March 31, 2010 | by admin in illustration
Klukeart is the portfolio of Miriam Moshinsky, a Russian born artist currently based in Israel. I first came to know of her works thru PixelGirl Presents and deviantART a few years ago when looking for desktop wallpapers. With her whimsical and sometimes dark style, she has created a fantastic collection of illustrations set in a cotton candy world.
Check out the Klukeart website for digital and traditional illustrations, design, icons, and desktop wallpapers.
March 30, 2010 | by admin in web design
The Wilhelm Staehle: Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre website is brilliant. As it says in the author’s portfolio, it’s a “modern spin on vintage tales with twisted turns”.
From the JibJab blog: “Staehle is influenced by the look and feel of Victorian design, and explores the marriage of Victorian elegance with macabre humor. He is inspired by old fairytales and poems whose meanings and origins are far less innocent than they appear at first glance. He is also attracted to silhouettes, which are common in Victorian art. However, traditionally, silhouettes are black, to imply shadows. Staehle often reverses these silhouettes, making them light instead of dark, thus making them “blank slates” where one can imprint their own meanings onto the forms. In this way, the mere shape of a person gesturing does not always reveal the truth of what is happening.
Check out the Bazaarium, an emporium of his Victorian-inspired goods and wares.
Also see the The Dollar Dreadful Family Library website in the look and feel of a 19th century newspaper..
March 30, 2010 | by admin in illustration
Since I started my illustration blog in 2006, I’ve been participating off and on in the Illustration Friday weekly art challenges. One of my favorites has always been Claudine Hellmuth, a smart artist entrepreneur who has created multiple successful revenue streams.
Claudine is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. She combines photos, paint, paper and pen into quirky, whimsical-retro collages that she calls Poppets®. Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion magazine, The New York Times, on HGTV’s “I Want That!” and on the DIY Network’s program, “Craft Lab.” In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine has developed a product line with Ranger Inc. under the brand name of “Claudine Hellmuth Studio”, teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 3 books and 3 DVDs about her techniques.
I’m imagining Sully as a custom Sitting Pretty Photo Sculpture displayed on my desk. She makes these 3-d artworks from flexible metal, paper and fabric. She also has new Custom Magnetic Paper Dolls. that you can make of your own family and friends.
I don’t know how she does it, but she still finds time to submit artwork to Illustration Friday. I’d need to start working 24 hours a day just to keep up with her. Stop by her blog for tips, techniques, videos & more. If you’re an aspiring artist, there’s a lot can learn a lot from Claudine about how to be successful in your career!
March 29, 2010 | by admin in handmade
“A bit of botany, a little voodoo, a little anatomy, and a hint of superstition … the workshop of Lyndie Dourthe is a cabinet of minuscule curiosities.” In her laboratory, she transforms textiles and paper to create unusual three-dimensional dioramas and accessories.
March 29, 2010 | by admin in press
The Website Bakery has been featured on CSSMayo, an amazing archive of CSS web design inspiration. This gallery is updated daily and is a visual overload of designer’s inspiration.
Follow them on Twitter @cssmayo
March 29, 2010 | by admin in etsytwitter team
Jaybird Designs specializes in unique crochet boutique featuring accessories for photo props, babies, children and women along with original crochet patterns. This original Jaybird Designs hat design was featured in the February 2009 edition of Crochet World Magazine.
What I love best is that Jaybird understands that she must capture her target audience’s imaginations through photography. It doesn’t matter that you can’t feel the fabric. The beautiful pictures tell a story that will inspire moms to envision their children wearing her creations.
Stop by her website at www.jaybird-designs.com for a new FREE crochet pattern monthly! Follow @jaybirddesigns on Twitter.
Photo credits go to:
Crochet World Magazine
Celebrate Life Photography
March 27, 2010 | by admin in jewelry
I remember reading through the December 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine and seeing the recycled metal beads advertisement for Glass Onion Studios. The distinctive cylindrical pendants are made from recycled metal found at antique shops and flea markets. Handmade by Debbi Austin, the beads feature metal from vintage found-objects, including old toys, games, and photographs. An old coin is used as the the top and bottom of the bead.
Check their website and email them for the latest beads in stock.
March 26, 2010 | by admin in illustration
I just love detailed illustrations in iPhone apps. Expecially ones that look like pixel art. iWindow Paris and iWindow New York are iPhone-based virtual webcam simulators by LandHo Games. iWindow Paris reflects the actual time and weather and displays it on the iPhone. Here, time flows very slowly. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and gaze out a window sill on an exotic city corner and enjoy the changes in weather and seasons. The app has oil painting-like graphics to give the game a delicate look.
