i've been so busy moving my studio and making art that i can't even believe how long it's been since i last posted! perhaps i'll have more time next year, but for now, enjoy 50% off maiautumn.com with code JOY, today only!
i am SO excited to be a part of a new site that is all about connecting talented makers with people who will love their creations. it's all stitched together through a community of the world's most talented bloggers, curators, writers and designers. i am extra excited, because i have been selected to both curate my own little boutique, as well as sell my artwork through the site! very cool stuff.
i have always loved searching for and sharing beautiful things (ahem - if you've known me since way back in the days when i had curated fey handmade, then you'd know that i was quite the hunter-gatherer!) so this new platform gives me that same opportunity to find lovely things and share them with my readers and fans! woohoo!
above, is some of the work of kuzana ogg, from bakersfield, ca. her patterns and colors are almost trancelike, and her description of the process for creating her work is equally mesmorizing.
"Color and its application remain the focal point of my work. Textile design devices such as block print, ikat and repeats are also prevalent here. However, in the current work, pattern is disrupted; partially obliterated in some areas, completely articulated in others. Mark and imagery are developed through an indirect method of ghosting colors and line fragments. This layering and attention to stroke, produce a lustrous and complex surface, open to interpretation."
(p.s. - all the lovely finds in this post are all gathered together in my great.ly boutique!)
some other great tastemakers to follow for amazing art and design are here too:
i can't wait to share all the beautiful things i find over on great.ly! i'll pop back in with more finds next week :)
after a ridiculously long spring full of craft fairs, i am finally able to get back to making some art! my mantra during all those shows was simply this - keep going. i made it through - a little bruised and exhausted, but i survived! grab this (and all my other prints!) at 40% off this weekend with code KEEPGOING on maiautumn.com, if you need a little inspiration for your own space.
some shots from project 365 are also getting prettier now that summer is upon us :) i just love my garden right now!
two new things i've been trying out lately have been a series of abstracts, and continuing the series of oil paintings i started last year. check out the newest:
prints of "skylark" are available on Society6 for now (if you are interested in the original, please email me at email@example.com). custom portraits are also available! i have a new one in the works that i'll be sharing soon :)
the above piece was a fun little experiment, and i plan on exploring this style more in the coming months. you can grab paper prints, canvas prints or hand embellished (with gold paint!) canvas prints (exclusive to great.ly).
all in all, i'm having fun just playing around with new ideas (as always) and enjoying this warmer weather. i'm looking forward to slowing down and making a lot more art this summer, so hopefully i'll have time to pop in more often over the next few months :)
toodooloo for now!
i have a ton of stuff happening these days (and if you're in the philadelphia area, you can see the results of some of that at either the clover markets or art star!), but i somehow have still been keeping to my plan to take a photo every day for a year. check out some highlights of the results below!
can you believe this is all taken with an iphone?! i just discovered another fun app called mextures to edit some of these photos, and i just absolutely love vsco cam. you can follow along daily on instagram @christinealindstrom.
other than taking photos all the time, i've been working on art in between my less fun tasks (like printing inventory for craft shows every weekend this entire month - talk about tedious!). apparently one piece in particular has hit home with a lot of people, since i can't seem to keep up with the orders for it! i'm so glad to know i'm not the only one who dances in my kitchen :)
you can grab a print on my site here (use code DANCE for 20% off, too!)
i've also been on kind of a floral kick, so here's my latest experiment -
(prints and orignal here)
lastly, back by popular demand (seems like most of you find my blog via a pin that went viral a few years ago!), my dictionary prints are back up on the site, as well. i'm selling each for $12 and i hope to keep adding to the different illustrations i print for these one of a kind pieces soon. each is printed on a unique page from a dictionary from 1921. i have quite a large inventory for now, but i'm kind of excited to start hunting for more damaged and destined for landfills kinds of books to transform into art!
may is starting out as a very fun month here and hope yours is, too! :) what do you have in store this month? let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear from you guys!
lately i've been a little stressed out. there have been lots of big changes happening in my life, and lots of new situations being thrown at me, on top of all the normal life stuff, like getting older, people coming and going in and out of my life, etc., etc... so, whenever i start feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, i go inward and reflect - we're talking the ultimate in the term "personal day" here. i write, i talk it out (yes, to myself), and i make *lots* of lists.
after hours of thinking today (and a little decluttering and organizing, too), i stepped out of my current world and time traveled a little bit. i thought to myself - what was i doing five years ago, on this date. and it dawned on me - i hadn't even started this part of my company, which now provides me with everything that makes up my entire life! i had started my first little project/business idea only a MONTH before this date five years ago. i had no CLUE i'd be sitting here taking a photo of my very own daffodils, from my very own yard, in my very own lovely little apartment (with my amazzzing iphone nonetheless)! i had none of this.
