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Barbara Berrada- les zigouis {revisited}

"artists", "blogs", "clothing", "kids", "mixed media", "online shops"Katie Runnels7 Comments
I had to revisit the ever-charming multi-talented Barbara Berrada after she announced her 2011 line on Facebook and it took me on a magical ride as always! Barbara not only designs the les zigouis line of clothing, but styles the shoots and turns the entire effort into marvelous & heartfelt art experience. Visit her blog and shop!

Theater Clouds by Elly Mackay

"artists", "etsy", "mixed media"Katie Runnels4 Comments
Hello, Blog? It's me, Katie! Lately I've just been enjoying being in (well, actually working, painting, unpacking, settling in) our new home here in snowy Indianapolis. I hope to continue posting now...oh, dear! Where did the time go? These magical photographs of handmade papercut and illustrated dioramas by Elly Mackay have stolen my heart today and I hope you might enjoy them too. xo

Eva Magill-Oliver

"artists", "blogs", "illustration", "mixed media"Katie Runnels5 Comments
I've been fortunate to work recently on some design pieces for artist, Eva Magill-Oliver.  I really admire her clever mixed media techniques and the tangible sense of mood and place she's able to manipulate with them.  Eva is from South Carolina and only recently returned to Atlanta  to live after two years of living in Paris!  In addition to her Fine Art, Eva is a flourishing illustrator and currently working on a children's book project with her husband Whit, called Sam et Sophie- read more about it on her website! xo
36"″x 27"

10" x 8"

36.5" x 26.5"

35" x 26"
6"x 6"


 La Maison

 Les Alpes

 Visit Eva's Art Blog, Illustration Blog, and Website for more! xo

art and heirlooms...

"etsy", "mixed media", "my artwork"Katie Runnels7 Comments
Thanks to Amy's Storque article, I got myself in gear last week and made a few new pieces for my Etsy shop. Which was hard to do as we are currently homeless but blessed to be staying with my in-laws for the time being. I was able to visit home recently and my mom and I spent some time sorting through boxes of old family treasures- many of which I used in these pieces- my Aunt Helen's costume jewelry, and our great- grandmother's amazing millinery bridal headpiece. (Don't worry, I was careful and we kept many special pieces for the future- but most is better preserved in art, right? Anyway, I hope they would be pleased.) xo
Bird's Nest Totems (group)

Garden Bauble Maiden

a few new works and a collaboration.

"mixed media", "my artwork", "shopscad"Katie Runnels13 Comments
I've been making a little art in our hot garage. I'm not sure what I'm thinking working with hot wax out there these 95 degree days...but nonetheless....here they are. You can kind of tell I've got homes and nesting on the brain. Its all I'm looking forward to these last few weeks before we move to Indianapolis. I'm sending all of these down to shopSCAD tomorrow. xo
{This piece is actually a collaborative work between me and a little wren that had taken up nest in a flower pot right outside my window. It was amazing to me watch this busy bird working so hard day after day! I'd never had such a front row seat to a real nest building. Sadly, he (i think) abandoned it one day. I think there was a tussle with another bird or crow as I came home to find it all scattered about.  I was so sad waiting day after day to see if he would return. Weeks past and there was no sign  of him, so I collected up the remnants and added to his handiwork.}

Mixed media: vintage papers, ephemera, beeswax, wood construction.
Katie Runnels 2010- available soon at shopSCAD. 

Amy Wilson's Art

"artists", "handmade", "mixed media"Katie Runnels4 Comments
Per my usual, I'm a day late and a dollar (or more) short on the latest goings on in the art world. Thankfully, I was alerted to artist Amy Wilson this morning and the clever tote bags she's creating from the remnants of her recent public art installation.  Find them here. And don't despair...many of them are sold, but she'll be adding about ten new original bags every week-the next update is tomorrow night-Wednesday, May 19th, at 7pm EST.
An Amy Wilson Original Tote Bag...
created from remnants of her large vinyl installation-see below.

