Friday, July 29, 2011

Collection: Girl and The Owl

I'll end this week with this lovely collection "Girl and The Owl" which consists of artworks by some very talented people from all over the web. I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday. Take care and be safe.

Kate MccGwire: Not Owl, Owl Feathers

I came across these amazing sculptures made by London based artist Kate MccGwire who uses number of recycled feathers to create these intriguing fluid forms.

The feathers used for these pieces are mainly from owls, pigeons & pheasants. "All of her feathers are received from a network of pigeon racers and farmers who mail her the feathers they have collected when their birds begin molting in the Spring." So, no bird is harmed!

If you want to see her incredible work in person then stop by at Eleventh Plateau, Hydra Historical Archives Museum, Greece where she will be exhibiting from July 8th through September 4th.

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Summerr Morgan




Summerr Morgan is a designer and illustrator who graduated with a BA hons in surface pattern design textiles from Swansea Metropolitan University. She recently launched a series of adorable products including "make your own owl" kit, 'colour me in' wallpaper, cards designs, and fabrics. To see more of her work view her online portfolio.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mark Hearld

"Owl Flight"
"The Owl and The Fox"
"Red Lion"
"The Owl and The Moon"

Mark Hearld is one of my all time favorite artists. He was trained in illustration at Glasgow School of Art and studied MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. His work shows influences of British countryside and artists, and his love for animals. He has worked in various medium like paint, print, ceramics and textiles. Following are few of prints that I hand-picked which show true style of Mark's energetic use of bold and vibrant colors. 

I have featured his work previously, here.

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Samantha Stas: Owl Tea and Egg Cosies

I know it's extremely hot in some parts of the world but we all still drink tea and like our eggs warm. Right?  My today's find are these adorable owl tea and egg cosies handmade by Samantha Stas. She found the love for textile when she was just a little girl and now have been working in the industry over 10 years. Her work is often inspired by children's books and all things nostalgic. Her adorable owl cosies are handmade using reclaimed wool and vintage fabric, and can be used all year around.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic






I recently discovered this wonderful blog "Scissor Paper Wok" of Kimanh where she shares all her wonderful creative projects. I am particularly impressed with the "How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic" tutorial which explains how you can make buttons with easy to follow step by step instructions using your own design or you can use the pre-designed template, available to download here for free!

Kimanh also made the owl template exclusively for My Owl Barn readers. Isn't she great! The template has three different sizes of design for owl buttons, perfect to decorate a sweater, a little girl's dress or to embellish any jewelry piece. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks, Kimanh!

Zosienka & Rosie

Zosienka & Rosie Illustration is a London based design studio that creates beautiful handcrafted paper goods, textiles and ceramics. Their each product is adorned with lovely illustrations often of mischievous characters such as those "tea owls" causing the tea set tumble or the sweet owl in the tea cup. 

These adorable owl tea towels will make drying dishes fun, and if you are like me then they'll hang from the kitchen wall (I won't be able to bring myself to use them) and keep you company while you fix the dinner.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Near Sighted Owl





Rachele is an artist based out of Oregon and the owner of Near Sighted Owl. She recently released these adorable animals prints based on the project - "Daily Animal Doodles". Each print measures 4x6 which is a great size to add to your existing print collection or send as a postcard! The cost is only $5 a print, so choose one or two (or more) from 30 sweet animals such as handsome cheetah, glasses wearing owl etc.

"Whoot" by Trustworth Studios



This striking wallpaper titled "whoot" is by Trustworth Studios, originally designed by C.F.A. Voysey also known as William Morris. The wallpaper features "mystical and playful pattern of owls and owlets with foliage and nest" in gorgeous blue and green color palette. It was also featured on the TV show Extreme Makeover. Following are a couple of photos from the show.



Available as a single 6-yard roll approximately 30 square feet. For more details or to view more designs click here.

Marla Dawn





Whimsical dessert plates and porcelain mugs by Marla Dawn's from her "Two for Two" series. The playful designs of the range includes raccoon, owl, chickens and squirrel.

Black Queen Designs


Black Queen Designs is a online jewelry boutique owned by Gretchen Diehl, a designer currently living in Philadelphia. Her pieces are beautiful, afforadble and ethereal. Artist's statement: "I consider my work to be an exploration of drawing as a form of storytelling". There is lots of cool stuff in her store, but I am particularly partial to her owl necklaces which are handmade made using artist's original illustration.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Suzy Ultman for Land of Nod



Suzy Ultman created this new range of bedding "Wooden Shoes Optional" inspired by Amsterdam for The Land of Nod. The collection features cute design of guitar, snail, windmill shaped pillow and owl shaped pillow in lovely color palette of pink, green and yellow.

Laura George: Handpainted Dishes



I am loving this handpainted owl ceramic dish by Laura George.

Owl Themed First Birthday Party + Tutorial




Louise Wackerman sent me these photos of this amazing owl themed birthday party which she helped her friend host for her daughter's first birthday. Her friend is an owl-lover who added several awesome owl details to the party like owl invites, owl napkin rings and cupcake toppers.




There are so many other adorable details of the party that I totally love such as those stuffed owl favors and owl vases. Louise has graciously shared the tutorial for the owl favors on her blog for the inspired ones. Click here for the step by step instructions.



If I have to pick my very favorite from the party then it has to be the photo booth. It looks so much fun! The colorful owl masks seem to be hit among both kids and adults. What are you favorites of the party?