This is a simple little app with ambient sounds and hidden interactions throughout the game. If you touch the dog walking along the riverside, he barks. At night, Notre Dame is lit up and the lights reflect in the Seine. The waiter in the cafe sets up the tables outside in the morning, and takes them down at night. I hear that Honolulu is the next city in the series. And wouldn’t it be fun to have a Las Vegas version too?
Follow them on Twitter @LANDHOGAMES
March 26, 2010 | by admin in web design
The Rose and the Princess – a short film by Juan Pablo Rainieri. As I was looking for inspiration in the matte painting galleries online, I came upon a fully digital world inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, “The Little Prince. The Princess’s trunk house is in disproportion. She takes place there, but she didn’t create it, she’s only a passenger. Objects have a rustic appearance, like an antique house that was inhabited for a long time and then deserted. It’s a fantasy environment with a touch of unreality.
March 25, 2010 | by admin in product
How cute are these cupcake toppers? Bake it Pretty is a magical wonderland of nostalgic supplies for retro-inspired cupcakes. Their cupcake decorating kits include plastic ballerinas, tiny mushrooms, little deer, rabbits, gnomes, and a Snow White. I would love to get these just for the packaging. Visit the Bake it Pretty shop on Etsy.
Image source: Bake it Pretty
March 24, 2010 | by admin in art
Interference salt & pepper shakers were designed by Tina Tsang of Undergrowth Design. Described by the designer as “Victorian dolls who got trapped by a TV set that fell out of the sky”. While you’re there, check out the extremely detailed handmade Blaue Blume Tea Set with legs wearing golden shoes to grasp coming off of the tea cup, milk, and sugar bowl.
March 24, 2010 | by admin in jewelry
Switchring is a unique interchangeable two-piece plastic ring. The affordable, playful colorful rings have many swappable wedge-shaped inserts in different colors, themes and designs from bugs to crystals. I love the idea behind the branding, packaging and the instructional infographics. If you’re willing to take a risk, order the random package with a grab bag of themes.
March 24, 2010 | by admin in web design
Website Bakery has been featured on CSS Collections, a website focused on providing its audience with a wide range database of well designed CSS based & standard compliant websites from around the world.
March 23, 2010 | by admin in illustration
Inspiring illustrations by artist, Lock Sin, including the “Story of the Ocean” can be seen on her Behance Profile. Along with her other fans, I wish she had a personal portfolio or blog where she showed more of her amazing talents.
March 23, 2010 | by admin in etsytwitter team
EtsyTwitter Team member, threepeats has always collected vintage jewelry, but didn’t wear much of it because it was too heavy, too fragile or too tacky. One summer, she decided to see if she could use some of the beads and chain from broken pieces to create a new necklace. The design she came up with included three chain sections interspersed with three beaded sections…three repeated sections…or threepeats. She loves recycling old jewelry that people no longer wear into new pieces that are usable and affordable. Sometimes, instead of vintage chain, she uses recycled cotton T shirt “yarn” to connect the vintage plastic beads.
She blogs at threepeats.blogspot.com and tweets under the @threepeats name on Twitter.
March 22, 2010 | by admin in product
Monumental brasses became popular during the Middle Ages. They often depict medieval knights and their ladies, abbots, abbesses and the emerging middle class of wealthy wool and fish merchants. They are an invaluable insight into the social history of the period, particularly of costume, heraldry and family connections.
On our trip through the United Kingdom a few years ago, we visited a Brass Rubbing Centre and purchased several professional rubbings for framing. We also found White Winds online, the world’s leading supplier of brass rubbing materials. They have acquired the collections of a number of other brass rubbing companies (including the Westminster Abbey collection) and supply an impressive range of facsimile brasses, brass rubbing paper and waxes.
So many people became interested in brass rubbing in the last century that there was concern about damage to the original brasses. Because of this, a group of students learned the art of making perfect mouldings from brasses so that they could safely be rubbed without the risk of damaging the original church brasses. The monumental brasses are the brass rubbing plates from which paper rubbings are made and are made in brass and stone, bonded into resin so that they look exactly like the original pieces.
If you want to learn more about this fascinating hobby, check the White Winds website… Sir George Felbrigg will thank you!
