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2Jane (NYIGF)

February 1, 2007

2Jane (NYIGF)2Jane showed at the NYIGF and my friend snapped a few photos of their booth yesterday. If you’re not familiar with 2Jane, hop on over to their website for fantastic finds from wallpaper to lighting and really fun tickers (clocks). Check out the light Beth is standing next to below… Spectacular! Talk about a conversation piece.

2Jane (NYIGF)Cool display idea for clocks…

2Jane (NYIGF)I’m not covering the NYIGF or anything, so don’t get too excited, but I do have some cool shots to share with you on the blog today. A big thanks to my friend RR for snapping these for me!

Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets

Lily Yung of Tendril in Canada

January 16, 2007

Sit back and enjoy the works of Canadian artist Lily Yung of Tendril designs. If you plan to attend the Toronto Interior Design Show on 2/22-2/25, Tendril designs will be there on display for all to see. I’m so impressed by this lovely, innovative use of felt, and the tactile, organic beauty, wool loops and links intertwined with others, it’s gorgeous. I just want to touch it. If you don’t plan on attending the Toronto show, you can still view her work online. Homewares and jewelry in striking 3-D are shown, but her die cut wallhangings in felt are a favorite of mine. I spotted her work last night in the January issue of Canadian House + Home magazine. If you have that issue, you won’t want to put it down, it’s delish! They predict trends for 2007, from Moorish to Pastels, so I suggest you pick up your copy (I purchased mine at Barnes + Noble). Enjoy!

Lily Yung of Tendril in Canada(images from lily yung)

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RISD Show Report: He Says

December 18, 2006

I thought it would be fun to highlight some favorites from the RISD show, which recently took place down in Providence, RI. When my friend Jason from Rag + Bone Bindery offered to write about his findings, I was happy to welcome him aboard. Since I also attended the show, I’ll comment on my faves in a separate report, which you’ll find below, directly beneath this post. Take it away, Jason!

RISD Show Report: He Says
Sure, Holly! As most of you can imagine, the RISD alum was as creative as always. I find the show inspiring and leave wanting to make stuff. How can you go wrong with art and craft from design school students and graduates? The annual show took place this year in the new Rhode Island Convention Center in a room that was essentially a big concrete space, made festive with banners, lights and holiday music. The Rag + Bone booth was situated on a corner this year so we had steady traffic and a nice view of two aisles.

The RISD Holiday Sale is a good show to discover new designers. Current students are invited to set up a table to offer their fresh new wares, selling alongside RISD alum, many who have already been in business for several years. There seemed to be more textile arts this year as well as digital prints, and a little less traditional craft such as pottery or glass. This is a trend we see in the handmade industry which seems to be moving away from traditional made-by-hands crafts towards more design driven products – cards, funky bags, t-shirts, prints, etc. For example, we attend the New York International Gift Fair twice a year and noticed that they’ve relocated their Handmade vendors into the General Gift sections. We’re all for the change and like this new direction.

Although we saw less traditional craft, what we did see was updated with a more designed, contemporary look.

For example, the wonderful folks at Altamira Lighting introduced a new line of screen printed textiles. Bold patterns in sophisticated (but not stuffy) color palettes. A big change from their line of lamps.

RISD Show Report: He SaysOther artists that caught our eye: Elise Moran creates natural, organic silver metalwork, necklaces, rings and such which have a contemporary feel and solid craftsmanship. Elise makes her work by hand in her Portsmouth, New Hampshire studio.

RISD Show Report: He Says
Anna Galloway Highsmith creates “Whimsical and obsessive terracotta pottery” in her Rhode Island studio. We just love this work. She’s shown at the RISD show before but we must have been stuck in our booth because we wouldn’t have forgotten the earthy colors and superbly crafted funky pots and cups. Check out the website gallery for more images.

RISD Show Report: He Says
We bought a print from Illustrator and funny guy Joe Quinones – a robot taking a bath. The print has a quirky color palette and composition. We thought our daughter, who has an anthropological interest in robots, would like the idea of one engaging in an everyday, human activity. With a rubber duckie. Here’s Joe with his Robot.

RISD Show Report: He Says
Former Rag & Bone bookbinder Greg Poulin creates whimsical, formal portraits of everyday food items such as cheese doodles, Peeps, marshmallow spread and popcorn. We miss Greg’s lightning-fast bookbinding skills and are glad to see him doing so well. If you’re looking for a colorful painting for your kitchen, visit his website. (I have to have the Sock Monkey painting… Did you guys see it? Look closely below. – holly)

RISD Show Report: He Says
We first saw the work of Heather Wells at the Craftland show, also in Providence, and purchased one of her paper star kits. She was very helpful and gave us a hands-on lesson on how to make the stars (I think we’ve got it!). And don’t you love the cocktail umbrella Happy Hour light shade? New this year were Cheers Spheres holiday ornaments. They even light up inside!

RISD Show Report: He Says
Jenine Bressner wasn’t actually showing at the RISD show, but when she walked by with this one-of-a-kind necklace, we just had to ask, “Did you make that?” She did, and has a website you can visit. I can only imagine how much time it would take to make one of these. They’re stunning!

