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Feb 7, 2013
Our good friend Noemi of Imeon Design recently opened up a new shop on Etsy called spot, spot, dot where she’s selling the darlingest of darling greeting cards — the sailboat card is too cute for words! Here are a few of our favorites from the shop and encourage you to send someone a little something happy from her new store.
all photos via Spot, Spot, Dot
Feb 6, 2013
Figure 1: Make you feel my love by writtenforyou / Figure 2: Daisybird screenprint by Roddy & Ginger / Figure 3: Disassembled bicycle heart print by Ello There / Figure 4: Mixing bowls recipe cards by 1canoe2 / Figure 5: Hand-cut you’re pretty amazing by bird mafia / Figure 6: Pink and mocha moths watercolor print by Amber Alexander / Figure 7: School of hearts print by Khristian A. Howell / Figure 8: Peony by Imeondesign / Figure 9: Personalized bookplates by Feterie / Figure 10: Origami bracelet by Manufactapaper / Figure 11: You, me, forever by Satchel & Sage
Our final color-themed roundup of Valentine’s gifts is one that was inspired by one of our favorite bloggers Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely, who owned a lovely stationery shop called Pink Loves Brown.
Our favorite from this bunch? The indescribably beautiful watercolor print of pink and mocha moths by Amber Alexander. All of her work leaves us in awe.
all photos via the sources mentioned above
Nov 12, 2012
Editor’s Note: Throughout November and December, we’ll be presenting guest blog posts from various bloggers, stationers, and artists. Today’s featured guest blogger is Lauren Venell, who’s sharing a wonderful roundup of DIY and decorative fall foliage.
Figure 1: DIY autumn leaf bowls by Hello!Lucky / Figure 2: Fall leaves candle by Gingerbread Snowflakes / Figure 3: Sewn leaf garland via MAKE / Figure 4: Leaf carving by Nala Che / Figure 5: Ginkgo leaves family tree by evLien Designs
On the day after Halloween, when the conversation switches to gingerbread and snowflakes, I find myself yearning to stay focused on the beauty of the season we’re still in. If you’re not quite ready for winter either, stay grounded in autumn by reveling in the rich palette of nature’s own paper: leaves! Possible projects run the full paper-art gamut, from decoupage, to papercuts, to papier mache.
Bonus: most of these projects come with instructions so you can make them yourself!
all photos via their respective sources mentioned above
Feb 24, 2012
Canada-based shop, The Small Joys, is a quaint Etsy shop by designer and illustrator Jeanette who sells printable artwork of household items she possesses.
A few that I’m quite taken with, especially since I have a bit of a newfound itch to acquire more pyrex kitchenware:
all photos via The Small Joys
Jan 3, 2012
UK-based artist Clare Shields, owns a lovely shop called lil3birdy. Clare opened up the shop almost a year ago in February of 2011 and sells an assortment of paper goods and wares for the home featuring her darling illustrations of birds. I’m particularly fond of Clare’s illustrations that incorporate unique geometric patterns.
Here are a few products from her shop I’m quite taken with:
And now for a few words with the talented Clare.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m based in London but I grew up in the countryside in a sleepy village in Gloucestershire, where – as a 13 year old – the highlight of my Sunday was leafing through The Sunday Times Style magazine. I left to study fashion and textiles in London and later in the Scottish borders, and a few years found myself working in fashion marketing which wasn’t really what I wanted to do. I’d always had a love for paper and illustration, and in (October) 2010 i finally decided to launch my own business. My illustrations have featured on TV, in publications and in art exhibitions.
Tell us a little bit about lil3birdy.
lil3birdy on etsy.com opened in February 2011 selling my patterns and illustrations as made to order limited edition art prints. Due to demand I soon expanded and started stocking paper stationery and homewares with my illustrative designs. The name lil3birdy was created from my obsession with drawing birds, although I do plan to involve other species in my work! Look out for my woodland animal range in the new year.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I spend my day designing and developing my lil3birdy ranges at my home studio, as well as packing my online orders and photographing new products to go online. I trade at a number of designer maker markets around London (such as Crafty Fox in Brixton and the Designers Makers at Spitalfields) so I’m usually busy preparing for one of these too. I also work on various creative freelance projects and right now I’m working on wedding stationery for a client, which I love as it’s a personal project.
