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Boston: SoWa Open Studios + Open Market – September 15-16

Psst: Don’t forget to head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market this weekend. Both are running on Saturday and Sunday, held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district. Lots to see. Learn more about the event here and have fun, Boston!


(image from se open studios)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on September 14, 2007

Nahcotta: Enormous Tiny Art Show II – Reception Tonight!

If you’re in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area this evening, you won’t want to miss the Enormous Tiny Art Show II currently underway at the beautiful Portsmouth-based gallery, Nahcotta. Tonight just so happens to be the opening reception, so stop by to see some amazing art, most priced between $100-300.
The show features work that is 10″ x 10″ or smaller and runs from September 12th – October 7th in conjunction with Three Graces Gallery and their Teenie Tiny Art Show. Amy Ruppel, Tara Hogan (Ink & Wit), Marisa Haedike (Creative Thursday), Dan-ah Kim, Cathy Nichols, Matte Stephens, Burcu Okay, Sam Faix, Ann Kirchner, Jennifer Judd-McGee (Swallowfield), Kate O’Leary, Lucie Summers, Sofia Barao, and Susie Ghahremani (Boy Girl Party), are a few of my picks, of course many other terrific artists are taking part in this amazing show so if you attend, you may find a few favorites of your own. Some of these artists will be attending in person, like Jennifer Judd-McGee and Tara Hogan, and it’s rumored that Amy Ruppel may attend as well, so if you’d like to meet them, stop by!

Carefully mapping out everything for installation.

That’s a lot of art!

The work of Kelly Moore on display.

If you aren’t in the Portsmouth area don’t worry, you can view everything in the show online, and if you see something you like, write to Deb at Nahcotta for more information and how to purchase. email: Deb at gallery AT nahcotta DOT com.

(images from nahcotta)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on September 14, 2007

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!

Michelle recently blogged about her visit to the Barnsdall Art Market in Los Angeles where she discovered some fresh and amazing talent, like Emilyn Eto and her gorgeous textiles.


Emilyn, or Em, is the lady that blogs over at It’s(K)not Wood with Jon. Em sells her work through her website and etsy store called Supercozy. She creates the most gorgeous textile wall hangings and faux bois artwork, the lady is a creative powerhouse. I love all the prints and vintage finds on etsy, but I hope to see more and more textiles because I’m always looking for new ones to use and sometimes tire of all the typical big names out there in the design showrooms.


Tyler Bender, another craft rock star rumored to be both talented and quite the eye candy (we so need more hot boys at craft fairs!) is another one of Michelle’s picks. He makes cool journals with vintage book covers. Anthropologie should totally scoop them up, they’d be perfect for their Fall ’08 (Back to School) collections, hint hint Anthro people


Michelle suggests checking out Brokesy Attack Pillows, they have an etsy store where these cute little critter pillows sell for around $110- each.


If you’d like to see more indie artists discovered by Ms. Caplan herself, head on over to Creative Swoon. If you missed the Barnsdall Art Market a few weeks back, no worries – there are two more being held this year on October 21st and December 16th in L.A.

(images from everyone mentioned above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, shopping, small business, travel on September 12, 2007

Albertine Press

Albertine Press is Boston-based and proud of it, some of their stationery pays homage to the city they love with cards flaunting local landmarks, and I think that’s just great – go Boston! I hope area gift stores pick up these letterpress lovelies because it’s the perfect alternative to a postcard, especially when you have more to say than Wish You Were Here.


Albertine Press has a website and an etsy shop, in case you’d like some of these great cards for yourself. My heart did little flip flops when I saw the swan boats, so I know I’ll be buying some of them for myself and my relatives, who recently came up from the south to visit us. We took them to the public garden, America’s first public park, and they loved it. I think these would be a nice way to send them our greetings from time to time while reminding them of their vacation here.


Great work, Albertine!

(images from albertine press)

Posted in shopping, stationery, travel on September 11, 2007

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