Art & Photography: vol25

I really like this artwork from vol25. The quotes and sayings are inspirational and hit close to home for me.

Shop these prints @ vol25

Artwork is copyright © VOL25


Have a great weekend!

xoxo Gabreial

Art Stories: Laura Amiss


Art Stories
We're talking with the artist, designer & creator themselves about their chosen medium. Get to know the artist behind the items featured and find inspiration in their personal stories of creativity. Today I would like to welcome Laura Amiss to Vintage Indie.

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What is your preferred medium?
My preferred medium is textiles, either sewing or by incorporating textiles in to my digital illustrations.


How did you get started?

When I was completing my Art Foundation course I was introduced to many new ways in which to create and produce artwork, suddenly anything felt possible. I initially created images using mixed media methods, I enjoyed collage and using unconventional materials. The materials I used became more fabric based and I used thread and sewing to piece things together. Before I started my degree I worked as a 'Dresser' in the London West End, I was surrounded by fabric, pattern, costumes and had opportunity to learn a great deal with regards sewing. I studied Textiles at Goldsmiths college in London which has a very contemporary, open minded approach to textiles. For me using textiles was another way in which I could create an image - drawing a picture in thread. Textiles and embroidery are laden with symbolism and meaning, I don't think you can really escape this, this association and history is an important element in my work.


Who or what inspires you?
It is often very ordinary things or items that inspire me, I am interested in our every day rituals and quiet moments. Words are also very important to me, books, poems and sayings have a great impact on my work.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?
Getting online was the best way for me, starting up an online shop has opened a lot of other doors for me. Maintaining an active online presence I have been able to attract design blogs and magazines, I have been quite taken a back by the kindness and support I have been shown by people.


Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

I do love vintage clothing, although I like to wear it in contrast with something very modern. The same goes with home decoration, the contrast of vintage furniture within a modern setting is something that I enjoy and strive to include in my home.


What is important for your customer to know about your work?
That it is about colour, contrast and composition and that it is all made by me with a lot of passion and commitment.


A special thank you to Laura for sharing her beautiful work with us. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop

The Daily Swank: Art by Parada Creations

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I loved this one, perfect for the homeschooling family we are.

Parada Creations creates many art prints with vintage items like the above sewing machine.

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist this one. I can hear the chuckles of my family now. 


Visit Parada Creations for more prints and charming designs. She also creations custom artwork!

Art Stories: Lauren Maurer

Art Stories
We're talking with the artist, designer & creator themselves about their chosen medium. Get to know the artist behind the items featured and find inspiration in their personal stories of creativity. Today I would like to welcome Lauren Maurer  to Vintage Indie.

What is your preferred medium?
I prefer to paint in watercolors. I love how fluid watercolors are. I very often incorporate ink and charcoal into my watercolor paintings, adding to the old-timey fashion illustration feel that I love so much.

How did you get started?
I have painted and created my whole life. My dad used to paint (I wish he still did!) when I was small, and I loved everything about it... The supplies, the smells, the feeling of being in the studio. It felt (and still feels) like home to me. 

Who or what inspires you?
I have so many artists and friends that inspire me- Rachel Parker, Sally Tharp, David Lobenberg, Kristina Laurendi Havens, Lain Stewart, and Chris Beck (just to name a few) 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium? 
My advice for anyone who wanted to start painting... is to start painting! Seriously- you will benefit from doing daily paintings. I'm self taught - I've never received any formal training - and while I always had a bit of talent, it wasn't until I committed to practicing every day that I really saw a difference in my work. 
Oh, and paint what you love, not what you think you "should" be painting! 

Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

Vintage has become a huge part of my life since I started painting vintage dresses. I follow so many wonderful vintage blogs, and have tried to read as much as possible about the different styles through the generations. Even my house has gone vintage. I love being surrounded by pieces of people's history. What attracted me to vintage dresses originally was the idea that someones special memories have endured time and have been passed down and have seen so much.

What is important for your customer to know about your work?

All of my art is created with you in mind through the whole process. I want each piece to find a good home and to be enjoyed as much as I loved painting it. I want everyone that has ever purchased from me, or been kind enough to leave a sweet comment on my blog or Facebook, or taken the time to stop in at a show or gallery to know that I appreciate you all so much! xo

A special thank you to Lauren for sharing her beautiful work with us. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and her blog

Through the Lens: Flowers of Spring

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

{Inspired by Spring Flowers }


Things are greening up here, I'm enjoying the lush green, the buds on the trees and I'm itching to plant flowers.

For now I'll enjoy these beautiful images by Angie Turner.




Black-Eyed Susan



Shop for these gorgeous prints at Angie Gets Personal and keep spring flowers in your home year-round. 


Photographs © Angie Turner

Through the Lens: Ranunculus

Hello friends! I've just returned from an amazing weekend getaway with my hubby celebrating our anniversary. I have a lot to share with you and plan to do so in the next few days. It was one of the most perfect trips, and it rained almost all weekend!

For now, some brightly colored inspiration.

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

{Inspired by Ranunculus }

These are my favorite flower, captured beautifully by Ciao Bella Photography


Purchase these gorgeous prints at Ciao Bella Photography


Photographs © Ciao Bella Photography

What is your favorite flower?


Through the Lens: Blossoms

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

{Inspired by Blossoms }


This one is my favorite. Aren't the colors amazing! 

