Sunday, March 10, 2013

bbh has moved!



We've got a new site! Visit us from now on at www.baltimorebyhand.com.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

art moxie


so, i found this note on my front door...whahoonie (just in case you're wondering).

savage love


Third generation upholsterer Warren Savage of T&W Furniture Repair & Upholstery.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

vacationland

I am heading to Maine next week...Portland, Damariscotta, Belfast, and lots of little places in between. Think apple orchards, rocky beaches, pine trees, farm parties, wild blueberries, art galleries, and oodles of handmade goodness. See you soon!

Quote by Terry Goodkind.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

fashion is life: interview with atelier grand

  
Tell us about yourselves.

Our original names are Santoria Renae Williams and Jacqueline Shelby Netti. Shelby is 21, Sandy is 20, and we were born and raised in Baltimore. We met working at Target in 2011 and instantly clicked and became great friends.


When did you learn to design clothing? 

(Sandy) I learned how to sew in an after school class in middle school. As far as designing, I have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and I use that to design our clothes.

(Shelby) Designing clothing started for me in middle school, as well. Back then I was never into sewing or learning how to sew. Designing was all I did in school on my free time. It was like a hobby.


Describe your process.

Usually when doing a line, we design separately and then come together with our pieces. When we pick out fabric we search for the fabric that is best for us, and the line. Sometimes we already know what we looking for in a material like sequins, colors or a pattern.
 
Where do you find inspiration for your designs? 

Inspiration for our designs comes from everywhere. It can be clothing in a magazine, thrift shop, the television for Shelby (movies for Sandy). Or, people we meet… inspiration can come from anything. Fashion is our everyday life.


Share something about you that most people don't know.

(Shelby) I love clothes, but shoes are a strong interest of mine. I’ll pick out a pair of shoes before even thinking about my outfit. I live for shoes.

(Sandy) Okay I am very clumsy, and fall over the place. Falling is part of my everyday life, so if I have a day without me falling, tripping or any type of embarrassment… I always expect something horrible to happen!

To see more work by Atelier Grand, visit them on Etsy.

All images courtesy of Atelier Grand.

an exercise in purging

I met Matt Connelly during a Sunday brunch at Golden West. When I asked him what he did for a living he said, "I'm an artist and I work in a lumberyard." A little while later he told me that he has a show up at Dionysus. "You can go there and just take a painting off the wall."

Apparently, all of the art in Matt's show is free for the taking. "It's an exercise in purging," he explained. "The show consists entirely of old work that has resided in dark corners for years. I am trying to give these paintings happy homes; I am also trying to get rid of them."

Purging is typically a sudden act, born from the compulsion to get rid of something, but Matt's gesture seems more like a call to awakening.

"The art was originally hung for sale, and after a few weeks I decided to just give it away. The response has been positive. When the walls get sparse, I put up a few more paintings."






Images courtesy of Matt Connelly.