It must be all of the sunshine and blue skies here this week because I’m definitely feeling ready for spring and have been thinking a lot about what spring brings… flowers, parties, pretty dresses and ice cream cones! I have a really sweet party to share with you in a moment so watch for my post that will follow this one but I think you’ll really enjoy how well Meri Meri products (shown below) tie in to the upcoming party peek.
I adore all of details when event planning, in fact the details and finding ways to be extra creative in new ways is the most exciting part for me. That is why I love these cupcake sets from Meri Meri — they make me smile because I hope to someday have a daughter and plan such sweet events at home for her as my mother did for me. My favorite set is tweet tweet. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a blogger party and to have the tweet tweet cupcake holders and toppers to pass around as a bit of a joke about our social networks — like twitter? Ha, that would be cute. What is your favorite cupcake set?
(images: meri meri)
I was just invited to attend Cut & Paste in Sweden, an international exhibition of contemporary collage and assemblage, taking place now through October 10, 2009. I wish I had known sooner because I would have loved to see this! If anyone reading attends and gets some great photographs from the exhibit and would like to share them here on decor8, please let me know. I’ve been a huge fan of collage since 6th grade, so an exhibition like this would be right up my alley. I hope to attend lots of art shows next year as I start to feel my way around, I still feel like I’m walking around with my head in a cloud and my brain keeps telling me that I’m flying home in a month or so, since I’m only used to staying here a few months each year. Now that I’m sticking around for awhile, I’m hoping to make some fun travel plans for 2010 that will include some really great shows that I can share here. :)
Sandra Müller, Germany.
I loved browsing the submissions they received for their postcard competition *view here* – so creative ! And if you’re in Sweden and can make it to Stockholm, definitely check this out!
(images: cut & paste)
I promised a little glimpse of the fabric market that I attended in my new city last Saturday, the same day that I also hit the flea market just around the corner and scored a new dresser and a doily glass platter. I had such a great time and found some beautiful fabrics and notions, but most importantly, I found a ton of new brands and interesting ideas and inspiration… and noticed that Germans are big on iron on decals! I found so many deer, mushrooms, you name it — all silhouette style in funky patterns and colors meant to iron on to skirts and bags, etc. And I spotted a vendor who sold all of the fabrics from the Tone Finnager, Tildas Hus line. Really sweet stuff! This market catered to both the fashion and craft crowd, so you found little old ladies shopping next to the girls that you know make most of what they have on.
The market visits here 4 times each year, it will return again November 7th. It tours all around the country, the organizer, Stoffmarkt Holland, is from Holland and so a bunch of the vendors are Dutch and then of course, you have several German online shops selling there as well. I still haven’t spotted any Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabrics, nothing familiar to me really — but I found so many great ones that were completely new that I didn’t walk away disappointed or empty handed! It was also very hard to not walk away feeling inspired.
And well… I guess I have to say a little something negative about this market. Nothing is vintage! Boo! I wish so badly that some stylish new vendor would join the crew and sell vintage textiles, I would love nothing more! And they reallllly needed an Indian fabric dealer. And a Japanese vendor with fabrics from Japan. THEN this would have been the perfect event. But I still loved it, but you know, I’m picky and always thinking of ways to improve everything I see… I’m sure you’re the same way! Oh and I would have died and gone to heaven if they had a crafts book dealer, oh my! But they did sell a few books and such here and there, but still…
Please excuse my photographs, they were not taken with the greatest care or concentration. The market was nuts, at least at the booths where I wanted to take close ups of the fabric, so my arms were constantly being knocked and my bag was getting bumped – so hard to keep a still photo. I was also the ONLY one there with a camera so I had to be discreet, I didn’t want to have to explain to everyone what I was doing photographing their booths. :) But no one seemed to care and so in the end it all worked out. But man, it’s so uncomfortable playing journalist sometimes, especially when I’m not fluently able to explain myself! I hope the photographs do this lovely market justice. It was very large, I’d say 100+ vendors maybe? Definitely worth attending one if you’re ever visiting Germany — just look on the stoffmarkt website to see the schedule and try to fit one in to your vacation!
Here is a glimpse of some of my loot:
Do they even have these markets in the states? Or in your country? I don’t ever remember seeing one over there and I lived in the south and New England and never came across anything like it. Maybe this is just a European thing. Could be a good business idea, huh? I think someone over there should start a traveling fabric market! :)
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Well it’s no secret that I love art and illustration so when Sia told me about Illustrative 2009 and that it will be held in Berlin, I instantly ran to the website (well my fingers did) and wow – I’m excited! Berlin is a quick train ride for me, only an hour and a half, so I’m considering attending this event and perhaps if I do and photography is allowed, I will share my impressions with you. :)
What is Illustrative? It’s an event for contemporary graphic art that will begin on October 16 and run until November 1st in Berlin. More than 600 works will be on display from over 60 artists worldwide — drawings, graphic prints, mural collages, book art, animation and more. This sounds like the best way to spend an evening to me – a visual feast! There will also be an exhibition showing the works of those who won the Swatch Young Illustrators award. This is the fifth time that Illustrative will be held, you can catch glimpses of their last event here. The photos shown in this post are from their recent event in Zurich. Looks like fun! :)