|carvings by George Blackstock and Pat de Couto; |
intarsia pup by Del Holbrook; mixed media by Valerie Simons
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|hand-painted silk scarf by Jane Ostenstad|
|origami gift stars by Yolanda Cheung; ceramic buttons by Dan Severance; photo pendant by Sarah Ronald|
If you're looking for neat gifts which tuck easily into cards for mailing overseas then check out our shelves and hanging racks. We have beautiful art cards, funky dog tag pendants, intricate origami gift pockets and even ceramic buttons for the distant crafter in your thoughts. A carefully folded silk scarf won't add much to envelope weight either, but it will bring an extra-large smile to whoever opens it.
See you soon (Christmas is coming - sooner than you think!)
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
|long necklace by Sandra Ho|
|beaded necklace by Luci Gimenes|
The best chocolate comes in small bars.
Tiny diamonds look classy.
The best thing in my life is just over 4 foot tall.
... and of course there's the amazing jewelry for sale in the gift shop.
|beaded necklace by Sandra Ho|
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Jane creates the most beautiful painted silk scarves, as shown in these photographs.
As usual, it's much better to see them in person rather than rely on mere photographs (we're open 11.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and between 12 noon and 4pm on a Sunday).
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
This month's featured artist is Valerie Gilbert, one of Blackberry's three paper artists. Valerie's work comprises intricately folded papers framed in a reverse silhouette - she describes the technique as iris folding and she is an expert. Her work is available in some truly unique cards, which incidentally make great hostess gifts when you want to be extra-appreciative, and beautiful framed works.
- How long have you been an artist? 3 1/2 years
- Where did you train? Self-taught
- Do you work in a studio or at home? At home
- Do you work as an artist full-time, part-time, or do you squeeze in the creating as a hobby? Full time (when I'm not volunteering or doing shows)
- Describe how a piece progresses, from first inspiration to finished object in the gift shop. I draw the design, cut out with a straight edge knife, then select papers that I hope will work together. I cut strips of the paper, fold them and then create the design (hopefully it looks good!)
- What's your favourite piece to make? Probably the Kimono
- Who inspires you, and why? I think the customer - when I am at shows and hear the positive comments, it feels good and I want to do more!