Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Elsa Mora: Why Should People Buy Handmade

I came across Elsa Mora's answer to this question a few months ago and I would like to share it with you as I think her words are so warm and genuine...

Why should people buy handmade?

I think that buying handmade is a way of expression and communication. You express yourself through the objects that you choose to live with and with the objects that you give to other people. Handmade objects have a different meaning compared to industrial objects because they carry a human energy. The thing that most impacts people is other people. That’s why we experience something nice when we get anything handmade. When you buy handmade you are not only buying an object but you’re also buying a concept, an idea that has to do with the appreciation of what’s human. By buying handmade you are saying in a subtle way that you care about other people and that you are open for them to bring something into your life, it is an exchange, it is human connection.

~Elsita Mora

Elsa's papercuts are currently in our Teeny Tiny IV, view all of them here.

Why Buy handmade?

I am an active member of the Buy Local program in Portsmouth and last night we just had our first meeting for a new sub-group focusing on the Arts - educating people on the importance of supporting local artists and local art galleries.

Especially in this challenging economy, it is important to make smart decisions as a consumer, and in doing so you can feel good about protecting the diversity, freedom, and economic solvency of where you live and love.

One of our greatest challenges is education. I focus on the strong connection between buying local art and the "Buy Handmade" movement. Here a few great reasons: (courtesy of www.buyhandmade.org)

Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that canbe seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

Buying handmade is better for people.

The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.

Buying handmade is better for the environment.

The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.

You can take the pledge to buy handmade here!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tiny Tokens of Love

Love is in the air...or maybe not, in any case Velentine's Day is days away and many of the artists in the Teeny Tiny Art show had romance on the mind. For those of you still looking for the perfect gift, here are a few things to consider:

Tell her how you feel, "Pink About You" by Linda Cordner ($350. - this and other paintings from Linda's Blush and Bloom series ($100 - $250) available here.)

For those of you lucky enough to be falling in love...in Chinese culture two butterflies flying together are a symbol of love (tiny 3-d butterfly paintings by Tiffany Torre $34. each, available here.)

Or perhaps you are in need of giving someone a cautionary warning, Erin Moran's heart rattles advise "Fragile, Handle with Care", "Dangerous Curves Ahead", "Stop When Flashing" to name a few. ($34. each available here.)

Over 400 pieces...finally hung!

Well, actually, the last piece was hung by the opening last Friday. It has taken me until now to take photographs of the installation - which I thought I would share a few with you...

You can see how all of the works in the show were hung here.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Opening Reception tomorrow night!

...still working on hanging the last few works for the Teeny Tiny Art Show #4, opening tomorrow night with a reception from 5-8pm.

H(EAT) Restaurant Night - Tonight!

Dinner Plans?

For one night - tonight, Thursday, February 5th - several Seacoast Local restaurants will donate 10% of sales toward (H)EAT to raise money for 10,000 meals and 10,000 gallons of heating oil for Seacoast residents in need of assistance.

Please come out and do your part while enjoying dinner and community at some of the area's premier local, independent restaurants: Victory, Jumpin' Jays, Black Trumpet and Anneke Jans.

Monday, February 2, 2009

tiny preview: Kim Ferreira

The installation of the Teeny Tiny Art Show has finally begun, but I thougth I would take a small break and share with you my new series of paintings done for this show...

I am currently re-reading "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White - the novel chronicles the raising and education of King Arthur, his rule as a king, and the romance between his best knight Sir Lancelot and his Queen Guinevere.

My paintings are loosely based on the fist part in which Merlyn, knowing the boy's destiny, teaches Arthur what it means to be a good king by turning him into various kinds of animals: fish, hawk, ant, owl, goose, and badger. Each of the transformations is meant to teach him a lesson, which will prepare him for his future life.

In my paintings, I have referenced vintage Alice in Wonderland illustrations in place of young Arthur, in an effort to place my younger self in the paintings...

okay, enough self-indulgence, back to the hammer and nails...remember, the Teeny Tiny Art Show opens this Friday, with an opening reception from 5-8pm. All of the work from the show will soon be available to view + purchase online in our online shop...'til then.