mayuko fujino paper art

the super-talented, tokyo-based paper artist mayuko fujino (who you may remember from a previous interview here) now has an etsy shop, where we all can marvel in her intricate creations. yay!

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she uses washi paper and collage techniques to create her (so very cool) artwork.

she’s got a website and flickr stream too, for more papery goodness.


sculpture by vytautas kavaliauskas

enjoying the natural forms in these organic sculptures from lithuanian artist vytautas kavaliauskas. largely composed of wood, all the materials he uses are salvaged from the sea.

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more here.


threadless 101 for students

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this one is for all the educators out there. we all know how much fun threadless tee shirts are (in fact that last one i bought, pictured below, still cracks me up whenever i look at it). now, through a fun project called threadless 101, young people have a unique opportunity to be a part of all the fun. students (from middle school to college) are given an assignment to create an original design for a tee shirt. any and all specifications are up to the teacher. once the assignment is completed, designs are critiqued and voted for by the class, and the student with the highest score will be featured in the threadless newsletter and will also receive a gift certificate. additionally, once the winning design has been selected for the class, students can easily upload their design to the threadless site to be included in their regular design challenge to get their tee actually printed. if their design is selected, they will receive a $3,000 tax-free scholarship and $500 each time their tee-shirt is re-printed. there’s also a chance to win design of the year, where winners can collect an additional 20k. that’s a lot of benjamins (or hamiltons, depending on how you roll) to buy new tshirts and itunes, er, school supplies, with…

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see more details at the threadless site about this innovative program and to download the class materials to participate. while you’re over there, check out their shop and pick up a few new things to wear this season. why not?


american craft council show 2009, baltimore

between the economy and the horrid winter we are having, i need some serious inspiration right about now. i would love to go and check out these new mind-brightening pieces from nancy and burt over at the acc show in baltimore this weekend.

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a few more of my favorite artists will be there too: jennifer cooke and her funky graphic textiles, the still life glass sculpture work of jen violette and some loverly jewelry from annie chau aka imogene.

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if you are in the area, there is an admission fee to get in but it is well worth it; this show has some very beautiful things for sale! i encourage you to go and check it out. it’ll be open february 27-29, 2009. see more on the acc website and for more of spring inspiration, see nancy and burt’s website.


kristen flemington photography

interesting ideas in the work of portland artist kristen flemington. this series is called a trust in winged things and is pencil and paint drawings combined with photography. it is meant to explore the delicate relationship between humans and nature and to recall a time when neither was afraid of the other.

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see more at kristen’s website (where there are more though-provoking project sets like the unofficial study of indiana) and also on her flickr stream.


new veneers and blocks by michele bosak

you might remember i am a big fan of michele bosak. i really like these new pieces from her, keeping within her softly dreamy, vintage-styled theme. the blocks are made of solid wood and the veneer pieces of oak. each image is a xerox transferred by hand.

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see more at michele’s website and purchase these pieces at her etsy shop. if you are in the grand rapids area, you can check out some of her original work in person at noir (who doesn’t have a website up) right now, and coming up in seattle at the suite 100 gallery starting february 13th, 2009.


rock paper scissors = doodlage by rashell

lots of pretty little details on this rock paper scissors series of collectible objects and embellished prints from rashell aka etsy seller doodlage. rahsell calls it the rock paper scissors collection because she started out doodling on rocks to create keepsakes, then decided to create prints from other original drawings and them layers the prints with handcoloring, assorted media and delicate japanese papers (hence the scissors).

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see lots more at rashell’s etsy shop and say hello to her on her blog too.


one of a kind chicago: 2008 highlights, pt. 1

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polymer clay and wool creations from debra de wolff

i made my way through the seriously substantial one of a kind show yesterday, which was not easy, because the thing is HUGE. there was quite a lot of inspiration to be found, and there were quite a lot of high end craft and assorted seasonal things that were tasteful but didn’t necessarily fit into my aesthetic or budget. this helped to quicken my pace. the other thing that pushed me along in a more speedy fashion was the fact that we were jammed in like sardines in the aisles here, which i was happy to see but which also made it a challenge to take photos. i had to ditch my camera after a while.

i also have to add this: many more people at the renegade and bucktown shows knew what a blog was and what you can do with it. i was met with a few suspicious gazes in telling people i was blogging the show at ooak. not unkind, but a tad weird, because i am usually yeehawing and high fiving the air when i hear that someone wants to write about me. like my camera, i actually quit mentioning it after a while. i prefer to be more stealthy when it comes to blogging shows anyway.

back to the point though: there were some wonderful finds there, both in the one of a kind/handmade area (which encompassed an entire enormous floor in the merchandise mart) and the artist’s project, featuring compelling artworks one floor down. it’s going on all weekend, so if you like what you see here and are local you should definitely have a look in person!

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serene maritime and still life photography by dale m. reid

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susan hinckley’s whimsical works in wool

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beautifully presented feminine jewelry by julie and koeun for poesi

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gorgeous blown glass from thomas and rebecca maras

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skillful aquatint etchings by george raab

i’ve got another post coming later today with more highlights, so stay tuned!


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