Friday, November 12, 2010

Pawling Print Studio = Simple, Fresh & Adorable

Pawling Print Studio is the creation of sisters Trisha and Janet Snyder, who both have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, and graphic design respectively. Together they make handmade prints and patterns for the home, that are fresh, clean and ideal for any design style. Based in Washington, DC and New York, the studio focuses on environmentally responsible production as well as clean, understated design.

The name Pawling came from the sisters grandfather, who was a photographer and a painter. He spent a great deal of time, teaching the girls how to draw and paint when they were younger.

The decision to take the self-employment route is not always an easy one. In retrospect graduating in a down economy gave them the opportunity to try what they really wanted to do rather than what they were expected to do. Of course that doesn’t mean they knew it at the time.
As far too many people know...searching and applying for employment is a full time job in itself, so although they weren’t giving up a job in the traditional sense, the decision to start PAWLING as a full-time venture was no small leap of faith. The two had both been secretly toying with the idea while in school, but were too afraid to tell anyone. Once they sheepishly started talking about it with each other, the sisters found that they couldn’t stop. They were both so full of ideas and excitement that they knew we had to take the idea seriously. It certainly helped that they were in it together!

The pair makes calendars, tea towels, pillows, notebooks, cards, art prints, totes and onesie.

To find out more about Pawling Print Studio or to purchase a tote for me :) please visit

Monday, October 11, 2010

Matte Stephens Whimsical Art!

Matte Stephens is a 36 year old who lives in upstate New York. He loves modern design and is very truly inspired by anything by Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Gerorge Nelso and Irving Harper. He also loves artists Ben Shahn and Paul Kee.
He has been very busy and has had the wonderful opportunity to do work for: Herman Miller, American Express, IBM, Disney, Modern Twist and many, many others.

Matte has also had art shows all over creation and you can find original work by him at both Jonathan Adler and Velocity Art and Design.
Gouache is his medium of choice and those that have worked with it before, know that it's a great result, but not exactly the easiest to use.

 In addition to his work at Jonathan Adler and Velocity, you can also purchase work of his on etsy.

 While there are some original paintings and a few scupltures, most are prints, which are all printed on archival photo rag 300gsm matte paper. Each print is titled, numbered and signed and shipped in a protective sleeve and shipped priority mail.

To find out more about Matte or purchase his art, please visist

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Random Stuff...

So, I'm back. Sorry I have been neglecting the blog as of late, but I've been extremely busy with life and it's entrapments, both good and bad. Over the past few weeks, I have found myself being inspired by odd shapes and curious proportions. It is October after all, which just so happens to be my favorite month of the year. For me, it's automatic, there's just something in the air. Anyhoo, found these pics interesting for the thoughts they provoke and imagery in general. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wren Willow (say that 3 times fast!)

WrenWillow is a great little shop on Etsy, that produces 100% organic TShirts, that are silk screen printed with custom illustrations and then hand dyed for that one of a kind hand made t-shirt look.

Marla is the shop owner and creator. She hand dyes and screen prints her t shirts, using her own original artwork. She works in small limited batches and strives to work in as many earth and kid friendly ways as possible. She lives in the Hudson Valley in N.Y., in an apartment over a storage unit office with her daughter, husband and a lovable bedlington terrier. She's quick to point out that " I love our apartment though it is a bit odd to be surrounded with storage units as far as the eye can see. We like to call it zombie fortress zero because we are up high, surrounded by a gate and have no neighbors". Spooky huh?

The name Wren Willow comes from her 2 year old daughter, named Wren Willow. She is the driving force of creativity and is the never ending inspiration behind her work, as well as her daily life.

Besides the super cute t's for adults, kids and tots, Marla has also created a line of doggy t's. The doggy t's are a 100% ribbed cotton black sleeveless tank top and come in a variety of sizes, for small to large pups!

WrenWillow has been an Esty member since 2008. Aside from her Esty shop, Marla is a teacher and she works in New York City and commutes via a train. She claims it's hard to keep it all balanced and not get burnt out, so she sleeps on the train. Marla says she was a creative kid growing up and was considered the class artist. She loved drawing and says it is amazing to witness how artistic her daughter is. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
To find out more about WrenWillow or purchase something super cute, please visit


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A little something from ThisYearsGirl

Melissa Nucera is ThisYearsGirl. She is a graphic artist who lives and works in Pennsylvania. Nucera has a beautiful daughter, fiance' and 2 crazy cats. She has been sharing her artwork and selling prints on-line since early 2007. 
All of Nucera's images are photo manipulations and collages, using mostly her own photography and or royalty free stock images generously provided for use by the photographers and models. Through her photo manipulations, Nucera likes to create her very own little dream worlds and secret places. She loves wahat she does and hopes that you enjoy stepping into them as well. 

What exactly is Photo Manipulation? Well, photo manipulation is the application of image editing techniques to photographs in order to create an illusion or deception (in contrast to mere enhancement or correction), through analog or digital means. The resulting image may have little or no resemblance to the photo (or photos in the case of compositing) from which it originated. Today, photo manipulation is widely accepted as an art-form. (as defined by

Aside from her unique large and small photo prints, Nucera also produces rings, pocket mirrors, pendants, cards, and gift sets. To view more of her work or make a purchase, please visit