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VOGUE WORLD 100 PUSHING BOUNDARIES

Julie Belcher

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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.

Click to see the profile on Julie Belcher and Philip Rupp of Pioneer House

Click to see the profile on Julie Belcher and Philip Rupp of Pioneer House

Vogue World 2019 individuals that include Philip Rupp and Julie Belcher, click to see all 100

Vogue World 2019 individuals that include Philip Rupp and Julie Belcher, click to see all 100

New Orleans Vintage Shop & Winter Fun

Julie Belcher

We have had a busy winter folks, finally getting a minute to give you some updates on Pioneer House endeavors.

We have a brand new retail store in New Orleans, opened December, 2018, Philip Rupp and Julie Belcher have partnered with some dear friends in New Orleans, Kristy and Nathan Siegal, Joy Patterson and Matt Bell to form 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 us a like on Facebook, Tell your friends in Louisiana about our wonderful new shop and we are 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.

MIxed Media

Julie Belcher

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...

LETTERPRESS LANDSCAPES

Julie Belcher

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/

KNOXVILLE GIRLS

Julie Belcher

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.

ROUND TOP//TEXAS

Julie Belcher

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.

You Are Treasured

Julie Belcher

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.

Western Serenade

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.

CUSTOM 1950's Inspired Hand Crafted GOOD LUCK Horseshoes Hearts Longhorn Leather Cowboy Boots by Rocketbuster Boots El Paso - Womens Size 7Turquoise Teal Ombre wig. Long curly hair long side bangs hand craft fashion hairstyle wig for daytime use or Cosplay..Stunning Vintage 50s 60s red black white silver lame rick rack trim floral squaw patio fiesta southwestern V neckline full circle dress - MZuni Style Cluster Brooch Pin Pettipoint Petit Point Turquoise Sterling Silver
true vintage lipstick RED 3 layer chiffon & lace square dance petticoat slip crinoline, fire engine red skirt, partners please malco modes SVintage Sterling Silver with Turquoise Thunderbird Pin Brooch Fred Harvey Era Peyote EagleELEPHANT BRAND BANDANA  Fast Color Trunk Up Vintage Red Geometric Print new old stock50s Red Western Pants with Gold & Silver Stripes S
Stunning Navajo Coral and Sterling Chandelier Earrings by Sheila Biscenti5X beaver custom made cowboy hat with Indian made beaded hat bandVintage Phoeniz Arizona JC's Rodeo of Rodeos Clip-On Bow Tie - 1950's - from DustyMillerAntiquesVintage Authentic Navajo JB Moore Plate Variant Crystal Region Native American  Red Black Gray White Woven Rug
Black Leather Fringe Jacket, Fringe Coat, Fringe Jacket, Black Fringe, Western, Boho Coat, Size Small, Size Medium, EmbroideredPlaid Camp Blanket / Trade Blanket, Beacon Art Deco, Coral Pink OmbreRed Headband - Polka Dot Headband Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Rosie the Riveter Bandana Pinup Rockabilly Women Hair Accessories Vintage StyleAwesome  - Karman 1950s 50s Vintage Men's Western Shirt. Medium M. Green w/ Black Flocked Leaves & Gold Embroidery Gold Piping. Gabardine.

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A Cowboy's Sweetheart

Julie Belcher

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 cold day at the top end of SABINO CANYON, Arizona, photo by Darrell Cecil

A cold day at the top end of SABINO CANYON, Arizona, photo by Darrell Cecil

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