Saturday, December 5, 2009

Silk Chiffon Scarves

My new scarves are sheer silk chiffon. Lighter and airier than the haboti silk I have used before. Sort of a retro look about some of them. Fun to be painting on silk again!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some Fun Customers

Reasons I liked them: When I opened my front door to put out my Open sign and my flags, they were waiting. Nothing like waiting customers to make the shopkeep feel valued! They drove a Jeep Wrangler, just like me, though mine is much older and red. Their license plate indicated they were fans of sunflowers and I have a series of sunflower photographs. They are landscapers and I am a landscape designer. They were power shopping for things for their own yard before they took off for the rest of Father's Day doing some relaxing sightseeing. And they bought a birdbath and two kinds of birdhouses and few other things. And they said nice things about many of my artists. And that, the last, may have been what endeared them to me the most, because the thing I love most about Prairie Oak Artisans is the group of talented artists that I get to know and with whose work I surround myself every day at the gallery.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Karma's Leather Flower Pins

Karma's leather flower pins are hand made one at a time from real leather. Some of the leather is scraps from upholstery industry, some is leftover from Karma's bookbinding projects that require that rectangular pieces be cut out of irregularly shaped hides, and others is purchased specifically for the flowers to certain colors or textures. Wear these pins on a lapel of a coat or jacket, the collar of a blouse, on the strap or body of a purse, handbag, or briefcase, on a headband, or on an elastic band ponytail holder. Can you think of anywhere else to wear these beautiful leather flowers?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wood Strip Canoes by Randy Pfeifer

These canoes are custom made of cedar wood strips bent around a form. The artist glues each strip on individually, using no staples or ties, resulting in a perfect flawless exterior. The wood is covered inside and out with fiberglass and epoxy to render it water-tight and lake- and river-worthy. Gunwale design, seat design, deck design and other details can be individualized, and a number of shapes and sizes are available. Custom inlay work can decorate the sides of the boats, and dark and light strips allow design elements to grace the hull of the canoe. These boats will turn heads, whether on the car roof-top carrier, in the water, or hanging from the ceiling of your home. They are beautiful.

Felted Flower Pins - Karma Grotelueschen

The parts of these pins are hand felted from wool fleede using traditional wet felting. Then the parts are assembled using contemporary needle felting. This is the process used by the artist to construct her felted landscape and floral paintings.

Tied In Knots Earring - Karma Grotelueschen

Waxed linen cords ties these beads into swingy earrings.

Karma Grotelueschen's Yellow Flower Paintings

Painted with water-soluable oils, these paintings are 12" square and designed to be hung vertically as a set.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Notecards from Carrie Auwerter Watercolors

Carrie Auwerter's Watercolor Paintings

Carrie paints nature scenes from her garden and beyond, with meticulous realistic detail in clear rich colors, and lets the white of the paper glow through for rich contrasts.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Colors of Scarves

Scarves are available in Yellows and oranges, oranges and reds, pinks and purples, purples and blues, blues and greens, greens and yellows. Tones can be bright and vibrant or more muted and dusky.
Each scarf is painted with several tones in the range of colors and has a white resist line that features a leave or flower along it.

Karma Grotelueschen's Dance Veil Scarves

These new larger scarves come in two lengths, 84" and 108", and can be worn wrapped around the neck, over the shoulders, or just loose in front, or they can be used in dance to float and flow with the music. 100% silk scarves are painted with a resist process that leaves a white line in a leaf or lily design to separate colors.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Karma Grotelueschen's Felt Calla Lily Pins

Pins for lapel, hatband, handbag, shawl, or knit cap are made of wool felt and Eco-fi felt that is made of recycled beverage bottles.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Jane Brown's Flower Pins

Jane Brown has 12 designs published in Crochet! magazine, over 6 different months. The designs are published 2 per month and titled "Flower Of The Month Pins". Jane runs her own yarn shop and teaches knitting and crochet and designs her own patterns for many other products including shawls, purses, and hats. Her shop is called Never Enough Knitting and is located in Wheaton, Illinois. Prairie Oak Artisans is delighted to be carrying her crocheted flower pins! They are lovely on a coat lapel, a hat, a purse, or a shawl.