I have fond memories of New Jersey beaches from my childhood & teenage years. As a kid, my family all traveled to Stone Harbor. And, while in high school, my friends introduced me to Brigantine Beach, a small island just off shore of Atlantic City – simple family living during the day, fun times at night – best of both worlds!
Today’s Shop Local post hails from balmy Tampa, Florida – and goes to show that retirement has reached the handmade & art communities of the state!
I’m totally digging this original art by Anika Easter. Combining wood, paint, and other media, these works jump off the wall. Her art appears to be conceptualized in the state between dreaming and waking. She says, “Sometimes I’ll dream up this incredible painting and when I wake up it slips out of my mind. Apparently I have a very creative subconscious. My goal is to prove it exists.”
Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter Sacha enjoyed a European Vacation in Spain recently. I thought perhaps you might like to take a virtual trip to the land of las pampas and Paso Doble, the Reino de Espana. This first item is the perfect travel tote, whether you’re roaming the streets of Barcelona, or jet-setting in Marbella, which is where the bag’s designer, Martina Masini, resides.
Crochet is definitely one of those arts that can veer into the not-hip-at-all category of the world of handmade. A toilet paper roll cover made to look like a skirt with a plastic doll on top comes to mind. This is not the case with this cool brooch by Paz of Monicacaros.
I am a collector of brooches, old and new, and this one would be a very nice addition. Monicacaros is a made-up name, but the shop has some very real treasures—including a mouse named Roberto (he is Spanish after all).
My daughter is an animal lover, and horses are at the very top of the list. She gets that from her mom. I am terribly allergic to anything with fur, but I still ride horses whenever I get the chance. Thus, anything with a horse on it always gets my attention. I found this drawing by Olga Gal especially captivating. The colors are so simple but the composition is quite beautiful.
I am certain Michelle Obama and Sasha did some shopping, with Secret Service detail in tow, of course. Maybe if they had brought something back from their trip for the conservative media, they wouldn’t have been given such a hard time for stepping foot outside of the United States. How about one of these cute, handmade, plushies by Vega Lyrae? Seems like a good gift for the childish media personalities raising a ruckus. Seriously, Spain did win the World Cup–for goodness sake, shouldn’t someone congratulate them in person?
In the last few months, I’ve become oddly obsessed with ceramic jewelry. I think I love how it is both delicate & chunky. So when I saw the beautiful work at Lily Pottery, I knew Greenville, South Carolina would be the home of this week’s Shop Local post! Lily Pottery doesn’t just make jewelry, though. Lily Stratton also creates unique housewares & home decor items – citrus reamers, bundt pans, bird houses, wall pillows…
Lily’s studio is just one of 30 located in the Pendleton Street Arts District of West Greenville. On the first Friday of each month, you can join in a gallery crawl to see the artists & crafters at work.
Danielle Miller’s jewelry incorporates movement into each piece to create more than a beautiful object but an experience for the wearer. She says, “This kinetic aspect of my work creates an intimate and unique relationship between jewelry and wearer. My jewelry, by definition, is not only an object of personal adornment but also an object of personal interaction and recreation.”
If you’re looking for something a bit more industrial, check out Wingo Designs. I’m a fool for anything with text, so the graphic numbers and hand-written notes of their pendants really caught my eye! Wingo Designs also creates modern & organic metal pieces for landscape design.
Finally, Mollie Greene, of Royal Buffet, creates beautiful home decor & art objects from clippings of paper and other ephemera. Her creations would be the perfect way to add a small touch of handmade to your home.
It’s also worth noting that Mollie’s husband, Aaron, is a photographer who takes the striking images of her work! He owns Greene Photographs.
Do you know of a thriving arts & crafts community? Please drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know!
Syracuse is a great little university town! Nevermind, of course, that ne’er a day goes by that it doesn’t snow between October and April…
A university with killer academic programs and great sports means there’s no dearth of good spirits, great food, and even better design.