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Donna Compton

February 6, 2008

One look at Donna Compton’s work this morning and I was sold: I immediately purchased some postcards for my inspiration board and to keep on file for tucking into future gifts.

Donna Compton
I can’t get enough of flowers, ask anyone who knows me — I was called the flower girl at work since I religiously organized weekly flower swaps with with other ladies in my office for years. Plus my mother has a background in floral design so I was influenced by her skillful arrangements growing up. I’m also big on fresh flowers in my home, have to have them. When I’m in Germany the first thing I do is go to our storage room there and pull out my blue vase and bring it over to our hotel where it sits on my desk for two months with fresh flowers filling it weekly. I’m not a plant person oddly enough, but flowers are my guilty pleasure.

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Just last month, I ‘subscribed’ to a new flower service where my friend (who happens to be an amazing Boston-based floral designer) delivers flowers to my home almost weekly. This service keeps me sane during the winter. I feel depressed when I don’t see them in my vase. Donna’s postcards are the next best thing. Just look at them – the beauty and clarity, it’s almost like the real thing. Perfect to keep near the monitor during long winters as these beauties most certainly help to push our thoughts into Spring.

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Sorry but I had to include lots of her images because they’re just so creative and colorful. Thanks so much for lovely Irene at Bloesem for telling us about Donna. :)

(images from donna compton)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Samantha Hahn {artist}

February 4, 2008

Happy! Color! Spring! Samantha! I recently contacted talented artist Samantha Hahn about her work, this lady has a super impressive bio — she received her fine arts degree in illustration from Syracuse University and went on to obtain her M.A. in Art Education at Columbia University. Samantha is not only a smartie and extremely talented, but she’s also nice and easy going, a real charmer. Her warmth really shows in her work, just look at these colors!

Samantha Hahn {artist}
Samantha does figurative oil painting, freelance illustration, and crafts. She also teaches art and authors her own blog called Maquette. After finding her over on Absolutely Beautiful Things, I immediately contacted Samantha because I wanted to inquire about purchasing some of her work. She was such a pleasure to deal with online that I ordered two 11 x 17 matte prints of Dancing Girl and Beehive Girl (they’re $100 each in case you are interested, free shipping.) She’s working on opening an online store to make it easier for customers, but for now you can email her directly. She’s in the midst of relocating from Manhattan to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, but she’s still pretty speedy when it comes to answering her emails. (info AT samanthahahn.com)

I don’t know about you, but when I like someone I’m that much more interested in owning their work. You know the human element, the whole reason why I shop from an independent artist in the first place. Sure I like their work, but if after a few emails or a quick conversation at an opening or craft fair I find that I also like them (their spirit, hard to explain, but you know what I mean – it’s chemistry maybe?) then I’m sold. I own most of my art for life so when I look at it I want to recall fond exchanges. I believe in owning things that give me positive memories. If I associate a negative experience with something, no matter how valuable, I sell or donate it. Hasta la vista! Fortunately, I’ve only had to kick out a few material possessions in my life because they reminded me of someone that I dated for nearly my entire twenties before I met my husband and despite an amicable parting, I wanted to leave the past in the past. I won’t own anything that I associate with an experience that makes me uncomfortable or recalls memories that stunt my progress in one way or another. Are you this way too?

Now back to the lovely Samantha… If you’re looking to start building an art collection, or you just need some color and pattern in your home, consider Samantha Hahn and her work. It’s really bright and cheery but also sophisticated and modern enough to fit into a range of decors. I can’t think of a better way to usher in Spring that to have a print of hers framed over a credenza or bed, i.e. installed above the Harlow table from Ballard Designs topped with an arrangement of fresh flowers. Gorgeousness!

(images from samantha hahn)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Du Buh Du Designs {art dolls}

February 1, 2008

Dolls on decor8! Nah, not really my thing as I keep my toys to myself. I’m not about to start blogging them (I can only imagine the volume of email flying in from toy stores in about 5 seconds) but when dolls go beyond toy to qualify as a piece of art, I’ll take a look. If you’re open-minded to art in all it’s forms, you may enjoy this dolly artist. It’s almost like characters in a painting leaped off of the canvas to visit us in all their 3-d glory. They’re not really for the kids, more for collectors looking to display a few in the home. Each is handmade and one-of-a-kind deserving lots of TLC.

Du Buh Du Designs {art dolls}
The dolls are made by Christine Alvarado of Du Buh Du Designs and I found out about her mere minutes ago over on Katie’s blog. After reading about the process involved in creating a single art doll I was curious to learn more about this creative lady. Christine is an artist living in Oregon with a background in fine art, calligraphy, sculpture, printmaking and has two degrees, one in Photography and the other in Graphic Design. It seems all her experience is paying off as all talents have merged into the perfect art form for her – dolls! They’re so beautiful and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Psst: If you’re into collections, you may enjoy this post, or this one, or my flickr group titled Creative Collections.

(images from du buh du designs)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

The Constant Gatherer {Katie Runnels}

February 1, 2008

I’ve been an admirer of Katie Runnels ever since I heard about her via Liz in Savannah. I have a slight crush on Katie’s work because well, I have a thing for her little creative arrangements of found objects captured beneath a glass cloch. They’re incredibly sweet. And okay I’m a bit partial to Katie because she’s based in Columbia and since I grew up in Myrtle Beach (live in New Hampshire currently) and I can’t help but have special affection for a fellow Carolina girl (go South!).

The Constant Gatherer {Katie Runnels}
Katie wrote in today to tell me about her new work on Etsy and also to let me know that tomorrow on her blog she’ll be giving her fans a preview of her upcoming work for shopSCAD in Atlanta where she will be a featured artist during the month of March (what an honor!). Congrats Ms. Katie!

(images from katie runnels)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Keep Calm Gallery

January 29, 2008

Have you heard of the Keep Calm gallery? They just starting producing this terrific print in the sweetest cross stitch typeface, and the message is by far the most inspirational I’ve come across in a print since this one from Matirose.

Keep Calm Gallery
‘He Who Cares Wins’ is currently available in a limited edition run of 50 in your choice of red or blue ink printed on recycled cotton rag paper from India.

This is a powerful message! At the end of the day it boils down to making a difference, having a positive influence on others, and considering the big picture when it comes to what we’re doing – how is your life impacting others. When you do work you care about it shows. Your positive energy spreads to others because ultimately you get back what you put out into the world. When you care, you win.

(images from the keep calm gallery)






Arts + Crafts, Small Business

Indie Fixx {new + improved!}

January 25, 2008

Jen Wallace over at the very sweet online shop Indie Fixx just announced her newly redesigned site. Yay! Indie Fixx specializes in handmade items including prints, tea towels, gifts… All by some of Jen’s favorite artists. She has a great collection of cuteness over there, you should check it out. And by supporting Indie Fixx, you’re supporting Jen and all of her friends to be able to continue doing what they love as independent business ladies. Far more rewarding than filling your cart at some big box store, right?

Indie Fixx {new + improved!}
Thanks Jen for the tip, your site looks fantastic!

(image from indie fixx)






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