Written by Administrator on May 18th, 2013
Recently my sister and I were having a really un-sucessful vintage treasure hunt. We had just about decided to call it a day, when we decided to pop in one last shop where we saw this awesome painting hidden in a dark crevice of the store.
It looked like it had been someone’s class project, or practice painting as its canvas had been taped for years against cardboard. Even rough around the edges, we both fell in love with it. You never know when the creative muse is going to spark, and she already had an idea for it. She is the maker of some really amazing bags.
And wouldn’t you know it? It got snapped up as soon as she listed it for sale for her open studio event this weekend. Bon Voyage, pretty vintage painting… enjoy your new life!
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Written by Administrator on May 10th, 2013
Nerdwallet recently invited me to contribute to their $25 and under Mother’s Day Your Way gift challenge.
A lot of different ideas sprang to mind, but flowers never have failed to please the eye. This bouquet cost $15, and took 10 minutes to create. Cut, Paint, Bundle. Lovely. Easy!
Using common household items: A brown paper grocery bag, scissors, twine, and white paint to make simple patterns like stripes, dots, or handwriting, it’s easy to creatively bundle your bouquet.
Use her favorite flowers. Perhaps it’s a bunch of lilac branches or something similar cut from your own garden, farmer’s market peonies, or a mixed selection of blooms from your local grocery stores flower section. After a long winter who wouldn’t love a little spring?!
Written by Administrator on May 8th, 2013
Christina Hankins handmade bags for Urban Gypsy Design
My sister Christina, artfully creates one-of-a-kind bags for Urban Gypsy Design that are truly a labor of love.
Handmade leather clutch, with block print design by Urban Gypsy Design
She often experiments with combining unexpected materials together. Sometimes it’s needle-felting with leather, hand painted panels, or block printed designs from custom made stamps.
Hand-dyed leather design on a one-of-a-kind bag by Urban Gypsy Design
Her latest bags are stenciled and painted leathers with special dyes made especially for the medium.
Although we are separated by many miles between us, we always have so much fun being creative when we’re together. She asked if I’d help take some photos of her bags for a look book she’s creating during our most recent visit, so I thought I’d share a few here.
Her work is sold in boutiques, and through her Etsy shop Urban Gypsy Design.
Written by Administrator on March 28th, 2013
Yes, more butterflies… quick renderings are highly addictive.
Written by Administrator on March 26th, 2013
These little butterflies are ganging up on me. Every time I put pen to paper lately, they appear.
Written by Administrator on November 11th, 2012
Jennifer Sanchez, a painter living in New York City, creates geometric patterns in vivid colors with beautifully simple compositions.
Visit her website: Miss-Sanchez.com
Written by Administrator on October 25th, 2012
Blood Orange’s song “Forget It”, has been stuck in my head. It inspired this mix.
The cover artwork is by Malcolm Liepke. I love his use of vibrant color.
Written by Administrator on October 21st, 2012
Image by Zag
I came across an intriguing article in the NY times this morning, “Yoko Ono: A Reconsideration” a moving think piece by Lisa Carver, and felt compelled to share.
Here’s are a few excerpts:
Yoko Ono is not pretty, she is not easy, her paintings aren’t recognizable, her voice is not melodious, her films are without plot and her Happenings make no sense. One of her paintings you are told to sleep on. One of her paintings you are told to burn. One of her paintings isn’t a painting at all — it’s you going outside and looking at the sky. Most of her stuff is not even there. This is why I love her. This is why we need her. We have too much stuff already. It clutters our view, inward and outward.
We need more impossible in our culture. Go out and capture moonlight on water in a bucket, she commands. Her art is instructions for tasks impossible to complete. We already have a billion lovely things and a million amazing artists who have honed their talent and have lorded it above us. People who have achieved the highest of the possible. People wearing their roles as artist or writer or filmmaker or spokesman as a suit of armor or as an invisibility cloak or as an intimidatingly, unacquirably tasteful outfit.
From Lisa Carver’s new book, “Reaching Out with no hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono” published this month by Backbeat Books.
Written by Administrator on October 9th, 2012
I love finding beautiful images on pinterest but often am sad to realize that the images I’m favoriting have been taken out of context, or have lost the true source from which they came. Earlier this year I found and re-posted this image there by Jon Contino, that I was pleased to stumble back to today, (via the besotted Brand blog) to read about this artworks true intentions.
Help Ink is a collaborative project, which uses the sale of premium and exclusive posters to help charities. When you buy a poster, you will have the opportunity to choose a charity that will receive 40% of the profits from your purchase.
Check out more of Jon Contino’s work here. (I’m a fan of his hand lettering style)
Written by Administrator on September 30th, 2012