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Movember-themed mustache painting on red rose background

On Friday, November 4, 2011, I will be getting all dressed up and going to the Movember Austin Mo-Tie Affair, where this painting will be a part of the evening’s silent auction. The cocktail party and fundraiser takes place at LIVESTRONG HQ, and benefits Movember, funding multiple men’s health organizations. To bid on this painting (among many other awesome silent auction items!), and for what is certain to be a great time, register at http://amotieaffair-eorg.eventbrite.com/.

My art contribution to the silent auction is this 12 x 12″ gallery-wrapped canvas, with red floral all-over design and a black mustache. The sides are painted as well, so the buyer doesn’t necessarily have to frame it, but I do think this painting would look sharp with a sleek black frame. One detail I couldn’t capture with a camera is the presence of pattern in some of the roses. I used other similar shades of red for a monochromatic effect, and the result is a multi-textured and visually rich painting, without the background patterns being overpowering or excessively busy.

Check out Movember Austin’s event page, where you’ll find tickets and more info about the Mo-Tie Affair and other upcoming events!


EasyCanvasPrints.com makes it easy to create professional art prints on canvas

Whether you are an artist looking to print replicas of your work, or a person with a loved one for whom you’re seeking the perfect customized gift, EasyCanvasPrints.com may be your answer!

Canvas print by EasyCanvasPrints.com of an original painting by Jennifer Cunningham

Based in Austin, EasyCanvasPrints.com (brought to you by the awesome people at Build-A-Sign) offers reasonably priced printing on canvas. The process is pretty simple, too. You just need a high-resolution image of the design you wish to have printed, and that can be anything from original artwork to photos of friends or family. Through the company’s website you can complete the order and pay, then have it shipped anywhere in the country. Although this is a locally-based business, they serve customers all over.

As an artist myself, I recently tried out the canvas printing and must say I am quite impressed with the quality of the finished piece. EasyCanvasPrints.com is also very user-friendly and responsive, providing excellent customer service.  I would absolutely recommend them to any artist, photographer, or gift-seeker who wants to have a custom canvas printed locally at a great price.

For my first order, I chose a 16″ x 20″ teal version of one of my floral paintings, with gallery-wrapped edges. Check out the photo below of it hanging on the wall at Cypress Vanguard!

Canvas print by EasyCanvasPrints.com, designed by Jennifer Cunningham, and shown hanging at Cypress Vanguard with handbags by Anne Marie Beard.

RCF sneak peek: wearable art by SavannahRed, Simmang Design, and LaLa

By now you probably know that Renegade Craft Fair will be THE place to go this weekend for cool handmade art and crafts. But don’t forget about the fashion! Many of the vendors who will be at RCF Austin 2011 make clothing or accessories, and there’s one booth in particular you won’t want to miss if you’re in the market for something cute, unique, and made from the heart. Three lovely local designers are joining forces to bring you a variety of fun, functional pieces to complete your entire look — SavannahRed, Simmang Design, and LaLa.

A little bit about the designers you’ll meet at booth #4 and why you should love them:

Anslee Connell, the fabulous force behind SavannahRed, specializes in “Curvy Couture” — beautiful, vibrant, practical dresses custom-made for real women of all shapes and sizes. She makes bright, colorful pieces out of vintage fabric and bedsheets, making many of the items both one-of-a-kind AND eco-friendly! There will be dresses in stock at Renegade this weekend that range from size 12-26, and, as always, custom orders are welcome. If you can’t make it to the craft fair, you should check out SavannahRed’s boutique in the garden room at Cypress Vanguard sometime.

SavannahRed model Michelle with jewelry by Simmang Design. (The red floral fabric on the top part of this SavannahRed dress was designed by JenniferHeartsArt!) Photo: SavannahRed

Jillian (Simmang Design) modeling a SavannahRed dress and Simmang Design jewelry. Photo: SavannahRed

The awesome jewelry in the above two photos is by Simmang Design, so it makes sense to go ahead and tell you about that now. 🙂

In 2009 Jillian Simmang picked up some “retired” jewelry from a second hand store, ripped it apart and put it back together again more elegant and refined than before. Her degree in Graphic Design from Texas State University has definitely served her well. Her designs are meaningful, pull inspiration from themselves and each piece was once hanging from someone else’s earlobes, neck or wrist. Since she works with vintage materials, each earring, necklace, or bracelet is unique and one of a kind. Jill can be found at etsy.com/shop/JillianSimmang, The Studio Downtown, or Lovely Austin (and, of course, at Renegade this weekend). She takes custom work and contracts as well.

