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Wednesday
Mar182015

Jodi Hays

Art affects and engages people in different ways, that's the beauty of it. Whether you understand the intention behind the piece or not, if you leave that moment of observation inspired or changed in any way, it did its job. 

Artist, Jodi Hays of Nashville is really good at her job. Her paintings seem to effortlessly draw you in and ask you to stick around and meander a bit. As she shares, "My work is an eclectic abstraction drawing from sound bites, pattern and the built environment. I am drawn to the grid as a formal consideration, as it relates to architecture and landscape." 

Jodi, "The South is a place, rooted in tradition, both dark and light. I grew up in Arkansas and my painting is influenced -even grows from- this kind of view that the world is beautifully tragic and we all have something to say." 

Jodi loves to hear what others may interpret from a piece - but she does name each one in an effort to guide you through the narrative. From top left, you'll find noise averse, Iliketomoveit, the daily and Ladies and Gentleman, introducing...  

This painting is 'Florida (Twin)' and is a homage to the state. As Jodi shared, "There is a building in Destin that was supposed to have a 'twin' built right next door to it but for financial reasons was never realized. I love the potential in this story (and some of my family are from the Everglades) and its parallels to a life of process and painting." 

I feel like I'm an explorer as I study each piece... my eye travels a path and then takes a moment to delve deeper, searching for meaning or feeling. If one of her paintings hung upon my wall, I imagine I'd see something different each day. I like that...

To see Jodi's impressive collection of paintings both new and old, as well as her works on paper, click here. I hope you take the journey...

 

Images: Jodi Hays   Final Image: Tina Gionis          Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Mar172015

The High Fiber

This past Sunday, I visited the Pop-Up shop at 200 Mill in Marietta, Georgia. The incredible artists who run this workshop, studio and retail space, (2 of which I've featured before on Sweet Peach: Ashley Woodson Bailey and Lindsay Troutman) open the Pop-Up one weekend a month. It doesn't disappoint...

The inviting, colorful space quickly gets your attention and the first item I couldn't stop admiring were these lovely towels by Daphne Cohan of The High Fiber, based in North Carolina. 

Daphne works in her home studio in a small mountain town just north of Asheville. She is inspired by nature, simplicity and community, which is apparent in each and every textile. 

As any friend of mine would attest, I love a good tea towel. But I have to say Daphne's really stood out to me- not only for their sweet designs, but because they were so soft. These are exactly the kind of tea towels I love to own. Plus, Daphne hand prints each one using organic, American made fabrics and solvent free, environmentally kind inks. 

Check out the entirety of Daphne's collection, which includes snack bags, totes and shopping bags, here. (or see in person at the next 200 Mill Pop-Up) Plus, peruse her new line of textiles, all made with the help of the sun and environmentally friendly materials, here. 

 

Images: The High Fiber;  First Image: 200 Mill       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Mar162015

Locomotiv


In Charleston, South Carolina, you'll find a small group of skaters and artists who handcraft skateboards and longboards to admire and wish for...

Each board made at Locomotiv is made from a high quality hard maple and carved with a unique design for extra style and grip. On all the boards, you can also customize the base and accent stain, as well as the color of the wheels. 

A perfect purchase to start the spring...check out all the Locomotive Boards, here. 

 

Images: Locomotiv     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Mar132015

North End Bag Co.

It's Friday and I can't help but think about a weekend getaway. I'm in the mood...but as I'm overloaded with work and extra projects at the moment, it's not a possibility in the near future. I can, however, start to prep for that day of departure with the purchase of one of North End Bag Co.'s well crafted totes or duffles...  

 

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the artisans at North End Bag Co. take great pride in crafting bags built to last. Every one is meant to be used, abused, never left at home...

The bags are unisex and a good option for those who want quality and style but not the price tag of an all leather tote. Plus, they travel well- from one far flung adventure to the next. To peruse their entire collection of relaxed and reliable bags, click here. And happy weekend...

 

Imagaes: North End Bag Co       Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Mar122015

Flannel & Floral 

I don't think I've ever seen an egg stand before but now that I have, I kinda love it. This stand, built for a half dozen eggs, is made of hand carved pine and walnut and sealed with tung oil. Makers Shannon and Megan Brantley of Southern Alabama make two other stands fit for a dozen eggs. See them here and here. 

In their online shop, Flannel & Floral, Megan and Shannon craft a multitude of wooden spoons, bowls and home decor items. I'm always a sucker for a new hand carved wooden spoon, no matter how many already fill my drawer...