RISD Show Report: He SaysKeri works at Rag + Bone during the day and creates playful,sightless bunnies at night. What we love about these little guys is that they are so minimal yet retain their “bunny-ness”. No eyes, no nose, no whiskers, but the ears and the shape say, “I’m still a bunny!” Contact keriberryproductions[at]hotmail[dot]com for more information.

RISD Show Report: He SaysLaura Kramer was showing these unique chalkboard glass vases – smooth on the inside, chalkboard like texture on the outside. We have a few of her glasses, the spiral colored ones which are so thin and light in person, but which have not broken or chipped even after daily use and a dishwasher – and our five year old daughter. Her work is sophisticated and technical – but you still want to use it. Laura also lives on a house boat – how cool is that?

RISD Show Report: He Says
Meryn Hall creates little dolls, playthings for kids and kid-like adults. Birds, monsters and creatures from our imaginations. Soft and cuddly, the kind of creatures you want to name and make up stories about. (Hey, Meryn is married to Rag + Bone Journal Maker Will Schmidt.) Contact dirteespatula[at]hotmail[at]com for more information.

RISD Show Report: He Says
Thanks Jason for a great summary. My review follows in the post below, the She Says side of things… :)

Thanks again, Jason!

(images from jason thompson)

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RISD Show Report: She Says

December 18, 2006

RISD Show Report: She SaysWow, Jason did a really great job writing about the RISD sale, didn’t he? I read his review and wondered, “Did we even attend the same show?”. I mean, we walked away with a completely different list of faves and funny thing is, I didn’t notice his picks while I was at the sale but now that I’ve seen them, I really wish I’d spent more time browsing. I guess this shows that two people can write about exactly the same show and take away completely different things from it. We had zero overlap, which is pretty funny. Anyway, here’s a list of some of my faves…

Cucumber Lab
, the studio of Ben Blanc and Andrew Reed, showed up with their rings and roosters on display. It would have been great to see some of their furniture, like their chrome table with the wooden flowers from last years’ collection. Oh well. It was still fun to catch a glimpse of their roosters and bling rings. Check out their complete portfolio online.

RISD Show Report: She SaysI love the art of Milisa M. Galazzi, a collection of found objects that may otherwise be dubbed mundane, are created into works of art. (I lingered at this booth for a long time.) Milisa feels that the skills of mothers and wives, sewing, quilting, knitting, etc. are often considered as mere domestic chores, perhaps crafts, but never works of art. Milisa tries to elevate conventional women’s work to that of fine art. (High five!) I appreciated the simplicity of her format – a simple square centered in a frame, and inside, a stitch or two, a button, perhaps a small quilting block… I appreciated the balance of her spontaneous compositions.

RISD Show Report: She SaysFigs + Ginger has simple, yet striking jewelry that is either forged, sewn, or soldered by hand. I really liked their birdie rings. Cute. The necklaces could be easily worn with a white tee and jeans for a casual look, or paired with a black dress for an evening look. I love jewelry that is not only affordable, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. It can perform double duty, making it a sought-after choice for taking your look from office to evening.

RISD Show Report: She SaysThen, there’s Asya Palatova of Gleena and her handmade ceramics, which gets high scores from me. Sculptural, fluid tableware that would almost steal center stage from your cooking. Pretty vases, too. Botanicals, shells, lots of natural curiosities in blue, cream, pale orange. I liked the translucent porcelain votives, personalized for a wedding date or any special day. How sweet.

RISD Show Report: She Says
Amie Louise Plante creates contemporary art jewelry that, in person, is to die for. I love the botanical theme, the organic shapes are stunning. Unfortunately, her website does no justice to her creations (sorry Amie!), and I have no snapshots to prove how amazingly intricate and gorgeous her work is, but take it from me, it’s as unique as it is beautiful and affordable. Many necklaces that I fell in love with priced at around $100 USD. I’m sure you can contact her via her website for high res photos or information on where her creations are sold.

RISD Show Report: She Says
Nam Kim’s booth was packed with eager shoppers, and for good reason, her stylish totes would stop any passerby. “Where did you get THAT bag?”, would be a question you’d need to answer often if you hopped around town in a Nam Kim. These were seriously so cool, very urban, and the fanny packs and clutches rocked. I love handbags, but I’ve nearly had it with the handmade handbag craze that is sweeping fairs and shows all over, but these didn’t feel like anything I’d ever seen and that was what made her bags so refreshing.

RISD Show Report: She SaysOh, and if you can’t get enough of handbags and would like another suggestion, try Orange Bags. They were at the show and had a great look, too. Especially the diaper/baby bags. For the locals, you can find Orange Bags at the darling Magpie in Somerville. Here’s a snapshot of their bags at the RISD Works store in Providence. (I didn’t snap it though, it’s from Orange.)

