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BlueFlip Art

April 2, 2008

I’m really enjoying BlueFlip Art lately, like I needed another place to find gorgeous prints, right? But seriously, it’s a wonderland of delightful work that I’m sure you’ll really enjoy peeking at and here’s why…

BlueFlip Art
The sheer variety of affordable quality prints from artists located around the world is reason enough to visit Blueflip, but another perk is that each print you click on reveals a bio and the charity that the artist will donate a percentage of sales to if you purchase their print. Now that’s smart shopping!

(images provided by blueflip art)

Arts + Crafts, Objects, Rooms

Irana Douer *new*

March 26, 2008

I talked about Irana Douer and her illustrations on decor8 before, but I just heard from her and viewed her latest work so it’s time to highlight this artist again. This time, Miss Irana is experimenting with fabric (last time it was ceramic), a pillow design for Australian gallery Third Drawer Down available here. Lovely! Living in Buenos Aires, Irana is a freelance illustrator, an art student, and curator of online magazine Ruby Mag.

Irana Douer *new*
I rather like the idea of having such an special pillow to lay my head on for creative dreams at night… About her work, which focuses mainly on women, she says, “I am interested in women, their thoughts and feelings, especially sadness. Broken hearted women who just want to hide from the world that surrounds them. Masks, hair, closed eyes, anything goes. But that are still very strong and move on and never lose hope.” Thanks Irana for sharing this!

Irana Douer *new*
She also just released a colorful 8 x 10 giclee print ($40) in a limited run of 100 over at Poketo in case you’re interested. Lovin’ these bright hot hues.

(image from irana douer)

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The Paper Apartment

March 21, 2008

I learned about The Paper Apartment over at the Market Blogger authored by the wonderful Chris who is the man behind all the great Open Markets held in Boston, Mashpee, and Providence. Check out these original collages for $40!

The Paper Apartment
The Paper Apartment is Boston-based mixed media artist Angela Stasio. With a fondness for fashion, advertising and products, pattern, and textiles of times’ past, Angela uses a variety of materials to create collages and illustrative work that is both unique and appealing. Some of the products she shows from the good old days scare me though, the names are crazy!

The Paper Apartment
And speaking of The South End Open Market, opening weekend is just a few months away on May 17-18 from 10-5 and as always, there is free admission and free parking so if you’re in Boston that weekend don’t miss it. I’m so glad that Boston has Chris, we’d be lost without this man and his beautiful markets and his enthusiasm for all things handmade. I’ll blog more information on the market as the day approaches.

If you’re interested in learning more about Angela Stasio and The Paper Apartment here’s a link to her blog.

(images top: the paper apartment, bottom: sowa open market)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Tiny Showcase: Spring Collection

March 20, 2008

Do you have a favorite artist that you follow? One lady that I’m a big fan of is painter Jennifer Davis, I own 3 of her paintings and a print. She emailed me a few weeks ago to give me a tip that on March 20th “Mississippi” would be available as a print at Tiny Showcase as part of their Spring seasonal collection so I marked my calendar! And what’s the date today? It’s the first day of Spring and the Tiny Showcase Spring collection just rolled out.

Tiny Showcase: Spring Collection Jennifer Davis’ “Mississippi”, Josh Keyes’s “Weaving”, Nigel Peake’s “The Town Spring Found”, and Jack Long’s “He Knew That He Had To Leave” prints are available for $30 each right here.

All four prints in the collection are strong, and not exactly ‘tiny’, they’re larger than most of the limited run prints that are usually offered. In addition to Davis’ work, I’m drawn towards Nigel Peake, his illustrations of towns and cities are very interesting.

10% from the sale of each print will go to the National Resource Defense Council, one of the nation?s most effective environmental action organizations.

Tiny Showcase also ships international.

(images from tiny showcase)

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