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gypsy and twink collage art: miniview

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pssst. let me take you into my imagination for a moment today if you will: a dappled candy forest filled with dark chocolate trees and gumdrop leaves, a rambling dulce de leche river, cotton candy clouds and tiny meringue mushrooms that the sprites regularly whip up into a tasty risotto. if such a place existed i do believe it would be populated by the charming birds, little ladies and other creatures crafted by kirsty macintosh, aka etsy seller gypsyandtwink. equally fitting on a shelf in a child’s room or a family room, these enchanting three dimensional collage pieces, with their vivid colors and patterns, just make my imagination go cuckoo. ever curious to know more about the brains behind the operation, i asked a few quick questions…

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q: where do you live and what is your inspiration for these happy creatures?
a:
i am a scottish lass living in the north of england. as far as inspiration goes – its everywhere isn’t it? i just love colour and pattern and shape in and amongst all that these things seem to pop up. i want to make nice things that put a smile on your face.

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q: do you have an art background?
a:
yes my background is art, i have a masters of fine art, and for the last 10 years or so i have worked in art education, community art and public art. i like to help other people bring their ideas to life. now i’m having a go at making my living through the things i make…the “art” world as such scares me a bit so i guess making the things i do. i like their simplicity, they don’t need to be “understood” because they just are… does that make sense?

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q: who are gypsy and twink? are they the owl and the elephant in your shop?
a:
gypsy & twink were actually my two siamese cats i had when i was growing up… their names go together so well in my head.

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purchase these pieces and see kirsty’s complete collection over at her etsy shop.

thank you kirsty!


jared may photography: miniview

i live in a major metropolitan city, which is not without rich history, architecture, culture and charm. regularly though, i find myself someplace that’s too crowded, tight, close, jammed, noisy, stinky or crammed. it is at these times i place my (imaginary) cone of silence on my head and daydream of wide open spaces. why not indulge a little with me right now and have a peek at this lusciously lit landscape photography from kansas artist jared may!

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jared’s love of the medium began at the tender age of eight, and he has been drawn to it ever since. he has a unique point of view not only through his lens but also towards his art: he feels he has experienced enough trial (and error) to be able to identify his best shots. ever curious to know just a little bit more about the brains behind the operation, i asked just a few quick questions…

q: where do you live and where do you create your artwork?
a: i live in the flint hills of northeast kansas. my favorite spot for shooting is the konza prairie, which is a research area/semi-protected grassland. they have a few trails that are open to the public, and it’s just about my favorite place to be any time of the year, but i’ll shoot anywhere. sunset/dandelion was taken in my front yard, for example. i also like to pull the car over if i see something cool on the way to work, or on the way home. if you’re driving near manhattan, and you see a guy with his car off to the side of the road and a camera in his hand, it sure might be me.

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q: i see that the bulk of your collection was shot in the midwestern heartland. if you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?
a: i haven’t been to alaska yet, and i’d love to spend a few months there shooting. the trouble i’ve had with taking photographs of gorgeous places as i travel around is that i’m not able to spend enough time in any one spot to really know the place, so the photographs won’t necessarily capture the essence of the place, like i try to do with my photographs of kansas. i like to think that if i travel enough, i’ll get to learn places even if i don’t live there, but i’m not quite convinced that’s possible just yet.

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q: what type of equipment do you use? do you have any special techniques that you would like to share with us?
a: i got into digital photography for the first time a little over two years ago. i was introduced to flickr at right about that same time, and i ended up falling in love with both of them. i was shooting with a little nikon coolpix 4200 at the time. most of the photographs i have in my etsy shop were taken in that time period with my trusty little coolpix. i recently upgraded to a nikon d40x, my first digital SLR. i haven’t fallen in love with it just yet, but we’re still getting to know one another. i’m excited about the start of spring. i have a lot of ideas that i’m ready to try out with the new camera.

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in terms of techniques to share, my major advice is to pay attention to your strangest ideas and give them a shot. with digital photography, even the worst idea can be attempted to your heart’s content, and in the end all you’ve lost is a bit of your time. the best way to come up with fun new photographs is to allow yourself to brainstorm ideas and then shoot shoot shoot until you get what you want.

when i was a kid, my mom convinced me that it was okay to go out for a photo shoot and just come back with one or two really cool shots. i continue to think that way. if i shoot 200 shots, and one of them is fantastic, i’m a happy guy.

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q: which components of your composition style do you think are most unique?
a: this is a hard question for me, because my photography is really just me trying to capture what i see, so i can share it. my favorites of my photographs fall into two categories. either i’ve set up the shot so that the light is doing something crazy with the image that lends a unique mood to scene, or i’ve managed to find the beauty in something that is easily missed by folks as they go through their day. i genuinely believe that there is beauty to be found everywhere, and the trick is to learn to see it.

