Category — Vendor Spotlights
What better way to celebrate summer and relive the magic of summer camp than by featuring the art of Rachel Beyer of Camp Smartypants?! Rachel’s cards, prints, journals, buttons, wrapping paper, and other camp-inspired creations will brighten your day and inspire you to get out and have some adventures!
The story of Camp Smartypants:
Camp Smartypants began in the summer of 2009 in a sunny backyard of Portland, Oregon. I had just moved home from Seattle to cultivate a dream that had been growing inside me since I was a young girl sleeping under the stars at Girl Scout camp.
After studying graphic design at The Art Institute of Seattle and working my first ‘real’ job, I found that I longed for the days when I went on adventures, made god’s eyes and friendship bracelets, and laughed with my friends until my sides hurt.
I believe we are all young at heart and should hold onto our childlike innocence. We are never too old to climb a tree, invent a new language or imagine the impossible.
A line of colorful art, greeting cards and handmade goods, Camp Smartypants hopes to inspire you to rekindle those fun, magical memories. Laugh with your friends, explore new terrain and follow your heart.
Be sure to visit http://campsmartypants.com!
July 8, 2014 No Comments
We are super pleased to feature Jessica Swift as our May Artist of the Month! Jessica creates beautiful, bright and inspiring artwork that graces prints, notebooks, magnets, eye pillows, postcards and more! Be sure to come by and see for yourself!
Jessica Swift, a full-time artist, surface pattern designer, and writer, is on a quest to inspire creative people everywhere to pursue their wild + colorful dreams… and never give up. Her magically uplifting, colorful artwork is licensed widely for iPhone cases, fabric, stationery, rugs, and more. Her art and products are designed to serve as tokens of happiness — reminders that you need (and deserve) to feel GOOD in your life. Her forthcoming book on pattern design is due to be published in Spring 2015. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two adorable cats, and you can find her colorfully creating and blogging online at JessicaSwift.com.
May 21, 2014 No Comments
This month we are excited to feature the work of our very own Kara Burke in the Artist of the Month section! Kara has been a part of the Crafty Wonderland team since we first opened our retail store in the fall of 2010! Come in to see her adorable pet pillows, ornaments, paintings, wallets, and jewelry in person!
April 24, 2014 No Comments
This month we are excited to present the work of Jahna Vashti in our Artist of the Month section! Jahna’s cards and prints are so beautifully done, and full of color and personality! Be sure to come see her work in person!
Here is her artist statement:
In the first part of my adulthood, I lost the freedom and the joy that I had when creating art like I did as a kid. I worried about the wrong things and felt insecure. Upon the birth of my first son, I thought about the man I hoped to raise, and cringed thinking that he would ever shove his potential away for any reason. So, I had a long look in the mirror and began to paint with a fervor like never before. Finally, in the summer of 2011 my paintings were piling up. With a snap decision, and a little bravery I decided to share my work and by the summer’s end, my art became my full time job. I find inspiration in everyday life. My creativity is easily ignited by things like song lyrics, rusty pipes, old photographs, or ancient artifacts…. And that list could seriously go on and on. Each time someone tells me that my work makes them happy, it renders me nearly speechless. I keep that feeling close to my heart with every piece I create.
March 1, 2014 2 Comments
January 11, 2014 1 Comment
One of our best selling artists, Little Lark, keeps our shop filled with clothing, paper goods, housewares, and gifts for people of all ages! Come see the special Artist of the Month display featuring some of our favorite Little Lark goods during the month of November!
Little Lark was created in 2006 by Christy Nyboer when the birth of her son inspired her to fill the lack of non gender baby clothes in the market. What started off as a simple hobby has steadily grown over the past 7 years to now include a wider range of products selling to stores all around the world.
Little Lark sells unique apparel for young and old that isn’t limited by traditional colors and motifs, and offers a beautiful selection of greeting cards and paper gifts appropriate for any occasion. Christy creates designs that are modern, hip, non-gender specific and exhibit simplicity and style with a sophisticated edge.
Christy is inspired by beauty and wonder through the eyes of a child. Many ideas have blossomed from old children’s educational books, science textbooks, and her fond memories of living in Alaska as a child. Little Lark designs are inspired by what is beautiful, terrific, mysterious and optimistic about our world.
Christy received her BFA at Alfred University in New York and has exhibited her paintings & mixed media sculptures internationally before the start of Little Lark. “I am really excited to start getting back to the fine arts, but I don’t know if I will ever be the artist I was before starting Little Lark. This season I have chosen some of my favorite designs and handprinted limited editions on paper so they can be enjoyed in ones home. When I create a design, I want to be able to look at it for years and still love it… not just on a t-shirt.”
