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Courtney Prahl Art

September 12, 2007

Courtney Prahl has beautiful work available in her etsy store, her focus always on trees and houses, both with special meaning to her. Courtney believes that trees are like people, unique and one-of-a-kind, each with their own story to tell.

Courtney Prahl Art
Houses on the other hand are symbolic of home. “Home is anything — a place, people, a mountain or even a house,” Courtney continues, “It gives you peace and it is where you know who you are without judgment.” Well said! I enjoy how well she uses various papers and colors, and I like to examine her paintings — so many intricate details! I especially like the composition, as I’m trying to learn this for my own paintings and realize that it takes time to get it right. In addition to her prints and things, she has a few very affordable originals on canvas for only $15, like this painting below. A great start for the budding art collector.

Courtney Prahl Art
Lovely work, Ms. Courtney!

(images from courtney prahl)

Arts + Crafts

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

September 11, 2007

Don’t forget to tune in to the Martha Stewart show tomorrow, Wednesday September 12, to watch Claudine Hellmuth teach Ms. Martha a thing or two about mixed media collage art. I’m so excited that she got on the show and can’t wait to watch one of my favorite artists in action. YES! I can only imagine what national exposure will do to her career.

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

Yeah, Claudine! A huge congratulations to you.

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France

September 11, 2007

Catherine Gallicere of KaT wrote in to show me her mixed media paintings using textiles and acrylics to create quirky characters and landscapes with a Japanese feel. Darling!

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
If you happen to be in Paris anytime until October 13th (lucky you!), the 3 Owls Bookshop located in the basement of le Bon March? features some of her paintings as part of their Love Tokyo exhibit. In addition to her paintings, Catherine produces pillows, lampshades, and other home accessories. She also collaborates with others on projects in the fashion world.

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
KaT: Art + Home Accessories from FranceKaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
Her website is only in French (it’s so cute, you have to look at it), so if you would like to inquire about her products further, please email Catherine directly at: c.katATfree.fr

Thank you KaT for sharing with us your creative works!

{Sorry I was away yesterday, grandmother Ilse passed away Monday morning so we’ve been planning the funeral remotely to take place in Germany. Posting will be light this week.}

(images from kat)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Kindergallery *New* Online Gallery for Kids

August 31, 2007

Fiona wrote to me today about her online art gallery for children called Kindergallery. Fiona splits her time between her home in Sydney and Berlin and sources for her art in Australia, Europe, and in the U.S., hand selecting what catches her eye that she thinks would make a beautiful addition to a kid’s space.

Kindergallery *New* Online Gallery for Kids
Her goal is to find art that children can grow with, works that will inspire the imagination and become a part of their visual vocabulary as they grow and develop. From original paintings to high quality prints, box art, and wall decals suitable for display in the modern home, there truly is something for every budget. I think these new works from Isak are the best, not only are they colorful and affordable, but I love the clean, modern design and the adorable animals. Kindergallery also carries work from Gr?goire Ganter, Lorena Siminovich, Superoboturbo, Meredith Gaston, and more!

Kindergallery *New* Online Gallery for Kids
I’m so happy to hear about this great gallery for kids, thank you Fiona for opening your doors to the world – I’m sure parents everywhere will love your new store!

(images from kindergallery)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Ink Shop

August 30, 2007

The Ink Designer, or Ink Shop, is one of the best local guys on etsy in my opinion. This Boston boy (by way of Hong Kong) flat out rocks it.

Ink Shop
Wing Ngan, the man behind the ink, is super creative and fun. He grew up in Hong Kong but relocated to Boston when he was 16 years old. He told me that he grew up watching lots of Japanese cartoons and comics, which have had a real influence on his work. By day, he works as a graphic designer at Ink Design on Newbury Street in Boston and by night, creates gocco prints, which he says, “Make me feel more alive.”

Ink ShopInk Shop
I love Wing’s modern design aesthetic, his bright graphics really pop off the page. (sigh) Finally, prints on etsy that you can give to yourself or your man friend because these are extremely gender friendly. I can see so many toy/action figure collectors out there that would find these prints completely irresistible. I have a small collection of Japanese toys, so even I qualify here. Great work, Wing!

(images from ink shop)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

One Girl

August 30, 2007

This aussie crafter creates some of the prettiest things in limited batches, making them even more special. One Girl is so talented, I’m always watching her store for new things because I think some of these would make the best gifts.

One Girl
Random acts of kindness are so appreciated, I remember how happy cards and flowers made me when I found them left on my desk at work. I often miss these times when I’m working from a home office now, although my husband brings me tea each day and I do appreciate that. But cards and flowers from colleagues was always such an unexpected treat.

One Girl
Sadly, flowers fade and die, and with the slew of crafters online now offering their wares, why not treat a friend at work with something soft – like a totem doll – and a pretty card, wrapped in natural linen tied in red and white baker’s string? I certainly would appreciate a kind gesture like that! And it’s not childish, as most of the ladies I worked with would have cherished such gifts.

(image from one girl)

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