Prawns Picks #4…Cheese Before Bedtime

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Prawns Picks #4…brings you Cheese Before Bedtime
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So after my Prawns Pick from New Zealand last month, I’ve turned up another stunning Kiwi find. ‘Cheese Before Bedtime’ is a funky little shop selling unique embroidered and applique pieces – or stitchy drawings as I like to call them.
You’ll find a lovely range of hoop art and mini canvases all with unusual embroidered characters such as ‘Bunny Girl’, ‘Pinata Girl’ and ‘Foxy Lady’, not to mention the crowd of stitched ‘Hipsters’ with their too-cool-for-school head wraps and retro bicycles; and the coy ‘Floral Crown Girls’ who hide behind their locks and flower crowns.
Apart from the fact that I can’t draw a human to save my life – and have no desire to really – no whiskers!! I also really admire Amy Dawson’s stitchy pieces for their unique approach to depicting modern day fashion and styling using a distinctly old day technique. And it works oh so well – just look at those textured embroidered roses. Measuring a very dinky 4″ x 4″, I dread to think how many tiny stitches ‘Audrey’ and her pink rose floral crown took to make! The combination of stitch with applique works really well and something I’ve used quite a bit for some ‘Crafty Prawn’ pieces – you can see my pug on a bike here or some wedding mice here.

kiddie-winks…
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flower and feather girls…
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hipsters…
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and a foxy lady…
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…you can find the Cheese Before Bedtime shop here
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Prawns Picks #3…Ellen Giggenbach…

prawns picks3-01My Prawn’s Pick this month is my absolute favourite find…I think maybe I’m a little slow on the up take, as after finding Ellen’s gorgeous shop on Etsy I cyber-snuffled about a bit – in the manner of a truffle-pig snuffling in the woods – and turned up tonnes of amazing bright, folky, paper cut products. Oooo the joy! This is the beauty of Etsy I think, you stumble upon people who’ve been slogging away making beautiful things for years on the other side of the world. The only thing is it’s seems to be mostly luck and flook that brings them to the surface…I only hope The Crafty Prawn gets snuffled out by some cyber-truffle-pigs sometimes. Anyway, enough random metaphors, here is just a fraction of the gorgeous ‘modern, folk, cut paper art prints, crafts and pillows’ that you can find in Ellen’s shop…

Prawns Picks #3…brings you Ellen Giggenbach
So if the the medley of  gorgeous mid-century photograph props aren’t enough to make you go weak at the knees; the fact that all Ellen’s products start life as a hand paper cuts/paper assemblages, using paper that she’s coloured herself – will surely do the trick. I love the pops of colour, the slightly 50’s illustrative style and the folky subject matter. Of course, anything illustrated alphabet really floats my boat (see more of that here and here) let alone an animal alphabet, so I love the L for Lion. Apart from art prints and wall decalls, you will also find very cool do-it-yourself paper sculpture kits to create 3D animals of all sorts including an owl, a pussycat and their boat; AND fabric craft kits to sew your own little lady doll.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE, nothing more to say, I want to buy it all.

you can find the ‘Ellen Giggenbach’ shop here
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…and see her website here

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Prawns Pick #2…frighten…

prawns picks#2-01So now Valentines Day has jogged on for another year, I thought I would bring you something a bit different as an antidote to all the heartsy red smoosh that we’ve been drowning in for the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty darn smooshy left to my own devices, but I’m not too fond of the total commercial takeover that extends it’s fluffy-hearted-red-rose-tendrils around us for two weeks in Feb. So any-hoo, here’s something wonderfully dark and odd…

Prawns Picks #2…brings you ‘frighten’
a treat of an Etsy shop full of surreal mixed media, paper collage and prints.
140215_frightenRun by Mari in Brooklyn, New York, I stumbled upon ‘frighten’ a few months ago while browsing the bazaar endless land of Etsy and the strange animal collages made me laugh. Using antique Victorian photographs, the images are manipulated and transformed into new quirky little vignettes or scenes, which are available to buy as prints. They make you feel a bit uneasy at first, the sight of two meerkat-headed-Victorian-children staring out at you with their audacious expressions. But the clever and subtle use of animals and their expressions make it just the right balance of funny and wierd! I’ll leave you with a nice little quote from Mari of ‘frighten’…

“…working with photos this old often feels like I’m working with ghosts, and I sometimes think about what the people in the photos would think about what I’m doing to them. Hopefully they would see the fun in it, and not think it’s too weird…”
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140215_frighten3140215_frighten8140215_frighten5this is how I feel most days…my brain a web of tangled tree roots…not to mention my combo of pensive face and Victorian puffed shoulders…

you can find the ‘frighten’ shop here
…follow ‘frighten’ and Mari on facebook here
…and take a look at Mari’s other photography shop here