as i looked through photos from 2009, it even dawned on me that i don't remember being stressed out at all back then! that's not even possible though. i had no job, and i had no real certainty that this business would become anything. that is crazy!
so, i guess my point here, is that if you're having one of those days where you just feel like the world makes absolutely no sense, just know that in five years, you'll probably (almost definitely) solve some of your problems and you'll probably think your new problems are gigantic too. anything life throws at you helps you grow, and i guess maybe as i approach the big 3-0 i've started realizing that any of this "stuff" isn't that big of a deal pretty much most of the time. life does its own thing and all you're responsible for is making the best of it and trying to take the next baby or big step towards your best self. if i didn't quit my job five years ago and take that leap into business ownership, who knows where i'd be now. you have the power to make your dreams come true (even if you're compltely and utterly stressed the hell out today)! so i guess, thanks, past me, for making present me feel better today. you go, past me!
i couldn't pass up a chance to make some homemade tomato basil soup to go with a deliciously simple grilled cheese sandwich on this gorgeous day :)
recipe here - garden tomato basil soup
(be sure to follow me on instagram @christinealindstrom to check out what i'm up to every day! still going strong with project 365 this year!)
i've been completely loving this photo a day habit this year! this new addition to my routine has done a few wonderful things so far - a) i've been oh so much more aware of the little details of life, (which has been adding to my artwork in great ways!) and b) needing to find things to photograph has made me revive hobbies that refresh me and help get me unblocked whenever i'm feeling less creative. i really think artists of any kind need to have hobbies outside of their chosen craft in order to keep those creative juices flowing and keep the mind from getting stale. between photography, decorating, baking, and, hopefully soon, gardening, i'm starting to feel a balance i haven't felt in years. check out my latest shots...
speaking of getting unblocked, i also just got the greatest book! danielle krysa (aka the jealous curator) just released her new book, creative block, and it is full of a wealth of info for artists on staying inspired and dealing with the demons that come with being of the creative mindset. i flipped through it for hours last night and it really got me inspired - i can tell this is going to be a great tool whenever i'm feeling stuck!
and my last note is a little sneak peek at something i'm working on right now. i've started to design a line of one of a kind and limited edition pillows made from vintage fabrics and trims! here is the first as a little teaser for what's in store.
you can pick this one up here!
it's FINALLY supposed to warm up here in new jersey this weekend (if you can call 50 degrees warm haha) so hopefully i'll get to go out and about to enjoy a little sunshine (and take some more pictures!)
i've attempted project 365 about three times since 2008. i usually get to the warmer days and abandon the project (probably because i start having too much fun outside, instead of sitting in here staring at all the teeny pieces of my life for hours at a time.....) but any way, here are some shots i've been capturing in the first few days. follow me on instagram for the daily photos @christinealindstrom
(i'm particularly enjoying photographing my breakfast...also a new habit i've picked up has been actually *eating* breakfast) (and the recipe for that first photo is here. i swapped out the persimmon for peaches though - yum!).
sometimes it feels a little bit like my life lacks a solid ground since i have no set schedule or any kind of guildlines, and it helps to have a routine so i don't lose track of the days that i might be in my studio or working on my computer endlessly. so this is my way of stopping and smelling the roses, or the quinoa, in my case :)
i've also discovered the vsco cam app, and that has been very fun to learn and play with all the cool features, right from my phone. while i'm on the subject of the phone - that's one of my guidelines - all these pictures will be taken with my iphone! after getting into the discussion with a few of my friends about the quality of the images the iphone takes, i got curious enough to start putting it to the test. i've lost some of the magic of documenting my life through photos because i always thought of the iphone camera as sort of a quick snapshot kind of camera, not a legitimate tool for photography. it's also becoming less and less common to carry around an actual compact digital camera these days. think about the last time you were out with your friends and you went to take a snapshot of your evening. did the thought of pulling out your canon powershot even cross your mind? probably not. maybe we still have our digital cameras for special occasions, or for planned days of photo fun, but when you're out there living life, it's not exactly as quick as the rest of our lives have become.
so, i'm attempting to meet myself somewhere in the middle - slow down and take a photo a day, but at the same time catch up with the pace of my digital, social networking, crazy little world.
on a side note - don't forget to check out my shop site to get 40% off all weekend with code FLOWER if you're feeling the need to shop before (or during) the big game on sunday. :)
i'm off to take more photos! see you soon :)
this was just lovely reading all your responses! thank you guys so much for all the love for my work!!
i can't wait to do another giveaway very soon! :) :)
(and in case you were wondering, you can still get 40% off the whole shop through the weekend with code FLOWER! woohoo!)