the mobiles are simply awesome and the tees are in fluffy style. thanks fluffy, for many years of goodness. keep those designs we love so much coming!
In 2007 the world lost an amazing artist in Charley Harper, but that doesn't mean that his work and life aren't still being enjoyed and appreciated. This being said, we are proud to have Todd Oldham's book Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life on our shelves. This book is an epic volume featuring over 400 pages of artwork by C. Harper throughout his 60+ year career and the price is right at $49.95, as compared to it's still in print and most lovely predecessor at $200! this book is hands down gorgeous and if you are a lover of art and or of creatures, great and small, this book will make you happy, or better yet make a loved one happy!!
unlike carrie, from sex and the city, we are nuts for our squirrels at o'suz. it's hard to resist such a cute and furry little woodland creature. be sure to come in and check out all these critters before they scamper back to the forest with their winter stash of acorns.
(represents a lover of nature and the woods)
when the big box of jenna rose goodies arrived in the store we were all a little googley-eyed by its awesomeness. it is always exciting when something is EVEN COOLER than you anticipated, and that's the experience we had with jenna rose. all of jenna's wares are carefully crafted and hand printed in her studio. we all wanted one of everything, but thus far i've managed to save some for y'all and have only snagged a hat.
i have a bit of a testimonial to offer about the hats, which we have in brown wool with the basswood print and black wool with the granville print. i do not wear hats, um, ever. i often forgo warmth because i am so against seeing myself in a hat, but i *love* this baby. it's a great shape and flatters the most hat-phobic of heads, and it's lined with cozy flannel to keep you snug.
i'm going to let you in on a little secret about suzannah -- she is one sneaky lady, that one. she is always finding ways to get us extra special treats from our artists, things that we don't have in the store and often send us into literal fits of excitement. this christmas aaron and i were gifted our own jenna rose organic cotton blankies. these are so, so soft and are hand printed with jenna's designs along the bottom. we have a few of these in the shop now, as well, and i think they'd make amazing wedding or housewarming gifts.
we have a few other items from jenna rose, including belts and the storage baskets suzannah mentioned in her holiday faves. for now i'll leave you with jenna's glimpse into her world, but please come check out these goodies in the shop! (and thanks to jenna for her patience as we got back into the blogging groove!)
what was your first job and how did you end up working with textiles?
The first job I had that really affected my career choice was working in my mom's quilt shop my last year of high school. Sewing and art was always a prominent part of my life growing up. Working in the quilt shop and being surrounded by patterned textiles helped me make the decision that I wanted to study textiles. I went to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for four years and studied Textiles and Fashion. I started Jenna Rose only few months after graduating in the Spring of 2006.
what is your favorite piece/group/series in your work?
My collection changes every season and each time I seem to like the newest one more than the last. For example, right now I am loving the cuckoo clocks print and the organic cotton blankets.
who or what inspires you?
I never know when I will be inspired or by what. I'm drawn to old objects and unique environments within my everyday surroundings. I often find inspiration for my prints while walking my dog, whether we're in the city or out in the woods. As for people, my mom has inspired me the most. She was the one who introduced me to textiles and sewing, and having started her own business, gave me confidence to start my own.
what three websites do you visit daily?
Although not daily, I weekly visit Design Sponge, Decor8, and Etsy.
describe your ideal sunday.
My ideal Sunday would be spent with my fiance and dog. We would lounge in the morning with coffee and a fire. We would walk to Locke Street for breakfast and pop into the antique shops on our way home. Depending on the season, we would either go for a long hike or cross-country ski in the afternoon. The day would finish with a nice meal and a good movie.
what do you see outside your studio windows?
I overlook a row of shops and restaurants, including my weekly falafel lunch place and the best dim sum in the city.
definitely one of the best parts of the gift show is discovering new lines and meeting people whose wares you've only ever heard about on the internet or through word of mouth. (also, i should say there are some 'celebrities' at the gift show. for example, thomas paul was actually working his own booth, and i was so starstruck by his natty style that i was dumbfounded into silence.) we wanted to give our faithful readers a little sneak peek into some of the new delights that will be popping up in the store this fall -- we hope you'll be as excited as we are!
one of the products i'm most excited about is the tote bag group from pillow pillow pillow. while i can't actually show you the tote bags (no photography is allowed at the show), i can tell you that these bags are painfully adorable. as a hardcore lover of the mighty boston terrier, i can assure you that i will be sporting my 'otis' all over town. fyi, all the dogs in their line are actually modeled after real life pooches, and they are always on the lookout for new pups to lead double lives as pillows.
