Here’s some of my favorite finds from this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair.
I’m really excited to be reminded of Bucktown’s (Chicago’s?) one and only sewing & fabric boutique, The Needle Shop. Offering cotton prints & upholstery fabrics from some of my favorite fabric designers so now I can actually pop in and peruse textiles in person. It makes such a difference when comparing pattern scale & tactility than trying to buy online. Not to mention the craft & sewing classes they offer, so I will eventually stop collecting the fabric & actually DO something with it.
As an aspiring painter of glass/porcelain I was drawn to 2 other artists who work with glass & ceramic. Sabrina Dechert of Fox & Clover creates really pretty modern glassware & jewelery. She uses enamel based paints which are then fired. The glassware paired with the organic & earthy illustrations makes for an interesting juxtaposition.
Also there’s Meredith Host. Her process is particularly unique. She salvages used hotel & restaurant dishes and then applies a transfer illustration which is then fired off in the kiln, leaving behind an indelible image. Witty, unconventional imagery is what makes her work memorable indeed.
The 2008 Best Of lists are starting to crop up, here’s an unconventional one: Best Balloons on the web in 2008. Who doesn’t love balloons? Source.
Hooray! It’s almost here! Here’s some teaser images…
“Proximity is a magazine dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Our mission is to amplify discourse on local and global art ecologies. We hope to serve as a map—of artists, collectives and alternative spaces to commercial galleries, museums and universities—as means of connecting and cultivating sustainable creative communities.”
– Proximity Magazine & Blog
Launch party December 12th hosted this time at The Post Family’s Family Room. More info to come soon.
I found these lighthearted cartoons amusing today. They’re about one NY Times writer’s love affair with coffee. Anyone who depends on caffeine can certainly relate. Click through to read the accompanying captions, they’re pretty fun too.
Handmade cards by Chicago artist Amy Rowan. Series include collages with stitched or screenprinted embellishments, Gocco prints, all made to order. The nostalgic vintage vibe paired with a personal touch makes for some charming pieces. If you like Uppercase products, then you’ll like these too! Also check out Art School Girl along with various others at the Pivot Boutique holiday party this December 5th.