hey, have you heard?
we're all grown up and having a baby!
you may have noticed all of our baby and kids goodies
have slowly disappeared over the past few weeks.
after much hard work they are now reunited
and happily settled in the adjoining space at 110 fourth street n.e.
we're so excited that the existing shop gets to grow up a bit
and that we can let all things cute run wild right next door!
to celebrate our new addition,
we're having a little soiree with bubbly and sweet deals.
come see us:
thursday, october 6
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
114 AND 110 fourth street n.e.
everything in 114 fourth street will be 10% off, and even better,
everything in 110 will be 20% off! not only that,
but we're pulling out all of our children's two-for-one merchandise just for this event,
so you can stock up on birthday and holiday gifts for all the little ones in your life now!
(stay tuned, of course, for news of our annual 2-4-1 party in november!)
p.s. fun giveaway treats for the first 20 peeps
through the door!
come see us!
114 and 110 fourth street n.e.
charlottesville, va 22902
awesome for stockings or to accompany coloring books and sketchpads
dwell zoo book for we ones
we are so very pleased to have the work of moomah in the shop (and now on order for a 2nd time)! moomah is a cafe and studio located on hudson in manhattan, set up to give kids a place to learn, grow, and interact.moomah is led by tracey stewart, kimberly jackson, and jacqueline schmidt (whom you might know from the pairing of jaqueline and george, our favorite friends at screech owl). between serving a full menu, these ladies lead programs for kids and produce super adorable prints and products. check out the goodies you can now find in osuz below, and take a deep breath as you daydream about spending time in the moomah cafe.
If you want to read a little more about moomah and screech owl, check out their feature in the most recent readymade magazine!
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)
a sweet fawn (coming soon)
a tiny mole
who knew moles could be so endearing?
has anyone else noticed charlottesville is being overrun by groundhogs? this one does a lot less damage to your yard.
has there ever been so cute a mouse?
we got some bigger ones, too.
everyone loves a smiling bear.
when we were thinking about how to best feature amy, we knew the best way to convey the appeal of her work was to show it with its ideal audience, and who better to complement critter cuteness than red fisher himself. i spent a day with red while suzannah rocked it out in the shop, and it was good times all around when i handed over the bag of goodies:
calling attention to monsieur elephant.
maybe this one?
hmmm, this rooster is rather nice.
yup, he's the one. for sure.
what was your first job and how did you end up making your adorable creatures?
At eleven, I took on the hardest job that I can think of...babysitting. I took on not only one, but three children under the age of five, and was attempting with the best of intentions to replace their mother for four to six hours every day in the summer. Wow, have the times changed. I am a mother of two now and can only hope that I am doing the best that I can. In a way, I feel honored, for my babysitting went on for years and sometimes over weekends as I got older..these parents trusted that I was a good replacement for them while they were away and I did the best that i could. I feel now that this was a good basis for owning my own business and raising two children without the stress of a 9-5 job.
As far as how these creatures came to life, I feel this could be a long and drinking wine kind of story, so I will keep it "simple." I was a traveler before I gave birth to my first daughter five years ago, and I found metal objects on the XX tracks and began making mobiles, rather large and clumsy, but with a raw beauty nonetheless. Then the leather came to me free to recycle from a local boot/saddle maker, from which I began and continue to create books, bags,and baby moccasins...If I want to make it, I will give it a whirl. This giving of leather reminded me of my childhood and all the "hand me downs" I had received and altered to fit my tastes at the time, thus pushing me toward this desire to create things that had little or no waste to them and a bit more function than metal trash mobiles (my heart still loves thee). Granted, one cannot realistically keep every thread that comes from something before, but I can try to impact this world without crushing her with my feet. So, these creatures, with the help of the babe inside, gave thought to all the cashmere sweaters I had found at a frequented thrift store...reinvented and stuffed with the leftover cashmere and just a bit of thread...no choking hazard and pretty edible if so inclined.
what is your favorite piece/group/series in your work?
So far, I have a hard time with a favorite choice of the animals I have made... maybe the green rooster, the pink bunny, the black owls, I can't make choices like that.. [ed. note: you can see a black owl in one of the above photos.]
who or what inspires you?
They are inspired by children. My children, five years and six months, the man and father of my children, who I am crazy about..they are my greatest inspiration. Not only to be a better woman and mother, but also to love and follow the beautiful things I see and find in life. For children see the world with this indescribable beauty and honesty that for us over time becomes a bit jaded if we let it, and they do not discriminate unless taught or told to be so. I find myself learning more acceptance daily just by watching my babes see people and things uninterrupted by the daily obstacles. I also find myself inspired by life itself, but music, dancing, and timeless textures are my other inspirations.
what three websites do you visit daily?
The three websites I frequent often, besides google for my need for information DAILY, are etsy and an informative blog on nature's child (written by a friend and mother ). Being a new cyber space gal, I am still finding my way around...or stumbling, but it's fun no less.
describe your ideal sunday.
The day of sun is my most cherished day, an end and a beginning in one day. To start fresh again and remember the week previous. My ideal sunday is spent with my family, for it is hard to get us all together in one moment. So, as we get to know each other, these times are often spent at sugar hollow (a close and beautiful river hike waterfall berry picking paradise) in the summer or lying blissfully around the woodstove in the winter. The day of sun is really set aside for recuperation in my house, even if that means exerting tons of energy and having fun.
what do you see outside your studio windows?
Outside my studio windows, which is my sunroom, are these two giant quince bushes that bloom twice in the year..once in Janurary (even through ice storms) to remind me that spring is on its way, and then again in early May. And then there is my garden of strawberry, tomato, yellow squash, melon, basil, thyme, mint, and rosemary plants and the occasional cardinal or finch roosting in the rose of sharon. This rain that we have been getting has cast an almost luminescent green quality to my country living. In reading this, it almost sounds a bit surreal, but I feel that my life is just a bit enchanted. I don't have much for possessions, but I sure love making something out of nothing. Enjoy this life for all that it is. Thanks for viewing.
#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.
they also debuted another new product at the gift fair in february, some really snazzy passport cases. we're super excited about these because it is too hard to find ones that are functional, hip, and affordable. more of the classic mini wallets and checkbook covers are back in stock, too, including the retro muscle car and the forest silhouette. one of the reasons we love fluffy is that they combine amazing design with ethics we can get behind. not only are their wallets made from vegan naugahyde, but all of their products are made in the u.s. yay for fluffy! ciao for now, j.