Paintings by new artist, Dani Brandimarte. $120-$250.
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Fisk & Fern is a little paper and household goods business out of Austin Texas, owned and operated by illustrator and printmaker Laura Fisk. Her products feature funny little creatures & nature drawings which she then hand screenprints on a range of paper and household goods. There’s always some brightness, happiness, or silliness in whatever she’s making, and hopes to make people chuckle and smile. Growing up, she always wanted to make cards and be a cartoonist, and finally found her way back to doing just that.
Her work has been featured on Daily Candy LA, The LA times home and style blog, Nymag.com, indiefixx, PaperCrave, and Oh so beautiful paper, among other wonderful publications (Go Laura!)
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Tiny Little Paintings are just plain cute. The Tiny Cupcake reminds us that life is sweet and Tiny Yoda helps us make wise life decisions. A Tiny Lemon freshens any room and what little (or big) girl doesn’t love a Pony. Whether you are looking for romance, or just a treat, look no further than Tiny Paintings.
What is a Tiny Little Painting?
Tiny Little Paintings began as Felice House original oil paintings. They are now available in “tiny” form as 2.5”x2” archival giclee prints on canvas in five frame styles, and for only $25 they make a perfectly unique gift for anyone.
House comes from a long line of artists. Her grandmother is an award winning Vermont weaver, her mother is an amazing painter and her father has worked in computer graphics since its inception. As a child she remembers sitting around during her mother’s figure drawing classes watching people draw. When she walked into her first oil painting class at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1998, holding a box of her mother’s old paints, she felt like she had gone home. She knew just what to do.
House received a B.F.A from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2000, a M.S. in computer graphics from the Visualization Laboratory at Texas A&M University in 2006 and an M.F.A from the University of Texas in 2011. In between she spent time studying classical painting and portraiture at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD. She has received numerous fellowships and scholarships and enjoyed a residency at the Vermont Studio center. Felice has been featured in shows across Canada, the North East Coast and Texas. She currently lives in Austin with her husband, fellow artist Dana Younger, and her step-sons Jasper and Wiley.
Fruits and Passion is a master perfumer that offers scented body and home products made with natural ingredients and carefully developed with respect for the environment. Our unique fragrances, innovative packaging as well as original and effective formulas create an unforgettable sensory experience inspired by nature.
Atown carries a number of products from the widely loved product line Cucina.
Hand soap and hand cream duo: $14.95
16.9 oz. hand soap: $19.95
Hand cream: $23.95
33.8 oz. hand wash refill: $27.95
We get a lot of questions about our Catstudio products. Who are the geniuses behind the design, where are they from, where is it made and why are their products such gosh darn perfect gifts?! Well, the story is a good one, here it goes:
Terrell and Carmel Swan, the principals of catstudio, are a husband and wife design team who bring with them interesting and varied experiences. Both have anthropology backgrounds, because of a shared love for world culture. Terrell did a stint at law school and then attended graduate school in anthropology, while Carmel majored in anthropology, then switched to art.
Carmel, a native of Hawaii, grew up in a family who liked to travel. By the age of 18, she had visited Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia with frequent trips to the US “mainland.” When she settled down in Los Angeles after college, she pursued a career with Arista and CBS recording companies, on jobs that took her to exotic locations. While in the Artist Development department, she managed staging, costuming, TV and video appearances for talent including The Jacksons, Charlie Daniels, Patti Labelle, and Ozzie Osbourne, among others.
Born in California, Terrell grew up in Texas and Mississippi. At an early age he experienced a strong wanderlust (which has yet to be sated), and this urge carried him to many places around the globe (India, the Far East, Galapagos Islands, to mention a few). He rode camels and elephants, caught old steam engine trains, swam with seals, and hauled Murano glass and Persian carpets halfway around the world. Eventually, when it was time to come home, he found himself in New Orleans, where he opened the third Earth Shoe store in the United States. Then, in 1975, he added a Roots Store in Houston. Three years later, in 1978, he opened a retail clothing store in Houston that sold the then-revolutionary concept of garment dyed clothing. According to an article in Esquire magazine, his was the first modern store in the U.S.A. to carry all cotton merchandise.
In 1988, Terrell and Carmel created Swan & Swan Design, a women’s sportswear company, so they could pursue their first loves: for Terrell, drawing and design; for Carmel, art and textiles. Their clothing was sold internationally under the Swan Magic label, and it quickly became the premiere resource for original, whimsical designs, and high quality hand embroidery. They established a niche market that developed a cult following.
It was during this time that the Swans decided to put their mutual love for travel onto cloth, in the form of hand embroidered maps. Not just any maps, mind you, but extraordinary, breathtaking works of art that were also fun and colorful decorative pillows. Each one took weeks of research, drawing and redrawing, coloring and re-coloring, sampling and resampling. Finally, being very pleased with their new project, the Swans decided it was time to get serious about it. It was then that they moved on from apparel to the home furnishings & giftware markets. The new company, catstudio (Carmel and Terrell - CAT), took off immediately. They seemed to have invented another significant niche market, and their customers’ pleas for “more and more” keep the Swans very busy.
The Geography Collection presently encompasses all 50 states, plus many cities, regions, resorts, national parks and countries. Taking their inspiration from the vintage souvenir pillows of the 30’s and 40’s, the Swans have tried to keep the integrity of a locale, while featuring both historical figures and kitsch local icons, and points of interest. Of course most major cities can be found on their maps, but if they like a name, for instance, “Loveland” in Colorado, they’re likely to include it. Based on the market response, they soon knew these pillows had hit a chord in the hearts of the public. Not only are they mementos of a past you don’t want to forget, like a sun-kissed summer spent in Martha’s Vineyard, or your honeymoon in San Francisco, they also represent the places you hope to visit, like the vacation you’re saving up for to see real cowboys in Montana, or the dream of going to Ireland. They also happen to make fantastic gifts, and are quite the conversation piece!
Today you’ll find the Swans living in picturesque Petaluma, a quiet Northern California town nestled amongst dairy farms and rolling hills. Of course, they continue to travel to all parts of the world - you could say it is their business, and you would be right. Besides the iconoclastic Pillows, there are drinking glasses, dish towels, totes, trays, aprons and rugs in the product mix. Tees and beach towels are the newest exciting additions. Believe you me, think of any surface at all, and the Swans have thought about how they could incorporate that into the life of catstudio designs.
Drinking glasses: $12
Dish towels: $18.95
20x20 hand stiched pillows: $149
Plate sets: $54
Kitchen mats: $58
2x3 rugs: $48
3x5 rugs: $98
4x6 rugs: $162
We are so excited to announce our line of Capri Blue candles! Once an Anthropologie exclusive item, these hand-blown cobalt blue glass containers made from recycled water bottles set the tone for this best-selling collection of soy/paraffin, lusciously fragrant candles.
20 oz. Signature Jar ($28) - 85+ hours
8oz. Chub Cup ($18) - 30+ hours
8oz. Travel Tin ($13.50) - 25+ hours
Capri Blue candles are hand poured in the USA.