Giveaway Winner: monstergallery

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And the winner is... Trixx! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! xoxo H

Winter Warmth

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(clockwise from top left: Golden Frond Earrings by moderntrinkets - $20
Sweater vest by VitalTemptation - $135
Necklace - Storm Warming by briguysgirls - $49
Silk scarf by ThongbaiTatong - $28

Artist Highlight: PrinceDesignUK

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All these lovelies are from the Etsy shop PrinceDesignUK. Such pretty things - just in time for Valentine's day.

Art House Coop

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I recently found out about Art House through Blue Bicicletta. I was instantly stunned by the power of inspiration this website and organization wields. They host projects such as the Literary Project, Sketchbook Project, Self-portrait Project, etc. which call for submissions of art (for a small-ish) which are then shown (all of the submissions!) at their new headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. Art House says,
Art House creates massive, nationwide art projects that tie hundreds of artists together – and anyone can participate.We started two years ago with the goal of bringing art to the masses. Since we started, we have interacted with thousands of artists from around the world, all brought together with the common goal of creating art and sharing it with each other.

In their FAQ's they encourage everyone to participate,
If you are a professional artist, consider this a unique opportunity to get your work out there and add a show or two to your resume. If you are a first time artist, think of it as a way to inspire you and give you a chance to be in a gallery and see your work on the wall!
Anyways, how cool is this? A social network in real life and virtual life. Be sure to check them out!

Giveaway: monstergallery

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JoE from monstergallery was kind enough to answer all of my questions for him (including "If you were an animal, what would you be).

Anyways, JoE has kindly offered to give one print from his etsy shop to the winner! Cool, right? Soooo, here's how it works: you can enter the giveaway by doing one (or all!) of the following:

1. Comment here with your favorite print from
2. Twitter about the giveaway and link back here - let me know you twittered with a comment.
3. Bloggity-blog-blog about the giveaway. Again, let me know with a comment here. :)

Do one or all of the above by Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:11PM EST. I will pick the winner on Saturday morn.

Good luck, m'friends!


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1. 8x10 Photographic Print by LovelyMamaNature - $19.54
2. Zipper Cuff Bracelet by NYLightMetals - $35
3. Zippered Gloves by StudioCybele - $28
4. Red Painted Zipper Studs by AmaliaVersaci - $14

Fabric Love

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How lovely are these?

Artist Highlight: monstergallery

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JoE from monstergallery on Etsy is an awesome artist that evokes retro fun and adventure! Plus the man quotes T. S. Eliot (my favorite modernist!) in his interview... but don't let me get ahead of myself. Many of these prints are printed on recycled newspaper. Be sure to check out JoE's blog here for more...

1. Tell us about yourself. Why "JoE"?I started making art as a hobby and selling them on eBay before I discovered Etsy three years ago. Etsy has allowed me to take my hobby into the next level, and I'm now working towards being a full-time artist, primary working on printmaking. My real name is Joseph, and most people know me as Joe, which is a pretty common name. So to differentiate myself, I began signing my name as JoE on all my work when I began selling my work on eBay and Etsy.

2. In your profile, you talk about bring art to the masses. How do you go about doing that? I grew up reading a lot of comics and my childhood ambition was to be a comic book artist. Discovering the work of pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol let me see the possibilities of merging comics and art together. I have always believed art should be accessible to the masses, just like comics and other forms of popular media do. Etsy allows me to do exactly that as I do not have to worry about the costs of hiring an agent or paying for expensive gallery space, thus I could make my art affordable to everyone. I have buyers from countries even as far as South Africa, Bosnia and Chile!

3. Where does your motto, "Art for All, and All for Art!" come from? The motto comes from Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, whose motto is "One for all, all for one". Isn't it T. S. Eliot who said "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal"?

4. What inspires your work? As I mentioned earlier, I was brought up reading lots of comics and watching lots of cartoons on TV, so I was basically a pop culture junkie! I guess that shows through my work.

5. If you were an animal, what would you be? I would want to be an Okapi. I think it would look good as a print!

6. What's your favorite color?If I had to choose one color, it would be black because I think it is a color that can go with any other color or stand alone on its own.

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