It may not be Etsy Monday but there are some really lovely folks with some really lovely shops that wanted to help me celebrate my birthday month. So for the month of June, you'll be able to get some excellent deals and treats from HHop and In The Early Hours! A great style and an unusual print always get me. And when I first saw the work of Kathryn from HHop, I had both in plenty of measure. You can see the influence of her home, Los Angeles, in her art. Not only does the city feature quite literally in landscape and city scape, the very cool retro nature of the town is very present as well. 'I make loosey-goosey line drawings...and screenprint them by hand on recycled paper.' You can peek at the behind the scenes process here:
'My silkscreen prints illustrate the showtime industriousness; the herky-jerky traffic; the architectural mishmash climbing tangly, jungle-y hills; and the bright, fast-fading colors of this singular city.' Can we discuss how much Kathryn's vernacular about her work makes me love it even more?! Her words are silly and sweet and dynamic and fun. Just like her art. I want to hang out with her. Especially in her kooky cool cartoon world. Looks like such a fun place to be. You can see all of Kathryn's work for sale on her Etsy shop, HHop. BONUS: For my birthday month of June, Thrill of the Chaise readers will get free shipping and a surprise mini-print with your order with the code 'THRILLOFTHECHAISE'! I LOVE SURPRISES.
A Melbourne-based graphic designer with a mild case of self-diagnosed insomnia, Alexandra created In The Early Hours to share the art she would make while the rest of the world was sleeping. Her work looks like something from a dream world, where reality is morphed into something a bit more mystical. Her work is soft and calming but always demands examination. What you first see may not be what is actually there. 'I find myself up at all hours of the night and morning creating moments that, I hope) are calm, quirky and lovable.'
Having been featured at the Tate Gallery in Sydney, her piece 'That Barrow Boy' is a finalist in the Yen Female Art Awards 2013 and will be shown at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney from June 27 - July 8 2013. I love the retro subjects of this work, especially against the very modern usage of blank space and sharp shapes. And to be able to see into the mind of an artist, as Alex has allowed us to do, is beyond cool. See all of Alex's work at her shop, In The Early Hours.
BONUS: For the month of June, Thrill of the Chaise readers will get 15% off any orders with the code 'THRILL15'! Enjoy!
I want to extend a huge thanks for both Kathryn and Alexandra for giving Thrill of the Chaise readers such a treat and for creating such amazing artwork! Such incredibly lovely people :) P.S. Don't forget to enter our Cocosheaven giveaway for your chance to win a beautiful orange ombre canvas tote bag...a winner will be chosen next Thursday! Enter here.
(Images c/o HHop and In The Early Hours)