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Blog of the Week: Nectar & Light

Have you had a chance to glance over at the decor8 blog of the week, Nectar & Light? It’s a gorgeous photography blog by Fieryeyed Studio’s Jen Altman. She photographs bits of her world and combines them with other imagery that she loves, showing them on her blog and sharing them with the rest of us in her etsy shop. I love her soft filtered lighting, and I think her Polaroid prints are truly beautiful. To me, their grainy and blurred “imperfections” make them imperfectly perfect.


I hope you have a chance to visit Nectar & Light, it’s infused with so much beauty that I’m sure you’ll find it a real treasure.

(images from jen altman)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 07, 2008

Boston Locals: Exhibit Opens Tonight @ artstream

Susan wrote to me about a beautiful show opening tonight here in New Hampshire at artstream in Rochester so I thought I’d spread the word since a few of my favorite artists are involved. Yay!

The exhibition, Stories and Tales, features work from Abby Glassenberg, Tara Hogan, Alena Hennessey and Darryl Berger. I know Tara very well and her work is lovely, I own a piece from Alena, and I adore Abby’s birds, so I can’t brag about them enough. The opening reception is this evening, Friday, March 7th and details and directions can be found on the artstream website. Light refreshments will be offered and all are welcomed to meet some of the artists and enjoy the artwork at artstream which is located at 56 North Main Street.

(images from abby, tara, artstream)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 07, 2008

Amy Walsh

More beautiful art to fall in love with today, this time from Philadelphia-based artist Amy Walsh. Amy wrote in about her work this afternoon and I was delighted to see it as I’d not heard about her before and really enjoy the colors and arrangements of things she pulls together for her mixed media collages. Amy recently completed a series of twelve designs which comprise “Beastiarium” which is a collection of oddball creatures that are hybrids of animals, plants and sea creatures. The entire series is currently available in her etsy shop. What a fascinating body of work!

Cabinet 4 is my personal favorite.

I can’t help but notice this trend in the art world right now of printing on pages from vintage books or sheet music. Amy uses books from the 1800’s. It’s a clever way to reuse something that otherwise may go unnoticed or worse, be discarded. Have you spotted this to, prints on pages? I like seeing all the mini trends out there… I often wonder where they originated and why other artists decide to pick it up, what inspired them about printing on vintage pages? Maybe Amy can stop in and answer this question for us. Amy if you’re there, I’d love to know more… Perhaps you can comment below?

(images from amy walsh)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on February 27, 2008

Pearl Bell Tableware

These plates are fantastic! Pearl wrote to me today about Pearl Bell, her collection of classy lady plates, cups, and saucers and I knew I had to feature them. I love that feeling, when designers write to me and the moment I click on their link I get butterflies. It’s so exciting to come across interesting work, so thank you Pearl.

She’ll soon be expanding her tableware collection to include animals (like the little owl you see above), but for now it’s all about the ladies! Even though you can dine on these, I’d prefer hanging them on a wall as art, but that’s just me. My favorites are the mostly white plates… And I love seeing fashion illustration on ceramics. Thank you Pearl for your submission, your work is really tops!

(images from pearl bell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen on February 27, 2008

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