Monday, February 08, 2010

The Poppies:: get inspired with my lists//picks

Part of my job is to stay on top of what's new and exciting going on within the creative world. I have found this to become more and more difficult as I struggle to keep up with Handmade Nation and the amazing opportunities that have come out of making the documentary, including the immense travel schedule that has become a part of my life. There is just so much out there, you know? So many of you are making exciting new things and documenting them in such beautiful ways. So my question is, where is the time in my day/week/month to read all of your blogs, ingest all your amazing lifestyles and inspiration? I mean, it's not like I'm out of touch at all, it's just that there is so much more than I can wrap my brain around.

With this said, a few weeks ago Jan from Poppytalk (one of my favorite reliable blogs) got in touch as asked me to be a juror along with some other amazing ladies for her new awards she set up called "The Poppies". Of course I said yes. The thing is, I often say yes to things I don't have time for but really want to do and per usual, I didn't think about the time involved with going through what ended up being 100's of links of those who were nominated for the categories.

As a juror we were asked to pick 3 out of each category. Each category had anywhere from 20-50 nominations. There were so many amazing things and people who I hadn't seen before, it was really difficult to stay focused while clicking through all the nominee's. I had to develop a system so I could narrow it down a bit, so I made lists for each category of my favorite picks to then pick 3 from.

The entire point of this post is to share with you my lists I made. I think there was so much talent showcased for the Poppies and if you want to see the jury choice winners go here. and the people's choice winners go here. Below are my "working" lists from when I was in the zone of going through 100's of blogs, shops and sites. I got really inspired & hope you do too.

Unfortunately I used my "stickies" to save my lists and they didn't save the hyperlinks, but I have linked each category to it's page so just scroll down once on each page and peep away!

Favourite Ceramics
Amy Misle
Ayumi Horie
Bailey Doesn't Bark
Cam Fisher
Dahlhaus Ceramics
Diana Fayt
Julie Moon
kg & ab
Up in the Air Somewhere

Favourite Vintage Shop
Dear Golden Vintage
Every Eskimo
Junk Culture
Little Byrd Vintage
Shaving Kit Suppplies
Spacejam's Vintage
Sweetshorn Vintage
The Bucket tree
The Sunday Times Market
Three Potato Four
Vintage Jane

Favourite Jewelry Part 1 (A - K)
Alisa Miller
Ash Hilton
Barbara Macleod
Cursive Design
Erica Weiner
Figs and Ginger
For Me, For You
happy owl glass
Hibou Caillou Chou

Favourite Jewelry Part 2 (L -Z)
Lauren Haupt Jewelry
Margaux Lange
My Sunset Road
Petit Plat
Rapt in Maille
Serena Kojimoto Design
Skylark Studio

Favourite Photographer
Abby Try Again
Cameron Wittig
Cassia Beck
city lights photography
dustin parr
Emma Bradshaw
Fine Little Day
Ian Willms
James Moes
Sarah Brown

Favourite Handmade Eco Artist
BananSaurus Rex
forest bound
My Favourite Dress
Periwinkle Bloom
Chakra Pennywhistle
sycamore street press

Affordable Art
betsy walton
Bonbi Forest
Brandi Strickland
Cornelia O'Donovan
Julia Pott
Leah Giberson
Lizzie Stewart
Miss Crowland
Pearson Maron
roadside projects
Roll and Tumble Press
Samantha Hahn

Favourite Textiles
At Swim Two Birds
Byrd and Belle
girls can tell
India Flint
Karen Barbe

Favourite Handmade Crafter
Miniature Rhino
Resurrection Fern
sandra juto

Favourite Handmade Housewares
Ashes & Milk
Jean Pelle
Miss Natalie

Favourite Handmade Papergoods
Foxy & Winston
Igloo Letterpress
La Familia Green
one canoe two
Pearl & Marmalade
Pie Bird Press
Rifle Paper Co
Sycmaore Street Press
Yee-Haw Letterpress Industries

Handmade Artist Blog
And Other Silly Things (Jennifer Murphy)
Ashes and Milk
Bookhou at Home (Bookhou)
Camilla Engman
Claire A. Baker
Dottie Angel
Eva Foreva
Heather Smith Jones
Kindra is Here
Lena Corwin
Midge's Mind
Roxy Marj (Roma Winkel)
Sandra Juto
The Sweetie Pie Press


Jan Halvarson said...

Thank you so much Faythe, for taking the time out of to do this, I know not only I was honoured to have you as a juror, but all the nominees as well!

Faythe Levine said...

Jan, I hate to say it, but I'd pretty much do anything for you. What you do for the community is amazing. Awwww we like each other. x

Junkculture said...

Thank you so much for supporting my little dog and pony show!

samantha hahn said...

ow, thanks for including me Faythe!

Margie Oomen said...

faythe and jan , you two are the absolute best

Miss Crowland said...

Wow. Thanks for including me in your list!

flowerpress said...

Another wow here! That means so much Faythe to be on your list! Yay! And I got the book of Handmade Nation for my birthday too so it's mutual :-)
(And yay for Jan too, and her support for us indie makers!)

solsticehome said...

So happy & honored to be on your amazing list.
Thank you Faythe & Jan (what you did gave a big thrill to all us worker bees :)

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

thanks for including us on your list, faythe! what a great community to be a part of.

jill said...

Thank you so much for including my shop on your list (along with so many GREAT other vintage shops)! What an honor!

JULIA POTT said...

thanks so much for including my shop!!

astulabee/nicole said...

I'm really proud to be on this list! thank you!

Alice and Charlotte said...

LOVE your blog Faythe...when you have a freeeeeeee second, I'd be SO grateful if you could have a look at my handmade children's cushions - - bigging up the UK handmade scene!
Alice :)

jessica/miniature rhino said...

woo hoo! i'm super proud and thankful to a pick. thanks you Faythe and poppytalk! you both do so much for handmade...

Leah Giberson said...

It's an honor to have made your short list. Many thanks!

Amy at Little Stinker said...

Wow, thanks for sharing... I've found some really beautiful/quirky/awesome stuff I might not have found otherwise!

abby try again said...

Hey-thanks so much for doing this :) It's nice to poke around and find some new favorites.

loulouandoscar said...

So wonderful to see many of my favourite artists in your list and some new favourites too. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Faythe! i had no idea and thanks to my friend Lisa, i knew what was going on! ^_^
i am very new to this craft world and i'm hoping to learn and discover more about all these talented artists! Thank you again!

diane (hibou caillou chou)

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