Shop for these prints at JennJenn

© Jenn Vargas Penny Pixel Photography


Through the Lens: Catherine ANN decor

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography } {Inspired by Vintage Cameras }


Catherine ANN decor " Vintage Art for the Modern Home"


TITLE: "Before the modern camera, there was vintage"
SIZE: 12x12

SHOP Prints: Catherine ANN decor

© Catherin ANN decor

Vintage Collections: Silhouettes

This is one of the greatest silhouette collections I've seen in one shop.

An instant collection for you if you'd like to begin one. Wouldn't they all look great together on the wall?


Grab these already framed pieces at French Quarter Mercantile



Do you collect anything vintage? If so, we'd love to see your collection here at Vintage Indie. Send your submission to me Subject Vintage Collection

Through the Lens: Joy St. Claire

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography } {Inspired by Autumn }

I never get tired of ranuculus, I think they're one of God's most beautiful creations.

Shop Joy St. Clair's prints at her Self Titled Etsy Shop JoyStClaire

Copyright © Joy St. Claire

Art: On the Road

Well, it is Monday.  A new week, a fresh new start. I hope it is easy for you. I can't help but think about my  Mr. and his family. What a long weekend.


I love this artwork by Judy Kaufman. On the Road. Today is one of those days where I can't wait to meet  Mr. VI halfway in the middle.


Happy Monday to you, let's both try to make the best of this harvest season upon us.

xoxo Gabreial

Thrugh the Lens: Holding On

Do you have days where you'd just like to start all over again, and pray for a different outcome? It's been a sad week here at the VI house where one of my husbands cousins lost their life unexpectedly. It is times like these when I'm reminded to check my faith. Where do I really stand with God and will He be the first person I run to when something like this happens.


Artwork by Persimmon&Pink

Through the Lens: Sixth & Main

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

{Inspired by a Vintage Typewriter }


Shops these prints and other gorgeous photography at Sixth & Main.


BOGO FREE SALE! "My prints will be making their tv debut this fall on ABC's "Modern Family"! to celebrate i am having a BOGO free sale on all images 8x10 or smaller! for each print purchased, receive a free print of choice. (free print must be of equal or lesser value. offer not valid on sets or calendars) *at checkout in message to seller, simply list the titles of your free prints."

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Art: Kitchen Wizard

I am totally digging the freshness of Kitchen Wizard's art!


SHOP Kitchen Wizard on Etsy!

Getting to know the artist, "I live in a tiny apartment with a mean cat and delicious bowls, utensils, and a pink pair of vintage office waiting room chairs that are so delightful they're almost family."

I would love to check out those waiting room chairs!

Art Stories: Artist Charmagne Coe

Charmagne Coe

What is your preferred medium?

My first passion is and has always been ink, specifically India ink and Micron pens. Both are immediate and portable, requiring very little set-up. My mixed media paintings incorporate my love of ink with the colors and textures of watercolor and pastel. The three together are wild.

How did you get started?
(we'd love to know if there are any generational influences, family history etc.)

From my earliest memory, I always had some sort of drawing tool in hand. I grew up in a very creative environment. My father, who is a jeweler, worked out of our home. I was surrounded by turquoise, opals, coral, lapis lazuli... all of those intoxicating colors still move me. My mother had a natural talent for drawing caricatures in all their various poses and expressions. I love to draw characters too, tho many are certainly not representational and the forms can be quite surreal. I was always drawing. I still am!


Who or what inspires you?

Love, nature, my family and mystery. And all the relationships between those forces. I am very moved by the works of Klee and Miro. Musically, Sigur Ros and Jonsi are my heroes.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?

Draw, draw, draw. Be open to what you are feeling and what you want to draw. Keep that hand loose. Also, attend school because you will use every bit of your education and it will open more doors to you. Exposing oneself to art in all forms is very nourishing.


Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

Yes. My feeling about the word vintage is something that exudes classical or timeless qualities. Vintage may even link to old traditions and mythologies. I am drawn to artwork and everyday objects that are vintage and are also 'now'. In my painting and drawings, the characters, clothing, settings, etc. are a melding of olden times and modern. For example, if you look at my painting, "The little journey", you might get a sense that the characters are plucked out of the 1940s, but it still feels current. I am a huge fan of big band music. Right now the song "I'll Never Smile Again", by Ruth Lowe is sitting on my piano. I like things that endure time.


What is important for your customer to know about your work?

What I create is work that I believe in. I'm not always fond of telling a detailed, specific story behind a painting, because it boxes in the work itself. The point of what I portray is to continue an open dialogue. Then, whoever stands in front of it can participate. The tale is still unfolding.



Where can we find your artwork?

You can find it at my website: I will also have a two-person show in Flagstaff, AZ on August 6th, 2010 at Holland Studio.



A special thank you to Charmagne Coe for a special look into her beautiful artwork and what she's passionate about.

Art & Illustrations: Amy Blackwell

Our home is still for sale. It has only been a couple of months, but we've packed up the more personal items so home just doesn't feel the same. Anyone else feeling the same way? Today I chose Art by Amy Blackwell, her pieces make me feel right at home. These would be so charming as a set together on the wall.


At Home on the Sea


A home in the branches

The colors are so perfect.

Visit Amy Blackwell to purchase these prints or cards & totes featuring her artwork at BlackOutWell.