Indie*galore kicks off a week of posts about a few awesome artists from Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco with 3 Fish Studios!
San Francisco-based 3 Fish Studios is the husband-and-wife team of Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin. Both artists, Eric does linocut prints of everything from modern furniture to robots to San Francisco landmarks. Annie paints — including the 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign paintings that were a hot ticket at Renegade SF — and does original collages.
Here’s what I picked up from them:
A bear collage by Annie. Bears were collaged onto the paper and the background hand-painted.
Linocut print by Eric. Probably one of my favorite things I got at Renegade. I laughed when I first saw it.
Eric and Annie often have events and classes at their studio, and always encourage folks in the San Francisco area — whether you live there or are just visiting — to stop by.
In addition to being fabulous artists, I have to say that Eric and Annie are also fabulous booth neighbors and people! They even gave us a beer during Day 1 of Renegade. Now that’s a good neighbor!
If you’re a big fan of rabbits, you’ll love these awesome ACEOs (Art Card Editions and Originals) and paintings from Blue Dog Rose:
This is all the work of artist Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven. Many of the paintings and ACEOs use rabbits of all colors and shapes as their subjects. There’s something really charming about these paintings — I especially like the one above of the cat since that reminds me of my own cat who makes that face when you try to pick her up.
You’ll also find bookmarks and jewelry in the shop, as well as awesome animal wire sculptures like this:
Vinyl records have that retro-hip quality these days. Recycling is also pretty hip these days. Combine the two and you’ll get some doubly cool accessories and home goods:
This is the work of Christine from Eye Pop Art in Portland, Oregon. Her specialty is taking vinyl records and painting the intricate mandala designs on them.
Mandalas may be round, but that doesn’t restrict Christine’s imagination at all! In addition to turning the records into clocks and wall hangings, the makes them into wavy mirrors or bowls. And there are, of course, the record cuffs. Very cute, bright and colorful.
She’s even taken her painting skills to CDs and turned them into wicked suncatchers like this:
If you’re looking for an amazing art piece for your home — and one that’s functional at that — do check out Eye Pop Art. And you’ll be supporting upcycling, which is an added bonus.
It’s one thing to paint big, pretty pictures, but painting small, pretty pictures is an awesome skill:
They’re all little works of art! And wearable! Become a walking gallery and pick up a few pieces from Binding Twine.
Each piece is one of a kind, and many pendants are hand-cut and hand-painted. You’ll find a lot of nature-inspired things — flowers and trees and birds — but there are also pretty patterns and even a set of ribs. The detail in each painting is exquisite, all the more amazing since many pieces are less than two inches square.
When I was in high school, my mom let me buy a guitar. I went to the shop and picked out a nice shiny black Yamaha acoustic/electric (which I still own to this day, though it is broken).
But at the store, I spied a beautiful deep blue Yamaha acoustic/electric. Blue is my favorite color. But I went with the black one, regretting that decision to this very day.
Of course, had I seen this guitar, I would have bought it on the spot, even if it wasn’t an acoustic/electric:
This stunning piece or art is courtesy of Jenny of jennylisa on Etsy. Jenny is a music therapist and artist based in Massachusetts.
Besides the painted guitar, Jenny also has an eclectic collection of photo prints in her shop, as well as hand-painted boxes and jewelry.
But the guitar absolutely rocks. Step on stage with that thing and you are instantly a star.
When you’re out fighting crime, saving the world and generally being a kickass superhero, you’d be a little tired at the end of the day, right? Maybe something like this:
This sweet-looking print is from AshleyG on Etsy. Ashley is based in St. Louis and creates drawings and paintings of simple-looking but interesting characters. Lots of little girls and animals. Sometimes they are caped heroes too.
You can also read more about Ashley and her art on her blog.
It’s allergy season again, and if you’re a sneezy person like me, you no doubt are going through tissue like there’s no tomorrow.
It would be nice to have a cool box to hold your tissue, perhaps something like this?
You can find this box at My Punk House, a collection of tattoo-inspired handpainted items for your house. Jessica is the gal behind My Punk House, and a proud member of the Sacramento Craft Mafia to boot!
All of Jessica’s work is pretty stunning (the photos just don’t do it justice). Especially her handpainted candles, which have plenty of detail and just look darned cool. Here’s a koi candle:
I don’t think I could ever burn this candle, or any of the other ones, for that matter!
My Punk House also has other goodies, like recipe boxes and mail holders and hooks. It’s a nice way to add something unique and plain cool to your home.
… have you any wool?
Or maybe you just think black sheep like these are cool:
This is a print of original artwork by Ann Whim Tseng of atwhim. This Portland-based artist’s work features a little bit of nature, some cool-looking animals and some heavy Asian inspiration. Both original artwork (mostly paintings) and prints of her work are available at her Etsy shop.
Again, if you need some art to grace your walls, there’s some good stuff there.