Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Julien Pacaud

September 12, 2007

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator living in Paris and this print, “Memories of Tomorrow” in Julien’s etsy shop makes me totally weak. I completely love this work, it’s something I most definitely would own the original of if I could somehow get my hands on it. It inspires me so much, it’s like when I look at it I am forced to slow now and really ponder life and what it all means to me. I wonder what you think when you look at this?

Julien Pacaud
Something about it is so strong yet really vulnerable, and I like the melancholy emotion, which somewhat describes how I’ve been feeling this week. You can learn more about Julien’s works here. I can’t say I connect to all of the work, but Memories of Tomorrow is simply gorgeous.

(image from julien pacaud)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Courtney Prahl Art

September 12, 2007

Courtney Prahl has beautiful work available in her etsy store, her focus always on trees and houses, both with special meaning to her. Courtney believes that trees are like people, unique and one-of-a-kind, each with their own story to tell.

Courtney Prahl Art
Houses on the other hand are symbolic of home. “Home is anything — a place, people, a mountain or even a house,” Courtney continues, “It gives you peace and it is where you know who you are without judgment.” Well said! I enjoy how well she uses various papers and colors, and I like to examine her paintings — so many intricate details! I especially like the composition, as I’m trying to learn this for my own paintings and realize that it takes time to get it right. In addition to her prints and things, she has a few very affordable originals on canvas for only $15, like this painting below. A great start for the budding art collector.

Courtney Prahl Art
Lovely work, Ms. Courtney!

(images from courtney prahl)






Etsy Faves

Nymolle Art Patience Hoyrup

September 11, 2007

Nymolle Art Patience Hoyrup – say that in one breathe! I just love little scenes of European villages, so when Gosia sent me her shop updates recently, I had to buy this Nymolle Art Patience Hoyrup cup and saucer. I knew nothing about the origin of this set…

Nymolle Art Patience Hoyrup
Then Sia told me that she recently purchased the same set after hearing about it over on Leslie’s beautiful blog. Suddenly, thanks to fellow bloggers, I’ve learned so much more about my new little cup and saucer from Gosia.

Tip: If you love this pattern, a simple search for “Nymolle Art Patience Hoyrup” on ebay will yield TONS of beautiful vintage Danish ceramics, so have fun looking for some Nymolle of your own. It’s all so lovely, great patterns, totally sweet for tea and cookies on a rainy afternoon like today. I just won a buy it now auction over at eBay and now have a second set to accompany the one I paid $24 for at Gosia’s wonderful shop. This time, I won the set for $9, so I’m thrilled and have hopes that I can perhaps complete my collection (I’m hoping to have 4-6 of each) with the help of eBay. It’s so pretty!

(update: I just completed my set of 4 on ebay, I found some buy it now auctions, so I purchased 3 sets for $20! There are more buy it now auctions on these, so scoop them up quickly!)

(images from gosia)






Shopping + Products, Stationery, Travel

Albertine Press

September 11, 2007

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 PressAlbertine Press
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.

Albertine Press
Great work, Albertine!

(images from albertine press)






Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston: South End Open Studios September 15-16

September 11, 2007

If you find yourself in lovely Boston this weekend, you absolutely must head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market. Both are held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district, a neighborhood that has been home to artists? studios for over 50 years, most in loft spaces inside of old factory buildings. Lots to see.

Boston: South End Open Studios September 15-16
At the South End Open Studios, in their 21st year by the way, there are so many artists to visit that it can be a bit overwhelming, but you have a few days to enjoy touring the many studios since the hours are from 11-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16. Textile artists, ceramicists, painters, furniture designers, jewelery designers, photographers, and beyond.

Since everything is all together in one district, it’s very easy to navigate on foot (although they do provide a shuttle service if you’d prefer to hop on/hop off). If you’re driving in, there are two free parking lots on Malden and Thayer Streets, off of Harrison Ave. That’s where we usually park. You can also take the T (Orange Line to Back Bay station), exit the Clarendon Street side crossing over Columbus where you’ll spot a shuttle bus on the corner, running every 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Once you’re in the South End, grab a map! It’s the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a trick. The map is part of a compact orange booklet listing all of the artists involved, where you can find them, and what they do (wearable art, mixed media, ceramics, etc). There’s an information booth at 551 Tremont (Boston Center for the Arts), 540 Harrison Ave. (at the Open Market), and 535 Albany Street where they can be found free of charge. And don’t miss some of the stores in the South End, especially Devi and Lekker, two of my Boston faves.

Have fun locals!

{update: “The South End Open Market runs in conjunction with the Open Studios, this year we have over 120 artists outside for both Saturday and Sunday! This is our biggest weekend of the season at the Market, expecting 10,000 plus customers.” – Chris Masci, Market Director, NE Open Markets LLC.}

(image from se open studios)






Arts + Crafts

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

September 11, 2007

Don’t forget to tune in to the Martha Stewart show tomorrow, Wednesday September 12, to watch Claudine Hellmuth teach Ms. Martha a thing or two about mixed media collage art. I’m so excited that she got on the show and can’t wait to watch one of my favorite artists in action. YES! I can only imagine what national exposure will do to her career.

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

Yeah, Claudine! A huge congratulations to you.

(image from holly becker for decor8)






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