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Rack and Ruined custom clock

Rack and Ruined is a small business creating one-of-a-kind art and home decor from wood, antlers, and repurposing. And before you tell you more, I have to admit to more than a little bias towards his work, as the owner, Jon Hepworth, happens to be my Dad. Formerly a missionary to Ireland for 13 years, he now works at a saw mill in northern-mid Michigan which gives him access to some really beautiful woods. Due to the uniqueness of the materials, every piece is a one-of-a-kind. At Rack and Ruined, you can find everything from lamps and clocks to baskets and buttons. Whether you’re a hunter, or just love that rustic look, Rack and Ruined is perfect for you!

Rack and Ruined antler pizza cutters

Rack and Ruined really does have a huge range of product types from larger pieces like lamps, shelves, baskets, canes, and clocks to smaller items like keychains, buttons, ice cream scoops, pizza cutters, and even dog chews! Know what you want, but haven’t been able to find it? Custom orders are certainly a possibility.

Interested in seeing more by Rack and Ruined? Drop by his Facebook page! Be sure to check back later, as new ideas are being explored all the time!

Also, if you happen to be in Michigan around Thanksgiving, Rack and Ruined will be participating in the Chesaning Music Booster Arts & Crafts held in the Chesaning middle-school and high-school the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. (He’ll be in the main room of the middle-school.) Hope you consider dropping by!

Potter Man Studio

The Potter Man Studio is located in East Yorkshire, UK, and is run by ceramics artist Lee Steele. Mr. Steele studied 3D Design at York College of Further & Higher Education (an associate college of the University of York), afterwards he opened his own studio/gallery. His own work is inspired by history. His passion for historical inspiration comes from years of Medieval, Viking, late Roman, and Saxon re-enactment. He also, like many artists, draws inspiration from the natural world.

Potter Man Studio - Salvage Ware

Another favorite of Mr. Steele, is a texture experimentation inspired by the world of Steampunk and post-industrial landscape. In what he calls is ‘Salvage Ware’, he explores with clay, oxides, and glazes how to create a piece that has the appearance of rust, corrosion, or other form(s) of deterioration or weathering. By giving his work the appearance of age, he also creates the illusion of history and that makes the pieces all the more interesting. I makes you wonder about them, ask questions, and imagine the reality where such a piece could have existed and what its story would be.

Potter Man Studio though is about more than just Mr. Steele’s own work. It’s also about teaching. The Potter Man Studio is open to the public to take classes and workshops. There are workshops are offered for adults, children, as well as families. He even offers workshops for parties, clubs, and societies!

To learn more about Potter Man Studio, visit him on Facebook or his website. You can also find him on Twitter.

Thistledown Botanicals

Thistledown Botanicals is a small, at-home business on the northern fringe of Lower Michigan’s civilization (also known as Standish, Michigan). Now, I must admit that I have more than a little bias towards Thistledown Botanicals, as the owner of the business happens to be my mother, Holly Hepworth. She makes 100% natural skin care products and cosmetics. Right now, her products range from lip glosses and balms to lotions/lotion bars, sugar scrubs, and body butters; she has even made her own organic sunscreen. However, she is always looking to expand and learn new things. Most recently, she has been bitten by the soap bug…… and badly, there is soap curing EVERYWHERE in the house. She uses a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, flavoring oils, mica colourants, etc. to make her work not just functional, but smelling and looking beautiful! Some of her soaps are even topped with flowers she dried in her dehydrator.

She is still new to the world of handmade/homemade businesses, and so does not have a website at this time. However, she does have a Facebook page you can visit which is set-up so you can purchase through it via PayPal. Keep checking back to see new products!

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2LittlePs

2LittlePs is based out of Virginia Beach, VA and run by jewelry artist Cathy P. Cathy creates beautiful handcrafted jewelry from a variety of materials. She works with sterling silver, fine silver, and copper and loves to combine these materials with leather, silk, beads, and sea glass. She also works a lot with precious metal clay. There is a lot of whimsy and elegant simplicity in Cathy’s style. No piece is over-fussed, or under-designed.

2LittlePs - cancer awareness pendant

Cathy is involved with many different charitable organizations and uses her jewelery talents to support and spread awareness for these causes. Among the foundations that 2LittlePs jewelry supports are: Crisis Pregnancy Cneter, Wounded Wear, Autism Up, and an array of cancer foundations.

2LittlePs - Hart of Dixie Earrings

As a member of The Artisan Group, 2LittleP jewelry has been involved in a number os celebrity gifting events such as the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Her jewelry has also been gifted to the wardrobe stylist’s for a number of shows and been used on TV. These TV shows include: Hart of Dixie and Vampire Diaries.

