Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Q&A with "bloom" Artist, Sarah Swan

A few pictures of the 'bloom' reception
and a short Q&A with Artist, Sarah Swan.

Sarah working hard at hanging the last of her framed photographs the night before the reception, above.

Can you imagine these on a full wall in a dining room? Gorgeous!

The Reception, underway!

Now a short Q&A with Artist, Sarah Swan:

1. When did you start getting interested in photography?

Sarah: I have been behind a camera since I knew how to press buttons...ok, maybe not that early, but as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated with pictures and capturing moments in time and the beauty that is all around us! My first camera came in my Easter basket when I was about 6 or 7. It was a small black and red camera just big enough to hold a roll of 110 film...I don't even know if that film type still exists?! The camera came with a book narrated by a little bear on how to take pictures :) I think I still have it somewhere...

2. This reception was called 'bloom', as it was all a colourful and gorgeous palette of flowers, which obviously inspires you having grown up at your parents farm (Chakarian Farms) in Derry. What else inspires you?

Sarah: Growing up on the farm definitely inspired me in my art. You get to see things grow out of almost nothing...a tiny seed that looks ordinary and insignificant on the outside but has everything it needs inside to grow into something beautiful and produce fruit. The whole process is so cool! I am amazed and inspired daily by God's creation all around us: A breath-taking sunrise....a flower just opening its petals...a baby smiling ear to ear just full of joy and innocence. If I can capture even a glimpse of that beauty then it brings a smile to my heart.

3. Where can we find your work in the future?

Sarah: I am presently working on a blog and website which will hopefully be coming soon! Until then, please feel free to email me at potterybysarah@yahoo.com (pottery is another love of mine ;) and be sure to let me know that you heard about me through Kaza! thanks so much!

Thanks Sarah, we have completely enjoyed having your gorgeous pieces here and working with you! :o) xox

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Brimfield Trip

Brimfield....(Rating: 3.7 out of 5)

A girl's (and lover of shopping and all things electic) first time experience at Brimfield

For several weeks, many customers at the shop talked about Brimfield; selflessly sharing insider tips with me and cheering me on my first experience at Brimfield--but sadly when I got there, I was so overwhelmed, I forgot everything. Not one field sounded familiar! So....we just walked, weaved, went in circles, shopped...cried (not really...but almost, at the end). According to the map, we did a bit less than 1/2 of it before my arms were dragging from my bags and I could go no further.

Well, to start, I am still dizzy from it. It was exhausting, interesting....but, honestly, I felt everything started to look alike after an hour. Almost too much for the brain, at once, I think. I know there is more to Brimfield, than what we saw. But it is a bit tricky. There are alot of pieces that are priced way too high and alot of reproductions. Some things were fabulous, some were...yard sale worthy. Some places had prices on the items, some did not. **Personally, if there is not a price, I feel the vendor is sizing me up and deciding how much to price it by what I seem I can afford (oy! I should have worn my lawn mowing sneakers!)** I guess bartering is the fun of it--but I have a hard time with it and could not ask for a "better deal"--although, everyone was very very flexible on the price, without my even asking.

I think if someone is going to Brimfield for the first time, a conservative amount of money to bring is about 500$. And, honestly, that is a conservative amount. We brought our own waters and sandwiches because I didnt know about waiting lines at restaraunts. There didnt seem to be many lines and people were raving about the food, so maybe next time we will check out the cafe's....although our pre-packaged Moe's Italians were quite good, as well. :o)

The shoppers at Brimfield were all high energy. They obviously trained for this event for some time as no one had the pained look on their face, as the face I saw in that gold, highly ornate, vintage mirror: (Price 3500$).

I dont know if I would go to Brimfield every year...as it definately seems like the "Black Friday" of antique shows. I, however, did score a few good pieces and met a few contacts that I will be working with in the future.

My Favourite Eclectic Item At Brimfield?

A little strange...a little unusual...but, something about it makes me smile :o)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Artist Reception- "bloom"


Join us for Artist Reception, "bloom",
featuring the works of Sarah Swan
on 21 May 2009 at 4pm-7pm

Sarah is such a great talent with such an organic style(If you look around in the shop at the hand made natural pottery, flip them over and you will see Sarah made those too!). She exudes a warmth that comes through in her photographs.

Cheese, crackers, wine and 25% off shop wide (excluding Artists Sarah Swan & Lizz Van Saun's artwork, of course)---does it get any better?

A peak at Sarah's work: