July 20, 2008

Welcome to a new week! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Let's kick the new week off with the F's....


Felt is a fabulous online marketplace for New Zealand designers and craftspeople to promote their handmade work and connect with buyers.

Owner, operator and designer, Lucy Arnold is the driving force behind Felt. Lucy's desire to promote 'handmade' as a consumer choice grew from a keen interest in the workings and integrity of making a living from producing handmade goods.

The Felt marketplace features a whole spectrum of products. The last time I checked there were 19 categories and 62 sub-categories - ranging from Clothing to Art, Toys to Textiles - there is something for every part of your home (and body!).

Check out Felt and support Handmade...

L-R: Olive Dotty Baby Booties by PedroSprout, Floral Bloom Swing Tags by MJBooks, Little Forest Pin by InMyBackyard.

(images from Felt)

Shop online at Felt
Read the Felt blog

Flat Pack

Don't you love how you can just about buy ANYTHING flat packed these days, and there are so many fabulous choices..

I thought I would showcase this Stool / Small Table. What I love about these stools /small tables is their simplicity in design, yet the finishing and detail of the prints are intricate and creative.

Named the 'Zaishu', this clever little Stool / Small Table by Matthew Butler and Helen Punton is designed and made in Australia from native plantation pine. Each Zaishu is hand painted or printed using water-based inks and varnish. Zaishu also feature artwork from various community groups and showcases endangered tribal art and hand painted work from the last of the Bollywood artists.

(images from Zaishu)


To see the complete range and /or to purchase visit Zaishu
Also see reform school for more information and to purchase the 'TribeWanted Baby Zaishu' with the proceeds benefiting the Mali District School (in Fiji), supporting arts and sustainability education.

Extra: Visit the Ponoko blog for some fabulous flat pack furniture and some outdoor equipment for kiddlies..

Frazier&Wing Mobiles

Who would of thought that cutting up some glossy's could result in something as beautiful as these mobiles by Frazier&Wing.

Designer / Artist Heather Frazier established Frazier&Wing in 2006. Her gorgeous mobiles are constructed using carefully selected imagery from magazine pages. Each piece is hand cut and strung with mono filament - taking up to eight hours to make. Each one is a true labour of love.

(images from Frazier&Wing)

To view the whole collection and / or to purchase visit Frazier&Wing
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Finches (and other birds)

I was browsing around etsy - as you do - and came across 'FromTikiWithLove'. I am not sure of the name of the clever person behind 'FromTikiWithLove', but her illustrations are beautiful.

What we do know about her is from her profile - "I am a 25 year old medical illustrator who lives in the burbs of Chicago. When I am not drawing hearts and guts, I enjoy illustrating and painting birds. I have a parrot named Tiki and a backyard full of bird friends that visit my utopia of feeder."

Here's the goodness...

L-R Top Row: A Pair of Goldies, Big Blue. Bottom Row: Yell-O Blackbird, Bonjour, Lil Robin.

(images from FromTikiWithLove)

Visit FromTikiWithLove's Blog
To see the complete collection and or to purchase, visit FromTikiWithLove's Etsy Shop
Extra: For all your Bird related Goodies, visit The Fat Finch.

UPDATE: August 08' ** New Information**
I have recently discovered CG Arts -

Carolina Gudanowski runs C.G. Arts, a company providing medical illustration services, and just recently bird art! Carolina started her Etsy store, From Tiki with Love, in 2008, to showcase and sell her bird art creations. Visit the shop www.fromtikiwithlove.etsy.com or shop from this site, using PayPal checkout."

So there you go, From Tiki With Love is the fabulous work of Carolina Gudanowski : )

Monday's Art Find..

It's Monday again, which means I get to showcase an artist (or in this case two!).

This Weeks Art Find: Tim and Tigerlily Biskup

I was so inspired the other day after a visit to one of my daily reads - sfgirlbybay - that I showed the post to my son (aged 5) who also got all excited, and we are now working on an exhibition to have together!

The post in question was about Tim and Tigerlily Biskup and their current exhibition (finishes on July 27th) at the Grasshut Corp Gallery in Portland Oregon.

The father and daughter duo (Tigerlily is aged five), have contributed 40 new works to the exhibition that they have worked on individually and together.

This is Tigerlily's first show, while her Dad Tim has been exhibiting far and near and all over the world. Tim said "We've been drawing and painting together since (tigerlily) was able to hold a crayon. We've always been inspired by each others art, so the idea of doing a show together was inevitable."

Thanks so much sfgirlbybay and Tim and Tigerlily for the inspiration!

(Clockwise from top left: Helpers, Faces, Painting 350 and Animal Parade)

(images from Grass Hut Corp Gallery)

To view Tim and Tigerlily's exhibition pieces visit Grass Hut Corp Gallery.
To view more of Tim's work visit Flopdoodle
Read Tim's blog.

And that's it for Monday!! See you tomorrow for G!

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