It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley'; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers
(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)
(images from lucie summers)
Okay one tiny post before I scoot, but seriously this couldn’t wait until Monday because I am so very excited for Lorena Siminovich (aka Petit Collage), the amazing way life works (so often the best comes by chance!), and the fact that she has such a killer gig going on with Anthropologie right now. I mean, this is the best story ever, especially encouraging to all the amazing indie artists out there.
See this picture? It’s a display inside of an Anthropologie store. Notice the collage works to the right of the mirror, you may recall them from this post, they are exclusive works by Lorena for Anthropologie. Can you stand it? They are reproduced on canvas, available in stores for a limited time only, $108 each.
Whenever I hear about indie artists getting exposure on this level, I always ask them how it all happened. I mean, do amazing things still fall into laps or does everything have to be via blood, sweat, and tears? You decide — Here’s what Lorena said when I asked her, “Basically I was hanging a piece in a local store (not Anthropologie), and the Anthro buyer walks in since she was in San Francisco on vacation, and asked me about the collages. Crazy lucky coincidence!”. Now how COOL is THAT people? Restores your faith, doesn’t it? Go, Lore!
Psst: This is the same artist who asked me to post this request to connect with stores and galleries. I guess that when you put your voice out there and admit that you need help, the universe hears you somehow, somewhere…
See you Monday!
(image from Lorena Siminovich)
Alison Brownrigg sent the sweetest email to introduce her online boutique, Petaline, a shop focused on presenting the talented works of Pacific Northwest (USA) artists. Alison is looking to expand to include the entire west coast, so if you are interested in learning more, try contacting her via her blog. Petaline carries a carefully curated selection of goods, everything from paintings to photography, fashion, and found items. As I browsed the store, not only did my eyes light up the moment I found the paintings and clothing, but I discovered the prices to be very affordable considering that most things are either one-of-a-kind or limited editions.
(images from petaline)
Jen from Craving Anthropologie told me about a crafty zine from Australia that you can pre-order for $4 from the Mixtape etsy store. I pre-ordered mine because I really love zines and wish I could afford to support every single crafty one out there because they’re just terrific resources on that home grown, handmade, down-to-earth level that so many of us love.
The debut issue of Mixtape (cover artwork by Shannon), will release August 12. The issue combines craft, from eco-hip items to pop culture kitsch, with features on eco-friendly tips for renters, 5 ways to go green, best of etsy, positive parenting, a recipe for walnut & maple scrub along with a slipper tutorial, and lots of other fun things. Order yours right here. And thanks again Jen for the tip!
Psst: To learn more about this zine, and how you can take part as either a contributor or advertiser, click here. I’ve secretly always wanted my own magazine, so maybe I should try a decor8zine someday, all about decorating, design blogging, and pretty things that inspire along with loads of encouraging thoughts. That would be fun. But of course, I’d want to include my favorite bloggers and friends on the internet that I’ve made. Can you imagine how fun it would be to create a collaborative zine like this, only with more of a focus on decorating from the heart? I’d love it. Now my brain is churning this idea. Something to think about as I’m on vacation…
(image from mixtape)