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Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio

January 9, 2008

I love it when friends recommend friends to decor8, this spirit of sharing and giving is just so sweet. Of course, presenting your own work is equally wonderful because I like to learn about you and what you do, but when someone as talented as Philadelphia-based artist Sarah Tudor writes in simply to tell me about her friend Kim Hamlin without even mentioning her own work, I’m deeply impressed. To show my appreciation for Sarah’s generous spirit, I’ve decided to write about both of these great ladies together here in one post. Good deeds deserve to be rewarded. :)

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio
Sarah from the Tudor Studio produces lovely paintings and transforms some into affordable artwork by professionally photographing them and reproducing her work using archival Gicl?e inks on fine hand-moulded paper or linen canvas. Sarah is also available for commissioned work from portrait settings to murals in the Philadelphia area. Her work seems to be inspired by European adventures, each painting feels like a travel memory. It’s almost like she walks along charming city streets (perhaps in Paris) and translates all of her memories of that moment into her work, layering everything from the feelings she had to the buildings or windows she recalls seeing.

Keep it Moving + Tudor Studio
Sarah’s friend Kim Hamlin has a shop on etsy called Keep in Moving where she offers handmade creations from knit tree branches to crochet necklaces and grab bags filled with pretty things for turning your own DIY dreams into reality. She once worked at the yarn/fabric store Purl in Soho and contributed to the owner’s popular book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Kim also authors the blog Inspired Living.

I’d like to thank Sarah for writing in – it means a lot to me to see artists supporting one another as some can be competitive and this never benefits anyone because I truly believe that in the end, what you put out into the world eventually makes it way back on your doorstep.

(images from keep it moving and tudor studio)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Photography: Jake Curtis

January 9, 2008

I recently discovered London-based photographer Jake Curtis in the pages of the January 2008 issue of Livingetc magazine. Wow. This man knows how to work some serious magic.

Photography: Jake Curtis
Jake shot the home of artist Kate Dineen, a flat that totally captivates the whole Boho Modern style (more Boho than anything, her home is so artistic) that we discussed here on Friday. Anyway, I don’t have photos of Kate’s home, you have to pick up Livingetc and peek at pages 66-74. But I do have some work to show you from Jake Curtis’ portfolio that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Swoon away!

Photography: Jake CurtisPhotography: Jake Curtis

Capiz shell chandelier, a wall of empty frames, stools as dining room chairs,
and lots of lovely letters. We all love our collections.

Photography: Jake Curtis
Psst: Also in this Jan. 08 issue, Livingetc gives a shout out to fellow blogger Bowie of Print and Pattern, such a honor to be featured as a site the magazine looks to for inspiration. Congrats Bowie!

(images from the portfolio of Jake Curtis)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}

January 8, 2008

More Scandinavian love for you today! This lively print is the latest Elisabeth Dunker creation and it’s just wonderful. It features a 1950’s color palette combined with illustrations of volcanos, bears, mountains and other unexpected things and it’s called Krakatoa. The work is inspired by Hokusai, HC Andersen and Tove Jansson. I’ve mentioned Elisabeth on decor8 before, you may recall her Str?ssel fabric that I picked up at ?hl?ns in Stockholm back in October; she’s such a talented lady.

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}
You can pre-order Krakatoa directly from the Little Red Stuga online for $35 USD. Thanks Emma for the great tip!

(image from elisabeth dunker)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

January 5, 2008

Found this lovely etsy store called Trace My Face from designer Traci Edwards via new blog Etsy Love. I thought it would be a nice shop for you to discover as we head off into the weekend (yay!). Traci has lots of feminine prints that would fit in so well with our whole Boho theme today…

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

And a warm welcome to new blogger Nicole who will focus her blog on Etsy, from her finds to how to use the site and shop ownership. I can’t wait to see what she finds from one of our favorite sites. Nicole is also an etsy store owner (Crafty Devils), which I think only adds to her voice of a blogger because she knows both sides of the biz. Congrats Nicole!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’m signing off until Monday. Tomorrow I’ll be shaking in my boots with the Boston Globe, they mentioned today that they’ll have a photographer in tow while I take them shopping, so it’s time to freak out boys and girls. I never expected the new year to start like this. I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday – maybe I can turn the camera on them and take a few shots around town showing you the stores we hit, etc. Wish me luck and I’ll meet you back here in a few… Happy Weekend!

(images from trace my face)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Equivoque {photography}

December 21, 2007

Sometimes the best school is the old school, especially in the case of the Polaroid. Though I won’t be handing in my digital camera anytime soon, there’s still something about the raw untouched-by-Photoshop appeal, their often faded colors and that sweet little off-centered square format that keeps me coming back for more. Or perhaps it’s the feeling of nostalgia since it was the first camera I got my hands on as a child and much to my mother’s display I’d burn through all of the film in the back seat of our car long before we arrived at our vacation spot.

Equivoque {photography}
To some, the Polaroid is dated technology that’s fun to play around with but nothing more. For others it’s about producing images that evoke an emotion and over time creates an audience and a way to earn a living. A network and Unix systems administrator by day and a photographer and poet by night, Elinor Scott-Sutter of Equivoque has a body of work that is revealing, sensitive, and absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of these images above, the lighting is absolute perfection and the faded tones give them such a vintage flavor. I know someone who needs to quit her day job… Elinor… :) What an eye, I look forward to watching her shop updates to see what she’ll do next.

(images from equivoque)






Arts + Crafts, DIY

Little Tree {DIY}

December 13, 2007

Feelin’ crafty? I just discovered a free pattern download that Stephanie Barnes of Little Birds and 3191 fame so graciously put on her blog like forever ago. After finding it on Monday, I grabbed a few pieces of fabric and after a few snips here and some stitching there, this my friends is my 1st little soft tree.

Little Tree {DIY}
She’s a little imperfect, but still very cute. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever sew, so please give it a try. I made this while watching Project Runway last night (which by the way, this is such a great season, I totally see Christian, Rami, and Jillian in the final three).

Little Tree {DIY}
But back to the tree, after looking at it for awhile, I decided to give this softie a little personality with some black thread. So now the tree is a she and I’ve named her Clara. Download your pattern here, and when you finish your little baum, please post it in Stephaine’s flickr group called soft trees so we can all ooo and aaaah over it.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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