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Selflesh

September 18, 2007

I think the work of Selflesh is fascinating, I love enlarging the images and looking at the details on the maps. Shannon Rankin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Maine, with a blog and an etsy store where you can find these prints for around $20.

Selflesh
Shannon uses her art to discover the many connections that exist between geography, anatomy, and botany, combining “the visual elements of maps, anatomical illustrations, and natural forms to explore themes of travel, healing, and time.”

Psst: Would you like to see her workspace? Click here to visit her shed, it’s pretty cool!

(images from selflesh)

Arts + Crafts

Stephanie Levy

September 18, 2007

If you crave color, you’ll love Stephanie Levy. This talented lady recently wrote to me about her mixed media collages and paintings that depict fictional interiors of colorful, retro spaces. An American artist from Tennessee now living in Germany, Stephanie is quite a shooting star on the web, as her work is jumping around from blog to blog, and now from gallery to gallery. Currently, she’s showing some collages at SQFT Gallery in Nashville, and they’re available in their online shop until September 28th.

Stephanie LevyI’m quite drawn to mixed media collage art, my fascination started as a child because my mother and aunt created art for our family home, including my nursery, I feel warm and at home when I’m around it. Stephanie’s work is exciting because she infuses gorgeous patterns and bright, mostly primary colors that aren’t a bit childish or harsh, but joyous and invigorating.

Stephanie Levy
Seeing this work motivates me to create, don’t you feel the same way?

Nice work, Stephanie, you not only create beautiful things, but also ignite a creative spark in others. :) Thank you for writing in and congratulations on your new baby girl!

(images from stephanie levy)

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Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II – Reception Tonight!

September 14, 2007

If you’re in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area this evening, you won’t want to miss the Enormous Tiny Art Show II currently underway at the beautiful Portsmouth-based gallery, Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II - Reception Tonight!The show features work that is 10″ x 10″ or smaller and runs from September 12th – October 7th in conjunction with Three Graces Gallery and their Teenie Tiny Art Show. Amy Ruppel, Tara Hogan (Ink & Wit), Marisa Haedike (Creative Thursday), Dan-ah Kim, Cathy Nichols, Matte Stephens, Burcu Okay, Sam Faix, Ann Kirchner, Jennifer Judd-McGee (Swallowfield), Kate O’Leary, Lucie Summers, Sofia Barao, and Susie Ghahremani (Boy Girl Party), are a few of my picks, of course many other terrific artists are taking part in this amazing show so if you attend, you may find a few favorites of your own. Some of these artists will be attending in person, like Jennifer Judd-McGee and Tara Hogan, and it’s rumored that Amy Ruppel may attend as well, so if you’d like to meet them, stop by!

Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II - Reception Tonight! Carefully mapping out everything for installation.
Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II - Reception Tonight!That’s a lot of art!
Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II - Reception Tonight! The work of Kelly Moore on display.

If you aren’t in the Portsmouth area don’t worry, you can view everything in the show online, and if you see something you like, write to Deb at Nahcotta for more information and how to purchase. email: Deb at gallery AT nahcotta DOT com.

(images from nahcotta)

Arts + Crafts, DIY

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap

September 13, 2007

I’ve been trying to stay busy this week to avoid falling into a total state of depression over the recent death in our immediate family. The only way I can get through it all and maintain some joy is to find things to do around the house, play positive music, and work on a few projects that are easy enough so that I don’t walk away frustrated and tense. Stay positive! Keep smiling! That’s the only way to deal sometimes when all I want to do is hide under my blanket.
No hiding allowed.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
So I painted a wall in my living room this morning. No clue why, but I felt like painting things was the way to kick my sadness. And it works. Last night, I put those sticky discs on some of my favorite plates like I told you about earlier. No real effort there, but it made me feel like I accomplished something because I seriously detested those wire hangers I had before. So a few easy tasks later, and my smile is more natural and less forced.

But I still feel like painting, so I took this small unfinished wood frame that I found at the craft store and applied a few coats of white paint. I love all the little original works of art that I buy, but most of them look so much nicer when framed and I’m not about to run to the frame store for every little painting I have. I just came back from the local frame shop and $200 later, I have two of my favorite prints up and gorgeous. But still, $200 is a lot of money and I certainly can’t give all of my art work the royal treatment. Unfinished frames, no glass, that’s the way to go for mini paintings. Plus, it makes them appear much larger.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
I think this $4 one works nicely with one of my Creative Thursday paintings purchased back in March. These frames come in various sizes and widths, so I didn’t give it much thought, I just grabbed the only one on the shelf assuming that for $4, it will work until I can buy a better frame. It had a 5 x5 insert, the painting is 5 x 5, so what could go wrong. Nothing.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
The results are very nice after applying a few coats of primer, a few coats of white acrylic paint, and a single coat of clear lacquer. I simply popped the 5×5 painting in the back and taped to secure. I know I can use hardware to secure it, but until I run to Lowe’s, strong tape will do just fine. So what will I do next? Maybe I’ll go buy a new staple gun and try not to staple my hand as I did last time when I was reupholstering a chair and held the gun backwards. Ouch! Okay, no staple gun projects for me this week. I think I’ll sew something, that’s always great therapy and I do have some pants to hem…

Psst: If you’d like a pretty painting from Marisa, don’t miss her online sale going on today – I’m not sure what time she’ll be posting them, but I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly so make sure you keep checking her blog for updates.

{Update: Marisa just posted her paintings right here.}

(images from holly becker for decor8)

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Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!

September 12, 2007

Michelle recently blogged about her visit to the Barnsdall Art Market in Los Angeles where she discovered some fresh and amazing talent, like Emilyn Eto and her gorgeous textiles.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Emilyn, or Em, is the lady that blogs over at It’s(K)not Wood with Jon. Em sells her work through her website and etsy store called Supercozy. She creates the most gorgeous textile wall hangings and faux bois artwork, the lady is a creative powerhouse. I love all the prints and vintage finds on etsy, but I hope to see more and more textiles because I’m always looking for new ones to use and sometimes tire of all the typical big names out there in the design showrooms.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Tyler Bender, another craft rock star rumored to be both talented and quite the eye candy (we so need more hot boys at craft fairs!) is another one of Michelle’s picks. He makes cool journals with vintage book covers. Anthropologie should totally scoop them up, they’d be perfect for their Fall ’08 (Back to School) collections, hint hint Anthro people

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Michelle suggests checking out Brokesy Attack Pillows, they have an etsy store where these cute little critter pillows sell for around $110- each.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
If you’d like to see more indie artists discovered by Ms. Caplan herself, head on over to Creative Swoon. If you missed the Barnsdall Art Market a few weeks back, no worries – there are two more being held this year on October 21st and December 16th in L.A.

(images from everyone mentioned above)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Julien Pacaud

September 12, 2007

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator living in Paris and this print, “Memories of Tomorrow” in Julien’s etsy shop makes me totally weak. I completely love this work, it’s something I most definitely would own the original of if I could somehow get my hands on it. It inspires me so much, it’s like when I look at it I am forced to slow now and really ponder life and what it all means to me. I wonder what you think when you look at this?

Julien Pacaud
Something about it is so strong yet really vulnerable, and I like the melancholy emotion, which somewhat describes how I’ve been feeling this week. You can learn more about Julien’s works here. I can’t say I connect to all of the work, but Memories of Tomorrow is simply gorgeous.

(image from julien pacaud)

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