The installation whence the bags are being made:  
It Takes Time to Turn a Space Around, 2009-2010
Digital print on vinyl, based on original watercolor drawing created for the space
Approximately 5' x 130' 
Located at West Thames Park (De-installed)
West Street and Rector, in lower Manhattan
(photo Katie Armstrong)

There was a secret language
watercolor, gouache, pencil, collage on paper
22" x 30" 2009

Jersey City artist Amy Wilson's watercolor drawings feature a cast of child-like female characters who communicate their thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams through diaristic text. Often deeply personal, the work touches on the inner life of the artist while addressing broader cultural ideas about femininity, art, science, and politics. In some instances the drawings become three-dimensional with the incorporation of cut-outs and pop-up constructions.

There are always such beautiful things paper house installation

There are always such beautiful things, 2009

watercolor and pencil on paper
9" x 12" 2010

Amy also teaches drawing and art history at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the New Yorker, The New York Times, and Art in America. View and discover more on her blog, website, and Flickr albums! xo

Mary Engel Mixed Media Sculpture

"artists", "ceramics", "furry friends", "mixed media", "vintage"Katie Runnels7 Comments
I thought I had a lot of tchochke's to manage in my studio...but it just doesn't compare to artist, Mary Engel's treasure trove-and look how tidy!! I'm especially fond of Mary's hand built mixed media  sculptures that mix ceramics and found ceramic figures and findings. Sometimes it seems the simplest  and most literally expressed ideas are the ones that work like magic...e.g. watch dog, bird dog.  And wasn't it Shakespeare who wrote, brevity is the soul of wit...  I suppose he would know! xo
Ceramic and found objects 12 x 25 x 10 in.

Mixed Media 19 x 17 x 20 in.

Mixed Media 17 x 24 x 18 in.

Mixed Media 24 x 11 x 9 in.

Mixed Media 32 x 43 x 12 in.

Mixed Media 22 x 34 x 18 in.

Mary Engel's Studio corner and muse

Mary with her muses, Mingo and Bonnie.
 Detail of Mary's Treasures.
Visit Mary Engel's Web Site for more!

Allyson Mellberg

"artists", "dolls", "drawings", "etsy", "handmade", "mixed media"Katie Runnels2 Comments
Happy Friday! Here's a sampling of work in several mediums by Allyson Mellberg. I believe the prints are collaborations with her husband, Jeremy Taylor, and many of the soft sculptures were inspired by his drawings. They are a mixed-media dream team! There is a really great interview with Allyson on My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses. xo 

Jane O'Sullivan

"artists", "mixed media"Katie Runnels4 Comments
Lovely ethereal works on paper (mostly) by Jane O'Sullivan. She lives and works in Ireland and luckily I found her work on FLickr. Click on links to view her work best in detail! xo
ink, watercolour and paper stars on board 

ink and acrylic on paper 

ink, marker, embroidered bird and acrylic on paper

ink acrylic and pen on paper on card

ink and gouache on reverse of glass


"artists", "dolls", "etsy", "mixed media"Katie Runnels3 Comments
You know I love me some art dolls and peculiar mixed media! I am intrigued by the imaginings found in the collaborations of two young Romanian artists, Ildiko Muresan and Flavia Marele who call themselves, Harem6. Idliko created the collages you see below and the pair of them collaborate on the handmade dolls. I found their work thanks to Flickr. {Blog}{Etsy}. xo

Lynn Whipple

"artists", "blogs", "inspiration", "mixed media"Katie Runnels7 Comments
One of my favorite and earliest influences, artist, Lynn Whipple has a shiny new website and blog. I remember first learning about her work in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion years ago (I still have the article in my inspiration notebook) and it opened my eyes to new possibilities for mixed media. Her use of vintage photographs, doll clothes and found objects was different, more relaxed, whimsical and even somewhat mischievous in its use and that spoke to me more that any textbook assemblage artist I had known. Thank you, Lynn! 
 "I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions.  There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know."- Lynn Whipple 


Artwork copyright Lynn Whipple.

