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Chris Chun Art + Design

I’m super inspired by the work of Chris Chun today and have to share his work with you because I think you’ll love it. His pretty colors make me imagine some of the most beautiful rooms — soft, layered, a dash of pattern, dreamy…

Chris is a talented artist and award winning designer from Melbourne, Australia and his subject matter is primarily food. He once worked as a chef in London. Food and painting are his passions, they’re combined on canvas to create the perfect recipe. Tea and cupcakes, what’s not to like? :)

(images from chris chun)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 13, 2008

Domino Presents: A Few Good (Etsy) Men

I’m excited to share the slideshow that I’ve pulled together for Domino called A Few Good (Etsy) Men – it just went live yesterday. I felt passionate about including a piece devoted to male artists in their online Etsy gallery because lots of guys are quick to judge Etsy as mostly an all-girl space and I’m determined to show that some amazing guys do successfully sell their art as affordable prints there. The fact that a magazine as hugely popular as Domino is paying attention to their work just may be the motivation needed to encourage more guys to sell prints on sites like Etsy.

This is my small contribution to hopefully motivating the men out there, high give guys! And I’d like to thank all who helped me pull together this piece. For the men I’ve missed please send me your shop information because who knows, perhaps Domino will feature an all male review – part two in the future.

I’ve been writing for Domino magazine online since 2006, the Etsy spotlights on their site are my pride and joy. You can read them all right here.

Go men, go!

(images from etsy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on May 13, 2008

Denyse Schmidt Launches New Fabric

Denyse Schmidt has done it again! This time she has launched Country Fair, a new fabric that is heavier than usual for decorating projects at home such as pillows and chair covers. Her fresh new take on vintage patterns are bright and sassy with a definite country vibe, printed on 54? wide 100% cotton canvas making them both durable and beautiful in florals and prints so tiny that they almost look like a solid.

The County Fair collection also includes a ?cheater? print, Patchwork Promenade (shown above), that has six “pieced” 18″ square blocks that are ready for stitching and quilting projects. It is printed in a 36″ x 54″ repeat appearing as pieced which saves time for modern, busy crafters.

This collection is priced at around $18/yard so it’s super affordable and will be available at stores nationwide in June, for a complete stocklist click here.

She recently released a new quilting pattern called Single Girl. I love the meaning behind it. It’s her witty take on the traditional double wedding ring pattern — only a single ring pattern. It’s cool to be single and there should be a quilt celebrating it, right!?

Psst: Attending the Portland, Oregon Quilt Market? You can meet Denyse (5/16) and preview her new fabric collection in FreeSpirit’s booth (#1802-1824) May 16 – May 18. Denyse will be in the booth May 16th.

(images from denyse schmidt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Objects on May 08, 2008

Charmingwall Inc.

Now this is one cool website. It’s called Charmingwall Inc. and is based in New York City where they have a retail space at 191 West 4th. The website is gorgeous, I love how it’s designed, and the art featured is just great. I recognize some of the artists from Etsy. Charmingwall Inc. specializes in a hand-picked selection of open-edition fine art prints from artists located around the world, covering everything from fine art to the more illustrative comic book art.

They recently launched an online store for those of us not in NYC, I encourage you to browse it — great finds! I was happy to see an artist I love, Bailey Saliwanchik, featured on their site. If you recall, I used some of her work in a space I designed for Adorn magazine awhile back when Adorn was still around (R.I.P.) and I ended up purchasing one of the paintings I featured in that same room. Bailey’s work is awesome, and for $20 you can own a print of your very own from this talented artist.

(images from charmingwall inc.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms, shopping, travel on May 07, 2008


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