Wow! I’m still on cloud nine about having the opportunity to bring curate 1k to life! Collaborating with the lovely Julia Reynolds of The Shop in East Liberty and highlighting some of the most recent original work of one of my favorite artists, Britt Bass, was too good to be true!
The debut of the curate 1k collection at The Shop in East Liberty took place September 28 in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of The Shop. As much as I love bringing you affordable art from the comfort of my PJs, you can’t beat a real-life event!
The amazing Britt Bass created six new originals and an exclusive limited edition print - seriously you guys, there’s only 25 and I’ve already claimed mine! - specifically for the curate 1k collection. How amazing is that? Unwrapping them upon their arrival in Pittsburgh was like being a little kid on Christmas morning. Each was more beautiful than the last.
I’ll be featuring four of the paintings, along with the exclusive print (pictured above) over on curate 1k this week. I hope you enjoy the collection as much as I do!
| The photos above are from the curate 1k collection’s debut at The Shop. It was a divine evening all around, full of delicious food from The Livermore, beautiful art, good friends, and happy collectors. |
Two years ago, I quietly started a Tumblr blog showcasing all of my favorite, affordable online art. Beautiful walls for every budget certainly struck a chord and the project has grown in ways I would have never imagined.
So, I’m crazy excited to announce the very first physical curate 1k collection! Debuting at The Shop in East Liberty on Saturday, September 28, the collection features new work and an exclusive limited edition print by the lovely and talented Britt Bass.
Learn all about this dream collaboration here and stay tuned for opening event info and online ordering details!
This week’s "1k" collection theme is quite unexpected, but sort fell into my lap as I was browsing the Young Artists Show on BSDA (if you haven’t already seen it, go check it out now!) I was immediately drawn to the work of Theresia Zimmermann. The color palette was a little unusual for me, but I couldn’t get over the soft, squishy, almost Dr. Seuss-like organic forms. I loved the artist’s description of her work being like “secret gardens observed through a microscope.” I wondered if other artists were working on this cellular level. A quick Etsy search showed there most definitely are, and I’m loving so much of what’s out there. I hope you do, too. Enjoy!
| The intricate, lacy work above is by Wednesday’s featured artist, Maria Doering. Browse her Etsy shop here. |
I’m packing up house and moving once again… but this time it’s to our very first home! Yes, we bought a house!
I have packed way too often over the last five years, and I’m really looking forward to finally being settled for a while. I feel like half of my life is in piles right now, but none of it looks nearly as pretty as Marisa Swangha’s stacked book photographs above. So lovely and simple.
Be sure to check out my “1k” collections to watch my moving progress. This week: chaos and mess. Next week: something a little closer to home. Enjoy!
| Find prints of Marisa’s photos in her Etsy shop. |
Have I ever told you how absolutely in love with Pittsburgh I am? You may remember my move here last fall; sparked by a yearning for a more vibrant and affordable city. The cost of living in Pittsburgh is low enough that creative people can actually afford to be creative! It may sound silly, but the proof is in the pudding. I am surrounded by inspiring movers-and-shakers all doing amazing projects, many of which center around the creation, promotion, and/or appreciation of art and design. It’s like heaven for me.
Soon after arriving, I met Christine and Melissa of Treading Art. Transplants from California, they too recognized something special in Pittsburgh. Just like me, they jumped ship and arrived in the Steel City with ambitions to make their idea for Treading Art a reality.
Here’s Christine and Melissa…
Treading Art is Pittsburgh’s premier cultural resource and public programming developer. We host regular content on the website that highlights Pittsburgh’s creative community and the city’s urban resurgence. Additionally, Treading Art is hired to assist organizations develop their public programming and exposure needs.
Our collection for curate 1k is made up of many talents found within this rust belt city. We attend their openings, shop their racks, befriend their owners, and support the artists by spreading the good word. Treading Art is lucky to be in this great city during it’s cultural renaissance.
See their “1k” collection here. Enjoy!
Laura Heaney’s still life drawings make me smile. Why not use your cupboard for inspiration? I’m in awe of how beautifully she renders the metallic crinkles of the Cheetos bag and how faithfully she reproduces the stickers on her tomatoes.
While I love the pieces above, my favorite work from her “Food” series is the lemon. You’ll find it featured in this week’s "1k" collection in good, citrus-y company. Enjoy!
| Limited edition prints of Laura’s work can be found in her Etsy shop. |