Artwork

Q & A With Artist Elizabeth Graeber

Illustration extraordinaire Elizabeth Graeber answered a few of my questions about her fun, light hearted artwork!

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“I have always like to draw and paint, my style may have changed some over the years but is mostly the same. Materials I use are pen, ink, watercolor and gouache.”

 

Elizabeth first got involved with creating artist magazines because, she “thought it was a fun and different way to show work. I also like collaborating with writers and this is a good way to work together.” Her newest creation (image below) is “A nostalgic zine dedicated to the clothing, accessories, and otherwise inanimate objects that bare witness to and shape certain portions of our lives.” Click here to read more.

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What is the most popular item that you sold on Etsy? And what/when made you decide to open up your Etsy shop? “The most popular items I’ve sold are a cocktail book and a book about pie. I decided to open my shop a few years ago because I like making things and thought it would be a good way to sell my work.”

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Elizabeth is a woman of many talents and doesn’t just stop with traditional illustrations on paper – she takes her work to the streets! Check out these murals she was commissioned to do:

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Murals, custom portraits, book illustrations, there is nothing this woman won’t rock with her illustrations. Check out more of Elizabeth’s work here!

Crushin’ Hard…

On Jenny Pennywood! I think it has something to do with the fact that everything under the sun has the subtle tones of gray these days- but Jenny kicks it up a notch!

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This original piece of artwork, located on Lief (also a fun new obsession, their shop is amazing) is on sale for $120 – not bad to own an original (cannot stress how great of a price that is, advice from a real Gallerina) piece of gloriously bright art. Jenny also has cute tea towels, tags and notebooks for sale in her online shop. (I am really digging that first notebook)
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Since I am trapped in cold, dark New England – at least I can day dream about accessorizing my lifestyle to be a little brighter!

Woven Art: For the Body & Home

In the gallery I work at there has been a recent change in media on our walls, woven fabric and textile materials have taken over where photography and abstract painting once dominated.  And it has inspired me to go and explore for more on Etsy, that is when I stumbled upon Heddle And Needle.  I had the chance to ask Rachel, the creator of Heddle and Needle some questions about her weaving work, which ranges from woven tapestries to jewelry.
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Look Out Tapestry, is currently for sale in Heddle and Needle Shop

Rachel has a background in illustration and has been a painter for 15 years. Where “those projects have to be very carefully planned out and take ages to finish. I like the weavings to be spontaneous as a break from that mentality, so I tend not to plan them out ahead of time. I’ll just look in my cabinet full of yarns and grab ones I feel like using that day. Sometimes I have a general idea of what I’d like it to look like ahead of time, but it’s rare.
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I haven’t been weaving that long, actually, only since last summer. I started after using some linen thread to make a necklace for my sister (it wasn’t woven) and it got a good amount of attention from strangers so I bought some more thread and sheet brass and started to play around with it.
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It dawned on me that they would look great as little weavings, so I created a makeshift “loom” out of a piece of board and a row of nails. I still use it; the nails act as the bottom part of the loom, and the brass pendant as the top part. I thread the warp in between the two, then just trim it up when I’m done.
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Shortly after I started with the jewelry, I bought a very small frame loom and some yarn, then a larger frame loom, and then a Schacht Wolf Pup LT floor loom after taking a class at the Brooklyn Textile Arts Center. I’m still very much a beginner and still learning by trial and error.

Tools: It depends on the project, but for the jewelry I use brass stampings/sheet brass, an awl & hammer, a dremel, waxed linen thread and needles. Sometimes I also use horse hair. For the weavings, I use various looms, wooden needles & boat shuttles, plus all kinds of yarn; mostly fingering, sport or DK weight for the warp and pretty much anything I like for the weft.
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I like creating both ,(jewelry and tapestries) obviously, but there’s something so gratifying about a finished weaving, much like a painting that you can hang up on the wall. I decided to open up an Etsy shop when people I knew pestered me enough to do it. I really needed the extra money and decided it couldn’t hurt!

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Click here to see more of Heddle and Needle – Thank you to Rachel the creator, for taking the time and sharing her story (along with her imagery) with Munro Shea Designs!

Amazing Abstract Paintings

My inner jealous artist is in full swing when I see these paintings by Britt Bass… they are amazing!
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What I love most about Britt Bass is that her artwork is actually affordable! You can own your very own original for under $200.
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This piece, Tickets #2 is listed as $150 on her Etsy shop.

Not only does she sell prints, but you can dec out your Iphone with her creations as well. Or jump on over to Design Love Fest and ‘Dress Up Your Tech‘ with Bass designs.

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Read more about Britt Bass in her tumblr blog here.

Artist and Maker: Elly MacKay

You might have seen in my sidebar a little tweet oogling Elly’s beautiful artwork, but I must admit, I am a little bit of a cyberstalker and saw her work on Etsy last year and fell madly in love! (I also might have purchased a few prints for Christmas presents!!)

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I make miniature worlds out of paper. I ink up a paper called Yupo paper, cut it into layers and set inside a miniature theater. I play with the lighting, and adjust the elements and then photograph the scenes. I often take 50 or more photos to get the one I am looking for.” 

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With an obvious careful hand, Elly combines illustration, cut paper and photography into such whimsical narrative pieces. I love how the photograph above really puts into perspective the detail Elly considers while transforming these still scenes into beautiful pieces of artwork.

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Isn’t she just the best?  Here are a few tid bits from her interview with Etsy when she was a Featured Seller.

Where does your inspiration come from? I found my inspiration through playing with Victorian inventions. I love tunnel books, magic lanterns, stereoscopes, paper theaters, and zoetropes — they are so magical. My daughter inspires the stories my images tell. In some ways I feel I’ve entered a second childhood and I’m able to see the world through her eyes. She sees the world in such a fantastical way. The other day she made little parcels for the spider that has taken up residence in our bathroom.

When She Held Her Child

How would you describe your creative process? My creative process usually begins with an idea and title; the image. follows close behind. I have a big whiteboard in my studio and I play with themes — weather, creatures, botany, etc. I do really loose drawings there. I keep them up for a while to see what comes from them. I love experimenting as well…. I make a few cut elements from yupo paper and ink or play with the ones I “store” on the wall. Once I have enough layers I begin to install them in my theater. I use filters of coloured tissue to create a distant landscape or clouds and then I take many, many photos of the scene, changing little things here or there.
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Elly is an artist to watch out for – it was so hard to even try and decide which images to post on here because everything is amazing! You would be a real fool not to check out her Etsy shop here!!

And thank you to Elly for bringing imaginative images into the world and allowing Munro Shea Designs to use your artwork for this post.

Art Scouting

As Emily Henderson said in her most recent blog post, “When you don’t want a lot of accessories on surfaces, but you still want a lot of personality the best way to do it is through art.” read more about her styling a new york apartment here.

I was inspired to take a virtual trek over to my favorite art shop – Society 6

Society 6 Picks
1. Starlines 01. 2.Monumental 3.Watercolor Colorful Dots Falling 4.Secret Surf Map 5.Colors 201 6.My Favorite Shape