Spiral Stone: I’m interested, inspired and influenced by natural rhythms and cycles (moon cycles, seasons, stars, planets, patterns, symbols, rituals…). This interest has influenced many aspects of my life. It has led me to become a naturopath, herbalist and gardener, it has influenced the birthing and parenting decisions I have made for my two little girls, and it has now become the inspiration for my jewellery creations.
I love her beautiful stitched and stamped pieces.
Emily Dyer bio: I am a ceramic artist in Minneapolis, MN. My forms are wheelthrown or hand-built from slabs of a creamy white stoneware clay. Pieces are individually decorated by hand using tools to impress “stitching” and other textured patterns. Pots are accented with underglazes, slips and stains. Decorative patterns are my own creations, inspired by antique and folk art quilt patterns, historic and contemporary textiles and nature. My work is fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. Pottery is food safe, microwave and dishwasher friendly (although hand-washing is always safer).
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I grew up to a very creative mom. And Learned from her almos every thing I know, But I never imagined that I would sew or create, and definitely not as profession. In high school, I studied art, but after my first exhibition, I decided to never do it again. Same with sewing.
I went to the university and studied Middle Eastern history, worked afterward as a customer service manager in several companies – as far away from creation as possible.
But the sewing found me eventually, along with the art and creativity I tried to run away from.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
The turning point was When Naomi, My second child was born. The search after baby bedding other than the regular baby blue/ pink pastels gave the idea to start create unique baby bedding and décor that would be a design statement along with a color celebration in the child room.
Inspired by my mom love of fabric and color. And equipped with the family vintage fabric collection I started creating a colorful and fun baby bedding, décor, apparel and soft toys that challenge everything we ever knew about nursery decoration.
bouji and nouna motto is that Products for your baby are a part of your life and home and they don’t have to be disposable or an aesthetic after-thought. After all, why should becoming a parent mean that you have to compromise your own sense of style?
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
bouji & nouna are my kids nick names, bouji is for my son Omri and nouna is my second child Naomi… I’ve decided to call my business that way because without them that wouldn’t be possible..
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
For now I work all alone… My day is crazy… I wake up at 0630 in the morning and spend my entire day with my kids… After they are going to sleep I’m having some quality time with my husband.
Around 2200 PM I start my seconds job with bouji and nouna ’till 0400 AM as i said, It’s crazy, but hopefully in the near further things will be different…
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
For now I’m selling on Etsy
and also on some boutiques in FRANCE and UK. I’m also open my studio from time to time for sales.
I like to sell on line, and amazed every time from the fact that I’m selling my product worldwild without even leave my home…
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers?
As a member of a very active team of Israeli Artists, I’m having some favorets, for example:
Arosha – that creat some amazing Jewelry
Yoola that create Handmade original crochet jewelry
and Little White Dresser
What inspires and motivates you?
Well, mostly from my collection of 1950s-1960s old embroidery and applique books that have amazing colors and patterns. In fact, some of the fabrics I used for my latest bedding collection have patterns exactly the same as those in one of my embroidery books.
Also, naturally, I’m inspired by my kids and their ideas for color combinations, which aren’t always the obvious ones and definitely not pastels but bold and bright.
And last is my love for quilt art that gave me the freedom and inspired me to combine different fabric patterns without any hard feelings. For my apparel collection, I find inspiration in the old classic designs that were originally for adults. Especially Chanel’s early collections for women.
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Halloween is my sister Kate’s favourite holiday…after Christmas and her birthday (she’s a holiday fiend). Kate lives in Canada, where I am sure she has much more opportunity to celebrate Halloween than I do in the UK. You see, we just don’t ‘get’ Halloween here and our efforts are somewhat half-hearted compared with our friends across the Atlantic.
My childhood memories of Halloween involve dressing up in a black leotard and tights with a black headband, knocking on about three neighbours’ doors before I’d get bored. My eyes were opened to the potential of this glorious occasion when, at the age of 10 I visited Texas at the end of October. People went crazy over October 31, with children dressed in elaborate costumes (not a cat or witch in sight!) and specialist decorations, candies and other sweet treats on offer.
It’s still not catching on here, despite my family’s best efforts. I’m not to be deterred though, and this year I’ve rounded up the best of British-made Halloween-themed treats in a bid to inspire my fellow citizens!
Kate would approve of byanne‘s adorable resin heart necklace (above), which reminds me of the huge plastic beads filled with candy I would lust after as a child. Anne of byanne is a fellow Halloween lover who is drawn to bright, attention-grabbing hues. Her inspiration is vintage gumball and the necklace includes real candy pieces and shiny confetti to give it a real vintage Halloween feel.
Truss up your Jack O’Lantern with sneddonia‘s glow-in-the-dark decoration. The inspiration for this beautiful wire decoration came from some beads that Jen found while searching for Halloween supplies on Etsy. She thought that the cute beads would be the perfect focal point for a new design.
Continue your decorating with keitosan‘s little witch print (top), which features Millie and her cat Tofu. Kate at keitosan decided to go against drawing a traditional scary witch and black cat and do the complete opposite to create a fun feel, reflecting the fun that comes with Halloween festivities.
Kids will love FurWillFly‘s sweet vampire plushie, inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Claire loves the show and wanted to create some unusual plush creatures based on the dark side!
This lovely necklace from ichbin was inspired by Caroline’s neighbour’s little black and white cat, Tia, who sits on the conservatory roof and peers in her bedroom window every morning! It’s the perfect complement to a grown-up Halloween outfit – who says only children get to dress up?
What are your favourite Halloween traditions? Share them here!
You may be familiar with the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) that happens every year around this time in Austin, Texas. Originally meant to be a showcase for music, SXSW has now become a first stop for the newest technologies on the block–Twitter was introduced there in 2007. As a nod to the festival I thought I’d showcase some lo-fi indie talent from the world of handmade. Technology is cool and all, but mostly because it gives me more access to unique handmade stuff that I can’t get anywhere else.
Necklace: Amy Holton combines turquoise, tiger’s eye, and mother of pearl in this lovely necklace. Amy left the corporate world to start her business creating wearable pieces of art.
Dresses: Ivana Krejci designs her peasant-inspired garments using repurposed, reclaimed, and new notions. I could see myself spinning around in the Alps signing the hills are alive wearing one of these dresses, what about you?
Hand Stamped Fabric: Malka Dubrawskyis the author of the book Color your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric. She also sells her hand stamped fabric in her online store, which is excellent in case you’re like me and not as talented as Ms. Dubrawsky. But if you want to give it a try, she also sells autographed copies of her book.
Flowers in Your Hair: When I read about Tiffany in her shop profile, I immediately thought about the movie Giant, and the role Elizabeth Taylor played–Leslie. Like the movie, Tiffany says that she always felt a little out of place living in Texas and loving the fancy frills that define the roaring twenties. But I think these blossoms are bold enough to make a big splash, even in the great big place like Texas.