Here’s where to go to learn more about 2LittlePs:
Website
Etsy
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Beautiful Memories of the Past by Nina Gore Art

Nina Gore of Nina Gore Art is a henna artist. Now generally, when you think of henna, you think of it being applied on a person, and while Nina also applies henna to skin, Nina Gore takes henna out of the realm of temporary body art and into the realm of fine art. By applying the henna technique to other materials such as glass, paper, and canvas, Nina Gore Art also allows those who may be uncomfortable with body art to enjoy the beauty of henna in another fashion: as a painting. Not only that, but she has found that, unlike when applied on a body, the henna won’t fade over time like it otherwise would.

A Vibrant Peacock by Nina Gore Art

Nina Gore has an amazing eye for pattern and composition! In addition to the henna, sometimes Nina will combine it with oil pastels bringing an entirely new dimension to her work: that of colour.

If you would like to see more work by Nina Gore Art, here’s where you can find her:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Store (Saatchi Art online art gallery)

Grape Soda Necklace by Instinctively Indie

The artist behind Instinctively Indie is Ann Jepsen. Ann Jepsen creates unique upcycled jewelry from all sorts of bits-and-bobs. Her jewelry features lots of upcycled buttons, pieces of vinyl records, soda cans, marbles, melted crayons, and so many other interesting objects.

Cool Tones Melted Crayon Bracelet by Instinctively Indie

Instinctively Indie jewelry is cute, colourful, and full of vintage whimsy you just can’t help but love it! When not creating beautiful jewelry, Ann Jepsen can be found at home chasing around her home in Sioux City, Iowa with her family.

If you would like to see more of Ann Jepsen’s beautiful creations, here’s where you can find them!

Store (Etsy)
Store (Handmade Artists)
Facebook
Twitter

Black Eyed Susan Bakelite Bracelet by Uniqlets

Uniqlets is owned by jewelry artist Lisa Rosenberg. As her businesses name “Uniqlets” would suggest, Lisa specializes in making one-of-a-kind and unusual pieces. She especially enjoys bringing new life to vintage materials such as old jewelry, vintage buttons, or, really, any unusual object that strikes her interest and could create a bold statement piece. Uniqlets jewelry is fun, colourful, and very different from other jewelers work. Every piece is certainly a statement piece of jewelry and sure to get noticed!

Pearly Grace Bracelet by Uniqlets

If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work, here’s where you can find it!

Website & blog
Store (primary)
Store (secondary)
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter

Wearable Wednesday: Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Coral Ribbonwork Corsage - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks is the product of the imagination and artistry of Pamela Scudder from Los Angeles, California. Pamela specializes in one-of-a-kind bridal, special occasion, and costume accessories. She has been making them since 1989.

Chocolate and Teal French Ribbon Millinery floral Applique - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Pamela’s love for the elegance of Victorian design is very evident in her designs! She also draws a lot of inspiration from the beauty found in nature. Pamela creates headpieces, tiaras, jewelry, hair combs, and bridal accessories; all of which are beautifully and intricately designed.

If you would like to see more by Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks, here are the links:

Store
Facebook

Daisy Photograph - LMR Photography 2

The artist behind LMR Photography 2 is Lynne Rowe from Alamogordo, New Mexico. Lynne has a passion for flowers and a passion for photography, this has, of course, led to her combining her two passions spending countless hours photographing the flowers she loves.

Lynne was 12 when her father taught her how to use his camera. She has had a love for photography ever since and, in 1999, was thrilled to get her first digital camera.

Yellow Gerbera Daisy Photograph - LMR Photography 2

As mentioned earlier, Lynne absolutely loves flowers. Sometimes, she will buy flowers just so that she can go home and photograph them! She photographs them from all manner of angles. Lynne shows a beautiful understanding of how to compose a truly successful and artistic photograph!

Red Gerbera Photo Tile Necklace - LMR Photography 2

In addition to Lynne’s photo prints, LMR Photography 2 also creates beautiful photo glass tile necklaces.

If you would like to see more work by LMR Photography 2 here is where you can find her:

Etsy Store

Circular saw blade painting - Silhouette Arts by JE

The artist behind Silhouette Arts by JE is June Evon Bishop from Alboin Maine. June has loved art from an early age, and, for her, it is an escape from the world and all its issues. June is what you could call a ‘found-object painter.’ Acrylic paints are her medium of choice, but, instead of painting on regular canvases (although she does sometimes), she mostly chooses to paint on more unusual surfaces such as: license plates, saw blades, rocks, shingles, etc. Objects that other people just throw away as trash, she reuses in artistic ways.

The One That Got Away (slate painting) - Silhouette Arts by JE

June largely paints landscapes, birds, and other nature related imagery, but she does paint other non-nature related pieces as well. If you would like to learn more about June and see more work by Silhouette Arts by JE, here are the links!:

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