Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

With the kiddos down early tonight, and our little guy’s room update on my mind, I did a little window shopping for artwork at Etsy.  Don’t you just love this chalkboard art from Chalk Chalk?  So modern and fun, and perfect for our family of bike-lovers.   

 Chalk Chalk Tricycle

Chalk Chalk Schwinn

Score a print for $20 or an original for $125 (steal!)…

Image credits: Chalk Chalk


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West Tisbury LambI was first introduced to Alison Shaw’s work when visiting a friend on Martha’s Vineyard in the early ’90s.  Since then, Alison’s West Tisbury Lamb has become one of my favorite baby gifts.  But it wasn’t until I visited her site recently that I realized the breadth of her work.  Ranging from abstract seascapes to striking black & white architectural images to the colbalt blues of her collection from Greece, Alison’s portfolio includes sheer beauty for walls.  As a fledgling artist myself, I’m particularly drawn to her images from artists’ studios, proving that a messy space — in and of itself — can be stunning.

Alison Shaw Artists Studio

Posters, notecards, and books available online.  Fine art photography prints available at Alison’s gallery in Oak Bluffs, exhibits listed here, or by calling 508-696-7429.

Images: Alison Shaw  

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WPA-Swim-for-Health If you’re looking for a no-cost way to update your walls, click over to Vintage Printables and start shopping.  Don’t be scared off by the sometimes clunky site — it’s chock-full of fabulous high-resolution, downloadable, free images that have been hand-selected by “Swivelchair,” a biopharma worker who has a serious love for collecting out-of-copyright scientific illustrations.  Luckily for those of us who would rather hang WPA-era posters on our walls than detailed drawings of the human heart, “Swivelchair” has collected those too.  Botanicals, travel posters, curiosities — you name it, and Vintage Printables has probably got it.

So have fun choosing, then bring your selections to your local copy center and print ’em out poster size, or go cheap like me and use your own color printer and an old frame that needs a new tenant.

{Thanks to Design Mom for sharing this great find!}

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antsign3Eight years ago, when I moved back to Boston from New York, I was surprised to find that there wasn’t an open-air art market (like the ones that you can find every weekend in nearly every Manhattan neighborhood) anywhere to be found.  But just a few years later, the SoWa Open Market began to fill that void, pitching tents in Boston’s South End and filling them with local vendors offering everything from original art to handmade accessories to fresh-off-the-farm produce.  This weekend, the brains behind Open Market launch their newest addition to the SoWa family — the SoWa Antiques Market, housed in the historic Trolley Barn.  Dealers offering antique and vintage pottery, furniture, textiles, collectibles, glassware and more, promise to be a great addition to this Boston institution-in-the-making.  And if I weren’t away this weekend I would be angling for some child-free time to roam the aisles…   

SoWa Open Market, Antiques Market and Produce Market, Sundays through October; opening weekend only open Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17; 540 Harrison Avenue, South End, Boston.

Image credit:  SoWa Open Market

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DIY Art: Books

dsc00226Last summer I was poking around a bookstore in Vermont and came across Mice, Morals & Monkey Business, an incredible children’s book filled with gorgeous block prints by artist Christopher Wormell.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it – not for our kids’ library, but for my kitchen wall.

When we got home, I hit my fab local stationery shop and picked up decorative paper that coordinated with the prints in the book, along with several LP album frames (thin metal frames with plexiglass fronts meant to showcase vintage vinyl).  Using the frame backer as a template, I cut the decorative paper to the exact size of the frame.  Then I went to town on Mr. Wormell’s masterpiece.  First, using a box cutter (an X-acto knife might be better, but I don’t have one on hand) and great caution, I nicked the seams throughout the inside of the book, loosening up most of the pages.  Then I carefully took apart the binding of the book with the knife.  I trimmed the rough edges of the pages I wanted to frame and using double stick tape, attached the pages to the decorative paper.  After repeating the trimming and taping process with the rest of the pieces, I popped them all into the frames and hung them up.

With a book, box cutter, straight edge, a couple of hours work (including shopping) and about $150 for the book, ten frames and paper, I had stunning, custom-made art!

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