>> Wednesday, June 8, 2011
While I was in Athens, GA for the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa I had the chance to meet some extremely talented and inspiring artists. And I'm always looking for ways to improve my own booth set up, so it was also nice to see such engaging booth designs. I've featured a few of my favorites here, ranging from fabric design to pottery, that all really appealed to my love of bright colors and bold patterns.
Sara Lee Parker
These first two images show the work of Sara Lee Parker, who designs her own patterns and handprints them in rural Georgia with the help of her husband. I first came across her work on Design Sponge back in January, and was thrilled to see it in person at the show in Athens. Her display was absolutely gorgeous; it was eye-catching yet simple and allowed her work to shine. Check out her website here and her visit her etsy shop to pick up some lovely handprinted notecards or textiles.
I was a huge fan of the Platypusfile booth. Janae Easton of Tallahassee makes these amazing one-of-a-kind bird pillows from vibrant patterned fabrics and adds a vintage button as the bird's eye for a finishing touch. She also makes necklaces from small pieces of fabric, and displayed them resting on an open book. It was such a nice experience to walk into Janae's booth and to be surrounded by her cheerful aesthetic. For a similar experience, visit her etsy shop and be sure to check out her mini bird paperweights.
Jeanette Zeis Ceramics
Jeanette makes cupcake stands and cake stands that would be perfect for weddings or other celebrations, and she also makes some adorable berry bowls. She even has a special line of vegan pottery. Her booth was just a few away from mine in Athens so I had the pleasure of glancing at her work often throughout the day. For more information, visit her website and online shop.
Liddabits Design Shop
Liz Jahn (the designer behind Liddabits) and I met while studying graphic design at the University of Georgia. She was a semester ahead of me and I always really admired her work, especially the series of wrapping paper designs that she created as part of her senior thesis show. Liz launched her etsy shop earlier this year and it's been refreshing to reconnect as two small business owners. Plus, it was fun to catch up in person at the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa in our college town. Liz's shop features her custom banners (perfect for birthday parties and weddings), and she also designs stationary and custom invitations. And if you still need a father's day card, she has some great options in her shop.
Jordan Grace Owens
I really enjoyed chatting with Jordan when I stopped by her booth. She's an illustrator based in Greensboro, NC and she was selling quirky magnets, pins, and paper dolls. I was drawn to her work when I saw it, but it wasn't until I was back home and perusing her website that I realized that I'd come across her work before. On a trip to Greensboro not too long ago, we stopped by a coffee shop downtown called the Green Bean where some of Jordan's work was on display. If you'd like to pick up a paper doll for yourself (or even a personalized one!) be sure to visit her online shop.