Tag Archives: etsy

Three Etsy Artists

15 Oct

Let’s pretend this post is three separate posts because I am excited to share three Etsy shops that you should peruse. Peruse and purchase, I say.

Let’s start with Michelle Brusegaard. Her shop on Etsy is home of my favorite calendar of all time. I am one of those people who loves calendars. Beautiful calendars. I order this calendar each and every year for my office. My favorite is the bunny print. I am also one of those repeat offenders who orders the same thing over and over again because it’s just so right why bother with anything else. It is my humble opinion that her calendars are art.

She also does screen printed scarves, which I am completely adding to my good-gifts-to-give Christmas gift list. And she does jewelry. Go to her shop ASAP.

Next up, art and illustration from Donna McKenzie via her etsy shop, Corella Design. I love the bear in the flannel shirt. She has lots of sweet illustrations that would fit perfectly in a nursery or child’s room. Or, if you’re like me and you like bears in flannel shirts….

And from Project Type, digital prints that will look great framed and on your wall or propped on your shelves:

Enjoy and have a great Monday.

Art & the Avetts.

6 Oct

You either love The Avett Brothers or you don’t know who they are. That’s my theory. And if you think love is too strong, then you haven’t seen them in concert. I hereby challenge the whole entire world to go to a live show and try to walk away without thinking they’re great. I dare you.

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My great affection for their music was nurtured by my friend, Zana, who introduced me to their music and took me to their Halloween concert at Ryman Auditorium a few years ago. It changed my life. I left the concert and downloaded nearly everything they’ve recorded.

I and Love and You is still my favorite. Wait. Maybe my very favorite is November Blue. Or Swept Away.

Sarah Chiarot is a fan, too. She designs and sells her interpretations of their lyrics in her Etsy shop. So if you’re a fan of the Avetts or Ryan Adams or the merging of good design and good lyrics then check out her work!

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Meet Artist Amy Rice

2 Oct

A million Google searches ago, I found the work of Amy Rice which led me straight to her Etsy store and has since led me to her Flickr page—I mean, I’m practically ready to ask her to be my friend on Facebook. Isn’t that the way the internet goes. One day you don’t know somebody; the next day you are creeping through their Facebook albums. The internet is weird.

I am a huge fan of her work and I think she’s the sort of artist you all will appreciate because she gives you the story behind her work. I always think when you hear somebody’s story you can’t help but like them. Unless of course, they tell you their story and they turn out to be a complete jerk. I digress.

Aside from her work, the reason I love Amy’s Etsy shop is because she gives you some context, whether it’s how she made it or a little inspiration as to how this art might look on display.

 

I have a thing for maps so I’m especially fond of her map series and if you know me at all I’m especially fond of song lyrics so this is a favorite of mine:

Here’s what she says about the series:

Last winter I bought an antique sign press (letter press) at an antique store. I found a stack of antique atlases the very next day at an estate sale. I heard “You Can Go Your Own Way” on the radio on the way home and it was one of those giant light bulb moments.

I had been painting on and with antique maps, atlases and globes for a few years, exploring direction (and my inherent lack thereof) and so this series of song lyrics about direction on antique atlas pages has been a neat addition to my more painterly work.

 

 

In her studio

Lucky girl, her studio space is clad with soaring windows that scale 20 foot walls and offer a view of the Mississippi River. Don’t hate her because her studio sounds like heaven. In all seriousness, I am utterly jealous yet thrilled for her that she gets to create in such a space. The building is a former grain mill turned art haven where 20+ other artists have studios. Again, sounds like heaven to me.

Take a look around.

All photos via Flickr and Etsy by Amy Rice.

So do yourself a favor and check out her Web site or her Etsy Store and support a fabulous working artist! And check out the other bloggers who are participating in Nester’s 31 Days!

Thanks for reading! Let’s do this again tomorrow.