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Right Brain Terrain {eco posters}

Misa and Fred own Right Brain Terrain, a company that specializes in alternative motivational posters that just so happen to be green. All of their posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and they use soy-based inks for printing. They believe that their posters not only serve as reminders of our imperfect nature so as to kick us into action at times, but they also cheer us on and celebrate our personal victories — paper cheerleaders!

I see a big trend going on right now with modern motivational posters, whether it’s a single world or quote. Thank goodness we’ve finally advanced beyond these things because well, they drive me crazy. I recall my former life in the office where soaring eagle and mountain posters with words like “Aim High” and “Soar to New Heights” could be found on every wall. Thankfully we have more than corporate motivational posters to select from when we’re looking for inspiration, all in a hipper more modern format.

(images from right brain terrain)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 21, 2008

DaWanda Anyone?

I’ve blogged about Berlin-based indie super store DaWanda before, but a quick show of hands… Do you shop DaWanda? If not then I’ll try to entice you with a quick snapshot of a few of my favorite DaWanda shop owners. I love Etsy so I’m always talking about them, but with so many other great indie shops online I don’t want to ignore anyone. What I think sets DaWanda apart is that they’re based in Berlin so they attract more small business owners based in Europe. Plus, their site is in German, French, and English — a very attractive perk as well. And when it comes to payment, many offer Paypal but most accept bank transfers which is the most common payment method in Europe. The overall aesthetic feels slightly different, too. Here are some of my favorites, see what you think… :)

Prints and cards from Ted + Rose Design with terrific graphics and bright happy colors. Yellow, pink, and animal motifs – how can we not like ‘em?

Andrea from Pequenio Craft in Argentina simply loves paper (especially Japanese papers) and with this paper passion she creates everything from stickers to brooches and prints. The colors she uses are beautiful, they really lure me in. I love her sweet little handcrafted girls, so sweet!

These are concept bags are new and sold in Thailand by a group of independent designers and they’re now available in their Made In Spire DaWanda store. The bags are only 15- Euro, free shipping, and come with free pins to coordinate with the pattern on the bag so that the bag has some dimension to it and stands out as unique.

Falling down a rabbit hole I landed in the imaginative world of Isabella’s Art, a Dutch artist inspired by fairy tales and silhouette art. There are so many prints to choose from, all very affordable and each telling a unique story.

In addition to all sorts of crafty things, Lady Dilema from Spain makes these great shirts with ties — super cute!

Anything made by Enna in Hannover, Germany makes me happy. I met her last year and toured her retail store (so sweet, click here to view it), and she even taught me how to make my own stamps for designing fabric (our project here, don’t laugh). I can’t wait to get back over to Germany to see her again this year!

DaWanda asked me last year if I’d pull together a pinboard for their site and since I only recently had time to do that, it will go live on their homepage soon. Yay! When that occurs, I’ll be sure to post a link here on decor8. It will link you to over 50 of my favorite DaWanda sellers which just may become yours as well. :)

(images linked above to sellers)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on February 21, 2008

Labokoff

Fabienne wrote in from Paris today about her work as a graphic designer along with the opening of her new etsy shop Labokoff where she sells prints of her art. She merges photography with paint by embellishing her photos with subtle painted motifs like circles, starfish, and swirls.


I enjoy seeing France through her eyes, it’s like taking a mini vacation. Muted imagery of the eiffel tower, lazy days along the coastline of Normandy, the calmness of the countryside, it’s all very inspiring. This work gives us a glimpse of the French lifestyle through the eyes of Fabienne, each telling a story as you gaze into them. Go ahead and see for yourself, look closely and use your imagination…

(images from labokoff)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on February 20, 2008

Ellie Curtis {prints and pillows}

Nicole from Etsy Love just wrote to me about Ellie Curtis, a London designer with a brand new etsy shop where she sells some pretty amazing pillows and prints based on her whimsical illustrations (love her unexpected color combinations like violet with orange). Ellie takes her drawings and creates screen prints onto paper and fabric with crisp modern results. Her inspiration? “I often like wandering around places like the British Museum, the V&A, or the Pitt Rivers in Oxford to soak in the many different objects and their owner?s associated thoughts, worries, beliefs,” she says.


In the past, Ellie created brooches that I found pretty enough to post so I have to share them to you today. I’m not sure if she plans to make them again or carry these in her etsy store, but I wish she would at least consider it. I’d love to pin them to throw pillows, especially the butterfly.


Great unique work, it’s really refreshing. Thank you Nicole for the tip!

(images from ellie curtis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, textiles, walls on February 15, 2008

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