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60 Artists Round-Up!

March 21, 2008

I wrote quite an extensive round up featuring 60 artists (mostly Etsy) that I think make great prints and art in general for kids’ rooms. I’m thrilled how it came out, I tried to include as many of my favorites as I could so please forgive me if I missed anyone.

60 Artists Round-Up!

It just went live over at Real Simple, click here to check it out!






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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)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Shelby Healey

March 18, 2008

I love receiving submissions, so for all who have sent me things thank you so much for reaching out to me. Today I’d like to show you the work of Shelby Healey who is an artist living in the largest of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa in Tenerife.

Shelby Healey
Shelby studied art and textiles which is evident in her work as it’s filled with color and pattern. Trees, homes, small children in big coats and black cats are a constant theme in her body of work. Playful objects, lots of splashy hues — count me in as a new fan of your work, Shelby!

(images from shelby healey)






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Renegade Craft Fair Hits San Francisco!

March 14, 2008

I just got word that you can now apply for the 1st Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Yay! This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 12 + 13, 2008 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. If you’re interested in participating as a vendor the application is on the Renegade website starting now until May 2nd.

Renegade Craft Fair Hits San Francisco!
This is super exciting to here, Renegade is one of my favorite Indie fairs, I attended my first one last year in Brooklyn and loved it. Renegade has grown from their home city of Chicago to Brooklyn and now they’ve hit San Francisco. They also have a storefront now in Chicago. Go Renegade!

I think Victoria needs a booth to sell her posters and my L.A. friends should consider making the trip up north in July because it’s a great show. :)

(image from renegade)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Yellow Monday

March 13, 2008

Linda’s work appeared on decor8 last year but I thought I’d remind you again of the lovely Linda Kruger who is a video producer by day and an artist by night living in Sydney, Australia. I find her work delightful and would like to share a glimpse into some of her latest creations with you.

Yellow Monday
I especially enjoy seeing these framed and that Linda takes the time to do so over in her shop called Yellow Monday. I wondered where her business name came from and learned that Yellow Monday is a cicada native to Australia. What I like about Linda’s work is that her hand is obvious despite the use of digital color and texture because most of what she does starts off as a drawing or painting and then evolves through layering and reworking digitally. Although I like work that is 100% digital, I always favor what is created by hand a little more, but that’s just a personal preference above anything else. Neither is better art to me. I think what grabs me about work by hand is that you can see the progress made whereas most digital work does’t leave a trace of its past, mistakes included. That’s why I appreciate that Linda begins work on her table, you can still see these lines in the finished piece and that appeals to me. She skillfully merges the best of both worlds and I appreciate the results very much. Nicely done!

(images from yellow monday)






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