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Nebo Peklo: Prints + Home

I found some lovely home photos on flickr from Natalie Tweedie, aka Nebo Peklo, an artist/illustrator living in Glasgow, Scotland/UK. “My love of drawing flowers was born from studying printed textiles,” Natalie says. “If I was asked to describe my work and style I would say it was organic, linear, detailed, intricate, an abstract version of traditional flower and botanical studies with a contemporary use of line.” Most of us know about Natalie’s watercolor and gocco prints, but after spotting them “living” in her own home, I had to ask if I could show some on decor8. Her home sweet home has a lot of breathing space, and that’s quite refreshing as it’s a switch for me to see rooms that aren’t packed with color, pattern, and piled high with tschotskies for a change. Although in the right doses, accessories and lots of color can be wonderful adds, rooms can be equally pleasing if one decides to keep it simple. Some feel more creative in a minimalist space. Didn’t Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe once say, “Less is more”? Here are some thoughts from Natalie, along with some images of her favorite pieces of art, including her very own prints.

“We recently decorated the living room and I picked the wallpaper to mirror the view of the trees from the window. The teak sideboard was found in a charity shop and I?ve had the original 60?s rocket lamp for nearly 16 years and it?s still going strong! Soon I hope to purchase hanging ?glow bowls? by artist Diana Fayt.” -Natalie Tweedie

“My boyfriend and I bought our first flat last August and one of the main things that I love about my living room is the light from the windows and the view of the massive ash trees over the river. Having lived here nearly a year now I have seen the seasons change through the trees.” -Natalie Tweedie

“On a recent trip to San Francisco I picked up the ?beauty? letterpress print by Hammerpress. It sits beside a small vase by Karin Eriksson whose work I love.” -Natalie Tweedie

“I have a mini teak bureau that sits in my hallway and I like to use this to display some of the art I have. I have a ceramic log sculpture by Christine Buckton Tillman, a ?twins? collage artpiece by Dawbis, a Port2Port Press letterpressed calendar alongside some of my own artwork.” -Natalie Tweedie

“My bedroom is very plain, which I really like; I don?t like too much clutter or decoration in my bedroom. I made the duvet cover from original ?still in the box? linen set from the 50?s which my mum found in a charity shop. I love the bright fresh yellow of the bed linen and this love of yellow can be found in my recent artwork. I have Tord Boontje garland lampshades in both my bedrooms in copper and gold.” -Natalie Tweedie

“This is one of my new gocco screenprints created with my ink line drawings of poppies layered in blues, teal and yellow ochre. This is available online at my shop and is a limited edition of 49. More details here.” -Natalie Tweedie

I love seeing work displayed in the home of the artist, so thank you Natalie for this glimpse into your home, and to enjoy your pretty prints! I also love that Natalie allows herself to build her space over time. I think this organic design process is really the key to having a home that truly reflects who you are as a person. Allow each room to grow as your own life unfolds, as you grow as a person, or couple. You don’t have to order everything all at once and rush the process, stressing over it, making your hunt for a chair an obsessive, life or death, issue. Allow for some breathing space while you develop your ideas. What you like today may not be worth the investment, because tomorrow, you may be onto something else. Whenever I’m about to jump in and make a big purchase, I bookmark the item and allow it to sit on my desktop for a month. I frequently look at it, print it out, carry it with me, and “live” with it for a month before deciding on whether or not I will purchase it. Maybe you can give yourself this option sometimes, too. If pulling together your home is a stressful event for you, you’re taking it too seriously and you may want to pull back and do something unrelated for awhile because your home will reflect whatever energy you are bringing into it. Sounds silly, but it’s so true. You attach memories with each purchase. Let those memories be sweet.

Thank you Natalie for showing us your prints and the corners of your home. She appears to be a lady that prefers quality over quantity, a good lesson for us all. I read somewhere that you should think of decorating your home, not as a decorator, but as a curator. I can’t recall who said that, but I absolutely love the thought.

(images from nebo peklo)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Home Tours, walls on June 25, 2007

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!

I just blogged about Christine Mason Miller on Tuesday, but since she just added original paintings to her Etsy store that I really, really like, I’m highlighting her work again. Sure, I love the colors and composition, but it’s their upbuilding messages of hope that impress me the most because life isn’t always smooth sailing. But you want to know a not so secret secret? Hope and inspiration are actually easy to find, we don’t have to go that far anymore thanks to the internet.

