27 June 2008
26 June 2008
"Born in Scotland, grew up in a small fishing town on the East Coast and attended Art School in Glasgow, lived in Prague, London, New York and on a sheep farm in Cumbria. After living in New York for nearly ten years I have recently moved to Southern California. I no longer have to bathe in my kitchen."
25 June 2008
18 June 2008
16 June 2008
There's no English equivalent, but the Dutch often use gezellig to describe a place where the atmosphere is just right. It's kind of a combination of cozy, homey, friendly, relaxing... just good all around.
Bottom line, it's a great word. So the next time you're in the Netherlands, give a lil' "dank u wel" to the Dutch.
Gezellig Print wants to bring a little gezellig-ness into your life with our unique, screen-printed items for your home or office. Each piece is hand-printed with extra care, and even though "cozy" may not be the best way to describe our designs, we think you'll like them nonetheless.
Tables & Prints can be found at gezilligprint.com
12 June 2008
09 June 2008
About the quilts & artists from Gees Bend: The artists are all descended from slaves who worked a plantation called Pettway, located on the Alabama River. The plantation owner's surname is still ubiquitous in the community, and the residents still inhabit the land their ancestors once slaved. But now they own it. Through generations, the women of Gee's Bend have taught their daughters to quilt, using any piece of material available - from feed sacks to old work clothes. During times when self-expression was discouraged, their singing and their unique quilt patterns represented the women's only creative outlets. Geographically and culturally isolated from other communities, they developed techniques and styles with little outside influence; hence this quilting coterie has been compared to the great artistic enclaves of the Italian Renaissance. About 10 years ago, an art historian "discovered" these quiltmakers and began introducing their work to curators. Quilts that once kept families of sometimes 16 children warm inside drafty log cabins now hang inside some of the world's finest museums. Textiles that were once thought worthless now sell for thousands of dollars. A new sense of self-respect has evolved. And what is most extraordinary, despite their many struggles, the women are not bitter. Wherever they go, they leave behind a kind of inexplicable residual joy - as though they are unwitting ambassadors of goodwill and examples to the world that the key to true happiness exists in positive human relationships, not material wealth.