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Nature Beauty (pressed flower art)- Pabitra Shrestha

Pabrita Shrestha is a pressed flower artist creating beautiful and unique pieces (landscapes, figurals, etc.) out of, not just pressed flowers, but also pieces of bark, leaves, branches, roots, etc. Originally from Nepal, he now resides in Irving, Texas, and is passionate about his art and about furthering his chosen medium within the art world. Although pressed flower art has been around for over 400 years, it still remains a fairly uncommon and little known art form. Pabitra Shrestha, who has been exploring this artform since he was 19, would like to change this.

Imagination (pressed flower art) - Pabitra Shrestha

Pabitra Shrestha is a member of International Pressed Flower Art Society, as well as, World Wide Pressed Flower Guild. He studied pressed flower art in Japan and also been certified as a pressed flower art instructor. Pabitra Shrestha has exhibited his work worldwide.

If you would like to learn more about Pabitra Shrestha and his artwork, here is his website:

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T-shirt quilt baby clothing - Moss Re-Creations

The artist behind Moss Re-Creations is Julie Moss. Julie Moss is a quilter and embroidery artist that specializes in keepsake art. She creates custom quilts, pillows, and bags out of upcycled old t-shirts. Julie would make these memory t-shirt quilts for her children and their friends as a way to remember all the sports events that they had been involved with. Now, Moss Re-Creations, is known as a great way to preserve your special memories. Her t-shirt recreations are made to preserve the memories/celebrate of all sorts of areas of life: from surviving cancer to remembering all manner of interests/special events (sports, music, etc.) or anything else that the customer wishes to memorialize.

T-shirt sorority quilt - Moss Recreations

Moss Re-Creations is happy to preserve your special memories by turning them into a custom memory keepsake! Here’s where you can learn more about Julie and her art:

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A Summer Walk - Eve Botelho

Eve Botelho is an amazing fiber artist! Originally from Sussex, England, she now resides in upstate New York. Eve has had a love for the textile/fiber arts from a young age, and, as her grandmother was a dress designer and milliner, it sounds like it must run in her family.

Trees in a Field of Golden Rods - Eve Botelho

Eve Botelho graduated from Loughborough University with a BFA in Textile Design, and specializes in creating beautiful embroidered works of art. The detail she puts into her work (whether landscapes, 3D creations, etc.) is just stunning! She is a member of several fiber art guilds and shows/sells her work both through galleries, as well as, craft shows through the U.S. and Canada.

If you would like to know more about Eve Botelho and her work, here’s where you can find her:

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Whether vintage or handmade, a lot of people just love signs. They can make you laugh, make you think, and maybe even make you cry; Signs can also be a really fun way to bring interest into a room’s decor. So, if you are one of those people that love signs, I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the handmade, wooden signs by Country Folks Creation!

Anne Tyler quote wooden sign - Country Folks Creation

The artists behind Country Folks Creation are Angie Folks and her husband. He hand-makes the framework, and she does the painting. They offer a wide range of signs: some humorous, some thoughtful; some quotes, and some ‘rules.’ Country Folks Creation also loves to take custom orders!

Joshua 1:9 Scripture sign - Country Folks Creation

Country Folks Creations is based in Newton, Kansas. If you’d like to see more of their signs, here’s where you can find them!:

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Chair planter - Treemendus Glasgow

Treemendus Glasgow is owned by artists Sophie Steele and Shauna Gray. Sophia and Shauna are home improvement artists that specializes in the restoration and upcycling of old furniture. They clearly has a passion for giving new life to old pieces, whether it’s turning an old chair into a beautiful planter or making a dog/cat bed out of vintage suitcases. Treemendus Glasgow definitely has a lot of fun and unique pieces!

Upcycled end tables - Treemendus Glasgow

Most of the furniture styles that Treemendus Glasgow tends towards using are of either vintage pieces or mid-century modern. They use a lot of vibrant colours and patterns making them into some really fun pieces that are sure to liven up any room.

In addition to the upcycled furniture that they sell, Treemendus Glasgow also runs craft and upcycling classes, and, on occasion, post DIY tutorials on their blog. They also welcome custom orders!

If you would like to see more by Treemendus Glasgow, here’s where you can find them!:

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Traveler - Angel Reyes

Angel Reyes is self-taught painter and digital artist from Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. He works with both acrylic on canvas, as well as, creating digital paintings. Stylistically, Angel Reyes tends towards abstraction and surrealism. His work focuses on playing with form, colour, and light.

