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Tupalo: *New* Network for Indie Stores + More!

March 22, 2007

Do you Tupalo? You should. It’s a new social mapping network for indie culture, with a focus on mapping mom ‘n pop boutiques, indie book and record stores, hair salons, nightclubs, and cafes.

Tupalo: *New* Network for Indie Stores + More!Users can search, add, rate, review, and tag location around various cities worldwide, including Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, and more – with new locations being added daily. Tupalo is hoping you’ll spread the word about their community, so please visit them online and spread the word!

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Limited Edition Steven Harrington Print at Tiny Showcase

March 21, 2007

Act Now!!!

I was so excited when Anh-Minh emailed me today about the latest Tiny Showcase print. Tiny Showcase, an online site for art, release a new work of tiny art every Tuesday night in a limited number, usually only a 100 or so. A percentage of the proceeds go to a charity selected by the artist, this week Steven Harrington (the featured artist), selected the Blind Children’s Learning Center.

Limited Edition Steven Harrington Print at Tiny ShowcaseThe usual prints are flat, but sometimes we’re all in luck and a letterpressed artwork is released. Tonight we’re in luck. Not only is the work from Steven Harrington (I already have work from him and l-o-v-e it), but it’s also a little larger than usual, being 11″ x 6″. The print is shown here, it’s $30, and you can order yours right now online. Hurry! There are only 150 and one of them belongs to me. I’m sure they’ll sell out within the next 30 minutes…

But if they do, here’s information about Steven Harrington, where you can purchase other prints by him on his website, or you can check back with Tiny Showcase next week Tuesday to see who the latest artist is. New artists are posted on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. EST.

(image from tiny showcase)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Happy Owl Glassworks

March 20, 2007

Tracy Bull from Happy Owl Glassworks, also a new decor8 sponsor as of today (welcome, Tracy!), has some new prints up on her site that I really like, especially the owl shown below. It’s almost like he sat for this portrait, but like most owls, was a bit ticked to be bothered with the whole art thing. His expression reads slightly annoyed, which I think is quite cute because it reminds me of little boys when they’re asked to sit still for their school photo. The girls don’t mind being photographed one bit, but the boys hate every moment of it. I’m also very fond of the colors, lots of blue with touches of yellow, perfect for the Spring season.

Happy Owl GlassworksTracy has also prepared a collection of watercolor illustrations on various woods, all available at Paper Boat Boutique. You can contact them via email at paperboatboutique{at}gmail{dot}com if you see a piece on the Happy Owl website that you’re interested in. Here are a few below.

Happy Owl GlassworksQuick story: I gave a Happy Owl classic badge to my favorite Starbucks barista a few weeks ago and she loved it. She always spotted the one I wear on my winter coat and kept telling me how much she liked it, so I gave her one I had at home that I was saving for my Spring coat. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy she was when she unwrapped the little package. Have you badged your favorite cashier or barista lately? These make the best gifts and they’re only $7! It’s such a nice gesture to give pretty little things to those you see on a regular basis – maybe the girl who makes your coffee or that great bookstore cashier that is always happy to see you. In today’s world, these personal touches make life more meaningful, don’t you think?

Thanks Tracy for your work, the heart and soul you put into it, and how much happiness it brings to those that appreciate the natural world around them.

(images from happy owl glassworks)

Arts + Crafts, Objects

Pippa Caley + Not on the High Street

March 19, 2007

Pippa Caley is a lady whom I’d love to meet. Pippa is interesting and stylish, her embroidered and screen-printed cushions and wall papels speak volumes about just how cool she is. Outside of her work, I found her inspiration board imaginative and colorful, a glimpse into her world.

