Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Time to make some treasuries!!!
Some congrats are in order. Thanks to all who participated in the
treasury challenge from 5/23 to 6/4 !! The winning treasury of the votes that came into 1st place is this
treasury ~ curated by WaddleandMoo

You have won a $10 gift certificate to ChYMieRa and a $10 gift certificate to either one of Drucilla Pettibone's shops You will be featured on the team blog, and also, for the next Folk Reveries Team Challenge, curators must include at least one of your items per treasury!

The winning treasury of votes that came into 2nd place is this treasury ~ curated by mimiMatelot As the runner-up, you will be featured on the team blog & you will receive a $5 gift certificate to ChYMieRa Congrats to both of you for having such a clever eye for treasury-making!
As mentioned previously, our treasury challenge will now run every fortnight. (Bi-weekly), so everyone has 2 weeks to make fabulous treasuries to promote our fabulous team. And then an additional week for voting.
Remember, you must use one item from WaddleandMoo's shop in any treasury that you make, along with at least 7 other members of the team for this challenge. {Though, we do love seeing treasuries comprised of all Folk Reveries members } Here is WaddleandMoo's shop :
New treasuries may commence as of 6/13 and will end on 6/25. Voting will begin on 6/26 and end on 7/2 to give everyone ample time to vote. We will tally the votes again in 1st and 2nd choice format. Donations for this challenge would be helpful & might inspire more participation.
Any donated prizes will be announced.
Here is a peak at what we have so far for the next first & 2nd place winners.

Next Treasury Challenge first place winner will receive this necklace~

Next Treasury Challenge Second place winner will receive these earrings~

Friday, June 10, 2011

Spook Sister

One of the artists on our team who I find incredibly inspiring is Gillian, miss quite contrary on Etsy. Her shop features an eclectic mix of media, from her original photography to embroidery to vintage objects, but her work defies category. Her photos mix her own images with still life and antique book pages, peek at us from inside and outside windows, and hide in other objects such as brooches and pocket mirrors. All of these media mix, seemingly effortlessly, around themes of women, loss and fairy tales. Even when her photos aren't the subject of her listings, I want them anyway!

I was hoping to get some insight into her unique and compelling work by asking her just one open-ended interview question. Thankfully, she obliged:

When I was approached to write a reply to the one question interview inquiry 'What is your favourite photograph?', I must admit I was truly and completely stumped.

I'm drawn to the faded, crackled and misty mysterious atmosphere of the very earliest photography, but something about the subject matter is a just little too twee, overly pondered and academic for me.

'Ghost Convent' by miss quite contrary

I realized the artists who have the most influence on me and my art, who excite my too often complacent brain and who speak to my sad little heart are not photographers at all, but Margaret MacDonald and Frances McNair, 19th century artists and sisters known together as the 'Spook School' but connected with the 'Glasgow School' and the Arts and Crafts Movement, which promoted folk inspired arts and the handmade in reaction to the advent of Industrialisation.

'Castle Timber' by miss quite contrary

Margaret MacDonald and Frances McNair combined the influences of folk art, of nature and reaction to the Industrial Revolution - their work is like viewing forests through the London fog - a misty, half finished looking style that really is very similar in atmosphere to those earliest photographs, peeling and blurred.

'I Know There's No Such Thing as Ghosts' by miss quite contrary

Their colours were pale and drab and dark all at the same time, their lines bold and geometric yet soft and organic and meandering. Their work was calming to look at, but with an underlying mystery and sense of impending doom, something dangerous lurking at the edges of the forest.

Working in pencil, ink, watercolour and oil, on wood, plaster, glass, metal panels, hessian and plain old brown paper, they used beads, embroidery, inset shells and gold paint, their work is at once lowly and populist and otherworldly; and though they designed furniture, stained glass windows and even advertisments, they never strayed in the bourgeois, with even their most embellished works appearing not glamorous or moneyed but twinkling with ethereal riches that have nothing to do with our mortal world.

'Woodcutter's Daughter' by miss quite contrary

They are my inspiration for rejecting artistic conventions and being dark, rebellious, revolutionary, tragic Victorian women, for managing to eke out a living from art while never betraying their radical sensibilities, for rejecting expectations and the old fashioned confines mastering one media, but, instead, for wandering and dabbling (and, indeed, mastering) as they pleased, and, most of all, for making haunting, touching, emotional art unlike anything I've ever seen before, and guiding my fingers a little bit with everything I make.

My favourite photograph isn't even a photograph. My favourite photograph isn't even a single piece of art. My favourite photograph is the works, the minds, the hearts, of Margaret MacDonald and Frances McNair.

Thank you so much, Gillian, for this fabulous interview.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

i dream of blue...

Amanda of Blue LaReve recently won our team treasury challenge with her entry "a little folk for the soul.". I just want to live in her world of fresh breezes and cool colours - perfect for this hot weather!

Her shop is a carefully curated blend of her own handmade creations with complementary vintage items. Check out these beauties...

Head on over to her shop, or visit her at her lovely blog, here! Congrats Amanda, from a fellow cancer girl!