Pony Show

"artists", "exhibition", "fibers", "mixed media"Katie Runnels6 Comments
I wish I may, I wish I might, be at the opening for Pony Show tonight.  Three of my favorite artists...Halligan Norris, Josh Goleman, and Maura Ambrose will open their collaborative exhibit tonight at their work collective, Part Time Studios in Philadephia from 6-9pm. Check out a preview of all the pony magic...xo

{Photos by Josh Goleman}

2031 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, Pa 19125
(215) 948-2242  info@parttimestudios.com

Rick Araluce Miniature Art

"artists", "handmade", "mixed media"Katie Runnels5 Comments
Have you seen the somber and mysterious narrative miniature dioramas by artist, Rick Araluce? I am amazed by the details and his faerie-like craftsmanship. I mean, my apologies for stereo-typing, but he's a big tough-lookin' guy! He fabricates each and every bit of his tiny worlds by hand! No cheating with  found objects or dolhouse furniture like some artists. Araluce has spent years carefully inventing and honing his seemingly alchemic techniques for creating his miniatures. There is so much to discover on his website...don't miss the artist's interview with himself, and his urban installation series, Fragments of a Life. xo
The Loneliest Years 
The Anatomy of a Day (detail)
The Difficult Lesson


The Unwanted Visitor or The Disobedience of Nature

The Luxury of Abundance


The New Day

Scene from Fragments of a Life, East Installation
The artist has made several environmental pieces where he places
 his miniature works a real world urban setting...


Beth Ferreter Soap Art

"artists", "mixed media"Katie Runnels4 Comments
I can't find much about Beth Ferreter online...other than a few of her cheeky and fabulous hand carved soap sculpture/paintings available at the Parlour Shop at Fontanelle Gallery in Portland, OR.  So Beth, if you're out there...whatcha up to these days? I think you're swell! xo
Hand carved soap, oil paint, glass beads

Hand carved soap, oil paint, beads

Hand carved soap, oil paint, beads

Hand carved soap, oil paint

Hand carved soap, oil paint

Hand carved soap, oil paint, beads

Sabine Timm

"artists", "mixed media", "painting"Katie Runnels9 Comments
Here are some cheerful images brought to you by German artist and illustrator, Sabine Timm! I adore her colorful and naive style...it reminds me fondly of Nathalie Lete! Here is a small sampling from her Flickr album of work including her sketchbook pages, original paintings and papercuts. Her paintings are currently featured and can be purchased at Sebastian Foster Gallery. Have a lovely day! xo

(the first time I've squealed over bunny poops!)

Dominique Donois

"artists", "illustration", "mixed media", "papier mache"Katie Runnels3 Comments
My heart is all aflutter from spending time in the Flickr albums of gifted papier-mâché artist, Dominique Donois! She lives in Vincennes, France with her husband and their extremely cute baby boy, Auguste. Dominique studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, France. In addition to her exhibitions, she has created several window displays for some very special boutiques in Paris and Tokyo...I cannot imagine happening by such a spectacle! She shares her love of the vintage children's book illustrations and toys that inspire her work in an incredible album collection...looksee here! Dominique is represented by Tiphaine Illustration. xo
Femme à l'ombrelle

I'd like a kitten dress like hers!

Panoplies: Ninon-Petits Amis de Paris

James Michael Starr

"artists", "mixed media"Katie Runnels3 Comments
I came across mixed media/found object artist, James Michael Starr before the holidays and have been thinking about his work ever since. His statement:
I find the aged and battered objects commonly employed in assemblage and collage to be both beautiful and moving, but am weary of their tendency, as art mediums, to take themselves so seriously. I hope to tweak that somberness and agenda, and make works that are more accessible, by evoking frivolous imagery from our collective consciousness.

Dream Girl
(2009) 22 x 15 x 13 in.
Fiberglass bust, rotogravure book and newspaper photos, wood base

(2008) 40 x 13 x 18 inches
Globe, brass ball, terra cotta ball, steel bracket, cord

Narrow Gate
(2008) 28 x 22 x 3 inches
Wood columns, book covers and illustrations, steel

(2008) 16 x 5 x 4 inches
Steel and wood trowel, photographic print

Sixty Six
(2009) 20 x 13.25 x 4 inches
Croquet ball, decorative trim, steel

The Day I Felt I Had Enough
(2007) 12" x 9”
Collage of lithographed book images on canvas

The Day I Didn't Matter
(2007) 12" x 9”
Collage of lithographed book images on canvas

The Day I Burned Inside
(2007) 12" x 9”
Collage of lithographed book images on canvas

The Day I Dared Not Rise
(2007) 12" x 9”
Collage of lithographed book images on canvas