March 22, 2010 | by admin in jewelry
Plumevine enchanted art jewelry by Lorianne Jäntti is created entirely by hand from resin clay which is sculpted meticulously and embellished with a wide variety of finds of mostly vintage origin. The little sculpture is then hand painted and later assembled with chains, hooks, ribbons and the like. The painting process consists of a variety of layers to bring the pieces to life, which are fired multiple times throughout the creation process to ensure their durability. I am lucky to have a pair of her beautifully-detailed, custom-made earrings. The crackled quartz points grow from inside little mauve flowers carved out of resin clay.
The AURYN necklaces are magical and have the signature tendril designs characteristic of her work. For more information on her AURYNs and how they relate to the “Neverending Story” visit the Plumevine website and Plumevine Etsy Store.
Follow @plumevine on Twitter.
March 21, 2010 | by admin in product
Fire Mountain Gems is America’s favorite beading and jewelry supply company since 1973. Back in 2003, I was making jewelry and selling through my www.imwithsully.com website and ebay. There weren’t many local suppliers and finding just the right component took a lot of searching. I still have my saved bookmarks from way back then just to remind myself how difficult it was to find all the supplies I needed.
Once I ordered the Fire Mountain Gems catalog, it was much easier to find everything I needed in one place and then find it on the website. I mostly sell through Etsy these days, but still use the Fire Mountain Gems whenever I need supplies. As their website has grown over the years, it has become an invaluable resource for ideas, patterns, step-by-step tutorials, techniques, etc. Though, if I’m looking for a specific item, I still refer to the well-organized catalog to find the order # before I dig into the website. On the home page, I tend to get distracted and find myself looking at something other than I originally intended, so the catalog saves me lots of time.
I love that each issue of the catalog features the winning jewelry artist creation on the cover and includes employees wearing jewelry design ideas on the coordinating supplies pages. Because of that, I’ve always thought it would be cool if the Fire Mountain Gems website “employed” a crowdsourced workforce of thousands to showcase their jewelry designs as a part of the concept of the site. Because jewelrymakers love their craft so fervently, crowdsourcing would be a great motivator for participation at Fire Mountain Gems.
If you have a few hours, dig into the Fire Mountain Gems website and order yourself a heavy duty Jewelry Maker’s catalog. And don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @FireMtnGems.
March 21, 2010 | by admin in product
The Mod Dog specializes in custom designed accessories for you and your pet. Sully has thoroughly tested the Happy Magic Forest plastic buckle collar with a woodland scene of deer, fox, hedgehogs, and toadstools and approves of the quality and perfect fit. Check out TheModDog Etsy store for more styles.
March 20, 2010 | by admin in illustration
Beautiful Illustrations by the enigmatic artist, Chiara Bautista aka MILK. Unfortunately, her logyumilk website is still under construction, but you can view more of her artwork on her Myspace page.
March 20, 2010 | by admin in press
Website Bakery has been featured on CSS Basket, a web gallery for high quality design and valid W3C in XHTML and CSS.
March 20, 2010 | by admin in paper
Meri Meri makes stylish stationery, invitations and partyware. I love the whimsical pre-packaged cupcake decoration kits and cardboard centerpieces. Check out their website at http://www.merimeri.com for all the details!
March 19, 2010 | by admin in jewelry
Brooch bouquets by Fantasy Floral Designs are a beautiful alternative to floral bouquets. Each bouquet is made of a collection of vintage brooches, earrings, pendants, watches, cuff links, etc. from family and friends or the designer, Amanda Heer. To see more works of art, visit the Fantasy Floral Design site.
The gorgeous photography is by Alice Hu Photography.
March 19, 2010 | by admin in press
I am excited that the Website Bakery has just been featured on We Love WP, a design showcase website, which features custom blogs and websites powered by the WordPress platform. It’s a great honor to be listed alongside the other talented designers and their excellent WordPress websites.
March 18, 2010 | by admin in jewelry
The Sally Jean Collection is the original vintage art collage soldered charms that marry vintage ephemera, antique photos, found objects, scavenged text and other charming elements. She is the author of “Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets and Keepsakes” that shows step-by-step techniques for cutting glass and soldering.
March 17, 2010 | by admin in etsytwitter team
EtsyTwitter Team member, dizzlePop specializes in handcrafted fabric coffee cozies. These fabric beverage sleeves will keep your hands cool and your beverage hot (or the other way around). One size fits all 12oz, 16oz and 20oz cups for both hot and cold beverages. The little pocket is perfect for cash, frequent sipper card, sugar…
Follow @dizzlePop on Twitter