Palette et Ribambelle

A few months ago I was lucky enough to win a blog contest over at Palette et Ribambelle, for a small hand-made stationary set.  I’ve been following her blog for a while now, she has a really nice, simple but eclectic style.  I was really excited to receive something from her, and oh wow did she send a lot more than I expected!  In the original contest post it only included the booklet of mini stationary (I think?), but I also received two cards, and a really neat pencil that was made with magic (I think).  

Inside the booklet are pockets filled with small pieces of paper, old-fashioned tags, simple shapes, some stickers, festive sayings, and more.  I plan  on making beautiful gift tags, packaging, and paper art with all of the pieces.  I also love that she encourages you to cut up and destroy the book itself while you are creating.  I haven’t opened the cards yet, so I’m not sure if they have anything inside or not.. I guess I should open them?  I also included a shot with a 2 x 4 Lego Brick to show just how beautifully small the kit is, and how tiny some of the patterns and paper pieces are.  That particular Lego Brick has been made into a key chain by my partner, with Lego that we found on Christmas day, literally outside on the road.  Thank you so much for having this blog contest Pascale, you have a very lovely style that translates well into this small kit, and the pencil was a unique addition along with it.  

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Disappointing Monsters {comics and art}

This is the next instalment of my (better late than never) Shock Stock 2013 highlights and spotlights (the first being my Wooded Woods post here).

Disappointing Monsters is a web comic about a boy and his monster, Cthulhu, geek culture, and some existentialist despair (mostly).  It’s pretty funny, and has won some web comic awards.  Certainly worth the time to check out, and if you hate it, they periodically include a picture of a cat (so obviously, you can’t hate it).

I didn’t realize at Shock Stock that Disappointing Monsters is a duo (I didn’t actually talk to the artist that was there.. my partner Hrafn is the one to have purchased these super cool prints and connected in our love of Venture Brothers).  Hence, I don’t know if both Owen and Daniel were there or not.. But, I am going to guess that it was Owen there, as their Thanksgiving day comic explains that Daniel is American and Owen is a loyal mythical creature hunter, I mean, Canadian.  Either way, I managed to never get a photo while the artist was actually at the table (the woes of wanting to be a thorough event photographer while simultaneously running Patricia Quinn’s autograph table).  Regardless of who we purchased these prints from, they’re pretty damn cool.  I still need to frame them (did I mention that I work as a professional art framer?  I guess that means I should probably FRAME some of the art I buy).  Since my partner showed such enthusiasm about the Venture Brothers, we got three tiny bonus prints that the artist had done recently and I don’t think were actually for sale (may or may not be true), we gave two to our good friend, another huge Venture fan because they looked to be a set (the Henchmen prints pictured below together), but we totally kept the Bat-Hank.  The second print we purchased is a Rabbit-Cthulhu, which looks enough like a rabbit octopus to me which is clearly awesome (Rabbit and Chimera love love love).   Check out their website (and comic) here!

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Wooded Woods {dolls and art}

So, way back at Shock Stock 2013, I met two very talented doll makers who had a vendor table.  First off, I was thrilled that there were even hand-made dolls at all, let alone ones of this skill!  Of course, I couldn’t afford to purchase one of the dolls (although I do wish I had the money to, their prices were very reasonable for the amount of detail), I did buy some smaller things: pins, and postcards featuring their work.  After talking with them for some time, they generously gave me a set of magnets and a zombie print.  The quality of the photos make their “paper products” nice, you can really tell that they create full characters with stories to tell.   They have a website here, and currently have a doll for sale up on Etsy.

Keep up the great work, and I can’t wait to see how you develop!

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This is going to be the kick off for a few posts that I have lined up featuring more local artists.  Plus, I actually have TWO dolls that are finished and I can’t wait for everyone to see them!

Josebabarock : one-of-a-kind handcrafted wire wrapped jewellery

Remember this post from a long time ago (aka: two months ago!) where I promised a *next* post about what I received from my sister for Christmas?  I apologize for taking this long to post about her beautiful gift, and to show off some of her other work.  My sister makes handcrafted wire wrapped jewellery, using mostly precious and semi-precious stones.  She has made some really creative pieces, and although I got the opportunity to photograph some to share here, she has a lot more posted on her facebook page here.  Thank you for the lovely gift, and I look forward to seeing what you make in the future!

My beautiful, Princess Serenity inspired necklace.

My beautiful, Princess Serenity inspired necklace.

Another view of my necklace and the intricate wire work on along the crescent.

Another view of my necklace and the intricate wire work on along the crescent.

(To see more of her beautiful work, click below!  These ones I don’t own, I only had the opportunity to look through a bunch of her pieces and take a few photos of my favourites.) Continue reading

Introducing Chie {original art by Lauren Brevner}

I have to admit, that I am a little embarrassed that it has taken me this long to post this beautiful art doll that I received late last year. I was very very lucky to win this doll in a giveaway.  I have been reading Laruen’s blog for a while now.  Originally I was reading because of her work in clay and the amount of WIP shots she would show of her ball jointed doll pursuits.  Recently she has been working more with painting and 2-Dimensional art, which is also very interesting.  Please check out her inspiring art blog by clicking here.

Isn’t she beautiful?  Aren’t you just a bit jealous? I know.  Not only is this doll lovely, but she is also incredibly inspirational to me.  I have been working in clay, experimenting and trying some new things, using air dry clays, over the past six months now.  You must be wondering, why have you not posted any of this?  Well, because I get super frustrated when I work with clay and usually end up hating whatever I’ve made by the end of it.  But,  I have been working on one doll for a little while now, so I’m thinking I might have the confidence to post some shots of her later in April.  In the note that arrived with Chie, Lauren mentioned that she is the first thing to leave her studio, and that she represents a beginning of great things.  I think she’s right, and I will use her to inspire and motivate me to keep trying and moving forward with my own art.   Thank you so much Lauren for such a beautiful art doll, I really could not have asked for anything more amazing from an artist that had already been inspiring me!

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Cindi Talbot {Somewhere In Between}

This past weekend, some friends and I were able to go to a fantastic art opening at a local bar (I’m not sure if this is popular elsewhere… but art shows happen a lot in bars in London).  Any ways, the art show features an artist I went to school with, and whom I respect very much (plus I love her art).  She is very adventurous with her art, experiments with a lot of different mediums and techniques, but this show focused on her printmaking.

Domestic Bliss Series: #2- Blinded. 2011. Stone lithograph on Somerset paper. image size: 16″ x 22″

To find out more about Cindi’s show at the Nite Owl click here.

Click here to see Cindi’s facebook page, and more of her amazing art.

Cindi also has a website that is currently under construction, but is a site to keep an eye on.

Lauren Brevner – blog contest

As a few people know, I am completely infatuated with the idea of making Ball Jointed Dolls, and using clay in my plush creations.  In my never-ending quest to find understandable information on the subject I came across this blog, of a fellow Canadian artist named Lauren Brevner.  What I enjoy the most about her blog is that she posts a lot of progress shots, and that she shares both her (beautiful) successes and failures.  Once I start actually working on my own BJD, I hope that I can also be so candid and post so frequently about my progress and set backs.

She is currently hosting a contest to win this very lovely doll:

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To enter, click here, and follow her very easy instructions. 

I really would love to win this though, being able to see and hold another clay doll would help me immensely, and I would definitely love to hang some original and beautiful art in my home. *Fingers Crossed*

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