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Feanne Badges

Look at Feanne’s cute and shiny art buttons. I see so many badges I love, but feel pretty clueless as to how and where to use them since I’d never wear them on a jacket or a bag, it’s just not my style. But they’re super cute. Artsy even.


I’ve been collecting the ones my friends send to me in a simple glass canning jar with a silver screw top. They look pretty inside, but some are like mini works of art and would be far nicer on display. I’m thinking a shadow box, perhaps? 4 rows of 4 buttons arranged in a perfect square format? Maybe you could even pop the backs off to create magnets or hot glue them them to curtain hooks as a decorative element for a quirky cute look in the bathroom (for that, I’d suggest using the same badge for each hook). Maybe you could pop off the pin back and glue them to a ribbon for display or wrap around a jar filled with candy to give a friend? I’m always looking at things a thousand different ways to see how they can be used.

Any ideas on badge display? Do you have any photos showing what you’ve done with your badge collection? Send them in, I’d love to see what you’ve done. Check out all of Feanne’s pins here at her Prickie store. Thanks Feanne for writing in, we really appreciate seeing your work!

(images from feanne)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, tips on February 05, 2007

Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)

Ooooo. Look what Irene, aka Bloesem, posted on her blog today. Images of works from Dutch designers Meesters & Van der Park, or Jo Meesters and Marije van der Park.

I first heard about them at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this past October, an amazing event that I attended with my partner in crime, Danielle from the Style Files. I went there to pull together images and a article for Domino magazine, which posted on their website last year, and to meet Danielle in person for the first time after being a penpal for quite some time. Anyway, if you have a moment today, flip through the Meesters & Van der Park portfolio. Innovative, extremely unique, and intelligent design in every way, shape, and form!

If you’re looking for their work, contact the Future Perfect in NY, or if you find yourself in the Netherlands anytime soon, click here for a list of retail shops. I’m so happy that Bloesem reminded me of them, Thanks Irene! I love having Bloesem and the Style Files to refer to, these Dutch girls always find the best stuff, I am forever amazed by both of these bloggers!

(images from meesters & van der park)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, flooring, furniture, kitchen on February 01, 2007

Stella Im Hultberg

Christine wrote about Stella’s work here on decor8 in early August, 2006. Somehow, the post cannot be found (although blogger shows it was published). Anyway, I wanted to post this again since Stella recently added new color prints and I think they’re just gorgeous. At $20, you can collect several. They can be found right here. Here’s the original post from August ’06 written by Miss Christine below (who now writes for the Boston Weekly Dig). Enjoy!


Meet Stella
By: Christine Liu, decor8 contributor

The ink sketches and watercolour paintings by Stella Im Hultberg perfectly exude the sad, sophisticated energy of the postmodern ingenue. Women pout with seductively disillusioned lips; limb-entwined couples wait in silence for a sadder truth. Every character is shadowed, stained, and soiled with glamour.

Working as an artist in New York City, Stella features her work in galleries and sells her prints online at her momomoogie shop. Trained in industrial design and toy design, she currently applies her creative energy to her print works. Treat yourself to the delicious darkness of her online sketchbooks and portfolio.

Stella broadcasts art updates at her art livejournal, and her daily report covers all sorts of life’s delight from green tea soba salad to a mottled seashell collection.

In addition to the prints for sale on momomoogie, she boasts a design collection of wallets and shirts at art-collective-vinyl-wallet company Poketo.

In Stella’s world, the city self-reflects with beauty and sorrow alike. Your thoughts on Stella?


(images from Stella Im Hultberg)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 31, 2007

Alicia Bock Photography

Alicia Bock photography captivates me. I love her style, composition, and color palette. Most of all, I love her eye, the ability she has to see something beautiful in things you may otherwise overlook as you’re out strolling around.
Her latest nature-inspired series, “Through the Viewfinder“, (above) is now available in her Etsy store. Soft, organic, each gives you that feeling of nostalgia, perhaps it’s how she captures the light. They have this vintage quality to them that I find so appealing.

All of her photos are magical; transporting you back to simpler times. Your 1st family trip to the amusement park, peering up at the massive ferris wheel, a mixture of excitement and fear because today was the day you’d ride it with your father (I speak from experience!). A wide open field where you ran until you collapsed with your first love, both of you promising ‘forever + ever’ as you tumbled and giggled beneath the summer sky.

You can visit Alicia’s blog or view her online portfolio on her website. I hope you enjoy her work as much I do. With notecards and photography priced between $3.50-24.00, and a few that are slightly higher, there is something for every budget.

Psst: She ships to international buyers, too!

Her work fits in so nicely with the naturalist look, doesn’t it?

(images from alicia bock)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on January 31, 2007

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