One of the great things about handmade beauty is the ability to get almost any product in a sample size. Most artisans either list samples as part of their regular inventory. Or they will accommodate requests for sample listings. I have also had the good fortune to receive a number of samples with orders.
The lovely personalized stationery above is from up up on Etsy.
I’ve been designing new posters for my etsy shop the last couple of days so I’ve been thinking about patterns big time. How much is too much, and how little is too little?
When it comes down to it – the number one rule is – if you like it go with it!
Having said that I’ve noticed a trend recently that I personally like a lot. I think for a while pattern was everywhere – think bold in your face patterned shirts, homes decked out to the max with vibrant designs. Perhaps to counterbalance this – we recently saw minimalism take center stage. While still popular, lately I’ve noticed a new trend – mixing both trends in a fun way. Imagine simple interiors, with bright pops of color and patterns here and there to create visual interest. It’s a look I love personally, at times I find the minimal look can be cold – but too much color and pattern can be overwhelming for me. When you mix the two – I find a balance there that is really beautiful.
Here are some fun finds that I want to share – all with beautiful patterns and colors certain to brighten up you home or stationery collection.
The gorgeous business cards on the left are from the shop of Hong Kong based designer, Eva – Oh Smile. I loved learning a bit more about her and seeing all the wonderful inspiration she collects from all over the internet on her blog. Bangkok-based Be Still has a great line of patterned pillows – a perfect way to give your living room or bedroom that fun pop of color. Byrdie Graphics make beautifully patterned wall decals – just one more way to add a pop of color or pattern to your home.
If a room in your home needs just that extra “something” to feel complete, do consider adding a bit more color and a lovely pattern here and there to give it a fun look! You’ll find lots to choose from on Etsy and at your local fabric store if you’re a fan of sewing!
This small sculptural glass bowl adds a delicate touch of color where ever it is placed. The open lattice work makes these pieces appear to be light as a feather. And, while they are delicate the overall form is sturdy, like actual nests. The process used to make these insures that no two are ever alike. Each unique with its own twists and bends. This aqua color is like a cool drink of water.
Heather Palmer is a craftsman, artist and maker. Heather primarily uses glass to create objects but loves lots of other mediums too. Her work is varied including both functional and non functional pieces. She is inspired by communication, experimentation, play and from learning new ways of working. From these inspirations she and her work continually grow.
Ceramic Function By Chrys: This porcelian cup was thrown on my potters wheel and then adorned with feet and tiny nubbies!! Organic and ergonomic the cup is comfortable to hold as it fits in the hand like a glove. The tiny nubbies make it fun to fondle too!
The spectrum of color is amazing from deep lavender purples to several shades of blue! The inside is lined in a soft pink that complements the lavenders perfectly.
SheaClay high fired stoneware pottery includes dinnerware, bowls, platters, mugs, decorative ware and more- thrown and altered, stamped, carved and finished with lead free glazes, suitable for oven, dishwasher and microwave.
I strive to create joy in the simplest thing, like really good coffee in a really great cup. It’s that warm moment of appreciation, like when you are struck by the beauty of your surroundings, or when you receive kindness from a stranger, that I try to capture in my work. My pursuits include a balanced overall form with a sense of movement.
I try to create lots of edges and hard lines through carving, stamping, throwing marks- many places for glaze to break, change direction and create more color. I like warm, muted tones that provide a natural background for food and celebration, a form which invites you to pick it up and use it, and good function for service, which enhances the beauty of the form and realizes my initial goal for creating it.