RISD Show Report: She Says
A few illustrators at the show caught my eye, one is the author and illustrator of several children’s books, and Charlottesville, Virginia native, Anna Alter. In addition to writing and illustrating, the now Boston-based Anna teaches art classes to kids, visits schools to give lectures, and her original paintings are frequently shown in various venues in the region. Here’s Anna in her studio.

RISD Show Report: She Says
Another talent, Grace Lin, had her prints and books on display. Radiant with Chinese colors and patterns, the punchy colors and playful drawings really appealed to me because they were so bright and the stories spoke of traditional Chinese culture through modern, universal language and illustrations. Beautiful. Visit her website for more information.

RISD Show Report: She SaysAnd finally, here’s a great find from PIPS, who creates these great ceramic vessels using their favorite photographs. I loved the colors, each had a beautiful interior of aqua, orange, yellow, and some had these perky yellow rims, too. I loved touching them, some where smooth, others a bit grainy, and no two were alike. That was the best part. They don’t show these on their website (rats!), so I snapped a few images from my own home for you to see (click on it to enlarge). At $20 each, they were also inexpensive – and would make great gifts, too!

RISD Show Report: She Says
In closing, I have to mention that my friend, Peggy Lo from Figments, had a booth that I wish I could talk about but sadly, I didn’t bring my camera so I couldn’t snap a photo (I’m sorry, Peggy!). I wanted to mention her though since I loved her handmade birds and things at the booth… After the show, I popped over to her store on Westminster to shop for gifts and hung out with Vikki. If you’re ever in Providence, don’t miss Figments. I’ve written about it a few times here already on decor8, but there’s nothing like actually visiting this special store.

Hope you enjoyed the He Says/She Says RISD show review. See you tomorrow!

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Craftland Providence – Full Scoop!

December 4, 2006

[After posting a round up of Boston and Providence craft shows last week, Jason wrote in from Rag + Bone Bindery offering to cover the the first weekend of the month long Craftland show in Providence, RI. Couldn’t pass up that offer, so here’s the skinny reporting live from the artsy capital city of Providence, Rhode Island. Take it away, Jason!]

Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!
Craftland – Not Your Grandmother’s Tea Cosy
By: Jason Thompson, decor8 contributor

The Craftland arts and crafts show in Providence, Rhode Island is truly a glittery, seasonal retail wonderland. Whether you’re looking for gifts that will interest your more ‘creative’ friends and family this year, or merely searching for that quirky one-of-a-kind handbag, t-shirt, art for your blank walls, or a happenin’ little journal, Craftland is your one stop shop. The best part about Craftland is that the fun lasts all month long (hours listed below) so you can return again and again to browse through the latest in ‘made by hands’ craft and design from over 100 artists. Yes, 100! There is something for everyone.

These folks caught our eye: If’n Books + Marks, Tiny Showcase (make sure you check out the Tiny Showcase Printing Machine – only $1.00 per print!), Fishcakes, Flying Fish Design, Eli + Ra, Scraps of Paper, Honorable Mention, Alec Thibodeau of Ink Ape, Heather Toupin Design, Egg-A-Go-Go and Jen Corace. Jen was very sweet to autograph the Craftland postcard, which she designed, for our five-year-old daughter. We left with a generous goody-bag from opening night and have already been back to shop again. It’s quite addictive, so we don’t think we’ll stay away for long.

Hats off to Deb Dormody for putting together the hippest, most glittery holiday shopping event in beautiful downtown Providence!

psst: Watch a video of opening night on the Craftland website here. If that doesn’t entice you to visit, maybe these photos will…

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Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Two great magazines that you should try getting your hands on. Both are usually stocked at Barnes + Noble but are available all month long at Craftland.
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Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Sarah Gray gives the ‘vinyl’ bag a whole new meaning (sorry no website).
Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Notepads from Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Toys for Cats, “Things The Cat Should Not Be Playing With”. (sorry no website.)
Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Pillows and things from Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!James Quigley of Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Crafty kits from Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!Jewelry from Craftland Providence - Full Scoop!For more photos and Craftland coverage, visit Jason over at the Rag + Bone Blog. Thanks, Jason!

[Craftland, 70 Eddy Street (near city hall), Providence. Friday Dec. 1st until the 23rd, open five days a week, Wednesday – Sunday 11-6, and Thursdays from 11-8 pm. Note: The storefront retail area is the back of the Peerless Building behind City Hall at the corner of Fulton Street.
Rain or shine. Free admission.]

(photography provided by Jason Thompson)

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Bholu (Australia)

November 30, 2006

Bholu (Australia)

Here’s a delightful way to keep warm this winter! Light some candles and cuddle up with cozy things from Bholu in Australia. These hand-embroidered works designed by Aussie native Jodie Fried, are created by the hands of the Gujarati women artisians that dwell in the remote desert villages in western Gujarat, India. Using traditional techniques, these ladies bring to life Jodie’s designs using felt and silk hand embroidery stitching, simple yet bold and very textural for the modern interior.

Psst: If you are a reader down under, Bholu will exhibit at the Melbourne Design Market this weekend, on Sunday December 3, 10-5 pm, Federation Square (under covered car park), Melbourne. Rain or shine. Free admission.

(images from bholu)

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