What’s one of your favorite pieces you’ve created?
One of my favourite products in the etsy shop is this cotton tea towel. I love the colours and the illustration is one of my favourites. It makes an everyday kitchen product beautiful, and makes doing the washing up slightly more bearable.
What inspires you?
Inspiration for my designs comes from nature, films, travel, conceptual art and pattern. I’m lucky because living in an international city means I’m spoiled for inspiration, there’s great design everywhere and it really reminds me I really must work hard to stand out.
Who are some artists you’re inspired by?
What they produce isn’t anything like my work, but artists I admire for their imagination include Escher, Klimt, Dali, Hiroshige and Chagall. My favourite modern illustration artist who inspires me is Graham Carter.
Tell us one fun factoid about yourself.
I also work on story based music videos for my boyfriend’s production company.
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A mighty big thanks to Clare for sharing a little bit about herself with us. Looking forward to seeing what she unleashes in her shop this year! To enjoy more of Clare’s work, visit her shop and website. Stay updated with Clare via twitter.
Nov 1, 2011
Happy November folks! A while ago, I stumbled across the spectacular altered books by Canadian artist Rachael Ashe. I became an instant admirer of Rachael’s work and immediately started following her on twitter. I began to notice on twitter that she greeted each new month with the following phrase: Rabbit Rabbit. This was something foreign to me, so I researched its meaning and came to find out that it meant “good luck” and that it was generally a phrase said on the first day of each month.
So, seeing as it’s the first day of November, I thought it apropos to share the works and words of Rachael Ashe. Here are a few of my favorite works of hers:
True beauties! And now I’m happy to share a few words from Rachael.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Toronto, and have been living in Vancouver for about seven and a half years. I’ve always wanted to be an artist and only over time and experience have I claimed it fully as a title. I trained as a photographer in college and it was my main focus up until three or four years ago when I began working in collage and re-purposing books. Now I mainly concentrate on paper-based work, and creating three dimensional altered book collage.
What is a typical day for you like?
I split my time between a part-time job and the work I do as an artist. A typical day in the studio these days has me working on a series of altered books featuring owls. I’ve been enjoying this series because each owl (there are five) has a distinct personality that has inspired new work I’m very happy with. I’m also obsessed with making paper flowers, which will become an installation if I manage to make enough of them.
What are some of your sources of inspiration?
Brian Dettmer and Su Blackwell are two artists that have inspired me. They have completely different styles from one another, but both create amazing work from old books. Nature is a major source of inspiration for me living on the West Coast, and the materials I use often inspire the work I create. I tend to use found objects and reclaimed/recycled materials.
What’s one of your favorite works you’ve created and why?
I have two favorites actually: The Tree of [Un]Common Knowledge and the Forgotten Knowledge series. Both are large scale installation works I made for different shows in 2010. Creating these allowed me to push the boundaries of my work in terms of scale. They were my first explorations in installation art.
The Tree of [Un]Common Knowledge is a 5.5’ x 6’ paper craft tree made from cardboard and book pages. It was part of a collaboration with friends at Resolve Design who created motion graphics which were projected onto and around the paper tree. It was an experiment in mixing high tech media with low tech paper craft. More recently I’ve created paper birds cut from an encyclopedia to decorate the tree when I can’t display it with the projection.
Forgotten Knowledge is a series of altered books created from twenty-one volumes of a set of encyclopedias and found objects from nature. It was an interesting process of custom cutting the pages of each book to fit the individual natural objects. The inspiration behind this work is the idea of human knowledge that has been lost or forgotten. The encyclopedias represent the sum of human knowledge contained in written form, while the found objects represent information about the natural world.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be working full time as an artist, with an artist residency or two under my belt. Most of all I want to keep growing as an artist and exploring more ideas of working in the mediums of books and paper.
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A big thanks to Rachael for taking the time to share her words with us! Be sure to check out the rest of Rachael’s works via her portfolio and blog and flickr stream. She also has a number of beautiful photographic and collage works available for purchase in her Etsy shop. Stay updated with Rachael via facebook and twitter.
[image credits: all photos by Rachael Ashe]