You'll find almost a dozen wooden jewelry pieces in their shop as well. I love how they incorporate vintage brass chains with each piece to add character and style. 

How sweet is this pine and copper stand for your loose jewelry? Adding a few cute, stubby legs just makes all the difference, doesn't it? Peruse Megan and Shannon's entire online shop, here. 

 

Images: flannelandfloral.com    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Mar112015

Vintage finds by 1767...

Patrick Hayes is a dabbler. He has a lot of passions, which include music, photography, art, design, food and mixology. I first found him after a glimpse at his rustic wall art on Instagram, featuring some incredible pieces made from reclaimed wood in Nashville. After perusing Patrick's website, I learned that he also curates a must see vintage shop.  

As Patrick salvages wood on a regular basis, he tends to stumble upon some very interesting finds along the way. His shop includes over a 100 vintage items for the home, with each item showcasing its old age and character. 

Many of his found pieces have a story to tell, like this round silver boho serving tray. It was salavaged from a home in the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville, a home that was just demolished but had been standing since 1930. 

Personally, my favorite find of Patrick's are these mid century drawer pulls, also once a part of the 1930 home. I'd love to polish them up and place these on my own bedroom dresser. Check out Patrick's entire site, which includes his blog and artwork, here.

 

Images: 1767designs.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Michael Lane Walker

Wooden jewelry always feels timeless to me. I just don't see it ever going out of style, particularly with a collection of wearable designs as classic and cool as these...

Lane Walker of Michael Lane Walker Designs in Alpharetta, Georgia crafts bracelets and rings from both domestic and exotic woods like walnut, cherry, ash, oak, maple, mahogany and granadillo. Each piece has been well thought out and meticuously executed. Minimal yet complex...I like that. 

As Lane is in the process of creating his online shop, you can find his wooden jewels at various festivals and art shows throughout the year. Or, you can always contact him directly. In the meantime, check out his impressive photo gallery of wearable art pieces, here.

 

Images: michaellanewalker.com    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Monday
Mar092015

Masculine Decor...

 

Images: My Paradissi; ascouillard.tumblr.com; unknown      Content: Sweet Peach 

 

Friday
Mar062015

Thrive and Prosper

I love that moment when you stumble across something truly unique and beautiful. Such was the case when I clicked on the Thrive and Prosper site to find Cicely Siller's stunning concrete and reed baskets. 

Raised in the Netherlands and Germany, Cicely now calls Cameron, North Carolina her home. As she wanted to create something that celebrated her new, local community, she found inspiration through North Carolina's storied history of basket weaving. As she lives nearby a basket weaving supply house, she paired that idea with her love of concrete to create a myriad of beautiful conversation pieces. 

From crafting the mold and mixing and pouring concrete to weaving and adding texture to each piece, Cicely's process is a true labor of love. But well worth it. For one, Cicely is an artist influenced by both Scandinavian and German design, who is also inspired by southern basket weavers- so her work is wholly, uniquely her own. Plus, how can you not love any piece of art with a southern twist? 

See Cicely's entire concrete and reed basket collection, here. 

 

Images: Thrive and Prosper    Content: Sweet Peach 


Thursday
Mar052015

Bunglo

The recipe for success is elusive, ever changing, subjective...but when I read about Austin based artist, Shay Spaniola, I can't help but think she's got it all figured out. 

Shay has a keen eye for color and design, plus she loves to travel and be inspired. To better understand marketing and retail, she was once a part of Anthropologie's visual team as well. Combined, her many talents allow her to stand out amongst the fray. Her work feels original and visually engaging. And my hunch is it's only going to get better and better...

In Shay's shop, Bunglo, you'll find these gorgeous pillows with her hand painted patterns as well as artwork, ceramics and furniture to name a few. Color and energetic patterns are her niche but there's a softness to it. As she shares on her site, she seeks to transform "residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns." 

These sweet jewelry dishes are a collaboration with Bunglo and Kristen Saksa Juen- an incredibly talented Austin artist I blogged about last week. 

And then there's the original Knoll tulip chair. How great is this? Shay found this vintage gem in disarray and gave it a much needed makeover with fabric of her own design. It's tasteful yet modern and fun. It's a piece with staying power too, just like Shay. If I had to guess, both will be around for a long time to come...

 

Images: Bunglo.co   Content: Sweet Peach