500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form
“Contemporary and unique, these handmade creations range from representational to abstract, from skillful realism to provocative surrealism—and they’re made from every conceivable material, including beads, gourds, and polymer clay. Juror Akira Blount, a pioneer in the “art doll” movement, incorporates vines, twigs, and carved wood in her fabric dolls; with their expressionless faces and closed eyes, they appear absorbed by inner worlds. Dutch artist Marlaine Verhelst’s porcelain designs seem to have sprung straight from a medieval painting. Chris Chomick’s strange and slightly scary figures feature amazing detail and elaborate costumes. Dollmakers, crafters, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will love the amazing diversity showcased here.” → more info
Moxie and Oliver: My work is an incorporation of traditional leather techniques, and some of my own modern twists. The leather that I use is a thick, tooling, leather. It is stiff on the first wear but softens up nicely. The thickness and strength of the leather means that, unlike most leather accessories, it will last a lifetime. My products are meant to be fashionable, but not “trendy”, so if you’re in the market to purchase a belt, wallet, purse, or another item that you would like to be able to use for the next ten to fifty years, you’ve come to the right place.
With the cold weather almost behind us, the spring trends are starting to emerge just in time for the warm weather. This season the nautical trend is back in full force featuring classic strips, preppy pants and boat shoes along with anchors, lobsters and any other sea animal that comes to mind. While most of us don’t have a boat upon which to enjoy the sunshine, you can still look the part in a few of these great handmade finds.
A great spin on the classic horizontal striped shirt, this navy blue and white top by tsifca features both vertical and horizontal strips for a preppy, yet modern look. Featuring a comfortable fit and wide elbow-length sleeves, this shirt is perfect for lounging, but could easily be dressed up for a night out. The light weight fabric will keep you cool during your time out at sea.
These forest green pleated summer shorts by Eleanor Rot are just perfect for enjoying some time out in the sun. The preppy pleats and cuffs fit perfectly with the nautical trend, but the unexpected color and large gold button keep them modern and a bit edgy. These shorts are the perfect compliment to a striped shirt, but be sure to tuck it in order to create a clear waist line.
This blue, red and gold-toned anchor necklace by Debbiecarroll Designs is the perfect way to add a little bit of nautical into your everyday wardrobe. The gold-toned anchor features a touch of red and is nicely complimented by bright red lucite beads, Swarovski crystals and other gold-toned vintage components. This necklace is a great way to add a bit of vintage glam to your striped shirt or dress up an otherwise plain outfit.
The digital sailboat print featured at the top of this post was created by JC Arts.
Booger and Tash is the sweet as sugar brainchild of a mother of three who learned to sew on her Nanny’s old 1960’s Singer when she was ten. Vickie, the shop owner, has filled her shop with super cute stuff for moms, infants and children, including several items that I was pleasantly surprised to come across, like her collection of wonderfully vintage-looking Little Man Neckties. And, my personal favorite: the I Made You a Mix Tape burp cloth.
Grandma will kiss his little cheeks clean off when she sees him in one of these.
You know what? It doesn’t matter what medium we’re using to record music, a mix tape will always be a mix tape. It’s up to us to pass this knowledge on to the next generation, so why not use burp cloths? Start early I say.
Vickie also makes an adorable collection of hair accessories as well, sized teensy, which I can appreciate. I’ve got two young girls, and when they were in the baby and toddler stage, it was difficult at times to find really cute, modern hair clips that didn’t cost a fortune. These are hip and stylish, cute and girly, and totally affordable. So, stock up.
I love that the ribbon and fabrics she uses are so bright and modern and yet somehow look a little retro. One of my other favs from the shop are her Pacifier Clips. No giant plastic dump trucks or Dora the Explorer heads dangling from baby’s hem. Just a simple cloth tape with wonderful vintage style. And bonus, these can also be used a toy leash on a stroller or carseat.
Be sure to check out her burp cloths, and bibs (the Bandana Bibs are especially cute) as well as her luscious Minky Blankets. I especially enjoy this Orange Bumblebee pattern.
Look at the beautiful work I discovered in the Gallery!
Claudia Manokian: i am a textile designer and a felt maker\ artist, known for my modern approach to the medium of felt making by handcraft.
in 1993 while in England, i first met the old and rich textile art called felting, many things attracted me to the art of felting, the fascinating ancient history going back to 2300BC, the wonderful uncomplicated process of the work itself (wool, water, soap and a shaking motion)and the possibility to apply this art to the modern aesthetic approach of our days.
i adopted the texnique called NUNO-FELT, by manipulating a minimal amount of wool fibers through a basis of fine woven cloth, i create felted cloth with very different qualities to the more known tradisional felt.