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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

DwellStudio Wall Art Collection {new}

Hot off the press! That’s right, DwellStudio has expanded beyond bedding, soft toys, and table linens. They’re going for room domination now as they’ve just added wall art to their nursery collection. How fun! These prints are pretty cute, it makes coordinating everything for the nursery so much easier for new parents if you’re into themes, that is. Some parents are, some aren’t. But in case you like this sort of thing, DwellStudio is your one stop shop for baby.


What’s next? Rugs? Tiles? Clothing? Diaper bags? Whatever they think of next, I’m sure it will be another big hit. It’s great to see them bringing their graphics to walls everywhere. Nice work, Dwell!

(image from design public)

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

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I can’t wait to show you a few of my favorite Etsy stores for this week. If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays please click here to catch up on your reading. This week, it’s all about paper, felt, paint, and a dash of fabric. Oh wait, that’s pretty much every week! :) Hope you like these finds, I had fun pulling them together.

Kiki & Polly. What a beautiful shop this is! The artist, Lisa Golightly (love her last name) is based in Portland, OR and has such a soft, delicate touch to her work, I’m so fond of it. She also does custom paintings of children in a style very similar to Claudine Hellmuth, another artist I love. Fabulous work, Lisa! Can I order one of everything?

SanFran67. Helen Musselwhite is based in the UK and does some wonderful things with a scalpel and paper! Everything in her shop is original and handmade, oh and did I mention affordable? Helen is such a creative inspiration. I must highlight how greatly I appreciate her efforts in showing the work in an actual space. I can’t stress how important this is for sellers, it really makes a difference in sales. Helen, great job.

Reyart. Handfelted birch bark bowls and pebbles, paintings, brooches, necklaces… Reya, a self-taught artist living in the Netherlands, clearly has talent and a great sense of style. Her items sell out quickly though, so if you see something you like, grab it or better yet, add her store to your RSS feed. Great tip for any etsy store you’d like to stalk on a regular basis. :)

Three words for ya. The Mincing Mockingbird. What can I say? This guy is genius. I love his work, it cracks me up. You have to at least visit his shop and buy a magnet or two even if you don’t need one of his fabulous bird portraits. Some of these are too funny. For reals.

Modiste Me. This shop features a delightful mix of of handmade items created by Canadian Julie Scott. “Modiste” is French for a “seamstress” or “dressmaker” and as Julie puts it, “It reflects both my French heritage and my creative pursuits”. Great work, Julie!

(images above linked in this post)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, walls on February 27, 2008

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