So to start off this month’s post, let’s briefly look at the subtle differences between two different categories of art. This will enable two things: a) for us to be on the same “page” when it comes to discussing artworks on paper (Please, PLEASE forgive the awful puns in this post!) and (b) for you to impress all your friends with your insightful knowledge of the art world.
At Home’s incredibly talented guest illustrator, Hannah Alexander, took a liking to the collection of children’s spinning tops featured in our Family Homes issue. Really, no words can describe how much we love this illustration. Wouldn’t it be beautiful framed and hung in a nursery or toddler’s room?
At Home in Arkansas was extra exciting to me this month because I love children’s rooms! Decorating my children’s rooms has actually been one of the highlights of parenting for me. Because of this love for kids’ decor, I have in recent years been interested in creating prints for children. The segment on vintage spinning tops in this month’s issue of At Home was the perfect inspiration. What a fun decorating motif!
These tees by Erin Lorenzen had us at hello. We loved them so much they made our “Green Living” issue, along with other eco-friendly fashions. Erin uses only recycled and organic materials in her work.
The Little Rock-based artist learned silk screen during a two-year stint in Buenos Aires before returning to share her talents with The Natural State. You can find Erin’s designs (including art, jewelry and clothing) at Gallery 26, Haus Werk in Little Rock, PK’s in Conway, Something Urban in Fayetteville and Wild Blue Yonder in Eureka Springs.
Erin says: “My dad owned used bookstores in Little Rock for about 30 years, so I grew up hanging around thrift stores while he looked for first editions. I looked at everything, the clothes, the art, the furniture. Â I was always thinking about how to repurpose and recycle all of it. Â I just didn’t know those words. I’m kind of excited that ‘green’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ are trending right now. It gives me a chance to celebrate my family ‘traditions’ as well as encourage others to save and mend and re-invent!”
We couldn’t have said it better.