Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
1. Garnet gear pendant , by Purpleshiny Creations
2. Small Sapphire blue wide brimmed Dupioni Silk , by Elephunk's Trunk
3. Limited Edition USS Constitution Serving Dish , by Arthur Halvorsen
4. Summertime Vintage Fabric Bunting Red White , by Merriweather Council
5. Aloha Pendant , by Nancyrosetta
6. Japanese Blue Vintage Chiyogami Pocket Mirror , by MaJenta Designs
7. Vintage 8x10 matted print , by Kerry Hawkins Photography
8. Rose 220 yard of Peruvian Highland Wool , by Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design
9. 2 Blue Rope Inlay Stoneware Mugs , by City by the Sea Ceramics
10. Dragonfly Brooch Red and pink , by Stray Notions
11. red chairs noteset , by cricicis design
12. Modern Pattern Pillow Red Silkscreened on Khaki Twill , by Not Without Merit
13. 1957 Jaguar XK140 Red and White , by Fraske Designs
14. Beside Beneath mixedmedia OOAK , by Reclaimed to You
15. Inman SQRZ T-shirt , by Evan Webster Ink
16. Maya monkey by Monkey Shine Studio
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Dedham Open Studios, along with Jen Barsamian. It started as just an idea, "maybe we could have open studios in Dedham." Dedham has never done this before. Dedham doesn't have much in the way of artist studio lofts or warehouses but we were determined to have some kind of art event. The decision was made to have large group spaces, have businesses host artists, and include home studios. The thought was since it was our first year that we may just have about 40 artists but, it the number climbed to over 90 artists. You never know how much talent you have in your area until you try to put something like this together.
nancyrosetta and Karen of City by the Sea Ceramics joined me. It was nice to have a Boston Handmade presence at the open studios. We had a large crowd stop by to see us and the other artists in the Community House. There were painters, photographers, doll makers, print makers, jewelers and more...
The open studios was a huge success and we are already planning for next year's event. We have learned so much putting together this kind of event. It was tons of hard work but, well worth it. I look forward to next year.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Hi there! I am so honored to be one of the new members of Boston Handmade! This introduction was a lot of fun to do, and I hope it gives you an idea of who I am and what I do. Thanks!
BH: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Merritt Kirkpatrick: My name is Merritt Kirkpatrick, and I live in Salem with my husband Kris and our two Siberian Huskies Lilly Munster and Damien the Terrible.
MK: I grew up all over the place (my mom has a serious case of wanderlust!), but we stayed east of the Mississippi, except for a brief stint in Missouri. My childhood was in the Midwest, my teenage years were in the DC suburbs and my twenties were spent between Baltimore, Philly and Memphis. Kris and I moved to Salem in February of 2008. I have a BFA in Fiber Arts/Textiles from the Maryland Institute College of Art. My MA is in Museum Communication from the University of the Arts in Philly. I currently run two small museums in Peabody.
MK: The houses in Salem are my current obsession. I love just walking around my neighborhood with my camera. I love the little architectural details on each house, like how brackets on stoops seem to be like snowflakes, I have yet to see two just the same. Houses used to be made so beautifully, with such craftsmanship, and I find that to be really inspiring.
MK: I like the reaction from people. True, I love the hours spent drawing, printing and sewing, but what really excites me is seeing the expression on someone’s face when I give them their new pillow! A good friend in grad school screamed in the middle of the street when I gave her a pillow with her beloved Lionel Richie embroidered on it. I will never, ever forget that joy!
MK: I am so interested in ceramics right now. We just opened a ceramics studio in Peabody, and I am so excited about getting to do some work there. It was the only medium in art school that I completely failed in trying. I am so envious of ceramic artists!
Friday, May 27, 2011
We photographers here at Boston Handmade love a great photo, and give credit where credit is due! The wedding blog Style Me Pretty recently posted an article highlighting some amazing wedding photography. Some of the shots are simply stunning. Below are a few selections. More can be found here.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Hello world! My name is Evan Webster and I'll be introducing myself to you in this blog post. I did a little self-interview, check it out:
1. About YOU:
- Tell us a bit about yourself.
- What is your background?
- How long have you been doing your artwork/craft?
- What first made you want to become an artist?
3. About your artistic process:
- Please describe your creative process.
- What are your favorite color combination(s)?
- What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
4. About your work:
- Describe your work.
- What do you love most about what you make?
- What is your biggest obstacle with it?
- Are there other mediums you’re not working in that interest you?