we love our jewelry at o'suzannah, so we are forever scoping the scene for beautiful and fun new lines. this time around we found several new possibilities, but we can tell you for sure that lucid new york will be debuting in the shop soon. (check out their site for images!) we're getting a few of anna's classic pieces and several others from her 'charming' collection, which are all sterling silver single charm necklaces. as you know, we love the proud and prickly hedgie here at o'suz, so i was pleased as punch when a good friend gifted me with lucid's hedgie necklace last christmas. however, we know that not everyone is as enamored by the hedgehog as we are, so we also ordered a nice selection of her other charms -- horseshoes, keys, birds, wishbones, and so on.
on the giftie front, we're excited to introduce a few cameras from the lomographic society. they've not only invented some new cameras in the last decade, but they've also brought back some of the most iconic cameras of the 20th century, among them the lomo, holga, and diana. we'll be getting a few of the newer cameras, like the actionsampler, but also the classic diana, an all-plastic camera introduced in the 1960s. the diana is a great experimental camera and produces more lo-fi imagery. all of the lomographic society's cameras come with modern instructions and tips for getting exciting photos. no one would ever call me a photographer, but i do own a few of these babies and have a lot of fun experimenting with the end products.
one of the hands down coolest things we got at the show comes from australia's third drawer down. they print contemporary artists' work on household linens: tea towels, handkerchiefs, aprons, pillowcases, and so on. continuing one of the most dominant themes of 20th-century art, these objects encourage a dialogue between art and everyday life, which is a project i personally find extremely compelling. all of their textile projects are editioned works of art -- it's up to you how you use them, whether they're hanging on your oven door or mounted on stretcher bars in your living room. this is an incredible way to bring art into your home and to support contemporary artists. i can't wait to get my hands on a camilla engman tea towel!
these are just a few of the new lines that you'll see in o'suzannah in the coming months -- there are so many more en route, too! stay tuned for the second part of my gift show post, where i'll let you know about some of the new goodies from our old friends. xoxo, jessica.
not only are the mechanics of these little boxes amazing, but the patterns are pretty sweet, too. i love the pebble pattern pictured above, and the squirrel has been a big hit. (he's available in orange as well.)
to make them even cooler, there's a little sachet in the bottom of each twist! they're good for storing jewelry, medicine, and many other tiny treasures. i love seeing mine sitting on my dresser everyday -- it's an example of an amazingly executed but simple design.
while the itty-bitty hide boxes have been a fast favorite, we also carry the larger hide box II, a great jewelry box with a more straightforward box & lid approach, and the pj pocket pillow in a fun orange elephant all-over pattern.
beyond the boxes, modern-twist also makes some super cool coaster sets that we just got in. these babies have been flying off our shelves! they are made from silicone, and you can actually write on them with ballpoint pen and erase, so they're handy as informal placecards or for keeping track of your drink.
we love that modern-twist integrates old and new design, organic motifs, and a commitment to responsible manufacturing practices. and they're beautiful to boot! ciao for now, j.
#1 what was your first job and how did you end up making ceramics?
my first job, other than the obligatory babysitting was working in a fabric store cutting fabric. this was through high school. hmmmmmm. i didn't really take any art during high school, and i think all the pent up ideas just came rushing out once i was in college. i loved working with clay, but pretty much equally loved printmaking. went with clay after i graduated, doing an apprenticeship and eventually found a way to combine my love of surface narrative and pottery.
#2 what is your favorite piece/group/series of your work?
currently i really like these mugs that we are making. they are just a very pleasant shape and size and really nice to draw on.
#3 who or what inspires you?
inspiration. there is so much. spring. anyone who works with passion or devotion. athletes. have been reading about the eames, so them. wendell berry. john edwards.
#4 describe your ideal sunday.
up. go for a run. church, and having the kids in sunday school get what i am trying to teach. big lunch. nap. garden or ski depending on the time of year. cook fun dinner. movie. no house cleaning at all.
#5 what do you see outside your studio windows?
right now, lots of flowers and my next door neighbors.
in case you've just encountered french bull, they also make adorable salad server sets and colanders that make great wedding and housewarming presents, small platters, casual flatware fun for picnics, small and large tumblers, and a giant two-tone mixing bowl set for the baker in your kitchen. the primary material in french bull products is melamine, which is a lightweight and durable plastic. not only will you be able to take your potluck dishes in style, but you can skip the tupperware aisle at the grocery, too! stop in and see the fun new designs when you get a chance! until then, ciao for now, suz and j