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Sunday, April 25, 2010

ARTBYTRUDY woohooooo!!!!

I was trolling the forums on Etsy and came across a very fun artist named Trudy. She has the cutest avatar, a cat in a bunny costume. She was looking for someone to do some promotion for her. She is an artist and wants to spend her time painting, not selling!!! Which I can completely understand. So, I told her you go paint, I will sell your wares. I have to promote my own shop, why not promote someone else while I am at it. So, here is the deal, You guys go visit her shop and if you buy something, type ART5 in the message to seller and you will get 5% off your purchase!!! And she will know that I sent you to her shop!!!
Okay, so what is sooooo great about Trudy's art??? Well, several things. I love her colors. Bright and beautiful. She lives on an island in Florida and is surrounded with beautiful color all day everyday. She also has a very fun sense of humor and uses great quotes in some of her work.
What style of art is it? well, I consider it to be in the naive style, often referred to as primitive. An example would be Henri Rousseau's art. here is the wiki definition for it:

The term naïve art is often seen as outsider art which is without a formal training or degree. While this was true before the twentieth century, there are now academies for naïve art. Naïve art is now a fully recognized art genre, represented in art galleries worldwide.The characteristics of naïve art are an awkward relationship to the formal qualities of painting. Difficulties with drawing and perspective that result in a charmingly awkward and often refreshing vision, strong use of pattern, unrefined color, and simplicity rather than subtlety are all supposed markers of naïve art. It has, however, become such a popular and recognizable style that many examples could be called pseudo-naïve.Whereas naïve art ideally describes the work of an artist who did not receive formal education in an art school or academy, for example Henri Rousseau or Alfred Wallis, 'pseudo naïve' or 'faux naïve' art describes the work of an artist working in a more imitative or self-conscious mode and whose work can be seen as more imitative than original."Primitive art" is another term often applied to art by those without formal training, but is historically more often applied to work from certain cultures that have been judged socially or technologically "primitive" by Western academia, such as Native American, subsaharan African or Pacific Island art (see Tribal art). This is distinguished from the self-conscious, "primitive" inspired movement primitivism. Another term related to (but not completely synonymous with) naïve art is folk art.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wedding Season!!!

It is that time of year again when my wedding orders start. I absolutely love making favors for weddings. In my new shop, I have many different designs to choose from for my muslin favor bags. I can also customize them with names and dates etc...
My first wedding order was 150 4x6 muslin bags with lighthouses and seashells on them. The couple is getting married at the beach and wanted to put their goodies in a nice, simple, natural bag. These bags are cotton that has been grown in the United States and then woven and sewn in the United States. That was a big plus for me.
Okay so you like the bags and now you want to know what to do with them. Well, they can be used as just a regular old favor bag. You can put all sorts of little trinkets in them. Candy bars have become popular at weddings, tables full of all different candies. You could have these bags for the guests to take their candy home. One couple is buying bulk tea and filling the bags with that. They have picked out a special quote for me to stamp on the bags. Did I mention these bags are food safe? They are also good for sachets of lavender or herbs.
I sell them in a 4x6 inch size but I have recently ordered 3x5 and also 5x7. If you have any questions you can contact me at my Etsy site. If you look in my profile there, you can find my email address. If you prefer to contact me that way. I have bulk pricing on everything I make, just ask.