Nov 3 2016

Local Portland/Vancouver Peeps!!!

Our 16th Annual Studio Sale is right around the corner and we are busy, busy, busy gearing up and getting excited! SO many good deals this year! 

I created my first stop-motion video to go along with the holiday cheer and it was super fun! I can’t wait to do more of them. 

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If you’re not local, not to fear, we’ll be sending out a few special deals via our newsletter! So be sure to sign up if you’re not already!

Oct 31 2015

Clark County Open Studios!

The 3rd Annual Clark County Open Studios is almost upon us!!!  Nov. 14 & 15, 10AM-5PM
I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are right here in our community! And it’s FREE!
Visit the website to get directions and more information.

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Preview Exhibit and Artists’ Reception
Friday, Nov 6, 2015, 5 pm–9 pm
North Bank Artists Gallery

Below are some of the artists that will also be opening up their studios this year. 

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Michael Smith

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Claire Bandfield

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Paul Solevad

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Jennifer Williams

Nov 12 2014

My Home Art Studio Tour

in case you didn’t make it out to the Clark County Open Studios this past weekend i thought i’d give you a little “virtual tour” of my home art studio.

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i will admit, i like organization and places for everything to go.
hence, the abundance of dressers and containers.

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this is where i spend most of my time… unfortunately.
i’m thankful to have a nice window that looks out over the street and a pair of beautiful Ginkgo trees.

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i really need to pare down my paints. i can’t resist a pretty color.
but then it almost overwhelms me when i go to paint.

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i love this old library cart i got at a garage sale years ago.

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thank you for visiting.

 

Oct 27 2014

Studio Sale, China Travel and Open Studios

there’s a lot going on!
first off, many people are a bit confused as to the difference between the Clark County Open Studios and our own Allen Designs Studio Sale.

i’ll start with the 14th Annual Allen Designs Studio Sale which is at our business location off Minnehaha Rd. this is where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with everything else. you can seriously find some great deals here! the dates and times are in the image below. i’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter soon. so be sure to get on that list!

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oh, and i’m in China right now, working on our newest line debuting in Jan. 2015. a little sneak peek above.

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and then we have the Clark County Open Studios. this is where myself along with 49 other artists open their art studios (mine will be my HOME studio in downtown Vancouver) for two days- Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM, enabling the public to get a glimpse into what it looks like to be a working artist.
(p.s. i won’t have any clocks at this event)

and then there’s Preview Night, (where one piece of work from each artist will be on display) Saturday Nov. 1, 5-8PM.

if you’re a Portland/Vancouver local, i hope you can make it out to one of these fun art events! 🙂

Oct 18 2014

Clark County Open Studios

The 2nd Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour is almost upon us!!!
I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are in our community. And it’s FREE! Visit the website to get directions and more information.

Preview Night is Nov. 1, 5-8PM
Open Studios Tour is Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM

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Here are some pictures from what my studio looked like last year.

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A year later, it looks a bit more loved and used than in these photos.

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One of my favorite artists, new to the tour this year, the FABULOUS Gretchen Gammell!

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Her work is absolutely incredible. Her simple line, color usage, subject matter and creativity slay me!
She’s insanely talented.

Sep 24 2014

allen designs studio space

over the past several years our business has evolved & changed.
to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use.
and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there!

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but no longer, we’re taking action!

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we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

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flooring makes all the difference. (as it should since it is so crazy expensive! ugh.)

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we had gorgeous tables custom-made from salvaged wood.
i’ve been scouring garage sales for random chairs… not sure how this part is going to turn out, right now it’s looking a bit disastrous. 🙁

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now we’re down to the details. the fun stuff!

at this point i still don’t have a definitive plan for the space.
i’ve got lots of ideas swirling around in my head.
i do know, that i’m TOTALLY EXCITED about the possibilities!
so stay tuned 🙂

Sep 19 2014

Whatever Camp Create – part 1

i don’t know if you remember, but a few years back i went down to Newton, KS to Meg Duerksen’s  Whatever Craft Weekend? it was a blast! so, when Meg asked me if i wanted to come down and teach at her newest endeavor  Camp Create, i was ALL OVER IT!

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i mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to a place stocked so beautifully & creatively with arts & crafts supplies?


and where beds with vintage quilts like this welcomed you!

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like last time, i had to get my hands on her giant chalkboard!

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pretty sure this took me half the day. at some point i would love to take a hand-lettering workshop to learn tricks to make it look better and go quicker. i’m thinking i’ll give this one by mary kate mcdevitt  a go. many people have said great things about it. and she is crazy good!

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we had mini devotional/thought provoking times working on our “god sized dream“,  led by the lovely, wise & oh-so-kind author holley gerth.

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we went to a gigantic sunflower field. it was B E A U T I F U L !!! #duh (as stephanie ackerman would say)

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sunflowers for days!

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the sweet lady herself. her heart is so big. her intentions pure.

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many special moments. friendships made. dreams shared.

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and lots and LOTS of laughter!!! and i’m talking gut-hurting, face-cramping, eyes-watering laughter!

really, all this to say… i didn’t have much fun. 😉

 

 

Feb 12 2014

Letter A and my dad

looky at what my FABULOUS dad made me!!! (and mom, she did the painting!)
as most of you probably already know, i collect the letter A.
i’ve wanted one of these large marquee types for a long time!!! *squeal*

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and isn’t my dad cute!

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still haven’t quite found the perfect spot for it.
i’ll show you it all ‘lit up’ when i do.

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realized i never posted this picture from the Atlanta Gift Show…
love the bag display with the porcelain hands that my friend Mark put together for me.

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this was another treat from the show… i had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Lotta Jansdotter!
she’s as darling & sweet in person as she seems on her blog.
(don’t mind me… i just look cray cray in this pic!)

hope you’re all doing well… staying warm, healthy and creative?

Nov 4 2013

Artist Open Studios Tour!

this coming weekend is Clark County’s 1st Annual Open Studio Tour
featuring 50 local artists and their studios!!!

saturday, november 9th & sunday november 10th
10AM-5PM
(click the link above for more information and to download your map)

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i will be showing my HOME STUDIO for this event.
come see art in process… the place i work late into the night… where the magic happens. 🙂

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hope to see you here!!!

May 13 2013

artist studio: cart before the horse

a short while back i had the privilege of visiting artist  jo james, of cart before the horse, in her studio.
i wish i would have had time to tell you about her sooner, as i’d like to better portray ALL the details & feelings i had from our wonderful visit!

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for one though- let me just say i was CRAZY INSPIRED!
inspired by their sold-out-to-a-creative-life way of living.
inspired by their contemporary folk art style.
inspired by her home and collection of artwork.

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i can’t say enough good things about her.
she & her husband, dylan whom i didn’t get to meet unfortunately, ooze of genius creativity.
she is as kind, beautiful, fun and original as her art is.

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a yummy vegan lunch she so kindly prepared for us.

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their capacity for creating unique characters is brilliant.
childlike yet refined.

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and their genius continues- check out this video her husband made! it’s awesome!!!

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nail care has never been my thing, don’t judge!

their pieces are mostly limited edition and each one is made to order.
treat yourself to more of their imaginary handmade works of art here.
as you can see by this one-of-a-kind gallery, there is NO END TO THEIR CREATIVITY!

check it out- they’ve also launched a kickstarter for their Mobile Art Studio!

thank you jo for the visit. i look forward to our next meet up!