Month: August 2010

8/30/10

Nordstrom sightings

Wanted to show you this shoe bling at Nordstrom and giftcards by the wonderful artist Ruben Toledo.

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Wednesday:
New work by John Coulter: Appuies sur le Champignon!

8/27/10

Helen’s Graphic Floral Paper Tote

Helen’s bold and brilliant (and reversible!) recyclable matte fiber tote made by Mara-mi and shown here for Paper Source.

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8/23/10

Jackie Besteman’s work for Financial Post

See more of Jackie’s work here.

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Wednesday: Karen Tusinski’s gallery

8/21/10

Hsinping Pan is the featured seller on Etsy

From the Esty feature:

“Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Hsinping Pan. I grew up in Taiwan and then moved to Los Angeles to study animation. After eleven years in LA, I recently moved back to Taiwan. I like to draw colorful things and sometimes make stories for them. I found art is the best way to express myself and connect with the world — I like to make things that make me happy and also bring joy to viewers.blog9994-hsinping_top_lg.jpg

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I like watching movies and reading books. I also love to travel and eat delicious food.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I’ve loved drawing ever since I can remember, but I didn’t think about becoming an artist until I went to college for business. I was really frustrated and confused by my classes and found my true passion in creating things. Now I really appreciate that I initially studied business because it helped me make up my mind to become an artist!

Please describe your creative process.

If it’s for a project, I will draw the first thing that comes into my head. Then I’ll do some research and add more details to my drawings. If it’s for myself, I like to doodle in a place where people are interacting, like in a seminar or coffee shop. Doodling in my sketchbook is a very important creative process for me.

When I color the image, I sometimes use acrylic, illustrator software, or I’ll mix a handpainted image with a digital image.
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What handmade possession do you most cherish?

My friend made a crochet lion and gave it to me when I was very sad. It was a cute doll and made me happy. But somehow I can’t find it anymore… I think maybe he went on his own journey. I will miss him forever.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Movies:
Amelie
My Neighbor Totoro
Au Revoir Taipei
Wallace & Gromit
Mother (Korean movie)
Books:
Dear Diary by Sara Fanelli
The Lonesome Puppy by Yoshimoto Nara
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Un Lion a Paris by Beatrice Alemagna
My Friends by Taro Gomi

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Develop your own style and keep creating things. Love what you make and enjoy making it.

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What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I really like that you can Shop by Color. It’s so fun to pick a color and find surprises. I also find the Forums very useful. I’ve learned many tips there.

How do you promote your work?

I am not a very good promoter, but I think updating your shop often with new work helps. I also make sure that each order is made with great quality, and I like to include a small thank you note.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I would like to have my own studio and to work on interesting projects. I would like to make more art, books and films and also create my own stationery or toy line.”

See more of Hsinping’s art here.

Monday:
Jackie Besteman’s work for Financial Post

8/20/10

Window Shopping

Nice crocheted beaded bracelets spotted in a shop window

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Monday: Jackie Besteman’s work for Financial Post

8/18/10

Las Vegas Weekly: Gene Shopping by John Coulter

John Coulter writes:

“Hi Lilla,

This is an illustration I did for the Las Vegas Weekly, for an article about a man who thought his ancestry was Nordic, until he took a DNA test that revealed his ancestors were Egyptian.
It was fortuitous that I could use the visual echo with the Las Vegas pyramid, The Luxor, and the Egyptian Giza pyramid.”

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Friday: Window shopping

8/16/10

New Patterns by Sarajo Frieden

See more work by Sarajo here.

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Wednesday: Las Vegas Weekly: Gene Shopping by John Coulter

8/13/10

Supercute Products from Allison Cole

Allison Cole writes:

“Hello!
Here are some new items I made for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn that took place recently. Everything is available on my Etsy site

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Monday: New Patterns by Sarajo Frieden

8/11/10

Lula’s Pantry in Rockport

Once again it’s time for a visit to Lula’s Pantry in Rockport, MA. If you visit, say hi to the lovely Brett, the owner of the shop and the buyer and brilliant stylist. Dishtowels, bowls, spices, and the world’s most amazing view from the interior of the shop.

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Friday: Supercute Products from Allison Cole