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Memories, Nostalgia

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We recently had the privilege of creating some personal memorial boxes for a family who recently lost a loved one.  The fabric for the backs of the boxes is from the family member’s shirts, and the flowers are pressed and preserved from the memorial service.  These boxes are a lovely way to have a very special keepsake and preserve the memories of the extraordinary people who come and go in our lives.


We love being able to create something personal and meaningful for our clients.  These shadowboxes were inspired by Victorian mourning wreaths.  In the 1800’s, family members would give a lock of their hair, typically to their mother or grandmother, and she would weave the locks into ornate flowers or other designs that would reside within frames, brooches, watches, etc.  These pieces of jewelry would be worn daily by husbands and family members, and the frames would be displayed in living rooms and parlors.  Today, taking locks of hair and turning them into art would probably be frowned upon, but in the 1800s it was nothing out of the ordinary.  


The idea of such a personal memento really resonates with us, and we would love to do more work in this vein.  And as with the hair mementos, they’re not just created in times of mourning.  Husbands would wear a lock of their (living) wife’s hair in his watch!

Options are but not limited to:

Wedding boxes- veils, bouquets, your invitation, stained glass created from the broken glass at a Jewish wedding

Baby memorabilia- baby teeth, ribbons, a rattle, pages from a favorite children’s book

Misc. Memorabilia- hair, clothing, pressed flowers, animal collars

All can be embellished with ribbons, flowers, butterflies, or other natural/decorative objects.

We can do any size, any frame style.

Thanks for looking, happy holidays y’all

do what makes you cry (sometimes)

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“at the borghese museum, bernini made me cry. i wonder how many dead men can make a girl tingle, then shed tears. daphne and apollo, he made at age 24. the rape of persephone is tragically beautiful and absolutely flawless from every angle.” – me in 2007

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I recently read some silly internet article about a little boy who was so completely obsessed with garbage trucks, he would wait for them to come every week and freak out. On his birthday his parents asked the garbage men to stop and talk to him, and show him the truck and he freaks out so much he’s sobbing. He can’t even handle meeting them because he’s so overwhelmed with love and excitement and, well… obsession I guess. This photo is priceless.


I’m not saying making art every day makes me freak out like that. Sometimes I still get a tingly feeling where I feel like my arms might fall off or fly away. Nowadays I get pretty caught up in running my business and scheduling things and multi-tasking and sometimes it’s hard to remember why I’m trying to make things and manage projects at the same time. Somehow, it gets done. I guess what I’m saying is, when I look back on why or how I got here, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

My advice to you: find what makes you tingly, find what makes your eyes well up, and try it. If you screw up, keep trying it until someone believes you can do it and hands you some responsibility surrounding it. Then do it again until somebody hands you a small check. Then do it again until people need you to do it, because they see your light and how hard it is to put out.

Temp Tats

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I’m planning to make temporary tattoos for the big cartel site. I’m currently trying to woo Tattly into working with me, but if that doesn’t work I’ll get them to you somehow. TEMP TATS TO THE PEOPLEwebtats THE PEOPLE.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

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The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Florida (Seminole Tribe!) has commissioned a snapping turtle, longnose garfish, white catfish, deer meat pile, and fire pit.

Here are some photos of the snapping turtle – ready to ship to the museum.

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One of Many, Charleston by Wesley Verhoeve

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Please read this beautiful compilation of Charleston Creatives by the hard-working and talented Wesley Verhoeve. He’s amazing!

I am honored to be included in this list. 




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Indigo & Cotton was delivered today, and look out for the little opening party on July 24th. The antler plaques for Garden & Gun are going to be for sale in the fall.

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Xiao Bao Biscuit has a brand new custom chandelier that looks great in their space. Better photos soon!

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Just finished these two wedding bouquet shadowboxes for Sara York Grimshaw Designs, as well as this drawing of a friend’s pup.

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Onward, to a life-sized taxidermy goat, some logo work, and a couple of other amazing things!