- What advice would you give to someone starting a small business?
- Name some favorites: books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites
- Tell us something we don't know but SHOULD know about you!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
ParkARTS is a program initiated by Mayor Menino 15 years ago that offers free art workshops, theatrical performances, and concerts held in parks throughout the city all summer long. Landscape watercolor painting, photography, Shakespeare on the Common, and island yoga are just a few of the many activities being offered through ParkARTS this year.
For further information on the workshops and other ParkARTS programs, please call (617) 961-3051 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston/parks/parkarts or www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment
Monday, May 23, 2011
1. bus trip postcard , by cricicis design
2. Sunshine Onesie , by Elizabeth Brennick Designs
3. 5x7 Print You Are My Sunshine , by Fraske Designs
4. Felted Wool Tulip ,by Cozy Cottage Creations
5. Union SQRZ T shirt , by Evan Webster Ink
6. Big and Little Spoon in Love , by Merriweather Council
7. The Pouch A Leash Bag in Honey Bees , by Cody's Creations
8. Felted Wool Sunflower Brooch , by Stray Notions
9. Annatto Seed-84 yards of handspun Masham wool by Lady Dye Fiber Arts and Design
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here are some new items for my show season this summer at the Providence Open Market. I crocheted round, granny square, and shell blankets as a part of my kids line. Though the round blankets I used chunky yarn that would also make an awesome bathroom rug!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
City by the Sea Ceramics. This is my first Mass Market at Mass Art in Boston. I am looking forward to showing a "new-to-me" venue.
I am so pleased that two other Boston Handmader will be particpating as well, The Merriweather Council and Not Without Merritt.
Come by this TODAY, Saturday, 11-5pm and enjoy some local art.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Hosted at Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston, the Flash Forward Festival concept is unique among North American visual arts events. Through a carefully developed program of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and receptions, festival participants will make connections with important industry personalities, gallerists, content developers and potential patrons, all while gaining insight into the state of the contemporary art scene.
Whether you are an emerging or established photographer, an arts-based media professional — or just a lover of photography — this festival experience is for you."
And best of all- it's free! I will be volunteering at the event on Saturday, June 4, and I think it will be fun! See you there.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I am spending the next couple of weeks out in California and during my first full day in Long Beach, my good friend Dee and I took a trip out to Los Angeles to see and incredible art exhibit on graffiti art. The exhibit was titled Art in the Streets. Art in the Streets is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and is the first major historical exhibit of graffiti and street art to be organized by and American museum and it shows the origins and history of the movement in the United States and traces its influence as it spread around the world.
I am a huge fan of graff art and to be able to see so many graffiti pieces in one location was absolutely amazing! One of the great parts about the exhibit is not only the pieces of art displayed but the replicas they had displayed of graffiti art sub-culture in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and several other cities around the work. In some areas, you felt as if you were walking right along the streets of these majors cities during the rise of graff art in the 1970s and 1980s.
All I have to say is what and ice cream truck. I would totally get ice cream or candy from here. The art work on this represent the current urban Latino sub-culture of East Los Angeles.
This photo was too large to take in a full shot put someone sketched it in first and then painted it. It's truly an amazing piece of art!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The other day I had a few minutes to quickly check out the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the MFA titled "Through the Looking Glass" I have to say that I wasn't expecting much as prepped myself to go into the show, but WOW was I wrong! I had always seen his work either in photos in books or online and I didn't think I was going to like the work in person, but I loved it!
Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, where it is world renowned as a top glass school. They offer summer classes and a number of different residency options. I would love to go to see some day and try my had at glass blowing.
Monday, May 16, 2011
1. 6 ft. Leash, Moody Blues , by Cody's Creations
2. Venezia Bella Gothic Triptych Window , by Parrish Relics
3. Historic Salem House Pillow BlueGreen , by Not Without Merit
4. Textured Beetle Wing Earrings with Brass Gears , by PurpleShiny
5. Hair Clip peacock feathers with brass cameo , by Elephunk's Trunk
6. Northwoods Sock Monkey, Popples , by Monkey Shine Studio
7. Hair Comb Green Origami peace crane , by Elephunk's Trunk
8. The Pouch A Leash Bag Zippered Pouch , by Cody's Creations
9. Davis SQRZ T by SQRZ Market
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Okay, first, pull up your Etsy shop and scroll down to where the Tweet button and Facebook "like" buttons are. Under that you will see "Subscribe to feed" - click that.
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