Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Contemporary Folk Artist: Rebecca Miller Campbell

Rebecca Miller Campbell is a self-taught artist, doll maker and a painter who lives in the foothills of Appalachia. She crafts dolls and folk art inspired ornaments using fabric, paint and clay. The artist is inspired by antique, vintage remnants and nature, and often incorporates recycled materials, antiques and found objects in her work.

Each piece is one-of-a-kind, a result of long hours of careful construction, hand-painted intricate details and perfectly aged for a charming vintage look. The above shown pieces are her newest creation that will a part of the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween, Chelsea, Michigan on September 30th. For more information on the event click here.

Her work has been published in several magazines including “Prims” and “Art Doll Quarterly.” She is an exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Her work has been included in group exhibits including Regional Favorites in Grayson Gallery & Arts Center, Grayson, Kentucky and Minnie Adkins and her Kentucky Folk Art Colleagues Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Harvest Garden" Collection by Pier1

Fall is just around the corner, and the seasonal merchandise is popping up all over the internet. The new season is a season for family dinners and parties which gives us a chance to update our decor. Pier1 tableware collection "Harvest Garden" featuring the adorable fall leaves critters is a great way to instantly get your dining room fall ready. The collection offers plates, mugs, salt and pepper shaker, glasses, platter and pitcher hand-painted with owl, hedgehog, deer and fox in vibrant hues.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Surreal Animal Paintings by Jacub Gagnon

Canadian artist Jacub Gagnon graduated in 2009 with a degree in BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). He creates whimsical animal paintings using mainly acrylics and oil on canvas. The surreal paintings of animals are amazingly realistic as well as intriguing. Animals are often depicted with odd objects and in bizarre scenery which one would never expect to witness.

“Within the stage that is my canvas, I present animals and objects in bizarre manners, placing them in scenes that oppose practicality. My paintings become a space in which nature becomes unnatural, bordering surreal.”

The artist's paintings can be seen in several galleries throughout the USA and Canada. The artist is currently being represented by the Thinkspace Gallery in LA. You can see more of his work on his website and join him on Facebook.

Owl and Pumpkin Fall Birthday Party

Those of us are planning a birthday party this fall, look what I have found. Mindy of Modern Mindy did a wonderful job of bringing together fall elements with the owl theme birthday party for her daughter in their backyard. She makes use of rustic elements and rich seasonal colors keeping in mind the owls and pumpkins as the main theme. 

The hand-painted owl pumpkins, polka dots, stripes, wooden table and tree branches all of it brings a fresh feel and fun factor to the theme. I love the idea of butcher paper for the backdrop of the dessert table. The cake was kept to minimal, decorated with ribbons and paper flowers. 

Hay bales provided with the fantastic kids-friendly seating. Pumpkin shaped popcorn balls with tootsie roll stuck in the top to make a pumpkin is another fun idea that kids will love. There are many more amazing details that you can inspire you for your next party. 

Images from  Hostess with the Mostess.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wooden Postcards That Assemble Into 3D Decorative Figures

Lovi is a line of unique and creative postcards by Finnish designer, Anne Paso. Each card comes with die-cut birch wood pieces in a flat, postcard style packaging that the recipient can easily assemble into 3D decorative animal, bird and tree shapes. There is no need for any tools and glue. The cards include illustrated instructions so you can make a gorgeous piece of art in no time. 

If you are looking for something clever to send out this holiday season then check out festive baubles, reindeer, Christmas trees, angels, elves and more designs on her website!