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Small Stump Print at Rose & Radish

August 22, 2007

This hand-silkscreened piece was created by Jill Pilotte of Small Stump fame. It was just posted over on the Rose & Radish website for $40, so hurry since there are only 38 available! If you’re a fan of woodgrain and neutrals, this will definitely work for you.

Small Stump Print at Rose & Radish
Each print is part of a limited edition of 38 and was hand drawn, hand silk-screened, signed, and numbered by the artist. Purchasing it also supports more than an indie artist and a San Francisco-based store, but a cause, as donations from the sales will be given to 826 Valencia who are dedicated to supporting students aged 6-18 with their writing skills, and helping teachers get their students excited about the literary arts.

I also think this provides a nice color palette for our reader Rachel to work off of, don’t you?

(image from rose & radish)

Arts + Crafts

Ilana Denis Illustrations/Portraits

August 21, 2007

Here’s the work of artist Ilana Denis Illustrations/PortraitsIlana Denis Illustrations/Portraits
{I’m slowly recovering after my hard drive went boom, so today I must work more on restoring as much as I can. I’ll post throughout the day, but they’ll be abbreviated.}

(images from ilana denis)

Arts + Crafts, Interviews

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)

August 17, 2007

So many inspiring, creative women out there! I’m constantly reminded that blogging is the only way I’d know about so many of them. It is via all this web digging that I found out about Melissa Anderson Contreras, also known as Axel Honey, an artist based in Los Angeles. Her work is so colorful, full of whimsy, and very detailed, I felt like I had to get to know her better. She received her BA in Fine Art from UCLA and made a living as a graphic designer for quite some time before pursuing her dream: painting. Yeah Melissa!

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey) Self portrait, Melissa A. Contreras.

I can see her illustrating children’s books, greeting cards, product packaging, she’s super talented. And it’s clear to me that she found her visual voice, her unique style, because her work is authentic, you can see the passion in her lines and colors. Here’s a little q + a I had with her recently that I think you’ll enjoy, and she exposed me to a few new links, so click around. I kept it short since it’s Friday and I don’t know about you, but I’m in weekend mode!

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
First Melissa, can you tell us what you do for a living? And where do you live?

Melissa: I’m an artist, currently not making much of a living but I have done: catalog layout, product packaging, tee-shirt graphics. I live in Fresno, as of August 1, quite a change from Los Angeles, but it is my hometown and I am near my family and more affordable real estate.

Where do you sell your work?

Melissa: Currently I have a little show up at The Kids Are Alright, a store in Echo Park (Los Angeles). I also have a piece hanging at Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles) and The Hive Gallery (Los Angeles). I have work for sale online at Rising Artist Series as well as a few other places. I have my art on products at My Favorite Mirror and I am on of the artists available for web design at Aeolidia Web Design.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
I guess I should have asked this first, what do you sell? :)

Melissa: Paintings, mooshees and cooshees (small hand painted sculptures) and other
crafty things.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
What inspires your designs?

Melissa: Everything. I love folk art, nature, good design and beauty in unexpected places.

I notice lots of American Indians and nature in your work, why?

Melissa: They embody a lot of things I embrace: rich culture, relationship with the environment, an appreciation of nature, geometric patterns, feathers. A romantic view in a world that is becoming homogenized and man made. Also, I grew up in Central California. It is probably the closest to a true American culture that I have been
exposed to.

Describe the type of client that shops with you?

Melissa: People who appreciate handmade and enjoy whimsy.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
What are the store display photos all about over on your Flickr page, did you design the window? Or? I love seeing artists commissioned to do window displays!

Melissa: I created the window display for my solo show, Sickly Sweet, at Black
Market/Blu82
on Sawtelle in June. The characters are modeled after these little sculpted ornaments I make, that are about 4″ tall. I tried to make it look like one of my paintings in 3D. The people that ran the series are using it again at Atmosphere Boutique on Vermont in Los Angeles. I installed it a little differently to fit their windows better. Here is the original setup (below).

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
Thank you Melissa, so nice to meet you and view your work! And if you have time and would like to learn more about Melissa, click on over to im right your wrong.

(images from melissa contreras)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration, Small Business

Etsy Poster Swoon

August 17, 2007

Annie from Curbside Treasure told me about this fun contest that Etsy had, she said that they asked etsy members to create posters featuring items found on the website. I had no clue! I missed the boat on this one… Anyway, they selected 60 winners and will use them as large posters and as hand outs at craft fairs. I loved looking at the entries, the color combinations. graphics, some of these entries really sing to me.Here are a few that I like, but feel free to browse them all here. It’s really fun, so prepare to spend a lot of time clicking around. :)

Etsy Poster Swoon Created by: Emma Lynne
Etsy Poster Swoon Created by: Curbside Treasure
Etsy Poster Swoon Created by Five Forty
Etsy Poster Swoon Created by SkullKnockers

Thank you Annie for telling me about this contest, it was really fun to see this!

(images from etsy)

Arts + Crafts, Small Business

Indiepublic *New* Website

August 15, 2007

Sion Lee from the blog Cuteable invited me to join a new social networking site that she developed called Indiepublic. It’s like MySpace for independent artists, designers, bloggers, retailers and shoppers.

Indiepublic *New* Website
They have around 620 members (as of this post), so if you fall into any of the above categories, Sion would love if you’d join too. It’s completely free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. You can watch videos that members contribute (like this gocco demo), contribute photos, post questions (like “how do I get myself out there?”) and lots more. If you’d like to link up with me, here’s my page. Congratulations to the talented Sion!

(screenshot from indiepublic)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Jen Oaks Illustration

August 13, 2007

I went a little nuts in Jen’s etsy store yesterday, scooping up 4 prints that I have no idea what I’ll do with but for $5 a piece, I think I’ll figure out something. :) Are they not irresistible?

Jen Oaks Illustration
I’ve been thinking about starting a rotating etsy art wall in my home somewhere, as I have too many prints to show off all at once in my tiny house and think it would be fun to rotate prints with the seasons. Maybe a summer wall that then becomes an autumn wall, etc. I can use the same frames, just swap out the prints so that I’m not banging too many holes in the wall. I think in the summer, it would be nice to showcase prints of the sea and lots of pink, yellow, and blues and in the autumn, maybe leaves, umbrellas, owls and lots of pretty mustard yellow and orange tones. Or go with themes, like fashion illustration in the fall and animals in the spring. Hmmm. At this point, I need a plan of action because I have a lot of prints and little space for them.

Are you a print addict? How do you display your prints? If you have photos that you’d like to share, I’d love to post them here on decor8, so just say the word! I can collect them all and pull together a post dedicated to print display ideas or something.

Now go shop Jen Oaks! :)

{Update: I forgot to mention her online portfolio, it can be viewed right here.}

(images from jen oaks)

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