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Swallowfield *New* Prints

August 6, 2007

Beautiful prints from Swallowfield today (thanks for the update, Jen!) that reflect her life on the Maine coast so well, don’t you think? I love the first one shown of the mussels sold in a limited edition of only 20 (10 left!) for $18, so hurry if you like it. I never tire of blue tones and illustrated works of things found at sea, so this print is one that I really like. I also like the background of swirls and objects that almost look like tiny shells…

Swallowfield *New* PrintsSwallowfield *New* Prints

(images from swallowfield)

Arts + Crafts

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)

August 1, 2007

decor8 reader Rain Harris of Lusterbunny (and RISD grad) wrote in a few days ago about this gorgeous piece she made that’s currently on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio called “Americana”. (It’s part of her fine art, not the work that she offers online.)

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Americana is nearly 60 feet long and was designed for the space using wood paneling that is imprinted with a woodland motif of deer, cabins, etc. that she carved Victorian wallpaper designs into using a cnc router almost giving it the look of 3-D wallpaper. Then, she inlaid light blue paint into the grooves to highlight the various patterns and cut out sections of additional panels, extending them from the walls using frosted plexiglas rods. Isn’t this amazing? You can read more about the installation here.

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Thank you Rain for writing in!

(images from rain harris)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Betsy Walton

July 27, 2007

I’m really drawn towards the work of Betsy WaltonBetsy lives in Portland, OR and has a most impressive portfolio online that you may really enjoy browsing. Here’s a snapshot. Look at these colors, don’t they make you happy?

Betsy WaltonHere’s one that I ordered last night titled Hopeful. I couldn’t resist. I feel like this is my little house in the countryside where I live, and the red swirls represent the apple trees all around my home since I live on an orchard. And the word hopeful, well it means many things to me right now. All very personal, of course. Let’s just say that having hope is the only way to endure things that appear to offer no alternate roads to take, no escape route. Hope gets us through. And that’s what I have a lot of this week since some sad news came my way.

Betsy Walton
When this print arrives, I’ll look at it for years to come recalling this period in my life. This is what I think we should do when we purchase art. Look at a piece and try to figure out why it appeals to us, pinpoint something exact, so that when you bring it home and frame it, you’ll forever me reminded of that moment and you can better bond with the item. Make sense? Then it’s no longer Betsy’s art, it’s also a very special and personal piece of you.

(images from betsy walton)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Button Collective

July 23, 2007

I’m thrilled! My daily visit to the Etsy homepage got me to clicking around and pow! I landed on a little something special called Button Collective. Remember this post, where I blogged about how much I love badges (buttons, pins, you know those things), but since I’m not 17 I really can’t see wearing them on my jacket? And I talked about how I think it would be great to find some cool way to display them as art? Button Collective has a terrific solution. Check this out.

Button Collective
They have these cool button display boards called storyboards where you can show off your prized collection of badges. Outside of using a shadowbox, this is a really clever display option. They come in all shapes and sizes, white or black.

Button Collective
What do you think?

(images from button collection)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Lucie Summers (UK)

July 23, 2007

It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Lucie Summers (UK)
“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley’; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers

If you’d like to learn more about Lucie and her art, visit her blog called Blu Shed or see some of her works for sale over at Not on the High Street.

(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)

(images from lucie summers)

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