Why buy handmade? As the giver of a handmade gift, you have supported an artist directly. Someone much like yourself, with bills to pay, family to feed and clothe. Artists and Craftsman that have spent many hours and their own resources to create pieces that you can share and be proud of. Pieces that no one else has...no mass made, imported, big business marketing! You can avoid the chain & department stores in favor of something of much more meaning and value. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind (OOAK), and made with love and care, attention that can not be matched by a machine. You and your gift recipient get the gratification of art and skill that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing. You may also find that buying handmade is environmentally a plus too. Many artists use recycled and green material to fashion wonderful fine art pieces.
From quilted to crocheted...painted or sculpted...felted or sewn...the possibilities are endless.
So here's a plug for Myself and my Fellow Artists & Friends...Buy Handmade This Christmas! Or Anytime!
Some of my favorite links are listed to the right....but there are soooo many more I need to list! On my list alone you can find art dolls & fairy folk, primitive cloth dolls, beautiful paintings, Halloween collectibles, folk art, Gothic girls...and more! There are links to artists groups I'm proud to be part of as well (BWBA, AHQU, ADSG, HA31). Check out ebay, etsy, or selling blogs! Click those links from our blogs...buy handmade!
Happy Holidays & Bright Wishes to All!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
My latest creation...OOAK (one of a kind) art doll winter fae. She stands 12 1/2 inches tall on her crackle painted base. She is hand sculpted from polymer clay. Dressed in burgandy satin, teal blue ribbon like yarn with matching tulle over skirt. She has soft dark blonde mohair locks that I fashioned into an updo and adorned with matching fabric, and beaded lace like embroidered fabric (like that on a wedding dress). Her sleeves are done in scrunched vintage blue velvet. She has a white rabbit fur muff on her hands that matches the fur on her head piece. Her wings are irridescent teal green with a touch of extra fine maroon glitter. Perfect for a winter, snow, or Christmas & Holiday display.
Thanks for Looking!