Forget about man-crush, what about craft-crush? There are more than a few craftspeople and artists that I am able to stalk from the shadows thanks to the internet.
Here are 3 inspiring women artists that all work in cross disciplines. What attracts me (besides being great artists) is how they use their designs in wholesale lines that are manufactured outside the studio. Don’t get me wrong, I love and am addicted to hand-craft but I am also intrigued by product design, retail commerce, and manufacturing collaborations.
I think these 3 ladies are great inspirations, they make me want to step up my “fabulous” a notch.
I have a major craft-crush on Parisian artist Nathalie Lete. She works in a naive playful style that evokes vintage ephemera, toys, and woodland themes. She creates her world with a rich diversity of mediums including ceramics, painting, illustration, as well as designing various home products and books.
It is worth it to google her name and select “images” because a vast array of her products and work will display. She seems open to anything that charms; Nathalie sells magnets for instance on Anthropologie and also has had a major retrospective of her work in a Museum in France. I love her so much…I could go on all day.
Rae Dunn is a SanFransico artist primarily working with clay in a very clean and minimalist style. Her work stands in contrast to all the clutter in the world. It is spacious and accented with kind and loving words of encouragement.
Her dogs name is Wilma for whom she created a book that has been published in several languages. Rae lets’s us take a peek into her studio through her blog and Instagram account, which also features inspiring photographs from her notebooks, travels, and life.
She does seem to have a production line that may be a collaboration with a manufacturer …..at least, that is what me and the other Rae Dunn stalker I know thinks.
Anahata Katkin is creator and owner of Papaya! She runs her wholesale and retail empire from Southern Oregon. She is most well known for her card line but has a wide variety of other products from calendars to iPhone cases. Anahata has two splendorous retail shops right next to each other in downtown Ashland, Oregon called, Papaya! Living and Jupiter Row.
I really enjoyed this skype interview she did explaining the journey she took to build and grow her business and art.
When you visit her site she has a wealth of pages and links….have fun exploring her world…we rarely get an inside look like this.
Please share your craft-crushes in the comments, if you would be so revealing.
Thanks for stopping by, Holly