Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Gavin

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Are you a fan of florals…? Canadian artist Carolyn Gavin has an online shop brimming with colorful blooms. I was charmed by her retro color palette and love the fact they’re printed on colored paper. This ‘Flowers in my Favourite Mug’ is on my wish list and her Frida Kahlo print is fun too! Explore all of Carolyn’s lovely artwork here. READ POST

Artist Spotlight: Hayley Mitchell

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I’ve shared Hayley Mitchell’s work in various “Daily Hunt” posts, but thought it time she received her own dedicated spotlight. The Austin, Texas-based artist is known for her colorful female portraits, but she has also released some pared-down black and white pieces that I’m equally taken with. I look forward to seeing how this young artist’s work evolves over the years. Explore all of Hayley’s available prints here.

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Artist Spotlight: Alexis Arnold

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These crystallized books by artist Alexis Arnold stopped me in my tracks. Available at Tappan Collective, each sculpture makes for quite the sparkling statement. In the artist’s own words, “The crystals remove the text and solidify the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. I manipulate the books with my hands, water, and salt to transform them into artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and memory.” Aren’t they lovely…? One crystalized Pride and Prejudice, please. Explore more of Alexis’ work here.

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Artist Spotlight: Canine Portraits by Wilma Wau

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Looking for a way to celebrate your four-legged friend? Berlin-based artist Wilma Wau creates fantastic original pet portraits using watercolor and wax. You can purchase from the selection in her shop or order a custom piece. It’s hard to find canine-inspired art that isn’t cutesy, but these pieces would hold their own on any sophisticated gallery wall (move over, Gerhard Richter!). I’m tempted to have her create a custom Alfred the pug. Explore all the Wilma’s art here.

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Artist Spotlight: Linocut Prints by Diane Rickerby

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After painting our living room pale pink (more on that later, I love it!), I’m trying to find some art for the space that feels a bit more masculine. Though they’re botanicals, these linocut prints by Diane Rickerby have such a handsome, graphic quality. I’m debating between treating myself to just this one thistle or splurging on the whole set. Explore all of Diane’s lovely linocut and letterpress prints in her Etsy shop, The Travelling Press. READ POST

Artist Spotlight: Abstracts by Reina Abelshauser

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Looking for a statement piece for your walls…? I recently stumbled upon Sofie’s Gallery on Etsy and thought I ought to share. The vibrant paintings, by Maryland-based artist Reina Abelshauser, are all originals. Reina grew up in a family of artists in Munich, Germany and has since planted roots in the Chesapeake Bay. She writes that she can usually be found in “paint-splattered shirts and dusty breeches” which makes her all the more likeable if you ask me. Explore all of Reina’s paintings here.

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