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De-clutter With Wendy’s Leather Dragon Book

A child’s stories and musings should never be forgotten, but it’s often hard to manage and store years of your child’s work without having it just sit in the basement. Nobody is going to see it or appreciate it there.

Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Dragon Book gives you an opportunity to not just keep your child’s stories, but show them off. Let’s be honest, who isn’t going to want to look inside a leather book shaped like a dragon? Even non-mythical stories can find a fitting home within the pages. It’s just that cool.

Still with us? I thought so. See our captivating interview with Wendy, where we discuss her leather dragon books in more detail, below: (more…)

Artist Interview: Serena Stevens

 

 

Q: Your work is based on re-contextualizing found and personal images. What is your process for finding images?
A: I have always been a collector. Throughout my life I have gathered photographs, magazine articles, tchotchkes, stickers… so many things. My childhood bedroom walls were covered with Starburst wrappers and ransom-note-style poetry. Mentors and friends have given me stacks of magazines—old and new, and my mom is a great resource, sending me thrift store and yard sale oddities that are sweet, funny or disturbing, as well as scrapbooks, postcards, and family heirlooms recovered from the depths of former home basements and garages. (more…)

Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk

 

Q: Walk me through the typical creative process for one of your poems.
A: You asked for my typical creative process, and that varies a lot, but there are some things that are consistent. When I’m getting started, it’s not enough for me to have an idea I’m excited about; my real starting point comes when I write a first line. The meter and rhyme in a poem have to be clear from the very beginning, so that first line has to establish not only a captivating hook but also a tone that will match it and a rhythm that will propel it.

Once I’ve got that first line, I’ll play around a bit. I have some experience with improv, and this feels similar. I freestyle for a while, basically just toying with possible directions until I’ve convinced myself that there’s enough depth in this idea for me to spend time with it. I’m still not ready to commit to writing the full poem at this point, though. The last thing I need is an ending — a punchline, twist, or conclusion that makes it feel like this story was worth telling in the first place. When I’ve got my beginning and know what I’m working towards, then I start seriously writing. (more…)

Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Mythic Creatures

“I have always loved the feel of fine leather and am intrigued by it as a sculptural medium.  For me, creating mythic creatures from materials which have had a previous life is ultimately appropriate… May they encourage your sense of adventure and creation of story.”

Wendy Ellertson breathes mystifying life into fine leather and found materials in the form of her mythic creatures. Specializing in Dragons, Avians, Star Wanders and Stump Critters alike, Ellertson has spent the last 40 years crafting a universe of legendary figures, each one produced with such careful love and skill you’d swear they were real.  (more…)

Inside James Carlin’s Imaginative Furniture Designs

James Carlin combines childlike imagination with a multitude of handmade and computer-aided design techniques to create furniture that is as inspiring and creative as it is functional. (more…)