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Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

December 8, 2009

Ready to step into the beautiful, soft world of Australia artist Kareena Zerefos where animals roam and little birds flutter by? She is one of my favorite creatives out there and I’ll show you why… I think pictures speak louder than words when it comes to art so I’ll show and then tell. And there’s a discount at the end of all this beauty so please scroll down…

Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

Kareena Zerefos (& discount)

In the photo above you can see also some of her original works of art on wood, aren’t they lovely? I’ve also included a magazine tear of her work desk because it’s always so inspiring to see where artists work….

If you find something that you like in Kareena’s shop please take 15% off any purchases, just use the coupon code ILOVEPRESENTS and bigcartel will do the rest. I’ll take the owl and the deer and the… okay all of it please! Enjoy!

(images: kareena zerefoxs)

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Amy Butler Art

December 7, 2009

I feel like I could blog about Amy Butler stuff at least once a week lately and never run out of things to talk about because she is rolling out one new product collection after another… bedding, rugs, bags, luggage, new fabric, patterns, stationery, books… Sheesh! And now ART! Does this lady sleep? What’s next, a magazine or a talk show? Let’s hope! What a creative lady…

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

Amy Butler Art

So here you have it, the new Amy Butler Art that she has designed for Artaissance. You can buy her prints from either Artaissance directly — pretty!

(images: amy butler)

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Odosketch

December 7, 2009

Are you ready to fall in love and burn hours on a single website? Yes? Oh goody (rubbing my hands together) because I have a real treat for you. It’s a special place called Odosketch where you can sketch with little colorful virtual pencils and play, play, play! There are so many talented illustrators who draw the sweetest things there and then they save them (you can save yours too!) and some make it to the front page as a featured sketch. Here are a few that made it to their homepage

Odosketch

I love that when you are on the site and click on a drawing that you like, a new window opens showing you the drawing from start to finish so you can see exactly how the artist composed the piece, even when they erased certain bits. So inspiring!

When I have some free time later this week I plan to give this a try… This looks like fun!

(images: odosketch)

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Mia Overgaard Illustration

December 2, 2009

I was recently out during my daily walk and came across the most lovely poster pasted to one of many announcement poles that we have on our street – this one shows a current outdoor market and skating event being held in nearby Wolfsburg. I loved the illustrative style so I photographed it quickly with my camera as I was in a hurry to visit a friend.

Mia Overgaard Illustration

Mia Overgaard Illustration

Later that day, I googled the event and after much searching, I found their website and then an email and so I wrote to the organizer requesting the name of the artist. They so promptly replied to my email with an answer! Yay! (Thank you, Janna.) The illustrator is Mia Overgaard from Denmark and they found her via Pepper Cookies, one of her agents, in London. Here are some samples of her beautiful work.

Mia Overgaard Illustration

Mia Overgaard Illustration

Her bio is quite interesting because she attended fashion design school in Copenhagen only to graduate and realize that it was the actual drawing of fashion and models that she loved more than clothing design and construction. You can read more about Mia here.

The things you can find while out walking around — there is inspiration everywhere!

(images: autostadt (top), holly becker (2nd image), all others mia overgaard)

Arts + Crafts

Happy Monday!

November 30, 2009

Good morning! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope that you did! I’ve been very busy since I saw you last – never a dull moment when one is still in the “honeymoon stage” of a relocation. There is so much to absorb and do! One thing that I did was attend a beautifully organized arts and crafts show called the Weihnachtsschau for Kunst Handwerk & Design on Saturday.

Happy Monday!

