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Jen Gotch {prop stylist}

I’m completely smitten by the photography of California-based prop stylist Jen Gotch, her flickr photos had me at hello. I can’t wait to spend time looking through all of them over the weekend, it’s like a virtual candyland and if you click here you’ll see exactly what I mean.


I can’t wait until her website launches but for now, we have her blog called My Polaroid Blog to enjoy. I particularly like the photos she shot of the Parker Palm Springs in California (blogged here last April). It’s the one hotel in America that I’m dying to stay at, it’s #1 on my list. I imagine spending a weekend there lounging poolside with a pina colada, then slipping into my spacious room designed by the one and only Jonathan Adler to dream the night away. Jen’s photos entice me to fulfill this dream very soon.


A special thank you to Jen Altman from Nectar and Light for writing in about a book she started where she invited 25 photographers to join efforts and we’ll see the results in July under the title For the Love of Light: A Tribute to the Polaroid. Through Altman I discovered Jen Gotch, one of the photographers involved in this special labor of love, her photos above.

(images photographed by jen gotch)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, walls on March 20, 2008

Tiny Showcase: Spring Collection

Do you have a favorite artist that you follow? One lady that I’m a big fan of is painter Jennifer Davis, I own 3 of her paintings and a print. She emailed me a few weeks ago to give me a tip that on March 20th “Mississippi” would be available as a print at Tiny Showcase as part of their Spring seasonal collection so I marked my calendar! And what’s the date today? It’s the first day of Spring and the Tiny Showcase Spring collection just rolled out.

Jennifer Davis’ “Mississippi”, Josh Keyes’s “Weaving”, Nigel Peake’s “The Town Spring Found”, and Jack Long’s “He Knew That He Had To Leave” prints are available for $30 each right here.

All four prints in the collection are strong, and not exactly ‘tiny’, they’re larger than most of the limited run prints that are usually offered. In addition to Davis’ work, I’m drawn towards Nigel Peake, his illustrations of towns and cities are very interesting.

10% from the sale of each print will go to the National Resource Defense Council, one of the nation?s most effective environmental action organizations.

Tiny Showcase also ships international.

(images from tiny showcase)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on March 20, 2008

Shelby Healey

I love receiving submissions, so for all who have sent me things thank you so much for reaching out to me. Today I’d like to show you the work of Shelby Healey who is an artist living in the largest of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa in Tenerife.


Shelby studied art and textiles which is evident in her work as it’s filled with color and pattern. Trees, homes, small children in big coats and black cats are a constant theme in her body of work. Playful objects, lots of splashy hues — count me in as a new fan of your work, Shelby!

(images from shelby healey)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 18, 2008

Yellow Monday

Linda’s work appeared on decor8 last year but I thought I’d remind you again of the lovely Linda Kruger who is a video producer by day and an artist by night living in Sydney, Australia. I find her work delightful and would like to share a glimpse into some of her latest creations with you.


I especially enjoy seeing these framed and that Linda takes the time to do so over in her shop called Yellow Monday. I wondered where her business name came from and learned that Yellow Monday is a cicada native to Australia. What I like about Linda’s work is that her hand is obvious despite the use of digital color and texture because most of what she does starts off as a drawing or painting and then evolves through layering and reworking digitally. Although I like work that is 100% digital, I always favor what is created by hand a little more, but that’s just a personal preference above anything else. Neither is better art to me. I think what grabs me about work by hand is that you can see the progress made whereas most digital work does’t leave a trace of its past, mistakes included. That’s why I appreciate that Linda begins work on her table, you can still see these lines in the finished piece and that appeals to me. She skillfully merges the best of both worlds and I appreciate the results very much. Nicely done!

(images from yellow monday)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on March 13, 2008

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