“My work now is to sink deep into all of the joy, the blessings and the good fortune. It is so easy for me to be wary of it, and put myself on high alert for something to go wrong. I am all too aware of how quickly everything can change, but I cannot let this get in the way of all that is good right now. That is my challenge.” -CMM

“We all need cheerleaders. We all need supporters who look at us and exclaim, “Yeah, YOU!”, going crazy when we score a victory, whatever that victory may be. Supporters who feel deep in their hearts that when you win, they win, and if you lose, they’ll keep on cheering, because the most fundamental truth is that you’re worth your own cheering squad simply by being yourself.” -CMM

“When you are standing at the bottom of a mountain that you have no choice but to climb, taking one day at a time is the only thing that matters. It is the only way you will reach the top of that mountain, the only way you will find your way through the darkness. It is solid. It is reliable. It is like the rising of the sun everyday – it is something you might not take much time to notice, but it is always there, a reminder that each new day holds endless possibility.” -CMM

“There are strange connections everywhere and messages waiting for us if only we take the time to pay attention and listen quietly. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take the peaceful road and approach whatever task is before us – pleasant, unpleasant or otherwise – with gentle steps. To be vulnerable like a fawn, trusting there is someone watching over us, trusting it is OK to lie still.” -CMM

Think about this: Most of us ultimately have a choice when it comes to our own actions and feelings. (If you are diagnosed with depression or something related to that, your choices are often very limited though.) But for most, we have a choice. We know our own buttons, both good and bad. Do we press the right ones? If we’re feeling bad, thinking about something that only triggers further negativity is a definite no-no. Sometimes we have to step out of our own heads for a moment and identify the feeling and take action to feel better. Sometimes simple things lift the mood. Toast with jam. Going for a run. Calling our best friend. Popping in our favorite CD. I like to create lists. Others paint or pick up a pencil and sketch. What about you? Isn’t it empowering to know that we can each choose to feel better? And isn’t it great that gifted artists are out there sending us heartfelt messages of hope and healing through their works? I’m grateful that technology has brought us all a little closer together.

If any of the paintings shown above interest you, please visit Christine’s etsy store to enjoy more, or browse through her wildly creative website. :)

(images from christine mason miller)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, inspiration on June 21, 2007

Art by Arkaybea

Did you spot the Brooklyn-based etsy artist, Arkaybea, featured on page 30 of the latest issue of Blueprint? The top left and bottom right paintings are part of the feature, so if you’d like them, grab ‘em while you can right here for $200 each. I especially love the oval still life of the juicy peach against that lovely green. Yum.

(images from arkaybea)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on June 21, 2007

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)

Marisa told me about Christine Mason Miller recently, a California-based artist that has more than talent, but a huge heart. Christine has the reputation of being supportive, kind, and extremely helpful to her peers, which gives fine testimony to the type of person she really is inside. Christine is known for not simply looking after herself, but identifying needs that exist, hurdles others face, and then stepping up and helping to find solutions so that all are impacted in a positive way. That’s powerful! Life is really just a big circle and you get back what you put forth. I’m always encouraged to hear about those in business for themselves that take the time to support others running alongside them. You don’t always see this in the corporate world, there is so much face stepping as the ladder is climbed, but I do see it more amongst crafters and artists. There’s a real network, a sisterhood (or brotherhood), that is formed and with hands holding other hands, that chain isn’t easily broken. The spirit of giving is so much better than constantly waiting to receive. If more people followed this, so much good could be accomplished in the world.


I recently heard that if you want something, that means you’re lacking it. I never really gave much thought to that. Upon hearing it, you almost want to say, “Well, duh!”, don’t you? But once you’ve settled into the thought, giving it some time to sink in, it’s a pretty weighty statement. If you’re lacking, you aren’t truly whole, which can easily mean you are never satisfied or happy. It also makes you appear as weak if you think about it, because if you walk around always wanting things, you obviously can’t get them for yourself. If you want power, that must mean you don’t really have it, and if you want praise, it’s because you aren’t perhaps getting it so you’re in want of it. Try to look for ways to give what you do have, extend yourself, just like Christine has the reputation of doing. Good people respect and recognize good works. You want to attract positive people and experiences, do your best work and then, support others. Asking for help is one thing, constantly wanting, wanting, wanting, is another. You get back what you give out. People often want things that they aren’t willing to give themselves. Power, praise, money. Those that are the most successful at anything in life are those that empower others first.

Here’s a glimpse of some of Christine’s work (above), her etsy store, and her website. Thank you Marisa for telling me about Christine, and thank you Christine for being a lady known for your good energy and supportive, giving personality. It’s a joy to know you’re out there helping your fellow artists to thrive alongside you. That’s the sign of someone truly confident and secure in themselves and in their work, and that’s so great to see put in action.

(images from christine miller)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, inspiration, small business on June 19, 2007

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