November 12, 2013 No Comments
Our October Artist of the Month is the incredibly talented LeBrie Rich of PenFelt! She has been selling at Crafty Wonderland for years and we really enjoy seeing how she continually evolves her art form! Come by the shop to see her amazing work in person!
Founded in 2004, PenFelt offers a line of handmade, hand dyed felt objects. Each item is made personally by the Duchess of Felt (LeBrie Rich). PenFelt’s colorful accessories and objets d’ art are known for their high-quality construction and the customer glee they provoke. Products are wet-felted merino wool, with some needle felted embellishments. Much of the fiber used is dyed in-house by the Duchess herself.
In addition to the felt work featured here, LeBrie creates one of a kind sculpture for diverse settings including museums, galleries, storefront windows and art vending machines. LeBrie’s abstract paper collages are currently being exhibited at Fresh Pot, just a few blocks away (724 SW Washington Street)!
LeBrie also teaches felting and textile workshops. In 2012 she taught felting in a rural community in Japan (with lots of gesturing) and in 2013 she taught at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, New York. Grab a flyer or visit penfelt.com/workshops for a list of upcoming classes to join the fun!
October 15, 2013 2 Comments
Come to the shop during the month of September to see the beautiful artwork of Adrienne Vita! We carry her prints and cards in the shop and have some special framed original artwork on display for the month. Don’t miss it!
Adrienne Vita is an artist from Portland, Oregon, where she is inspired by her love of the sea, nature, animals, and patterns. Adrienne illustrates using pencils, ink, watercolors and sometimes cut paper. Her work depicts scenes of unusual environments that are ethereal in nature and all things imaginary. Inspiring connection and intuitiveness, there is a special message for each piece she creates.
September 9, 2013 No Comments
Come to the shop this month to see the beautiful artwork of Michele Maule! We are excited to show some of her original pieces, as well as new prints, cards and best-selling Portland postcards!
Michele lives in Portland with her boyfriend and their comical Boston Terrier, Chloe. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking (with an emphasis in printmaking) in 2005. She loves so many different kinds of art making. Michele often switch between painting, collage, printmaking and illustration. The art at Crafty Wonderland this month is a representation of animals, insects and myths that can be found in Oregon.
Our state provides some of the most beautiful landscapes and environments. It’s also home to many animals that aren’t always easy for us to see. I wanted to feature them in this show and give people a chance to see my interpretation of them in this series.
The American Pika was one of my favorite animals to learn about and paint. American Pikas can be found living among the rocky base of Crater Lake National Park, as well as mountainous areas of Central and Eastern Washington. They keep to themselves mostly, but they will yell out to other Pikas if there is any predatory dangers in the area. Also, they’re incredibly cute. Pikas have adapted to living in cold climates, however if they are exposed to more than six hours with temperatures higher than 77 degrees, the little Pika cannot survive. With global warming expected to raise the temperature of our planet in coming years, the American Pika could be in danger.
The Grey Wolf, or Timber Wolf, is another animal in this series that I fell in love with. Grey wolves inhabit Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Grey Wolves are in serious endangerment in Oregon with as little as two dozen counted in November of 2011. The wolves were completely killed off in 1946, but have been making a very slow comeback. They are being killed mostly to protect livestock, and with the growing human population it is hard for them to maintain habitats. A couple of fun facts about the grey wolf include, their saliva can be used to help stop bacterial infections in wounds. Also, the alpha male, and the alpha female, are the only wolves in a pack that reproduce.
All of the animals in this series are important animals to us and our environment. I wanted to pay a small homage to those animals that I admire through these pieces. These paintings and drawings were a joy to create. Every tiny line that makes up their being gave me a reflective, meditative space to exist. My hope is that my love and appreciation for each animal is conveyed in each portrait. I also hope that people pay close attention to how their lives may directly, or indirectly, impact the lives of the animals that share this beautiful state with us.
August 6, 2013 1 Comment
We are pleased to present the fun and functional work of Oh, Little Rabbit as our July Artist of the Month! They hand screen print their original illustrations onto baby onesies, lunch bags, dish towels, and aprons!
Their product line is a reflection of the things they enjoy and would want to have in their own home. They love the idea of practical art. A piece that can be displayed and visually enjoyed, as well as earn its keep on the oven bar by being the best dish drying flour sack towel around. Being eco-friendly is very important at Oh, Little Rabbit. They make sure to use organic and recycled materials whenever possible. They also use nontoxic water based inks. It’s a two person operation – they do everything themselves – and really do love what they do.
Jason and Cara Hibbs started Oh, Little Rabbit as a part time hobby business in the beginning of 2010. When they first opened, they were printing out of a converted hallway coat closet in their 1 bedroom apartment! As their business grew they decided to take a leap of faith and turn their ‘hobby’ into full time jobs!
Come by the shop this month to see their work in person, or visit their Etsy shop!
July 9, 2013 No Comments