All the things that make me smile this month…are not brought to you by Easter. Crazy, I know! So are you happy Easter hasn’t taken over my blog? Seriously though, I still have all my easter decorations up and I refuse to take them down until it’s May. It’s just so cherry in my house when I can see bunny figurines and eggs every where I look. I am sure Victor will be happy when they are all gone though – he is very toleratant of the fact I’m a total weirdo. However I will stop meandering and show you all the things that made me smile this month.
Butter learning to sit ontop of my computer chair. In less than 1 month she’s pretty much mastered it and will sit there even after I get up.
My magic orb. It’s actually just a bouncy ball with rainbow ribbon swimming around inside.
My newest My Little Pony,I found her for $2 at Value Village
Finding out my favourite books when I was a little kid by Robert Munsch are available in Spanish
(present to my amazing friend Fernando who lives in Chile and just had a baby boy)
My Spring postcards. I put lots of fairy stickers on them and don’t you just love the Chinese New Year international stamp?
Butter finally used her Christmast present! She sat and watched the people below for 10 minutes and giving herself a bath.
My own postcards, sent from India by my brother who’s been there for half a year now exploring the country. These stamps are boss.
The negatives of Fuji instant film before they dry
Slides! They are like presents, sometimes amazing, sometimes boring, sometimes crap…
My new fun nail decals! What doesn’t make me smile is that they came a week too late for Easter.
Silly self-portraits where I am stepping on my own face. Also zebra print pajamas.
If you took any photos of random moments or things that made you smile, show me in the comments below!
Just so you know until April 13, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time there will be a $5 off sale on all my prints and free shipping. Click here to be taken to my Society6 page.
This week’s pick of the week is illustrator Deth P. Sun from Berkeley, California. His shop features a lot of various items using his drawings like prints, bags, t-shirts and more. My favourite items are the square stickers that feature a cat character who is heavily featured in Sun’s work. I am obsessed with his character and find the adventures he goes on very charming. I picked up from his store almost all of his stickers as well as “They Come at Night” and “Various Drawings 2012” zines. I love the zines and since they’ve arrived I’ve been through them again and again. His illustrations have a very familiar feel but at the same time are distinct. I cannot help but want to know more about his cat and what adventures he may find himself in next. It also occurred to me that both of these zines are large enough to easy become coloring books (great for kids or big kids like myself who color while bored at work). I honestly love these and cannot wait to pick up more of his work. I’m thinking about a t-shirt for Victor as they are really awesome and maybe a print for my art wall. If you want to find out more about Deth P. Sun, check out his blog!
All the stickers and a few extra things he included like the cute ‘thank you’ note
Both the zines and a peak inside
a few of my favourite items from his shop:
This week’s pick is the Etsy store “The Summer-Land” by artist Liza Corbett who sells otherworldly original illustrations & sketches, prints, dolls, and embroidery. If I remember correctly I first found her work while trying to find artists who make paper dolls and I fell in love with her fabric dolls. I have never seen an artist before that takes original illustrations and transferred them onto canvas and then made the canvas into a pillow style doll. I absolutely love the idea and wish I could have a whole collection her dolls around my house. Since then I’ve been following her store and when I was looking last month to see if there was anything new I fell in love with this original sketch that I just had to have. I am a big sucker for the right color combination and honestly although it’s a sketch I find it very magical. I was on my rent paycheck and had my Toronto trip coming up so I asked if she could reserve it for a few weeks and she was happy to do so and was so great about it. I also although it was super difficult to decide picked up one of the dolls (hopefully the first in many I will acquire). She packed the sketch with such care I was so surprised the amount of effort and detail she went to make sure it arrived safe (it was in an art tube and in a massive box which was great) and everything was wrapped up in ribbon which really made me smile as it felt like a present. She also very kindly gave me a few pins and mini-prints. Honestly her work is breathtaking and I love the unashamed morbidness of the pieces. Her work feels very genuine and doesn’t rely on the motifs that have become popular in art in the last few years. I really hope I start seeing her work around more and perhaps even an exhibit in Montreal (I can dream, can’t I?). Below are photos of what I picked up and for more information about Liza Corbett check out her website!
