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Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop

There are some stores that you walk by or go into with the most captivating visual displays… You know the ones — they make your jaw drop every time! One store that always has the most amazing displays is Anthropologie. I will be visiting the London Anthro next week again and can’t wait to see how everything is displayed. For me, part of the fun of shopping at retail spaces these days is what kind of inspiration they can provide that takes me away from ordering online and gets me into their store. I would much rather shop Anthro in person than online, for instance. There is magic in a store like that.

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Of course, not only Anthro does a great job with their visual displays, many smaller privately owned stores like The Cross Design in Vancouver make visual magic too. Thing is, big retailers get all of the credit for their beauty when really, there are people behind all of that who are working very hard and rarely known. Take LA-based artist and designer Jessica Pezalla. She has a background in fine art and a MFA in sculpture.

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After college, she started working at Anthro in California as a display artist and today, she she runs her own studio called Bramble Workshop where she creates custom installations for events and interiors for such clients as Ella Moss, ban.do and Hermès and she works with some of my favorite bloggers on projects like Joy from Oh Joy! and Bri of Design Love Fest. You can see a clever installation that she put together for Joy’s creative studio above and learn about the entire process from their first meeting onward here on the Bramble Workshop blog.

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I love how creative Jessica is – she uses every material imaginable and seems quite fearless as she explores new things. From paper flowers to feathers, hand-dyed placemats to chandeliers and woven leather stools – her talent knows no boundaries and I love it! I imagine working with someone like Jessica would be a dream. I often dream of working around creative people regularly instead of only when I work on my books… I love collaborating with others and dreaming up and executing creative projects. I often feel like I’m the only one with all of the ideas and sometimes I want others to come up with stuff too so I’m challenged. I need more creative people in my daily life – not just online! Do you often feel this way too?

Jessica – I love your work, your projects, it’s all just amazing. Keep inspiring us!

(images: bramble workshop)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 14, 2014

Fabric Flowers With Artwork By Puur Anders

I recently came across the fabric flowers and leaves with vintage photographs on them made by Miranda van Dijk of Puur Anders (which means pure and different in Dutch) and though this will be a quickie post, I had to drop by and share it before I run back to caring for our baby while trying to put together our new dining table! I was thrilled to find Miranda’s blog and also her etsy shop and to learn that she recently collaborated with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to produce a special collection shown below.

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I would love to have a brooch to wear or a necklace – mesmerizing work! I love this pansy printed with the Rijksmuseum painting ‘Jongen en meisje in het duin’ by David Adolph Constant Artz. I really love the idea of art being used in modern day accessories in such a creative way – I would wear any of these flowers (if they were just a tad bit smaller) on the lapel of a velvet blazer with a pair of jeans anytime. But of course, they are gorgeous as they are – elegant works of art that you can frame in a pretty shadowbox.

What about you, do you spot a favorite?

(images: puur anders)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 10, 2014

Leslie Shewring’s NEW Fabric Collection

Speaking of geometrics and florals, I’m excited to share the fabric collection that my dear friend, Leslie Shewring, has launched via Cloud9 Fabrics. I blogged about it last year, but it’s finally available for purchase so I couldn’t resist sharing ASAP! Leslie wrote and shared her collection along with some lovely projects made using them on her blog yesterday (here) so please go check it out!

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To purchase or to stock in your shop, visit Cloud9. To find a store online or nearby that sells her fabrics, click here.

Congrats Leslie on your gorgeous new fabric collection, I’m so proud of you!

(Images: Leslie Shewring)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on March 06, 2014

New: Print Club Boston

I’m always psyched when I hear from fellow Bostonians about a creative project that’s going on there. Boston has such a special place in my heart – I lived there for so long and founded my blog there – it’s a really great and supportive city for creatives! Just this morning I received an email about Print Club Boston, founded by an Australian expat who recently relocated to Boston, Elizabeth Corkery, and wanted to learn more. Elizabeth lives and works and Somerville and as an artist, she decided to try a new adventure and so Print Club Boston was born. What is it exactly? It’s an online source for affordable and limited edition silkscreen prints, and as you can see below, they’re gorgeous and unique. Each piece is released as part of a series which has a thematic cohesion and production and all are printed in limited edition, small runs. I adore the two prints shown directly below, especially the one on the left called Pink Flowers – it really resonates with me for some reason. I imagine it framed in a big copper frame with a white border – so pretty and perfect for springtime!

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Elizabeth has this to say about the first series, “The first collectionThe Grid, The Trellis is an eight-print series, which is based around the structural geometry of the garden trellis. A commonly used armature for the upward growth of plants, the trellis simultaneously addresses the potential for fertile, organic expansion and the unnatural geometric structure of the grid.” It’s so interesting to hear where artists begin on their creative journey, don’t you think? Below is a glimpse of Elizabeth working in her studio…

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And by the way… Do you have any current sources for shopping for art prints online? Or certain artists that you love and follow? Please share your links below, I’m always looking for new sources for art prints!

(images: print club boston)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 22, 2014

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