Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Upcoming Shows

I would love to meet you at some of my upcoming shows around the Twin Cities. Stop by and see what's new and have a great time seeing other talented artists as well. We all appreciate your business and support.

 Here's a list of where I'll be showing through the end of the year:

September 22-23rd
Twin Cities Arts & Crafts Show and Sale
MN State Fairgrounds, Progress Center
Saturday 9-5 pm, Sunday 11-4 pm
$7 Admission

October 12,13,14
St. Paul Art Crawl
Master Framers location 262 East 4th Street
Friday 6-10 pm, Sat 12-8 pm, Sun 12-5 pm

October 20-21
Home Improvement & Design Expo
H.E. Art Emporium section, Mpls Convention Center
Sat & Sun 10 am-5 pm
$6 admission (contact me about tickets)

October 27
HandmadeMN Fall Market
James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Av.S., Mpls
Sat 10 am-5 pm

December 7-8
Holiday No Coast Craft-o-rama
Midtown Global Market, Mpls
Fri 3-8 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm

December 15
MN Women's Art Festival
Midtown YWCA, 2121 E. Lake St. Mpls
Sat 10 am-5 pm

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Contemporary Craftsman

By now you are aware of Pinterest and how time slips away while trolling thru rows and rows of pictures, stopping to share a funny line with a friend, pinning recipes and creating wish lists of places you've been to or want to add to your bucket list.  There is a practical side for my art business to ease the guilt and rename it 'research'.  I created a board called Contemporary Craftsman where I collect imagery that has its roots in the Arts and Crafts Movement but can fit into contemporary homes as well.  That is where I feel my art fits in as well.

The more images I collect and reflect, the more my vision becomes clearer.  I like the clean design lines, the earthy colors and geometric formations of wood, stone and glass. I also think contemporary craftsman is gender neutral in its appeal. So I picture a contemporary home with these elements and wonder what type of prints would work in this home?  What kind of rugs fit into the rooms without looking too retro?   What kind of bedding, kitchen towels, dishes, shower curtains would ease into these spaces?

If you have a contemporary bungalow or craftsman home, I'd love to hear what you'd like to see. I'm going to work on home decor collections that could stretch from Craftsman to Modern and see where this takes me.

Leave a comment below with what you'd like to see designed in the marketplace that the present stores don't offer. I'd love to hear your suggestions.  Thanks!