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November 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Buy Some Damn Art is my brand new site that will host weekly sales of original art from $200 to $500! The first show is a series of work inspired by the concept of wabi-sabi by MICA grads and close friends, Becca Stadtlander and Yelena Bryksenkova.

Curious to know how Buy Some Damn Art works? Every Tuesday at noon a new sale will open but the artist featured (as well as the artwork) will only be revealed at the launch. So if you want to stay on top of the shows as they launch I recommend signing up for the BSDA mailing list. I’ll be sending out one email a week to let you know that the sale is live. Go check the site out (it was designed by the very cool ladies at The Dye Lab) and, yes, I have to say it, BUY SOME DAMN ART!

Becca’s Sketchbooks

June 10th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Becca Stadtlander is an artist I try to keep tabs on because I love pretty much everything she does. Her sketchbooks were featured on Book By Its Cover back in April and boy are they pretty!

There are 5 (sketchbooks) spanning over 4 years. I bound all of them except the black one, which is my current one (and a moleskin). It takes me a long time to fill up a sketchbook, but when I do it’s so satisfying. They are my diaries, and when I look at old pages I can remember exactly what I was doing and feeling, even though there is no extensive writing… My everyday aesthetic really boils down to a sort of chaotic order-gathering of collections and sprawling ideas.


Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know

March 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s been a really exciting week for me! First I was an unexpected guest on sfgirlbybay where I debuted new photos of my apartment and art, and as if that wasn’t enough of blast, I am also a guest curator on Etsy.

As I’m sure you’ve heard me say before Etsy is an awesome resource for affordable art buyers. There are really talented artists who I uncover on Etsy all the time, but I am often shocked to find that some of the most talented of these artists are not getting much exposure. So my article is called Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know and features the artwork of the following talented Etsy artists who deserve to be recognized.

1. Becca Stadtlander // 2. Ariana Couvinha // 3. Jessica Lucas // 4. Terrence Payne // 5. Estibaliz Hernandez de Miguel // 6. India Richer // 7. Katy Smail // 8. Michelle Ramin

See the rest of the artwork I featured over on Etsy.

I also provided some of my own personal tips and tricks for researching and discovering great art…ds

Tips for Finding Art on Etsy and Beyond:

  • Take a few seconds to bookmark things that catch your attention when you first see them. Those few seconds can save hours when you need to go back to something you saw. I personally like delicious, hearting items on Etsy, Favoritizer (which uses the Etsy API) and Evernote.
  • Your favorite design, fashion, decorating, and lifestyle blogs are great resources for art, so don’t overlook them. Anyone whose aesthetic you admire is a potential link to art you’ll love. I’ve found a lot of really great art on two of my favorite design blogs: Pawling I Print Studio and Seesaw.
  • Take advantage of tools and sites like Etsy circles, Pinterest and Svpply, which leverage the collective sifting of many, many people. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to look through it all yourself!
  • Sign up for the mailing lists of your favorite artists and galleries so you’ll be informed as soon as new work becomes available. Then make sure you manage your mailing lists over time, unsubscribing from those that no longer interest you.
  • Be on the lookout for friends and family. If you come across something online that you think they’ll love, send them a link and hope that they return the favor someday

Artist Crush: Becca Stadtlander

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

The lovely illustrator Becca Stadtlander got in touch a week ago, and I have been thoroughly enjoying her work ever since. Becca graduated from MICA this spring and has a rustic, old-timey style and love of patterns that reminds me a lot of fellow MICA grad Yellena Bryksenkova who I featured here. Becca sell prints of her paintings and drawings on her etsy shop.