Wow people, We are in Vogue!!! Pioneer House, Julie Belcher and Philip Rupp were honored and surprised to have been hand picked by Vogue Magazine to be one of their Vogue World 100 creative influencers of 2019. There are 100 individuals from around the world and here is a link to the entire Vogue Wold 100 and to the Pioneer House interview directly. This happened so quickly - they told us in January and the 2019 list came out on February 5. Check out all of the ingenious visionaries from around the world. What a wonderful group to be associated with and to know that each of us has a beautiful original spirit that can capture a tiny sliver of imagination and be an inspiration to others to let their light shine. Thanks to Emily Farra and Hilary Justin.
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We have had a busy winter folks, finally getting a minute to give you some updates on Pioneer House endeavors.
There is a brand new retail store in New Orleans, opened December, 2018, ANCHOR & ARROW Dry Goods. It is a fantastic vintage clothing shop in the Bywater and also features monthly art shows and wonderful music events. You will find great western wear, designer vintage, Mardi Gras finery, lingerie, sports collectibles, kids stuff and musical instruments. All that plus unique accessories, tons of handmade jewelry, hats, footwear and much much more. Flip through some photos above and please pop over and give a like on Facebook, Tell your friends in Louisiana about the wonderful new shop, open 7 days a week.
Our annual shopping and nature trip to southern Arizona was a short one this year but we packed in a bunch of good stuff and finally got to see Organ Pipe National Monument. Flip through a slideshow of our trip above. We were shopping for vintage and handmade turquoise pieces for the Knoxville store - Rings, rings, rings, belt buckles, bolo ties, bracelets, necklaces and earrings plus gemstones and silver to make jewelry with sister Sharon Belcher McRorie. We got in a good visit with Miss Penelope and our art pal Jimmy Descant and his new studio, even got to go to an art opening of some of Jimmy’s WESTERN FUTURISM. See his work in this spring at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first weekend in May. Click to see his amazing new work.
Hi Friends & Neighbors,
I primarily post imagery on my various Instagram pages but wanted to write a note about my new mixed media pieces. I first experimented with encaustic beeswax painting in 2006 at Penland School of Crafts - I was teaching a letterpress workshop but was able to sneak into Tremain Smith's encaustic class a few times & put hot melted wax on various surfaces. (I was also able to collaborate with the bookmaking students for added fun!) For the past few years encaustic with mixed media has been a great way to use my mountain of letterpress printed papers in a new way. Along with collage I have been embedding drawings on paper - incising directly into the wax painting with oil paint - and transferring drawings and imagery onto the waxy surface. All 3 are wonderful techniques and combined make unique layering for encaustic. Here are some pix of work in progress...
I have been sketching landscapes of places I have traveled this year for some letterpress prints and encaustic paintings. Experimenting with textures, large dots, halftone vs Ben Day dots, vintage wood engraved lines enlarged and large linocuts can create wonderful fills or backgrounds. A great history about printing methods and explanation of halftone & Ben Day dots - thought you might enjoy... https://legionofandy.com/2015/06/19/ben-day-dots-part-3/
I just met with some of my Knoxville Girls and we are planning our All Things Southern art show. Don't miss it - Save the Date November 3, 2017! Julie Belcher, Peggy Hambright, Cara Pfennigwerth, Amanda Humphreys and Laura Baisden are the Knoxville Girls! The beans are soakin' - for y'all who aren't Southern - you gotta soak 'em before you cook 'em.I am obviously not a blogger - no time, but I just met with some of my Knoxville Girls and we are planning our All Things Southern art show. Don't miss it - Save the Date November 3, 2017! Julie Belcher, Peggy Hambright, Cara Pfennigwerth, Amanda Humphreys and Laura Baisden are the Knoxville Girls! The beans are soakin' - for y'all who aren't Southern - you gotta soak 'em before you cook 'em.
Have you ever been to Round Top, Texas? I remember days of going to Hillsville, Virginia with Mom & the siblings, once carrying a giant birdcage, across fields of treasures at the oldest Flea Market east of the Mississippi, going on now & every Labor Day weekend. Can't wait to go west of the Mississippi this time - showing, selling and picking the 35 mile long antique corridor that starts next week. Pioneer House is showing our handmade letterpress paper goods and vintage honky tonk western wares & boots.
What do you collect? I love wearable art and my favorite palette right now is turquoise and coral - a special piece of jewelry or a vintage chain stitch embroidered suit are fun to search for but primarily I have collected letterpress equipment for close to 2 decades, a heavy obsession.
Handmade letterpress products from my studio have been in over 1000 Etsy Treasuries but can you believe I have never put together an online collection myself - a wishlist of sorts. Well I finally made one & it was so enjoyable - to seek out perfect pieces that could go together - especially if money is no object.
Hope you like the fun & fantastic items in my online Etsy collection of 16 other Etsy shops, here it is, check it out.
Let's play dress up with a twist. Have some fun - cowgirl cuties & hombres in ombre, Handmade textiles, custom leather, artisan turquoise, ric rack and ruffles - get out and listen to some live music in your best hillbilly vintage.
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Hello Friends & Neighbors,
I am on a grand adventure & want to give you a sneak peek of some of my treasures. If you are just meeting me - Hi I am Julie.
A haystack of hats, photo experiments, vortexes, my altered vintage African textiles, wearable buffalo nickels are just a few of the goodies being added to the collection. If you want to see more photos please follow my InstaGram - SquirrelsGoneWild