Monday, March 21, 2011

New on Etsy: Flourish Notebooks & Notepads!

Hello folks, I've got some great news for you today! Two new items have been added to the Cosmos Creative Etsy Shop! Be sure to check out the Pocket Notebooks, and the Matchbook Notepads! Both items showcase the original pattern, Flourish, from The Cosmos Creative Collection. Printed here in green ink on "Jellybean Green" Pop-Tone French Paper, Flourish is easily one of my favorite patterns from the collection! It's sophisticated yet, funky and in the green on green combo, it's especially fun!

Each notebook and notepad is 100% handmade and is perfect for the most random of thoughts, notes, inspirational tidbits, or even sketches. Not to mention, both items would make super cute gifts for friends and family! So, be sure to visit the Cosmos Creative Shop and take a peak at these beauties. Buy one for your friend, or hoard one for yourself...either way, there will be more lovely goods to come soon, so stay tuned and stay inspired!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

From the Sketch Book: #031111 and #030511

Hello and happy St. Patrick's Day folks, I hope this finds you in a prticularly fun mood. I’ve got two new sketches from the sketch book for you today! Despite the fact that I haven't been to the studio in weeks, I have managed to find some time to draw in the comfort of my own living room. Life has gotten the best of me lately and before these two sketches, it had been a while since I last picked up a pen and hit paper. As a result, I don’t think these are as strong as they could’ve been.

Out of the two though, I think I prefer #031111 (top) the most, only because it has an interesting dichotomy happening between the organic and the linear elements. And although there are things that I like about each drawing, the scratchy and loose lines in #030511 (bottom) are driving me a bit crazy; every time I look at the sketch, I want to fix their wobbly stature!

In addition to these two, I did create a couple of other drawings, but I was pretty much repulsed by both of them, so I won't be posting them...and, unless someone digs them out of a box one day (after I’ve left this world) they will never see the light of day. I’m not even sure I signed them. So, there you have it folks, the two sketches that I do like! Feel free to leave me a post and let me your thoughts. There will be more doodles and such to come soon, so stay tuned and stay inspired!

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Micro-Granting Initiative: Providence Provision

Hello peeps! I want to take a quick moment, to tell you about an excellent new non-profit organization that has popped up here in Providence. Just about this time last month, give or take a couple of weeks, I visited one of my favorite blogs in Providence, the biggest little, and stumbled across a post titled, YES. The post showcased nothing but a wonderfully illustrated word…Provision and a link advertising a deadline for proposals…hmm, how very mysterious.

After exploring further (a.k.a, visiting the website), I learned that Providence Provision is a non-profit organization that on the third Sunday of every month hosts, “an underground culinary/economic experience." Basically meaning; a dinner composed of soup, bread, dessert and an opportunity for guests to vote on six proposed projects that have been submitted by artists and other creative thinkers alike. At the end of the meal, the project that receives the most number of votes is rewarded with the net proceeds from the dinner. Each guest is asked to contribute $10 for their dinner. Awards, based on attendance, are expected to be between $300 and $500 dollars.

Overall, it’s a really interesting concept and I was very happy to part take in the nights’ shinanigans. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, the company of other artists and of course, reading all about the projects and finally casting my vote. If you would like to attend the next Provision, or learn more about the event, be sure to check out pictures here, download the past menu/proposals here, and visit the Providence Provision website here. Happy viewing folks, I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spin Art Inspired Cotton Basics!

Great News Folks! Cosmos Creative just added The Spin Collection to our Envelop shop! Now you can buy cotton basics adorned with artwork inspired by spin art. So, be sure to check out the full shop and pick yourself up a bold new pillow cover, or even a stylish new tote bag for the warm months ahead! Happy Shopping!