Bracelet by Simmang Design. Photo courtesy of Jillian Simmang.

And, while you’re there, you’ll get a chance to pick up your very own LaLa scarf shirt, as seen in a recent Statesman Style Matters feature by Marques Harper!

Creative and resourceful Austin designer, Laisa Chavez Macias, owner of LaLa, will be set up in booth #4 this Saturday and Sunday. Her versatile signature scarf shirts are made from vintage scarves, and some are long enough to be worn as mini-dresses. All three designers are independent business owners creating well-made, stylish clothing and accessories, making their collaborative pop-up shop inside the Palmer Events Center the perfect destination for anyone in search of cool, reasonably priced, original women’s fashion. Items from the LaLa line can also be found at Cypress Vanguard beginning next week!

The Madison. Photo courtesy of LaLa.

LaLa scarf shirt. Photo: Statesman.com

For more important details about the event, check out the Renegade Craft Fair Austin 2011 post on Examiner.com, and peruse my blog again next week to see photos from the show. Happy crafting!

Cypress Vanguard designer market and open house, 5/15 [PICS]

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, downtown Austin fashion house Cypress Vanguard opens its doors (&/or courtyard) to patrons who enjoy a classy, casual mix of the co-op’s regular house designers and outside guest artists/vendors. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out, because each month there’s something new to see! Located 1/2 block from the Austin Convention Center and Moonshine, these recurring events are a great addition to your brunch or other weekend plans.

May’s guest designers were Dreaming In Craft, Apocalypse Wow Designs, Sugar Tooth Bakery, and Jennifer Hearts Art. Check out some photos I took of the temporary displays! ❤

Dreaming In Craft, a local business owned by crafter Marci Peterson, had these signature plushies for sale, among lots of cute wearable goodies, seen in the following 2 photos.

fabric button necklaces by Dreaming in Craft. photo: Jennifer Hearts Art

fabric button rings and felt flower hair clips by Dreaming in Craft. photo: Jennifer Hearts Art

Next to Marci’s table in the garden room at CV was Alex Parrish with her pretty, spooky Apocalypse Wow hair flowers and earrings.

Apocalypse Wow Designs specializes in retro-inspired hair flowers with a scary twist. Most pieces include skull or eyeball embellishments!

wearable art by Apocalypse Wow Designs. photo: Jennifer Hearts Art

We not only got to peruse a sampling of guest artists’ wares, but were also treated to some edible awesomeness by Sugar Tooth Bakery! Meghan, the proprietress of this south Austin business, brought in a selection of her vegan desserts — including Tiny Pinies (miniature pineapple upside-down cakes), cupcakes, and chocolate-covered donuts.

vegan baked goods by Sugar Tooth Bakery. photo: Jennifer Hearts Art

beautiful donut display by Sugar Tooth + a big paper mache cupcake! photo: Jennifer Hearts Art

To stay in the loop regarding upcoming events at Cypress Vanguard, become a fan of their Facebook page. You can find each of this month’s guest designers on your favorite social media websites as well. 🙂

(Psssst! Did you know? My line of wearable art will be part of the regular collective at CV soon! Details impending…)

Opening tonight- Cathedral of Junk photo art exhibit by Number 9 Photography

The Cathedral of Junk, an eclectic and endangered Austin landmark, is something you have to see to believe. The local team of artists at Number 9 Photography captured the cathedral’s details back in February 2010 prior to the news it would be dismantled, then revisited the location in March 2011. The photos they captured are on display to the public as of tonight’s opening reception at Starving Art Studios.

A percentage (20%) of the artwork sales will be donated to the owner, Vince “Junk King” Hanneman. Your patronage helps to support the Cathedral of Junk, as well as local artists. All of the photos will be on display until May 31, 2011.

The opening is May 6th at 7:30pm and the galleries are open every weekend. Check out www.austinstarvingart.com for detailed information and specific times.

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