if there is one thing New York is not short on, it's artists. Talented artists. I try to buy handmade, from the artist, where I can. I really love supporting other people's work and showing it off.
First is this little recycled leather journal from Aixa Sobin. She doesn't have a blog but this is a great write up of her products. Aixa uses reclaimed and recycled leather and to say the products are beautiful is an understatement - I had to have something and this journal (which is refillable) was right up my alley - I love red leather. It's beautifully made. I picked this up at the Artist and Fleas market in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) which was the pick of the markets I went to. If you are in New York I highly recommend it.
I also picked up this gorgeous print of the Brooklyn brownstones by talented illustrator Claudia Pearson. Her work is adorable and also features in The Exquisite Book which I mentioned in my last post (wish I'd realised that when I met her yesterday!). There are four different colour treatments of this print and choosing one was hard but I went with this one as it'll go in the yellow room at home or well against the browns in our kitchen/living area. Check out her stuff, she has some gorgeous tea towels which I wish I had bought for my Mum (might have to order those online before Christmas!). She has a stall at the Brooklyn Flea until Thanksgiving.
I have to say, if I lived in New York I think I would get all my furniture from the Brooklyn Flea, there are sooooo many cool items there. Having to get it half way around the world makes purchasing impossible but it was good.
My other lovely interaction at the BF was with Laura Fisk of Fisk and Fern. Laura is a fantastic screenprint designer (and on paper - oh the talent!) and I could easily have spent a fortune with her. I resisted (again with the carting stuff half way around the world to Australia) but did purchase these gorgeous journals which Laura made from scratch herself. How can one say no to that level of brilliance? Laura and I had a great chat and has a gorgeous online store which I would encourage you to peruse!(I know, they're awesome huh?)
I've also been to my favourite stamp shop on earth, the Ink Pad today on Eighth Avenue. Stamping enthusiasts the world over know about this store - they cram a whole lot of crafty goodness into a small space, but every time I go there I am made to feel welcome. I picked up some cute stamps, some new Tim Holtz distress inks and stickles and some Stampington magazines (which are about half the cost they are in Australia grrrrr) so I left really happy.
Tonight, my gorgeous hubby Michael arrives in New York. Before then I need to get some washing done so I better move!! Love the handmade goodness! Support the artist - buy handmade!