I was so happy when Ben from I Vote For Art wrote in to announce his newish (opened in May) affordable art shop online featuring the work of talented artists worldwide. I am so inspired by art, seeing how people translate emotions, dreams, their surroundings, memories, etc. into something visual that can be displayed and cherished is so very special to me as I know you feel the same way as I do… We are such art junkies, we can’t get enough! Fortunately there are websites like I Vote For Art to satisfy our desire for more, more, MORE!
Jellyfish by Leo Hillier.
Here is how I Vote For Art works: Create a free account like I did and then have a look at the artwork and if you see something you like click on the little thumb to cast your vote. The art with the most votes gets promoted to the front page giving that artist the chance to have their work seen before all who visit the site. I think this is a very cool concept — site users can voice their opinion — way to go with your rad idea Ben!
Instructions by Kareem Rizk.
Casitas by Marco Recuero.
Mr. Bowler by Sauerkids.
Abril by Seniorita Polyester.
Today Is The Greatest by ben the illustrator.
Of course, the site isn’t only about voting… you can buy art (yay!) and even sell your own work and by listing your piece(s) on I Vote For Art you can also see how people respond to it. Interested in learning more? You can find out the full scoop-de-doop here.
Thanks Ben for writing in, I voted for the works above…
(images from the sources listed above via i vote for art)
I love writing this weekly Etsy round up because it gives me (and I think you!) something to look forward to and it keeps me motivated to continue digging for pearls on Etsy. I often wonder if I’ll ever run out of sellers to spotlight in this column, though etsy spills over with one amazingly talented shop owner after another perhaps I’ll have enough to write about for a very long time. What a treasure trove! Ready to check out my top five picks for this week?
First up, Line Juhl Hansen, whom I mentioned only briefly yesterday in this post. After visiting her etsy shop this morning I found that she just listed a ton of beautiful original paintings so I had to write about her right away. This is your chance to own an original piece from Line. Her work really inspires me, but then again you know how much I love mixed media paintings so to you it’s no surprise that Line’s work pulls me in.
Next is Mrs. French (first name not revealed which makes her more interesting I think), the author behind the beautiful blog called Bliss (that I found today via a comment left on decor8 (here) via Sarah at Serendipity). I’d not heard of Mrs. French before so it was nice to be introduced to her blog, thanks Sarah! Mrs. French is not only a blogger but a talented photographer as you can see above and has recently opened an etsy shop where she sells her radiant work… I am especially drawn to pink flowers lately even though it’s Fall and I guess I should be more keen on orange and yellow. I guess my heart is still trapped in summer dreams. I’m not yet willing to face the swiftly approaching months of winter so pink it is! And just look at that fantastic owl photograph – super!
Anna Cote just wrote in to let us know that her 2009 calendar is now available for order in her etsy shop and that last year when I wrote about it she reminded met that it sold out… so I guess that means if you want one grab it while you can! Anna thanks for letting us know, and congrats on having your ’09 calendar ready in advance – smart girl!
Salendro Design is a design studio based in Montreal that produces limited run products like these practical (and cute!) hooks. I just ordered a set for my hallway since I can use them for my keys. Love these little guys!
Shesells is a darling little jewelry boutique with charming finds that happen to be very affordable and in tune with current trends – sparrows, owls, elephants – some of our favorites, right? I really like her sweet collection and think you will too. Tomorrow is October 1st, I think it’s time to start thinking about accessorizing for all of our cute Fall outfits! :) I’m digging purple, teal, and yellow this season, what colors are you absolutely loving right now for clothing?
(images linked to their sources above)