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Blog of the Week: Nectar & Light

March 7, 2008

Have you had a chance to glance over at the decor8 blog of the week, Nectar & Light? It’s a gorgeous photography blog by Fieryeyed Studio’s Jen Altman. She photographs bits of her world and combines them with other imagery that she loves, showing them on her blog and sharing them with the rest of us in her etsy shop. I love her soft filtered lighting, and I think her Polaroid prints are truly beautiful. To me, their grainy and blurred “imperfections” make them imperfectly perfect.

Blog of the Week: Nectar & Light
I hope you have a chance to visit Nectar & Light, it’s infused with so much beauty that I’m sure you’ll find it a real treasure.

(images from jen altman)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Locals: Exhibit Opens Tonight @ artstream

March 7, 2008

Susan wrote to me about a beautiful show opening tonight here in New Hampshire at artstream in Rochester so I thought I’d spread the word since a few of my favorite artists are involved. Yay!

Boston Locals: Exhibit Opens Tonight @ artstream left: Abby Glassenberg. right: Tara Hogan.

The exhibition, Stories and Tales, features work from Abby Glassenberg, Tara Hogan, Alena Hennessey and Darryl Berger. I know Tara very well and her work is lovely, I own a piece from Alena, and I adore Abby’s birds, so I can’t brag about them enough. The opening reception is this evening, Friday, March 7th and details and directions can be found on the artstream website. Light refreshments will be offered and all are welcomed to meet some of the artists and enjoy the artwork at artstream which is located at 56 North Main Street.

(images from abby, tara, artstream)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Amy Walsh

February 27, 2008

More beautiful art to fall in love with today, this time from Philadelphia-based artist Amy Walsh. Amy wrote in about her work this afternoon and I was delighted to see it as I’d not heard about her before and really enjoy the colors and arrangements of things she pulls together for her mixed media collages. Amy recently completed a series of twelve designs which comprise “Beastiarium” which is a collection of oddball creatures that are hybrids of animals, plants and sea creatures. The entire series is currently available in her etsy shop. What a fascinating body of work!

Amy Walsh Cabinet 4 is my personal favorite.

I can’t help but notice this trend in the art world right now of printing on pages from vintage books or sheet music. Amy uses books from the 1800’s. It’s a clever way to reuse something that otherwise may go unnoticed or worse, be discarded. Have you spotted this to, prints on pages? I like seeing all the mini trends out there… I often wonder where they originated and why other artists decide to pick it up, what inspired them about printing on vintage pages? Maybe Amy can stop in and answer this question for us. Amy if you’re there, I’d love to know more… Perhaps you can comment below?

(images from amy walsh)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms

Pearl Bell Tableware

February 27, 2008

These plates are fantastic! Pearl wrote to me today about Pearl Bell, her collection of classy lady plates, cups, and saucers and I knew I had to feature them. I love that feeling, when designers write to me and the moment I click on their link I get butterflies. It’s so exciting to come across interesting work, so thank you Pearl.

Pearl Bell Tableware

She’ll soon be expanding her tableware collection to include animals (like the little owl you see above), but for now it’s all about the ladies! Even though you can dine on these, I’d prefer hanging them on a wall as art, but that’s just me. My favorites are the mostly white plates… And I love seeing fashion illustration on ceramics. Thank you Pearl for your submission, your work is really tops!

(images from pearl bell)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}

February 27, 2008

Hot off the press! That’s right, DwellStudio has expanded beyond bedding, soft toys, and table linens. They’re going for room domination now as they’ve just added wall art to their nursery collection. How fun! These prints are pretty cute, it makes coordinating everything for the nursery so much easier for new parents if you’re into themes, that is. Some parents are, some aren’t. But in case you like this sort of thing, DwellStudio is your one stop shop for baby.

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}
What’s next? Rugs? Tiles? Clothing? Diaper bags? Whatever they think of next, I’m sure it will be another big hit. It’s great to see them bringing their graphics to walls everywhere. Nice work, Dwell!

(image from design public)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

February 27, 2008

I can’t wait to show you a few of my favorite Etsy stores for this week. If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. This week, it’s all about paper, felt, paint, and a dash of fabric. Oh wait, that’s pretty much every week! :) Hope you like these finds, I had fun pulling them together.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Kiki & Polly. What a beautiful shop this is! The artist, Lisa Golightly (love her last name) is based in Portland, OR and has such a soft, delicate touch to her work, I’m so fond of it. She also does custom paintings of children in a style very similar to Claudine Hellmuth, another artist I love. Fabulous work, Lisa! Can I order one of everything?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays SanFran67. Helen Musselwhite is based in the UK and does some wonderful things with a scalpel and paper! Everything in her shop is original and handmade, oh and did I mention affordable? Helen is such a creative inspiration. I must highlight how greatly I appreciate her efforts in showing the work in an actual space. I can’t stress how important this is for sellers, it really makes a difference in sales. Helen, great job.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Reyart. Handfelted birch bark bowls and pebbles, paintings, brooches, necklaces… Reya, a self-taught artist living in the Netherlands, clearly has talent and a great sense of style. Her items sell out quickly though, so if you see something you like, grab it or better yet, add her store to your RSS feed. Great tip for any etsy store you’d like to stalk on a regular basis. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Three words for ya. The Mincing Mockingbird. What can I say? This guy is genius. I love his work, it cracks me up. You have to at least visit his shop and buy a magnet or two even if you don’t need one of his fabulous bird portraits. Some of these are too funny. For reals.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Modiste Me. This shop features a delightful mix of of handmade items created by Canadian Julie Scott. “Modiste” is French for a “seamstress” or “dressmaker” and as Julie puts it, “It reflects both my French heritage and my creative pursuits”. Great work, Julie!

(images above linked in this post)

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