Imagine two floors in an all white gallery-like setting with nothing but jewelry, papers, wood, glass, felt, candles, ceramics and handmade textiles and all for sale, you could purchase and take home any item that caught your eye. I enjoyed seeing so many lovely handmade things presented in a gallery setting where you’d expect sculpture or painting, it elevated craft works to where I feel they belong — displayed as pieces to respect and cherish for many years. The only thing about this presentation that made it difficult was that some things felt too “fine” — I almost felt intimidated and I did not want to touch anything fearing it may not be the right thing to do in such a setting. And in some cases, I could not touch items to try them on — all of the jewelry was locked in glass cases where you could only write down the number and take a slip to the cashier in the front of the building requesting to see the item. This all felt entirely too complicated and given the crowds, I was not willing to navigate them to ask someone to unlock a case. And as a result I left this wonderful exhibit without purchasing a few of the pieces that I liked so much. Which leads to be think about a study I read once about touch and how researchers found that if you touch it you will buy it. Here’s the article, it’s fascinating – I’ll quote a bit of it below.

“The amazing part of this study is that people can become almost immediately attached to something as insignificant as a mug,” said study leader James Wolf, who began the work while he was a graduate student at Ohio State. “By simply touching the mug and feeling it in their hands, many people begin to feel like the mug is, in fact, their mug. Once they begin to feel it is theirs, they are willing to go to greater lengths to keep it.”

I still enjoyed the event very much and the overall offerings, the presentation was exquisite and of course the level of skill and talent shown left me speechless in some areas of the exhibition — I found things that were truly impressive examples of talent and craftsmanship. And surprisingly enough, prices were affordable. I expected some items to cost double or even triple. I didn’t walk away with anything but I’m thinking of returning this week to give the show a second look because downstairs I did find an item that I loved, and that I touched and surprise! I have been thinking about it ever since so I think that study just may be pretty accurate when it comes to my shopping behavior.

What did you do this weekend?

Happy Monday!

To start things off today I thought I’d share with you the latest prints from Lab Partners called Pen Pals. Sarah Labieniec was nice enough to send me her new work last night and because I’m a fan I couldn’t resist sharing them here this morning. Sarah also has a sale going on right now in her shop: buy 2 prints get one free! The free print must be of equal or lesser value and this offer is valid only until end of business TODAY, November 30, 2009.

(images: lab partners)


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Frank Schillo Ceramics

November 23, 2009

This weekend was such a fun one! I can’t believe all that I managed to fit in on Saturday and Sunday (movies! brunch! shopping! dinner! street fest! flea market!) but I’m so glad I did because I got up this morning feeling refreshing and ready for a new week. One highlight was the Ausstellung craft show (Markt für Kunst und Handwerk) in the Künstlerhaus in Hannover and it was simply lovely. I didn’t even know about it until I walked by and saw the signs so the sheer surprise of finding a random craft show that happened to be such a great one was quite nice… It was held in such a gorgeous space (built in the 1850’s by famous local architect, Conrad Wilhelm Hase) with herringbone wood floors, massive windows, soaring ceilings, a cafe, a live jazz band and five rooms of German designers displaying and selling metal, wood, textiles, jewelry, paper and ceramic arts and crafts. Bliss!

Frank Schillo Ceramics

I fell in love with only a few designers though as is typically the case with shows that I attend since I’ve grown to become quite selective over the years – I know what I like and what likes me — it either speaks to me or it does not. The work of ceramicist Frank Schillo spoke to me (more so in person than on his website). His vessels come in an all shapes and sizes, mostly in gray, white or black, were altogether lovely — as sculptural as they were functional. I picked up a vase that has a doily pattern in white, you know how I love doilies and this was the perfect marriage of function and form along and a great example of modernizing grandmother’s doily.

Frank Schillo Ceramics

Other highlights from the show: textile artist and Kristiina Karinen from nearby Celle, Maren Giloy who had the most unusual and genius idea — she uses found costume jewelry rings and links them together to form bracelets, and the ceramics of Sabine Kratzer. Their cards are shown above.

There were also a few other jewelry designers though their names escape me and they didn’t have a website anyway so I guess sharing their names won’t really make a difference. But wow – the work I saw was beautiful. Had I known about this fair I would have brought my camera and photographed it for you — so sorry! Next time… there is another (different and larger fair) coming up this weekend that I will attend and if they allow photography I will snap some photos just for you. :)

(images: top – bottom – holly becker for decor8)

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