Friday, February 29, 2008

art - Jess Hutchison plush Guides

Jess Hutchison is an illustrator, avid knitter and author working primarily in textiles. We both share the fact we were born on Guam, frolicking on the beach as tots. How random is that? But I digress...

This collection of painted plush have the comforting appeal of the favorite stuffed animal, or pillow, that would help lull you to sleep. Their serene faces calm you as you drift off to lala-land.

Guide with Spirit

Guide 2

Guide 3

Guide 4

Guide 5

All pieces acrylic on muslin cotton plush, approx 7" high.

art - Lisa Congdon shadowbox

Mixed media artist, Lisa Congdon, creates miniature worlds within her shadowbox pieces. Goofus and Gallant displays the sweet interplay of feather, fauna and love.

detail view

Goofus and Gallant
mixed media collage in shadowbox
approx 7" x 7"

Thursday, February 28, 2008

art - Catherine Campbell paintings

Gorgeous, gorgeous paintings by Australian artist Catherine Campbell. Each character is paired with a beautifully detailed familiar.

- ink, watercolor and collage on archival paper
- size: 6" x 8.25"

Dig deeper, it's getting dark

Hiding in the tallest grass

Meet me in the middle of the air

Monday, February 25, 2008

artist profile - Hernan Paganini

Hernán Paganini was born in Argentina in 1982, and studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. As a busy creative, Hernán currently teaches at said university, works as a freelance illustrator, in addition to constantly developing his art.

His work is informed by his surroundings, and he keeps his mind open with a child-like view upon the world. An avid collector since childhood, Hernán would often use the objects found as material fodder, and inspiration, for others works. Hernán explores his environment, life moments and emotions, intersecting these discoveries into his art.

"Each material is a new world and language to discover."

// Hernán on Flickr

Monday, January 28, 2008

art - MARS-1 Invisible Plan custom figures

** Sorry, sold out. **

Mario (aka MARS-1) created these awesome custom painted versions of his Invisible Plan figures. I'll have individual pics of each piece up soon, but thought I'd post a group shot of these amazingly detailed figures. These were not on display in the gallery, and available online only. Only one of each, and each figure is signed by the artist. SOLD

Friday, January 25, 2008

art - Allison Sommers paintings

Allison Sommers' art was quite a personal discovery for me, in that her process and themes evoke tinyshop in many ways. The most obvious feature is size. Not only is her work small in scale, but she paints with such minute detail -- and sometimes under a magnifying glass! I have much respect for honing a craft, and paying attention to the details.

As you move closer, the subject matter includes even smaller creatures and worlds that might fit right in your pocket. A whiff of fractured tales, Victorian flea circuses and the complicated dreams girls are made of...

- Gouache
- All pieces sized smaller than 6x6

Hats (The Kellnerin Brothers)

Sleeping Giant

3 x 4.5


The Jitters
3.5 x 3.5

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

artist profile - Irina Troitskaya

Irina Troitskaya was born and raised in Izhevsk, Russia... a city she describes of dead ends, sad electronic music and Finno-Ugric cultural roots. Irina's love of drawing lead her to the Udmurt State University, where she studied art. However after five years, she became weary of her studies, which signaled a turning point in that drawing became an abhorrence.

Upon graduating from university, Irina abandoned drawing, and instead, worked as a TV journalist for a local arts & culture program. In the Summer of 2003, she felt the need for a career change and took her chances in Moscow, where she now resides. Irina currently works as a freelance illustrator by day, and an artist by night -- a happy result.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Apex & Iona Rozeal Brown stop by

A North Beach escape.... Friends and artists, Iona Rozeal Brown and Ricardo Richey (aka Apex) visit Double Punch & tinyshop, while they take a break from their residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

If you're in the city, check out Ricardo's contribution to the Luggage Store Gallery's show, In the Fullness of Time, at their Annex location, 509 Ellis Street @ Leavenworth.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

art - Leah Brawley Friends

Leah Brawley's adorable Friends are reminiscent of folk art, and the vibrant characters of 1950's book illustrations. Each wooden figure is hand painted, fashionably turned out, and no two are alike.

Friend 1

Friend 2

Friend 3

Friend 4

Friend 5

art - Ashley Goldberg prints

Wa-wee-wo! Get your hunky woodsman on.. Lovely, limited prints by Ashley Goldberg.

- Prints of original illustrations done in ink, then digitally colored.
- Printed on archival velvet fine art stock using archival pigment ink.

edition of 10
5 x 6

edition of 10
5 x 6

edition of 20

Wee Trees
edition of 20
5.5 x 4.25

Friend or Foe
edition of 20

Saturday, December 29, 2007

art - Naoshi postcards

Wonderful, cheeky art postcards by Naoshi.

- One-sided full color postcards on matte paper
- Size (inches) 4 x 6

random - the littlest buddha

Artist Katrina Szyszkoski sends us pics of her tiny discoveries in Japan.

Friday, December 28, 2007

artist profile - Leah Brawley

Leah Brawley is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, California. A native Rhode Islander, she received a BFA in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2000. Leah's work consists mostly of tiny self-portrait drawings and paintings that serve as a visual diary of her thoughts and desires.

In 2005, Leah had a solo show of her signature post-it and postcard drawings at the Gallery Deluxe Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tinyshop is one of her first shows in San Francisco.

>>> Leah's Friends figures available online

Saturday, December 15, 2007

art - "XXS" Gocco prints by Wing Ngan

Graphic artist, Wing Ngan (aka iNK design), created these beautifully designed Gocco prints for the online gallery of tinyshop. Printed in 2 colorways of orange and pink, in limited quantities.

- 3 color handscreened Gocco prints
- Printed on French paper, construction, slate blue, 100lb cover
- Size (inches) 4.25 x 6.25

XXS pink, limited edition of 32

orange, limited edition of 27

Friday, December 14, 2007

gallery pics, part 1

Some pics of the work on the gallery side I christened the "cute wall." Many of the print cards and plush objects reside here.

tinyshop - gallery display 1
cuties --- some literal, others subversive

tinyshop - gallery display 2
print cards by various artists (details below), and kid's tees by Naoshi

tinyshop - Leah Brawley
tinyshop - Leah Brawley
tinyshop - Leah Brawley
Paintings and wooden doll Friends by Leah Brawley

tinyshop - Yuka Yamaguchi
tinyshop - Yuka Yamaguchi
Yuka Yamaguchi print cards

tinyshop - Wing Ngan
Handscreened Gocco-print cards by Wing Ngan

tinyshop - Naoshi
tinyshop - Naoshi
Sunae kits (top) & print cards (below) by Naoshi

tinyshop - Serena Kuhl
tinyshop - Serena Kuhl
Plush by Serena Kuhl

tinyshop - Timmie #117 by Marilyn Patrizio
Timmie #117 by Marilyn Patrizio

tinyshop - Maki Squarepatch
tinyshop - Maki Squarepatch
Maki Squarepatch paintings and plush