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Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Velocity Art + Design

March 27, 2007

A big thanks to Ali from Velocity Art + Design Nike Art Director by day, amazing Artist by night, the bold, graphic work of Heather Amuny-Dey is fresh, bold, sophisticated, modern. My favorite is Hide And Seek, and I love the many prints she offers, and best part, they’re only around $40 each.

Velocity Art + DesignMarisa Haedike’s artwork is so spirited and full of youth, and knowing Marisa like I do, I’m a bit partial because everything about her is so genuine which is shown in her work — right down to the little faces on her polar bears, penguins, and all the other cuddly, playful characters that she paints. I have an original painting from Marisa, and a print of the little girl with the red balloon shown above. They’ll ultimately end up in my future baby’s room, but for now, I’m the baby in the house and these are in my office. You can buy her paintings here and her prints at Etsy.

Velocity Art + DesignAli also told me about Corinne Dean’s lovely bird + treehouse artwork, an new artist to Velocity. Corinne only has a few paintings left, she is building quite a following, but if you’ve missed her paintings, she has prints up in her Etsy store. You know, I really love how artists are reproducing their paintings as limited edition prints. This makes beautiful work accessible to all.

Velocity Art + DesignAnd of course, you can’t visit Velocity without peeking in to see what artist Matte Stephens is up to. He has some of the coolest paintings,lots of funky mid century colors and whimsical characters. So retro, and there’s a definite masculine touch to his work, so it makes a great gift for that art lovin’ man in your life. And yes, Matte has an Etsy store with tons of great prints right here. Psst: Mate has a blog, too.

Who is your Velocity favorite artist? Do you have a favorite artist on Etsy?

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Melissa Moss *New* Etsy Store

March 23, 2007

I wrote about the wonderful Melissa Moss and her paintings last October, and Marisa at Creative Thursday interviewed her via podcast (very motivating for those ready to make a career change, you won’t want to miss it!), but when an email arrived tonight from Melissa, I had to share. Melissa now offers prints of her paintings in her new Etsy store. Yeah! Click here to view them all, priced right at around $30 each. These would look so great framed over a white sofa, I would love to pair up some of her prints with these new pillows from West Elm, especially since a few prints and pillows can give your room a whole new look for under $150. I love the idea of having an all-white sofa and splashing color on it with brightly colored pillows and great prints on the wall behind it. Can’t you tell I’m so into Spring decorating right now?!

Melissa Moss *New* Etsy Store

(images from melissa moss)

Arts + Crafts, Small Business

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)

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