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Hand-Lettered Silhouettes By Pommel Lane

When I found these hand-lettered silhouettes the other day on betype by Hannah at Pommel Lane, I nearly fell off my chair. So original, clever and gorgeous. I’d love to frame one for my wall. Silhouettes is a blog series where Hannah takes Creative Commons photography by other artists and applies her own hand-lettering to create one-of-a-kind portrait images. Check out these beauties…

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“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset” – Joss Whedon.

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Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.

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Sometimes you just have to let go and see what happens.

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

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I either eat too much or starve myself. Sleep for 14 hours or have insomniac nights. Fall in love very hard or hate passionately. I don’t know what grey is. I never did.

Aren’t these all just so amazing?

(images: pommel lane)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 16, 2014

Artist Belinda Marshall + Artist’s Statements

I learned something today, that artist’s have something like what a business has, a mission statement or more appropriately, an artist’s statement. I didn’t know that and I’ve been working with art and artists for over ten years now. I’ll get more into what these statements are in a moment but first, I want to talk about an Australian artist, Belinda Marshall, whom I found over the summer and quickly fell in love with. In fact, I’ve added some of her paintings and prints to my online shop (here) and I stock her 2015 wall calendar too. My very favorite piece is this first painting shown below called crystal, a print of an original painting of hers, that I think is absolutely delicious. I just adore the almost acid yellow in this size. Yum. I dream of this print at night, that’s how much I love it. It makes me crazy happy.

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I also really like her work shown on these pieces of fabric, hung as banners. What a gorgeous piece this is.

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I love Belinda’s artist statement, “My work is an exploration of emotional reactions to the beauty within my immediate environment. A connection to my experience of an idyllic country landscape during childhood drives the need to portray the beauty found in domestic settings and urban landscapes in my work. My works depict my vision of a perfect world – a calm, meditative space – communicated through layers of colour blocks and sections of representative imagery and repeat pattern. I focus only on what resonates and draws me in. By expressing observations of beautiful objects and moments in my work, I aim to create a space for the viewer to form a deeper connection to his or her surroundings and to access the contentment that can be experienced from this process.”

And a big by the way, do you know what an artist statement is? According to wikipedia, “An artist’s statement (or artist statement) is an artist’s written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is about and in support of, his or her own work to give the viewer understanding. As such it aims to inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for the work; it is therefore didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature.”.

I think we all need a statement, artist or not, in any field we’re in. What would yours be?

(images: belinda marshall)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 16, 2014

Holiday Gifts From Small Labels With Heart

I’m having so much fun working with makers in my decor8 shop! It’s been really easy to manage and a lot of fun to curate. I’ve pulled together a fun Hollyday Shopping collection with a festive happy theme (not your traditional evergreens and reds, so be warned!) if you want to check it out. And below, I have a few of my favorite things in my home that I plan to use and enjoy for this season and beyond like the gorgeous handmade ceramic bottle by Texan ceramicist Keith Kreeger, hand thrown in Austin who happens to be a Martha Stewart American Made Finalist this year. Nice!

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It’s always such a pleasure to have things that were handmade with love and care, crafted by those who also designed them vs. the design process being done in-house and the manufacturing in mass production plants abroad. Though truth be told, I am not a snob about it – I do shop both local and small as well as factory-produced (in fair conditions of course), because who can afford to always shop handmade and it’s also not so practical as many things that you need aren’t even produced by hand these days. But, when I’m giving gifts or need something extra special for my home, I definitely look at the small guys first to see what makers are offering on sites like Great.ly and my local craft and art fairs. If you’re like me and are looking for something lovely to give, a truly cherished piece, please do check out my shop and support those who are working mostly from home-based studios and small shops this season.

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Shop these above: CERAMIC BOTTLE by Keith Kreeger $190 //2. LINEN NAPKINS set of 4 by Celina Mancurti $62// SERVING BOARD in maple with black handle by Araya Jensen $62 // PRINT 8×10 “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” by Colour Moon $25.

