Posts in Category: Arts

Gotta See It: Pooh Sticks by Lenny

Pooh Sticks

This has got to be one of the most unique and imaginative photo collections I’ve seen in awhile.  Lenny combs the beach for odds and ends (wood, feathers, flowers, etc) and creates these little boats.

Shell Beach pooh stick (by Lenny&Meriel) NorthYorkshire Pooh Stick (by Lenny&Meriel) Marble baypooh sticks (by Lenny&Meriel)
The images of these little creations are absolutely wonderful.  Something as simple as a piece of wood with a leaf becomes a reminder to let your imagination go and an inspiration to create. 

Goose feathers, bark & bamboo boats (by Lenny&Meriel)

It’s not all Pooh Sticks with Lenny though. Be sure to check out the rest of the Flickr stream and his blog as well.

So, what will you create today?

Kick Starter of the Week – My Best Khaki Pants

This week’s Kick Starter is a woman after my own heart. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the U.S. and Janeen McCrae (aka thenoodleator) is doing just that.

Janeen is an Australian living in New York City who’s about to go on a very long bike ride (with her bike “Precious)” on the TransAmerica trail.   That’s 4,262 miles.

Four thousand two hundred sixty-two miles!

I know, I’m out of breath just thinking about it too.

So where do you come in?  She wants to share her adventures with us by writing a book “My Best Khaki Pants” (of course!).  The money you give will be put towards printing and shipping costs.  A small portion will go towards a special “Feed Station Reward” where she’ll document food she eats along the way.

Janeen will actually be paying for the trip itself out of her own pocket.

By the way, in case you’re curious what the title of the book means: “In the U.S., it’s pronounced ‘cacky’. And where I’m from, cacky means
sh*tty, and pants means underwear. Thus rendering the sentence “I’m
going to wear my best khaki pants” fantastically awesome.”

Pledges start at $3 bucks so why not give that coffee money you were going to spend today?

Gotta See It – LOST Showdowns in watercolor

The LOST Showdowns (by scottlava)

That’s right, I’m a LOST fanatic and as you probably know, the show premiere’s it’s final season tonight! I’m jumping out of my seat! 

Thanks to a friend for passing along the link to these beauties, the Lost Showdowns by Scott Campbell. (Here’s another one) I particularly love Eko vs. the Smoke Monster in the piece you see above. 

Sadly I didn’t know about this sooner and they, along with some other amazing LOST artwork, were sold in the Lost Underground Art Show. However, thanks to the internet, you can still view all the pieces.  So go get your fix before tonight’s premiere!

Oh, and check out the rest of the work by Scott.  He’s got some incredible stuff.

Help Haiti Art Fundraiser on BOOOOOOOM!

Help Haiti Booooooom

It may not be the top news story of the day anymore, but Haiti is still very very much in need and it’s been amazing to watch the arts community rise up and help. (Please click the Craft Hope for Haiti link over on the sidebar!) 

One of my favorite sites, BOOOOOOOM, has helped organize an incredible fundraiser. You really should go see the pieces that have been donated by various artists.  Prices range from $20-$300 but if that’s still a little steep for you pockets, you can donate whatever you can here thanks to Google.

Call to artists…’Let’s Save Michigan’ poster contest

Lets Save Michigan

Hey creative Michiganders! Did you know there’s a campaign to save your state that needs a poster design?  Well now you do, so you’re welcome.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Let’s Save Michigan have issued
an open call to artists, illustrators, and graphic designers for
original posters to inspire Michiganders to revive their state.

The poster should inspire people to take action and do what’s necessary to revive Michigan.  The campaign is looking for something “forward-looking, inspirational” and it has to include the phrase “Let’s Save Michigan.” 

The contest is open until February 15, 2010 and you can submit your ideas here. The winner will recieve $1,000 (runner up gets $250) plus the winners will have their work displayed during a special reception in the spring!

