Let’s be Frank, or shall I say let’s meet Frank, an online shop specializing in work created by independent British designers, a delightful mix ranging from ceramics to pillows and art. It’s quite obvious that a great talent runs this very special shop because everything is exquisite, from the site design to the bounty of creative work. Frank is impressive.
Sukie, Vicky Hageman, Poppy Treffry tea cosies, Hannah Turner Ceramics, notebooks by Angie Lewin, more paper goods by Kim Jenkins, Twee As Can Be Sewing Buddy sewing kits, Laura McCafferty prints, and Julie Arkell’s paper mache dolls are just a few of my favorites.
It’s so refreshing to catch a glimpse of what the British indie design scene is up to lately. I’m dying to visit a craft fair in England someday, I’ve only visited flea markets so I hope to check out something like Origin or Top Drawer in the near future. Have you attended either of these two craft fairs and if so, would you suggest one over the other or something totally different? I may try to visit London in the Fall…
(images from frank)
Are you ready to see what’s shakin’ at Etsy this week? We have a little anthropomorphism, a few ceramics, some children hanging out with their imaginary pals, giddy London, and a pair of black and white striped tights that, admit it, you’d love to wear with bright red wellies!
First up is ceramicist Jasna Sokolovic. Born in Yugoslavia and now based in Vancouver, I found her while searching for ceramics recently on Etsy and couldn’t wait to share her work with you today. Her etsy shop is called Jasna Ceramics and she also has a website where she shows us her process and work studio. Her ceramic bracelets are to die for. Love this lady!
Now it’s time for a little human/animal hybrid action! Runny Bunny is a full-time studio artist in North Carolina who mixes man and beast using clay and paint to form rather unique pieces of art. Many artists are working with animal heads on human bodies, it’s been quite popular for a long time if you think about it, consider myths and the stories you read as a child, gods and goddesses of times past… I like to see how contemporary artists interpret such stories into their work and think that Runny Bunny does a rather nice job. Etsy recently covered anthropomorphism as a trend right here.
Jessica is the talented lady behind Vol:25, a completely self taught artist who genuinely loves creating and bringing joy to her customers. Her fresh, modern prints are youthful and spirited, they evoke feelings of being a carefree little girl… Attending the town fair, eating so much cotton candy that your tummy aches, chasing fireflies… Her work is imaginative and charming.
Here’s a little more cuteness for you today. This time it’s Tollipop, an artist I just found last week and bookmarked right away. I have a feeling that you will like her as much as I do. Her drawings feature creative kids on the go who seem to have quite active imaginations. The artist claims that as a child she had imaginary friends, so I’m guessing her little drawings are of how she remembers her own childhood. These are very sweet.
I really love the mood here in this photo, it brings me back to the first time I visited London 12 years ago. I swear I stood at this same spot admiring the double-decker buses that my beloved Morrissey once sang about. I recall the rush of the morning commute as I stood there completely jet-lagged yet loving every minute of this city called London. This great photo by NestaHome combines both hand drawing and photography, something I hope to see more and more of in the Indie art + craft world because I really love the idea of altering photos in this way. It reminds me of this children’s book that I like called Knuffle Bunny. Have you seen it?
If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out.
(images linked to sources above.)
I really like May Luk Ceramics and thought I’d share her work this evening. Pink and turquoise always scores big points with me as does fashion illustration, so of course I’m a fan. May lived in San Francisco where she studied illustration at the Academy of Art College, then moved to New York to find a job, and somehow ended up in the UK where she studied applied arts at the Glasgow School of Art and ceramics at Kensington Chelsea College. This then put her in West London, where she pursued a successful career as an illustrator while maintaining a studio designing ceramics.
Now May has hopped back over the pond and is living in New York once again, making a recent appearance at the Brooklyn Indie Market. If you’d like to see more of her decorative plates please visit her shop over at Etsy. Lovely work May and welcome back to the states!
(image from may luk ceramics)
Alissa Coe and Carly Waito met in school and upon graduating in ’04 fro the Ontario College of Art and Design, they formed coe&waito to create porcelain objects from their Toronto studio. I really like seeing two creative souls bond and form a business together, it’s inspiring to me as I’ve always wanted to partner with someone and form a small business since I tend to enjoy working with someone else more than I do alone. I’ve spotted coe&waito around the web before but until now, never noticed that they had an owl lamp. So sweet.
I think all of their things are fresh and very current but absolutely stunning. I’m an extremely tactile person, I have to touch everything when I’m shopping and these objects make me want to just reach into the screen and hold them. They’re elegance is hard to deny.
(image from coe&waito)