Friday, March 25, 2011

prints now at NATIVE Cleveland






I'm happy to announce that my work is now being carried by NATIVE Cleveland, a shiny new shop in the Collinwood Arts District. It's only a couple doors down from the Beachland and it's among a few other vintage shops and record stores. NATIVE carries jewelry, photography, handmade items, and art as well as the full line of C.L.E. Clothing Co. apparel (and much more). In the bottom two photos you can see a few of my pieces hung with Lauren Beacham's polaroid night lights and ceramic clocks. I have both framed and unframed prints available there. So if you're headed to the Beachland (like I am tonight, for Warpaint!) stop in and find something for yourself.

(all photos courtesy of NATIVE)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

swimmers







Paintings by Samantha French, via Poppytalk Handmade. In her words:
"My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography (old and new) has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance."

Monday, March 21, 2011

spring thaw


Yesterday was the first official day of spring, and I'm so excited that it actually feels like it's true. There aren't many things I love more than that first day that you DON'T need a coat! It was so nice here last week on St. Patrick's Day, that we were able to walk to the bar with only light jackets, and there was hardly any chill in the air.


We thought it was appropriate to christen another year on our balcony with our new chairs and table that we bought months ago. Last year we had some old green and white director's chairs but the weather pretty much destroyed them. The new ones are at least made to be outside, so thankfully we can just leave them out.


I didn't waste any time, and reclaimed my spot on the balcony and watched Jim break in his new softball glove. We spent so much time out there last summer and it felt good to be back.


I'm also ready to pick fresh flowers, and we're going to be planting lots of herbs on the balcony too. Jim's dad built us a custom little potter box that runs along the railing at one end, and just kind of hangs in thin air. It'll be perfectly convenient once it warms up enough to plant them :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

more fabric business cards




The time finally came to make another round of business cards, so this time I used a different fabric, which is part zig-zag, part Easter egg (perfect timing for spring). Producing these each time is a pretty laborious process—so I keep wondering WHY don't I just go to a printer—but I love the way they come out. Plus it's fun to give some of my grandma's fabric a new life.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

snow tracks



Not to revert back to winter mode, but we got a dusting of snow the other night, and I loved the shape of these tire tracks.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

model magic



Playing around with some model magic, and made a little "making of" movie with a stop motion iPhone app. We made a DQ cone and this little monster guy below:


Kind of dorky but fun, and I love the way this stuff dries but still feels foamy.