Meet Me Under the Flamboyant Tree - Angel Reyes

Angel Reyes has a beautiful sense of colour, using a vibrant and (most often) warm colour palette. While he does do some portrait/figure painting, as well as, some still life paintings, most of what he creates are various interpretations on landscapes.

If you would like to see more of his work, you can find him on Facebook and on Fine Art America., Here are the links:

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Crab - Recycleart Sculpture Gallery and Studio

Nathan Nicholls is the artist behind the Recycleart Sculpture Garden and Studio. An artist of many talents, Nathan Nicholls, is a sculptor, photographer, and poet! He is a self-taught Master Welder and a member of the Main Artists Guild. Nathan creates his artwork out of a love for creating and to encourage others to repurpose instead of always just throwing things out.

Venus Flytraps - Recycleart Sculpture Gallery and Studio

All of his sculptures are made from found objects that he then welds together. While he will sometimes paint a piece if it will enhance it’s likeness to what the sculpture is of, most often he prefers the aged look of the natural patinas and rust of the objects he is using. In keeping with that, he also chooses to not smooth out his welds, as he feels their roughness adds a textural interest to the pieces and compliments the natural patinas of the metals.

The Recycleart Sculpture Gallery and Studio can be found at Nathan’s home/gallery in Waldoboro, Maine. However, his work may also be found in a number of galleries and business in the area. If you are interested in learning more about Nathan’s work or visiting the Recycleart Sculpture Gallery and Studio, you can find out more at his Facebook page and website. Here are the links.

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Based out of Kure Beach, North Carolina, Bobbie Smith of Bobbie Smith’s Boutique is a retired nurse/special events planner turned fiber artist. Her love of the fiber arts began when, at the age of 12, she first learned how to knit and she has been knitting ever since!

fuchsia fiber art necklace - Bobbie Smith's Boutique

Bobbie Smith’s Boutique specializes in unique fiber art scarves and necklaces, what she calls ‘neck art.’ All of her pieces are just full of colour and are super fun! She has a great eye for what colours work well together and for the mixing of different fiber textures.

Knitted flow pin - Bobbie Smith's Boutique

Although neck art is what she specializes in, her shop also includes pins, hair accessories, and earrings.

To see more by Bobbie Smith’s Boutique, here’s where you can find her!:

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Molly McCurdy is a different kind of artist. She is the owner of Light of the Moon Dulcimers, and, as you can guess from her business name, she creates handcrafted mountain dulcimers.

Humming Bird mountain dulcimer - Light of the Moon Dulcimers

Light of the Moon Dulcimers is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, but Molly’s love the dulcimer began early on with her uncle, another dulcimer maker. Her business is so named because while balancing raising her children and going to school, Molly would work on her dulcimers into the early hours of the morning. All of the dulcimers she creates are signed, numbered, and one-of-a-kind pieces often embellished with beautiful woodburning and carving.

Handcrafted mountain dulcimer - Light of the Moon Dulcimers

Molly’s love of the dulcimer has been passed on to her granddaughter, Arianna, whom she has recently taken on as an apprentice. It is Molly’s hope that one-day she and Arianna can open up a dulcimer shop.

Not long ago, Light of the Moon Dulcimers, had a very exciting custom order. ’80s pop icon , Cydni Lauper, recently custom ordered a dulcimer from them with orchids wood burned on the top.

If you would like to learn more about Light of the Moon Dulcimers, her’s where you can find them:

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Whimsical Curiosities was founded in 2009 by assemblage artist Lauretta Lowell. In 2002 she had experience a serious head trauma and had to relearn how to walk, write, and even talk. She chose to explore assemblage art as sort of a self-imposed art therapy to help her mend, and by doing so she also discovered a new passion which has now become a business and Whimsical Curiosities was born.

assemblage sculptures by Whimsical Curiosities

None of Lauretta’s creations are pre-planned. She just begins and lets the pieces fit together as they will and create their own story. She creates both sculptures and assemblage wall-art all out of repurposed found-objects.

On Wings & a Hare - Whimsical Curiosities

Lauretta Lowell creates very unique (and as her business name implies) whimsical creations, and is an award winning artist from Palm Desert, California. The artwork of Whimsical Curiosities may be seen in a number of art/design galleries. She also sells her work locally at various art shows and festivals.

If you would like to learn more about Whimsical Curiosities or where you can find her work, here is the link to her website:

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