Saturday, April 30, 2016

Featured Artist - Linda McClamrock

Another artist you will discover at my studio show is Linda McClamrock. Linda is a self-taught paper collage artist. She loves creating collages from paper others have thrown out; catalogs, calendars, and junk mail are all fair game. Her collages are full of joy.

Her tools of the trade are sharp scissors, glue stick, and old magazines. Some pieces also have acrylic paint in the background. The finished pieces are coated with gloss medium for better adhesion and color preservation.

She recently discovered a new technique for using imprints of vintage materials on wood, and thus this collage includes a postcard sent from Yakima, WA in 1915 without destroying the original. This original mixed media collage also includes found papers from old magazines and catalogs. There are dozens of pieces of paper in the flowers to give them a rich, textured look. 

This intricate collage is made entirely of paper. She cuts each bit by hand, and glue it into place, using watercolor paper as the base. There are dozens of pieces of paper in this collage - including every single book on the shelves.

Each of her pieces are handmade originals. She does not do any prints or copies. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page and in her online Etsy shop

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Featured Artist: It's a Perfect Day

Satya is a designer and screen printer from the Eastside, who designs and prints optimistically themed apparel and accessories under the brand name ‘it’s a perfect day’. The brand’s philosophy is simple - every day is perfect for something. And Satya’s designs represent this simple but beautiful motto.

 Free like a bird, free like a butterfly, free like the gentle breeze that blows and makes the trees dance. Free spirited you are like the way nature intended you to be. Express that inner free spirit with this beautiful shirt that is an embodiment of you.
Logo Tee (Light Blue)

The inspiration for Satya and Aimee Kommini's business came from a deep loss. They asked themselves how can we be happy despite the every day and unexpected circumstances that life brings? The answer was to do something they loved to do and to share that with others. Designing artwork for t-shirts was a natural fit. It was the way for them  to express their creativity and share it with the rest of the world. Their brand name fulfills the promise of finding happiness in every single day of life.

 Yin-Yang, a philosophical concept of balance. A pair of opposites that complement each other and are in harmony. This beautiful tee has the words - peace, love, harmony, forgiveness and compassion emblazoned over a hand drawn Yin-Yang symbol. 

Logo Hoodie Celadon

Every day is perfect for something. It's a perfect day to laugh, to dance, to play, to love! What's your perfect day?