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q: what do you do when you’re not taking photographs?
a: my favorite things are travelling and spending time with my family, so i try to do a lot of both of those things. travelling can be expensive, but luckily hanging out with the loved ones is free.

i teach math at an alternative high school, which i really enjoy, most days. i’m studying to be an administrator, but i haven’t decided how i’ll use my degree. i’m still working on the whole what-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up thing.

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q: sunrise or sunset — your preference?
a: this one’s easy for me, despite the fact that my most popular photograph is a sunset. there is nothing quite like being out in a field, breathing in fresh morning air, waiting for the sun to peek out. the photographs just about take themselves.

see a much larger selection and purchase prints in a variety of sizes at jared’s etsy shop. check out his other shop for more original art, and be sure to stop by and say hi on his blog too!

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thank you jared!


rebecca cornish handbags: miniview

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i enjoy looking at vintage goodness especially when it is upcycled into something different so i am pleased to show you the lovely handmade purses and bags by local artist becca cornish, aka etsy seller rebeccabags. becca uses all kinds of different fabrics, and lots of vintage fabric to create her collection, which has thoughtful details like embroidery and contrasty linings. i also appreciate the fact that her change purses are roomy enough to substitute as a bag if circumstances call for something cute and little. ever curious to know just a little bit more about the brains behind the operation, i asked three quick questions…

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q: where do you create your collection?
a:
i create my collection in a smoke free, pet free home, in a dining room/workroom nestled in the fabulous logan square neighborhood in chicago. (ed.note: with a fabulous fabric wall!)

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q: how did you get into designing handbags?
a:
i have always enjoyed sewing and crafting. i started making bags about six years ago. i was embroidering a skirt pocket and realized what a cool bag it would make. i created my first tote and the rest is history. friends and family wanted bags for themselves which led to their friends and family and so on. it has now evolved from hobby to business and love. even my four year old gets into it by “helping” mommy sew. although not very helpful, it’s really cute.

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q: what is your inspiration?
a:
i am a textile junkie. i can’t go anywhere without looking for fabric options. i have to touch and visualize what i can do with it. i have even smelled fabric… you heard me. my inspiration for my creations comes from the world around me — flora and fauna, my kid, food, fabric patterns, colors, word associations, the need for certain containers, and of course special requests. there isn’t a day that goes by without me sketching something out. the world is a beautiful place, might as well have accessories to match.

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see becca’s current collection at her etsy shop. you can also see more samplings on her website. contact her in either place to collaborate on custom work too – her specialty!

thank you becca!


carmel killin textile design: miniview

i enjoy the work of sydney artist carmel killin, aka etsy seller feedthedog. there is something hopeful and inviting in the appealing limited edition and one-off screenprinted cushion covers and wall hangings she creates. i like her textures and earthy colors and simple art styles, and i like the natural fabric she uses. ever curious to know a little bit more about the brains behind the operation, i asked two quick questions…

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q: how did you get into designing?
a: the truth of it is, i’ve been “seeing” and visually “re-imagining” the world around me since the dawn of time, or at least since the age of 12 when my parents (who have no taste whatsoever, god bless ’em) moved the family to a hideous new brick house in a freshly created suburb with no trees. the unbelievable ugliness of my interior and exterior surroundings at such an impressionable age had me begging my parents for years to follow my fabulously detailed design suggestions. to no avail. at the same time i was writing short stories and had a spurt of published fiction in my 20s. at university i dabbled in photography and film making, which led to many years working in the film industry. i’ve had no formal training as a designer, i have just always been attracted to the visual world and the desire to interpret what i see, give a common object a new visual story. as a devotee of DIY philosophy, i love doing short courses. knitting, sewing, screen prining, felting, welding, dyeing… done it. with a few non-design-related degrees under my belt i fell into tertiary teaching, but after learning the basics of computer design applications started teaching graphic design to university students. i still teach design, though these days it’s all studio-based and hand-crafted projects. which of course i adore.

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q: what inspires you?
a: i think my love of story telling informs a lot of my visual work, though not in any obvious way. i’m also really captivated by the wonderful skewed shapes and lines of children’s drawings and their rough, scribbly colouring-in technique. i love odd creatures, plain creatures and silhouetted shapes. old national geographic magazines from the 60s and 70s have fabulous animals with wonderful personalities. a blank piece of highly textured fabric excites me with all the possibilities and challenges it presents. i love shapes and lines in the landscape, shapes and lines in common, plain objects. details, like stitching, shading, trims, buttons, are delicious to me. so too, unexpected combinations of pattern and texture, objects and things. oddness, whimsy, humour are very attractive to me.

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well, after reading her answers doesn’t it all makes sense now!? two thumbs up!

if you’re a local, you can frequently find carmel at the paddington market in sydney. if not, see and purchase the available collection at carmel’s etsy shop, and be sure to check out her humorous, well-written blog too!

thank you carmel!


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