Kick Starter of the Week – Shaker Love

This week’s Kick Starter may appear kind of silly at first glance but I assure you, it’s much more than that.

Dannielle inherited over 700 pairs of salt and pepper shakers from her great grand-mother when she was very young and now she wants you to give them a happy home. 

Why should you? Well first of all she has put an incredible amount of work into this project with videos, stories for each pair, photographs, etc.  Also, she has a dream of moving to my hometown, New York City, and this will help said dream come to life. 

Of course, I don’t know if you’ve heard the rumors, but NYC living is kinda on the small side, so she simply can’t bring all of her little friends.

Her goal is $5,000. You can pledge as low as $1, but $10 gets you a pair of shakers! 

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the video on the project page and the Shaker Love Tumblr that includes photos and shaker narratives.

Gourmet, er….designer desktop wallpaper from PixelGirl Presents

Desktop Wallpaper Lighbulbs
Desktop Background WhisperDestkop Background Decibel

I’m actually really glad I just came across PixelGirl Presents and the incredible collection of wallpapers they have there (they also have icons and iphone wallapers).  I realized after browsing for a bit that I haven’t changed my desktop background in ages.  Isn’t that some kind of computer sin?  Anyhow, for now I’ve chosen the top one you see above. However, after perusing, I think I might be changing it up a little more often. There are so many delicious options.  What’s your favorite?

desktop wallpaper je suis marrainekeDesktop Background Rainy Day

Kick Starter – Fund ideas and endeavors! it!

Do you know about Kick Starter?  Honestly, I thought I had already posted about this place awhile back but I guess it fell in one of those dusty places in my brain and I forgot.  Surprise!

So it’s actually a really important and incredible site for creative minds and willing donors.  Kick Starter offers a place for people to post their projects and ideas that need a little funding.  Whether it be a little backup cash for bills while they finally finish that photography series or funding to help out a creative meeting space.  There are loads of unique projects you can help.

Plus, there’s added incentive (other than helping out a creative mind in need) for all you folks interested in lending a helping hand. Each project has a little something nice to give depending on how much you pledge.  (i.e. a photographer sends you a print with a pledge of 25 bucks or more).  So you walk away with more than just that fuzzy feeling.

There is a catch though!  If the project doesn’t meet it’s financial goal by a certain date, then it gets no funding at all.  So if you see something you believe in, don’t hesitate…give!

To make up for not mentioning this place sooner, and just because I love the cause, I’ll be adding a Kick Starter of the week here on Arts and Dafts starting tomorrow!

Gotta See It – Artists Who Blog

artists who blog

Artist Stephanie Levy runs a wonderful blog called Artists Who Blog where she interviews artists…who blog. Each artist answers these 10 questions:

  • Why did you decide to start a blog?
  • How did you come up with the name of your blog?
  • How has blogging affected your work as an artist/designer?
  • What are your favorite artist/designer blogs and why? 
  • Do you any advice for artists/designers who are starting a blog? 
  • What has been the most positive and inspirational aspect of having a blog for you?
  • What do you find the most difficult/most rewarding part of having a creative profession?
  • Other than your blog, what has been the most effective way for you to promote your art/design?
  • How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
  • What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2010?

I looove to read interviews like this.  They’re inspiring, helpful, interesting and most of all they remind you you’re not alone and that we’re all different.  There’s no set way to go about things.  No exact science to becoming a successful artist and/or blogger.  Just work hard and love what you do.

Artist blogs. 

I just wanted to get another one in there…. Blog.

Gotta See It – Helen Musselwhite’s cut out creations…

autumn wood

Cottage in a Jar

The work of Helen Musselwhite is truly inspiring. I not only want to own one of these pieces, I want to run out to the store and get some construction paper to play with!

Helen, based in the UK, hand cuts her illustrations out of paper and creates these beautiful scenes by stacking them in complex layers.  Some are mounted in box frames and others, as you see here, are housed in glass jars. 

butterfliesHedgerow birdsCherry Blossom Owls