July 23, 2008


lets jump right in to the i's...


I first discovered Tara Hogan via her Etsy Shop. As you might have guessed, I am obsessed with stationery, ..and fabric - well pretty much anything that is printed!! I actually have to stop myself writing yet another post about stationery and fabric finds on this alphabetical journey, as I don't want to bore you to tears! I have had to weed out a few...But Ink+Wit survived the cull - why? Because I love it so!

Tara's art and design studio Ink+Wit specialises in fine prints, stationery, limited editions, custom design and original work. Ink+Wit is dedicated to creating a functional and sustainable range that is fun and elegant...and she does it so well!

Everything is designed and illustrated by Tara, and the product created with her exceptional talent has become an ongoing subject for many design themed blogs.

So here we are, joining the bandwagon of Ink+Wit loving blogs...take a peek:

Pictured clockwise from top left: Birdberry and Deer, March Limited Edition Letterpress Print, Sour Grapes, Elephant Limited Edition Letterpress Print, Pomme Birds in Paradise, Ranuculus. and centre: Thanks for being so Dear Notecard Flats with envelopes.

(images from Ink+Wit)

Visit the Ink+Wit website
Buy Ink+Wit Here, and Here
International Shipping available


Not unlike Tara Hogan, ibride have also done the blog rounds. You either love them or hate them...I think they're fab!

You may have spotted them here when I included a piccy of an Animal Tray in the Curiosity Shoppe 'C is for' post.

ibride is an innovative French design team made up of the combined genius of three members of the same family. Their style is unmistakable and their imagery a shining example of the hybridization they are famous for.

Each tray is constructed to last, using a century old technique of high pressure laminate over pressed wood and paper board. Then each decorative tray is intricately laser cut to create the stunning edge.

Whether you display them on a wall (which would be my choice), or use them for serving, they are nothing less than stunning!

Pictured top row: Ambroise Tray, Tara Tray. Bottom row: Ecureuil Tray, Bianca Tray.

Thanks to a post over at Decor8 (via a post at Creature Comforts) we now know that ibride also produce a range of cards in the same design and with the same delicate borders. They can be found at Lagom Design. **thanks Holly and Ez for the tip!**

And...ibride's goodness doesn't stop there! They also produce an amazing range of furniture...a little something that will have your guests looking twice! Unfortunately I don't think they come with the wall graphic behind *sigh*...

Pictured: Diva Console (left), Zelda Stool (top right) and Sultan Stool (bottom right).

(images from Made in Design)

ibride's website is definitely worth a look (even if you are unable to read French)

Sarah Wilkins - Illustrator

I am excited to be able to post about Sarah Wilkins. Not only does she live in NZ, she lives right here in Wellington, and I have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the last year or so.

Sarah is an established illustrator, working full time from her home studio. Her work is commissioned all over the world.

Pictured L-R: Witches Herbs - Los Angeles Times, Free Money - Real Simple, In flight Comfort - United Airlines. (images from Riley Illustration)

These are my favourites from the products she has illustrated for Galison / Mudpuppy:

Pictured: Bilingual Flash Cards - French/English and Spanish/English (images from BuyOlympia)

Galison and Mudpuppy products are distributed in NZ by Nationwide Books
Visit the Galison and Mudpuppy Website
To see more of Sarah's work, or to place a commission, visit Riley Illustration

Indie Fixx

The Indie Fixx 'About' page on their website, pretty much sums it up -

"Indie Fix is a celebration of the creativity, tenacity, and general spunky goodness that is the indie design movement. The indie design movement is made up of artists, crafters and designers who make a literal smorgasbord of delectable indie products. Once you shop indie, you'll never go back."

Jen Wallace began the Indie Fixx shop in 2007 as an extension of her blog. Jens goal is to support and promote independent design and small DIY business people, she chooses products from practical to whimsical, with the inventory changing often.

Here are some jewellery fixes, from Indie Fixx:

(images from Indie Fixx)

Shop at the Indie Fixx Store
International Shipping is available
Read the Indie Fixx Blog

Oh, and I just had to include this sweet bunny pic from the Indie Fixx website because it was far too cute to leave out! It is by Liz Wong. See Liz's website for more of her work.

and that's it for i....tomorrow we are hittin' the J's...see you then!

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