I can’t wait to put a few sprigs of fresh eucalyptus in the ceramic bottle and serve an assortment of dessert cheeses on the maple serving board with, of course, those gorgeous tactile linen napkins. The print is so funny, I’m sometimes a little bratty when I’m hungry (so is my husband), so this print needed to be in our home so it’s going in our kitchen. Do you become a crabby when you need food too??!?

Psst: I have lots of my other favorite things on Pinterest now too, so follow this board if you want to keep on top of my frequent updates there.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 19, 2014

How To Choose Art For Your Gallery Style Wall

Last we, I gave you a little decorating 101 with 8 Easy Steps For Planning A Gallery Style Art Wall, part of a series of three posts that I’m working on in collaboration with Minted to inspire all of you to be fearless with art and support independent artists through the purchasing of affordable prints – something I’ve been promoting on this blog for eons. This is part two and it’s all about choosing art for a gallery style arrangement.

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Decide on a theme – pick art that works together.

What do you want to say? Think of  a vibe, a mood, a style, a theme… For instance, you want this wall to showcase your love of travel. Or maybe it’s to display your son’s grade school art mixed in with modern art. Perhaps it’s black and white photography you’ve been collecting. Your love of abstract shapes and vibrant color. Whatever it is, try to find something, a red thread, that goes through each piece connecting them in some way. Even if only YOU see the connection, that’s okay, but there needs to be some meaning to you on an emotional level because that is why we display things on our wall in the first place right? Because we’ve emotionally made some connection to it – we like it – whether that be the color, mood, subject matter, whatever… It evokes emotion and that’s good. And in addition to emotion, the work as a whole should connect somehow. Like sure, you could display WWII photography alongside your daughter’s finger-paints, a standard issue Le Chat poster from your Paris vacay, a snapshot of your poodle, a Monet reproduction and nudes of gorgeous men all together on a dining room wall. I mean, it’s your home, your decision (no judgement!).

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Does this stuff really work in context, you know? Does it make some sense or tell a story or is everything its own focal point and together, the story becomes terribly muddy or chaotic even (and not in a good way)? Work that doesn’t fit together shouldn’t be displayed together.

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Mix and match.

Art prints, paintings, kids’ artwork, Polaroids, photographs, drawings, sketches, personal photos of a family trip. Mix it up and include what fits the story behind this wall of art your are creating. You can even frame precious mementos and include dimensional objects too – like a ceramic tile, a porcelain head, an old mirror.

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Decide on frames and mattes.

I’m not that bold with mixing frame styles, but perhaps you are. I like to stick to a few colors (white and natural wood) then through in a few color frames or black or something with a clean slim gold frame, for instance. Also decide on mattes. I think all mattes should be the same color on gallery style walls but then you’ll sometimes see a wall that breaks every design rule and it works beautifully. If you have that knack, by all means mix and match. I honestly don’t have that knack of mixing matte colors and frame styles and colors with amazing results. So I have a formula I work with and that usually is the one I work with successfully time and time again.

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Lose the obsession with frame size.

If it fits on your wall, it can fit the arrangement. Salon style, or gallery style, is generally a really loose casual arrangement of art that grows over time. It begins with some work and spreads over time. That’s the beauty of it. If you are obsessed with frames all being the same size and installed in a grid, you’re not really a gallery style wall person so steer away from this and try the grid arrangements because they’ll ultimately fit your style and make you happier.

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Over the weekend I plan to install my art sponsored by Minted, all work that I selected, along with some original paintings I’ve collected over the years and add a few special bits here and there unframed. Then next week, for the third installment from this series, I’ll show you the big reveal on how it all looks on my wall with a shopping list for everything.

A big thanks to Minted for sponsoring my salon style art wall project – I love all of the work that I was able to choose from your shop! Thank you again.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 14, 2014

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