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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.”

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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)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Fabulous Art Walls from Readers

August 28, 2007

I had a few readers write in today to show me their fabulous art walls (yay!) either DIY projects or affordable art finds on etsy. This one is from reader Elizabeth, “I love your blog and visit it several times a day, so I wanted to send you my own art wall. These are little canvas paintings I did myself. I’m in the process of making several small paintings, bags, aprons, and home goods to start an Etsy shop, but it’s not quite up yet. I thought I’d send you this anyway.” – Elizabeth B.

Fabulous Art Walls from ReadersFabulous Art Walls from Readers
And this terrific wall arrived in my inbox from creative reader Kristi, “My absolute favorite art wall in our home is in our daughters’ room. We purchased these peasant paintings in China and had them framed when we came home. Each one is an original, hand-painted piece and depicts the same scene in a different season. I hung them starting with Winter since that’s when my girls were born. Peasant paintings, or folk paintings, are readily available on the web. China Sprout is one good source.” – Kristi T. (Details on room design and additional images here.)

Fabulous Art Walls from Readers
Anyone else care to share? This could be fun!! :)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Geninne Zlatkis Art

August 28, 2007

Do you know Geninne from Hacienda Jajalpa, Mexico (just outside of Mexico City)? Let me refresh your memory. Her home was featured here on decor8 Reader Spaces back in September ’06, and she was one of the winners of our Workspace contest. Ah, now you recall…

Geninne Zlatkis Art
This lady is super creative and so when she wrote in today announcing her new etsy store, I had to blog it right away – I’m so excited for Geninne and pleased that her beautiful artwork is being shared with the world in the form of prints and greeting cards. Her work is mature and beautiful, playful and colorful, and you can clearly see that the nature around her in Mexico directly influence her work. I really like her take on a stack of logs (below), you can almost imagine that she found them behind her house and quickly sketched them into her little notebook… I wonder what exactly inspired this drawing? Maybe she will comment below and tell us, Geninne are you out there reading?

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Congrats, Geninne, we are all so very proud of you!

(images from geninne zlatkis)






Arts + Crafts

Lilla Rogers Studio

August 27, 2007

I’ve featured several artists represented by Lilla Rogers Studio in the past, so I thought I’d show you a few more that I’m really liking these days. It’s super inspiring to look at illustrations, so many I imagine as fabric and it actually excites me as I’d love to cover my own home in some of these prints or just use them in craft projects. The color palettes are great to study, so many unexpected combinations, identify a few of your new faves below and try to imagine a room decorated in only the colors you see. I think the colors found in the horse pattern would make a gorgeous palette for a bedroom.

Lilla Rogers StudioJanell Genovese
Lilla Rogers StudioJanell Genovese

Lilla Rogers StudioSarajo Frieden
Lilla Rogers StudioSarajo Frieden
Lilla Rogers StudioTrina Dalziel
Lilla Rogers StudioTrina Dalziel

Lilla Rogers StudioTrina Dalziel

Lilla Rogers StudioTrina Dalziel
Lilla Rogers StudioTrina Dalziel

(images from lilla rogers studio)






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