Artist of the Week

Monky - Scott JacksonOne of my favorite places to find desktop wallpaper is Pixelgirl Presents. I’ve gone to the site for years for wallpaper, icons and other cute imagery, and one artist that always catches my eye is Scott Jackson, aka iamscotty. Scott is a designer and illustrator from England, and he focuses mainly on vector artwork made in Adobe Illustrator. Images of a remote and popcorn-wielding Ganesh and Buddha on a lotus flower are interspersed with aliens, bears and surfer dudes, and all have clean lines, bright colors and completely adorable characterizations. You can find the desktop wallpaper he has designed here, and you can see his entire portfolio on his website. Prints of Bird In Hand, Boat Girl and Pilk are also available here.





I have a confession: I am always drawn to anything cute and cuddly. Kittens, boys, sweaters – in my book, as long as it makes me emit a high-pitched “squee” noise, I’m hooked. This is part of the reason that I’m completely in love with PrettyPixels. The shop owner Teresa combines adorable images of squirrels, owls and elephants with sassy sayings. PrettyPixels sells everything from buttons, stickers, notecards and postcards, all adorned with cute graphic images of Teresa’s own design. My personal favorites are the “My Heart Belongs to What’s-His-Face” button and the Digital Love notepads. She also has a sister shop called FeltLikeSpring, where she sells adorable felt headbands and hair clips, and a blog. If you’re in the Detroit area, go check her out at the Running With Scissors craft show on April 18th.

truly-fallen-imageFasten your seatbelts, people, as this week’s Shop of the Week is a little bit risque’. OK, not really, but it does make it easy to dress up parts of yourself that would normally be ignored. Truly Fallen makes gorgeous handmade accessories that look like they’re straight out of a 1920’s burlesque house. Their pasties are like tiny works of art, and the amount of work they put into their projects shows in every piece they make. For those not into accessorizing their lady parts, they also have an amazing selection of hair clips and feathered hair pieces. I’m completely coveting the red scrollwork bobby pins right now, as a matter of fact. I wish I had known about this shop this summer when one of my best friends got married – these pasties would be the perfect bachelorette party gift. Go check them out and get yourself or someone you like something special!


 This week’s artist is a very good  friend of mine and an amazing artist. Stef Davis, a.k.a. Stab My Brain Studio, is a genius with Photoshop and Sculpey and can make gorgeous sculptures out of nothing but scraps of wood, old lightbulbs and bike parts. Her Etsy site is currently featuring adorable keychains in fun colorful designs, and she’s working on making polymer clay beads and earrings.  Stef will be at the Red Hot Art Fair in Stevens Square Park on June 6th and 7th, so come down and check her out!