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Artists We Admire

Artists We Admire :: Charlie Chaplin

Happy Monday morning! Hope you had a great weekend. Let’s start the week off with a little bit of admiration…

You know who Charlie Chaplin is, right? Yes, he’s that guy who was in all those silent movies a long time ago. But, do you really know who Charlie Chaplin is?

I recently got to see a screening of one of Chaplin’s best known movies, City Lights, at our local independent movie theater. Yeah, I had seen some small parts of Chaplin’s work before, but I had never watched one of his films from the beginning to end. I loved it. I’m a huge fan now.

Some people consider City Lights to be one of the best films ever made. Ever. I guess that would make Chaplin the best film maker ever, because he  wrote, produced, directed, AND starred in the film. He definitely had a vision, and he did everything to make it come to life.

It was funny. It was touching. It was silent, but it didn’t need words. It’s a pretty incredible piece of artwork. People say he was a perfectionist – he worked tirelessly to make each scene just as he envisioned. I’d say it was worth it. Chaplin was definitely a man before his time.

You should watch it.

:: Carrie ::

All the Buildings in New York

It seems like an impossible task, but James Gulliver Hancock is attempting to draw all the buildings in New York.

Hancock is an illustrator living in Brooklyn, and he admits to having somewhat of an obsessive interest in recording places and things. It’s an ongoing personal project that he knows might never be completed. I love his style, and his tenacity. There is definitely something to be said about setting huge goals like this and slowly working toward completing them. Usually some pretty amazing things come out of that process.

You can follow his progress on his blog, and you can see all of the work that he has done so far in his new book.

Shop Handmade for the Holidays

I just wanted to go ahead and say thanks to those of you who have purchased, or plan to purchase, something from our shop to give to someone special this Christmas season! We are certainly busy packing up orders to be sent out the door, but we wouldn’t want it any other way! The mailman might tell you otherwise. We’ll be sure to bake him some cookies.

In my extended family this year, we traded names, as usual, but our gift giving requirements have changed. We decided that we are all going to give a gift that we either make ourselves, is handmade by someone else, or is purchased at a local independent shop. I think this is a good move, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

We are hoping that you decide to shop handmade this Christmas! There are SO many amazing and talented people out there who are making products, that in my opinion, are far better than any you could find at the big chain stores. And, giving a handmade gift seems much more personal, don’t you think?

We’ve met and become friends with so many people over the past couple of years who are making a living, just like us, by working really hard and using their creative talents to make beautiful things. I want to introduce you to some of them…

 

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If you are looking for some eye-catching jewelry, check out Lily Dawson Designs. Our good friend Lily Dawson, who lives right here in our hometown of Columbia, is the creative force behind this company. She designs and makes everything you see in the shop, and we’re pretty proud of her!

We met Kate Thomas through the Renegade Craft Fair circuit. Her line of art prints, calendars, and cards sell under the name Little Things Studio. Kate is from Jackson, Mississippi, and is a true southern girl. My hope is that you get to meet her in person someday. Seriously. She is a ray of sunshine, and we LOVE her.

We are pretty big fans of Dolan Geiman, and we always look forward to catching up with him when we visit Chicago. Dolan makes everything from small 10 x 12 inch panel paintings to large mixed media constructions. He calls his style, contemporary art with a southern accent. Dolan, along with his wife and business partner Ali Marie, have been business mentors to us, and we’ve learned so much from them!

Beth Lawrence, aka “Freshie”, creates hammered metal jewelry under the name Freshie & Zero, which is based in Nashville, TN. Freshie and Beth became friends when Beth was living in Nashville, and we have continued to keep very much in touch with her and the goings on of her business. She makes some really beautiful pieces!

 

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These people are all great friends of ours, and tons of fun to hang around with. Check out their shops, maybe go and buy something, and tell them that we sent you!

:: Carrie ::

 

Artists We Admire :: Carson Ellis

 

I first ran across the work of artist/illustrator Carson Ellis a while back, and was immediately drawn to her style.

Ellis first became known as the artist behind the album covers for the band The Decemberists – her husband is lead singer Colin Meloy.    She eventually began illustrating children’s books, and some of her works include  Lemony Snicket’s  The Composer is Dead, and  The Mysterious Benedict Society  series by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Her latest work is called  Wildwood, a story which just happens to be written by Meloy.  Wildwood is “a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life.”  It’s sure to be a great story coming from the imagination of Colin Meloy, who is known for his inventive and fantastic storytelling, but I’ll be just as interested in the illustrations.

 

 

:: Carrie ::

Artists We Admire :: Dana Tanamachi

Wow!  Look at this!  Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer living in Brooklyn, New York.  She specializes in  large scale installation pieces, ones that make a statement, and that people can really interact with and enjoy.  Just chalk!  Drawn on the wall, by hand!

Her way with lettering is amazing.  She’s available for custom lettering on chalkboards, walls, etc.   Awesome, I’m sold.

Check out this time lapse video of Dana working her magic…

:: Carrie ::