell creates enchanting book art by externalizing the pages of books into three dimensional representations of their content. Sue says, “These works can be seen as metaphors for language. I use non traditional art materials such as books and clothes to create work which evokes a sense of dreamy melancholy or magical enchantment”. Dreamy and enchanting indeed! If books have dreams they would look like this!
[Tracey doesn't have a website, but is represented by Art*Star]
These collaged, paper-cut dioramas by UK artist Tracey Bush combine entomology and lepidoptera with traditional letter writing and mail art. Each butterfly is sewn together from layers of paper using a bookbinders pamphlet stitch and secured into Museum boxes with entomological pins. Each is an actual species presented life size and created with an allusion to its name or habitat, IE: the Scotch Argus butterfly shows a Scottish Loch on its wing, etc. Beautiful!
Stay tuned for Part Two of this post. I’ll return to share some of my favorite paper artists with you on Wednesday.
(images linked to sources above, text by jason thompson)