The work of Roadside Projects is captivating because of it's 3 dimensional depictions. With pop-up works ranging from original pieces to prints and cards Roadside Projects has a little bit for everyone! I love the mixture of papers with textures and depth-- it's beautiful. The characters are also depicted in a somewhat captivating but unusual ugly-beautiful format. The unique quality of these items is what gives it the extra fabulous chic factor of 9.1.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Encaustic paintings have a spot in my heart due to the fact that I used to dabble in them a couple of years ago. Encaustic is derived from the mixing of oil pigment with wax. It really is a difficult process but have have a huge payoff! I love the encaustic paintings by Newby Art-- they are sometimes graphical-- but also incorporate the wax as a bonding agent for collage materials. All of the layers created a hauntingly beautiful finished product. Chic factor 7.9
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Galerie De Illuminata specializes in digital collage... The images are beautiful and reminiscent of old photographs--with a touch of whimsy. The warmth of the colors in each print along with the rugged textures help to offset rather stoic subjects. There is definitely an air of irony in most of the portraits typically utilizing anatomical sketches. The end result is hauntingly beautiful. Chic Factor 8.1
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
After a few days.. we're glad to be back! Today's feature is Monkey Powered. Playfully strong and quirky-- Monkey Powered prints utilize a series of textures and patterns to give these delectable prints extra pow! Witty without being overly dramatic-- retro without being cliche. Perfect for a child's room-- or for a child at heart's room :o) Chic Factor 8.8
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It's my pleasure to introduce our first fashion feature! Miss Braches, Inc---- I actually came across her work while looking for a custom dress to wear to one of my best friend's wedding. I fell in love with the Desi dress for not only it's shape but also the pattern. I contacted Diane and asked if it would be possible to get done in a week and a half-- she got it to me in a week! I LOVE everything about it-- The general style nods to retro fashion but with a more up beat feel to it! She has no problem making custom dresses-- even for the plus sized ladies out there! Simply beautiful! Chic factor 9.0!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Yumi Yumi's work is some of my favorite pieces of all time! Her work incorporates the use of splashes of color to fill silhouettes of birds, plants and animals-- I'm such a huge fan of these sophisticated prints. You really have to look close to appreciate the beauty-- which are reminiscent of Asian scroll work! -- truly beauty in the form of liquidity. In some of her other work, she utilizes a more straight forward rendition with echoes to the retro feel. Chic factor 8.6.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've been a long time follower of Duda Daze! I love her angelic mixed media pieces. Each work effortlessly incorporates relevant text with a wonderful image. Her images evoke a sense of peace and happiness. She sells a range of original works and prints-- that also include Aceo. Chic factor 8.8
Monday, October 20, 2008
Retro influenced prints are soooo much fun! I love everything about them-- which is why I absolutely LOVE Monster Gallery! -- I especially love old cameras or ray guns--old video games-- anything that's somewhat playful and iconic-- and definitely scratched up. Chic Factor 8.3!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Our first photography feature is Day Dreamer-- while she does produce a variety of art in various media-- my favorite is her photography. The images are beautiful in their close nature and array of colors. I especially love the photos of the old rusted cars. -- Done in a larger size they can be the center point of your room! Chic Factor 8.7
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Cards you can print yourself? Get out! Little Brown Pen will sell the PDF file of the images/ templates for cards, calendars, and gift tags! This means you get to choose your paper and prints as many as you need-- when you need them! What a great idea! Her images are simplistic but always have an air of humor to them! The best part is --- they only cost $4 - $5 per file! Today's feature Little Brown Pen gets a chic factor of 8.5!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Whisker Graphics utilizes silk screening and digital art to create the beautiful graphics on her cards. Her designs incorporate vintage items, animals and elegant designs with themes for any occasion imaginable or for every day use. You can even have your cards customized with you name or initials which comes complete with a matching themed envelope. Often very intricate in detail, the images are reminiscent of letter press. These would be perfect for customized wedding invitations! Chic Factor 8.9
Thursday, October 16, 2008
What I love about Belle & Boo is the story-book like characters she creates! Her renditions of children are soft and beautiful and filled with warmth and love. Each print tells a story-- and the inclusion of soft white animals make the prints sweet and charming. These prints are perfect for a child's room or library. Belle & Boo also has branched out to put her sweet prince and princesses on buttons, mirrors, bags, magnets, cards and clothes! There's enough variety to make owning one of these precious illustrations possible for any budget! Chic factor 9.2
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It's my pleasure to introduce our first hand thrown porcelain artist, Lois Aronow of Misslo. What is most striking about her work is the juxtaposition of the textures. Her work is striking beautiful yet functional! Perfect for display out in the open of the kitchen or in a glass cabinet. I imagine drinking hot chocolate out of her white mugs with platinum rim on a cold winter's day ( I think because the texture is reminiscent of a nicely toasted marshmallow) -- I'd feel like royalty! Chic factor 8.5
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'd like to introduce one of my favorite etsy artists, Jenn Ski. What I love about her work is the playful throw back to retro style. Her shop offers a variety of paintings, cards and prints in a miriad of sizes. Aside from her stellar patterns she offers a series of A- Z prints (A is for Alligator). While the renditions are relatively simplistic in style they abound in humor and playfulness and are utterly irresistible! The A-Z prints be a nice shower gift-- but would be perfect for any child's room (they avoid the too cutesy for older kids factor). Chic factor 9.5!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sugar Panda sells a variety of token jewelry that is ECO-FRIENDLY! the pendants are made from recycled scrabbles pieces (how clever!) While there are several artist who utilize this sort of technique-- Sugar Panda stands out for her inclusion of cute little slides coupled with the pendants! She has a huge variety of subjects ranging from plants and animals to geometric pattern or illustrations! She even makes custom pieces! With prices under $20 we can all afford to have these eco-friendly goodies! Chic factor 8.5!