Pippa’s inspiration board

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetYou can learn a lot about a person when you ‘see’ what they’re thinking. People that are highly visual give you an immediate glimpse into their soul. Just a glimpse though, not much more. :) Knowing a creative type is such a pleasure, so satisfying, instant gratification in a sense, don’t you think? You need not spend hours in conversation, you may never even meet them in person. Just looking at their photography, their inspiration board, their work – you can learn so much about what makes them tick. My husband calls this ‘Alternate Words’, it’s a way of hearing a story, learning about someone, through an alternate means. Often through the eyes, but also through smell, touch, or sound (music, not the spoken word). Telling a story without using words (spoken or written), can impact the soul and spark the imagination. Unlike a novel or movie where most of the details are laid before you, photography, art, and other highly visual forms of expression gives the viewer a lot of creative freedom – you can tap into your imagination, pull new ideas, and as a result, walk away inspired. Whatever the case, Pippa and her body of work, certainly accomplishes this.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetPippa Caley + Not on the High StreetAs a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her collection of textiles for the home really speak to me. I love that she’ll take your vintage photographs and create a bespoke product exclusively for you to enjoy. This actually reminds me a lot of Michelle Caplan and her mixed media artwork, someone I’ve been purchasing art from since ’05. I love seeing vintage photography used so creatively, especially since surrounding yourself with photos of those that have been a guiding force in your life is such a positive addition to your home, and certainly is a less traditional approach to showcasing your favorite photos. It’s almost visual storytelling… A glimpse of your past.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetYou can also shop the Pippa Caley collection online at Not on the High Street, an amazing treasure chest of a store with goods from so many talented artists, mostly based in the UK.

Pippa Caley + Not on the High StreetPsst: Ms. Caley even has some really cute tea towels too. :)

(images from pippa caley)

Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)

March 14, 2007

Annette Meurer is the talent behind Wechselstelle, her amazing design studio based in Hannover, Germany. From there, she creates textiles, art, products made from silicone, and fashion.

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)I want everything in the above two images, the sofa (love the textile), the dog painted on the wall, the art, all of it. Love this.

Everything has a fresh, happy vibe – I absolutely love her technique, so spirited! I first discovered her at Frau Zimmer last year and have been checking her site for updates ever since. I’m hoping that someday, I’ll see Wechselstelle products available somewhere online or in American boutiques because everything would fly off the shelves – seriously, her work that good.

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)
I love the sporty illustrations, the pugs, the deliciously preppy colors, all I can say is fresh, fresh, fresh! I own a few of her silicone tiles, they look gorgeous pressed against a window where I have mine displayed, and I think I only paid $25- Euro for both. They’re the size of a standard drink coaster, with vibrant colors and the best illustrations ever. Mine have a single face on them, one of a man, the other, a woman. Available as circles or squares, sold as a set of two, in a single box (see below).

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover) Even the silicone oven mits stick to the wall, window, appliances, glass…

You can view her work here, and if you’re a store owner or you simply want to inquire about her work, email Annette at kontakt{at}wechselstelle{dot}de. When I’m in Hannover again this Fall, I hope to arrange a meet-up with Annette because I’d love to see her entire collection and shop, of course!

Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)
Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)At this time, Wechselstelle appears to only be sold at Frau Zimmer in Hannover, so if you happen to live there, lucky you!

(images from annette meurer)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Deyrolle (Paris)

March 13, 2007

Deyrolle in Paris is another source if you’re on the prowl for charts, and I owe a huge thank you to decor8 reader Muse for pointing them out to me. Insects, botanicals, anatomy, they have charts on everything you can imagine and they’re priced between 18- 150,- euros, available for purchase at their store in Paris or right here online.

Deyrolle (Paris)Here’s a glimpse of their store, have you ever seen so many stuffed animals in your life? And we’re not talking plushies here people…

Deyrolle (Paris)This place has total taxidermy fever. I don’t know if these animals are completely recreated from man-made materials, or if they’re formed using actual animal parts, but Deyrolle gives me the creeps. I do love the wall color though, and would definitely visit them just for the whole scare factor (plus I love the vibe, it’s cool I think). For me though, I’m sticking with the charts only (wink).
Deyrolle (Paris)Deyrolle (Paris)Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this post. As for Deyrolle, no clue what’s going on there. See no evil, hear no evil… (fingers in ears – la la la la la.)

(images from deyrolle)

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