The original sketch I bought, I haven’t decided where to hang it in my office yet so it’s on the empty wall. It doesn’t look very large since the wall is blank but it’s 18×24 in which makes it the largest piece of artwork I own.
A closer look at the sketch and the amazing colors.
The stuffed doll called Louisa V – An Excursionist.
I have my doll on the art wall for right now. I love how well it goes with the other pieces.
The mini prints she gave me and pins, I cannot wait to frame/wear these. She wrote a really nice note on the back of the one on the right (love that about Etsy store owners).
a few of my favourite items from her shop:
My pick of the week for this week is the delightful Wishcandy or Sashiko Yuen who makes amazing artwork and sells prints through Society6. She use to run a store on Etsy too that had pins as well as prints but she closed it down for health reasons just before Christmas (which is a shame but hopefully she’ll launch it again when she’s feeling better). I picked up the two smaller prints from her Etsy store and the large one is from Society6. I just love her work and find her fierce female portraits super cute and delightful. If you want to find out more about Wish Candy check out her website and her Tumblr!
*Edit: Sorry this edit is a day late but I was in Toronto, she actually reopened her Etsy store on the weekend which is exciting. It may be only temporary so if you see something you like order ASAP. Link here!
a few favourite prints:
Pick of the Week: Society6
Society6 is a store front where you can buy high quality giclée prints and other items like tote bags, mugs, t-shirts, and phone case from artists around the world. I have ordered from Society6 twice before and since I often link to Society6 artists pages in my featured artist posts on Saturdays and will be recommending prints from there on my Christmas picks starting next week I thought I’d share my experience with them. First off though I’d like to mention that this will only be a review of their prints as I’ve never bought any of the other items and will likely not do so in the upcoming future.
The giclée prints are definitely high quality and look amazing whether it’s a smaller print or a larger print. The price does depend on the artist however I find the prints across the board are very reasonably priced and since the store often runs a free shipping deal usually once a month it helps with the cost (they actually just finished one this weekend). They also take care when shipping to make sure the prints arrive without any damage, that means smaller prints are shipped with a cardboard square on both sides of the print and for large prints they ship them in a cardboard tube. I’ve never received any damaged prints although you will have to take the time to flatten out the prints if you received them in the tube. My experience with their customer service department was very good as well. The first order I ever got from them I actually noticed imperfections that looked like printing errors in my two large prints and notified customer service. Without any hesitation they notify me that they were sending 2 replacements for the prints in questions at no charge and didn’t requiring me to return the default prints. Although I will mention their contact form is not the easiest to fill out.
closer look at the details of the print:
It’s very hard to find good artists through their community as the same artists are always featured and even after relooking months later you end up seeing pretty much the same artwork as before. Another minor disappointment is they ship with DHL which is terrible for Canadians because the brokerage price for shipping is very high ($10 consistently regardless of how much you purchased). The second and probably the one that bothers me the most is the 1 inch board…it’s awful. Now I understand the store is aimed at international customers as well as North Americans so the ability to trim down the print to fit a frame is great but…I don’t want to have to do this. It should be a choice. None of the prints will fit any standard frame, in fact some of them are just plain bizarrely sized even if you remove the 1 inch board and when buying you have to remember that they never tell the true size of the actual print as all prints sizes are calculated with the board in mind meaning the print is 2 inches shorter in height and width.
The marketplace is not catered but rather generic to satisfy the broadest range of artist’s work as possible. There is no moderation it seems to artists that created their mini stores on the marketplace. Meaning there is no standard sizes it seems between artist and the work itself is not inspected for quality control. As I mention earlier about receiving 2 prints that had printing flaws in them, well after I received the 2nd set of prints with the same errors I look at the original image on the artist’s page and realized that these error were in fact in the image the artist uploaded to Society6 and happened prior to Society6 even printing it off. It was very disheartening to me that now I have to inspect images very carefully before ordering to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again. This seems like something Society6 should have hired employees to do so their customers can enjoy a carefree buying experience of knowing the quality is the same across the marketplace. All in all though these negatives would not persuaded me to stop using Society6 as my main way of buying prints but merely make me more willing to purchase prints in alternative ways if available by that specific artist.