Category — Vendor Spotlights
Be sure to come and check out September’s Artist of the Month, the amazing Mary Campbell! Mary’s larger-than-life crocheted food and household items, like pretzels, pencils, and ice cream cones, are a huge hit with kids and kids at heart. They also make great gifts – for foodie friends or house-warming parties!
Mary stitches all her pieces without using any patterns. Brilliant!
Residents of Portland have probably spotted Mary’s brother, Extremo the Clown, riding around town and blasting music in his art covered van.
You know you NEED a big huggable blueberry, light bulb or fried egg in your life!!!
September 17, 2014 No Comments
You really must come see our artist of the month display for August! You get to put on 3-D glasses and look at art! And you’ll see things like a wiener dog walking a hot dog, a skateboarding taco with a mustache, a donut with a arms and legs and a big smile, and so much more!
Tripper Dungan was born in Santa Barbara, California. At the early age of 4 he got in trouble for coloring in his brothers He-Man coloring book. He hasn’t stopped making art since.
In his early teens Tripper and his family moved regularly, sometimes every week. During this time he started making a comic strip that was heavily inspired by “Calvin and Hobbes” and “The Simpsons”. The comic strip didn’t last but a couple years. After a few years and 3 times across the country and back, Tripper’s family settled in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tripper attend the Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts and International Studies. This is where he received the bulk of his art training. For a sort of informal Senior project, he and his friend John Engle, AKA “the Prof 8o00%” made a makeshift carnival they called “The Carnival of the Eye.” It featured a plethora of dioramas, 2d art, a black and white strobe hut gallery, a tea bar, and a 7-foot tall mushroom with a light up interior.
In 2002, Tripper moved up to Portland, Oregon, where he started making sampled music soundtracks for his increasingly elaborate shadow puppet shows. He would perform at clubs, house parties, music venues, tea houses, colleges, and geodesic domes all up and down the northwest coast.
Portland is also where Tripper met a handful of visual artist in the early days of “Last Thursdays” up on Alberta Street. They shared a love of found wood to paint on and had an aesthetic that worked well together, and they formed a loose collective they called “Junk Town.” Junk Town would set up their salvaged wood walls at night clubs and bars, and hang art on the cheap. One show at Tripper’s house ended well into the night after a couple beer runs and a gaggle of Brazilians showed up to rock out on the drums to some 70′s Italian Bossanova beats.
Tripper has been a part of Portland’s many local art events such as Holocene’s annual mini golf design competition, where he made a 7-foot tall robot head to hit your golf ball into. He made a temporary moving mural of a woodsman playing a ukulele at the Goodfoot lounge. Whenever the men’s room door opened the woodsman’s arm strummed the weed whacker strings on the 11-foot ukulele. At a show at Screaming Sky he hand-carved a totem pole as part of a show about animal tales. Just to name a few.
Tripper is currently showing in galleries across the country and slinging art at heavily curated craft shows on the West coast. He even sometimes picks up the odd graphic design job for local independent record labels, websites, people that want a design for a tattoo, HUB brewing, and weekly papers like the Portland Mercury. His art has been featured on the cover of the Portland Mercury a handful of times.
Be sure to visit Tripper’s website: http://numberstar.com/!
August 5, 2014 1 Comment
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 1 Comment
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 3 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