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30 April 2010

Entered "Music" into design contest. Please vote if you have the chance.

My musical collage abstract "Music" was accepted into Spoonflower's Fabric of the Week Challenge. It will appear randomly on the voting page. If you have the time and enjoy the image, I'd love for you to vote on my entry.  You'll have to find my entry, vote and then go to the last page of entries to 'submit your vote'. Here's a small peek at the image:

It's a cream line drawing of a mixture of musical instruments done in a modern, abstract style on dark brown fabric. Thank you for your vote! -kristen

New Clutches with Custom-Printed Fabric added to handbag collection.



I am excited to offer new handbags, purses and clutches handmade by me using professionally printed cotton fabric featuring my original paintings and illustrations. (See my other listings for matching handbags.)



Medium-sized clutch bag Details:
-- 4.5 to 5 inch silver metal purse frame
-- Gusseted bottom to provide greater width and allow bag to stand on its own.
-- Custom cotton fabric featuring artwork by Kristen Stein.
-- Fabric enhanced with stiffening fabric and fleece to maintain shape and provide more durable wear.
-- Fully-lined.
-- Artist/Designer label
-- Various sizes: Designs pictured include triangular, hexagonal, and curved top designs.

Approximate Dimensions:
The shorter 'Curved Top': 4.5" x 6" x 3"
Hexagon-shaped: 6" x 6" x 3.5"
Triangle-shaped: 6" x 7" x3"

Recommended Care:
If cover needs cleaning, hand wash lightly with cool water. Lay flat to dry. Iron as needed.



*NOTE* Email me if you are interested in a size other than what is pictured here, or if you would like to add a wristlet or chain. (cost will vary) Custom requests using other paintings or images from my portfolio are welcome. Please browse my shop, or visit StudioArtworks.com to view my portfolio of images to request another design for the fabric.
(Please allow up to 4 weeks for custom fabric requests.)

27 April 2010

Get Ready! Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival this Sunday 11:00-5:00



Thrilled to be part of the 14th Annual Home & Garden Festival in the beautiful Chestnut Hill region of Philadelphia, PA. The festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 2nd and continue through 5pm. I've been assigned booth #141 near Joseph Banks on the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue.

In addition to great items for your home and garden, including art, jewelry, furniture, flowers, hanging baskets and sculptures, etc., there will also be many festivities for the entire family. To name a few: Live music, al fresco dining at Chestnut Hill's amazing restaurants (festival food available too!), face painting, arts & crafts, zoo animals, kid's yoga and much, much more.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Sunday, so if you live nearby, please stop by and check it out.

26 April 2010

New Handbags with Custom-Printed Fabric.



I am excited to offer new handbags, purses and clutches handmade by me using professionally printed cotton fabric featuring my original paintings and illustrations.

Details:

  • Wooden Heart Shaped Handles.
  • Custom cotton fabric featuring artwork by Kristen Stein.
  • Fabric enhanced with stiffening fabric to maintain shape and provide more durable wear.
  • Fully-lined.
  • Cover can be removed for easy cleaning.
  • Cover snaps in place with sturdy snaps and can be interchanged with my other covers.


Recommended Care:
If cover needs cleaning, hand wash with cool water. Lay flat to dry. Iron as needed.

Dimensions:
Handbag (without handle)approximately 9.5"x 7.5" x 5.5"
(with the handle the overall height is about 11")
Handles measure approximately 7" x 3" (above the fabric)

Pictured here:
  • Enchanted Garden Back to Back (SOLD)
  • Enchanted Garden : 4 Birds (Available)
  • Alice's Secret Garden (Available)

*NOTE* Custom requests using other paintings or images from my portfolio are welcome. Please browse my shop, or visit StudioArtworks.com to view my portfolio and request another design for the fabric. (Please allow up to 4 weeks for custom requests.)

23 April 2010

Honoring Volunteers of Fox Chase Cancer Center


Today I had the honor of attending a reception honoring volunteers of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It was such a beautiful reception and a wonderful tribute to those who tirelessly donate their time to the families and patients at the Cancer Center. I was so very proud of each of the volunteers and wished I could personally thank each and every one of them.


The event also paid tribute to a wonderful volunteer named Alice who passed away last year after struggling with Cancer. Alice was not only our neighbor, but a very dear friend. I attended the reception with her husband David, who brought along the painting that I made for his family shortly after her death. The painting is called "Alice's Secret Garden" and depicts the backyard garden that she so adored. Bird feeders, birds and small hidden messages to Alice make up the floral design within the painting.

I wasn't expecting to speak at the event and was surprised when Tina (director of volunteers) called me up to talk about the artwork and Alice. After Tina's moving tribute to her, I was already an emotional wreck. But, with tissue in hand, I did a short presentation. (I think I cried through the whole thing! But, I think Alice would have enjoyed it.)

It was an honor to present the framed tile of the artwork to each of the volunteers at the reception. In this small way, I hope Alice's wonderful memory lives on with each of the volunteers and with the people whom Alice touched.


The reception was a wonderful way to say 'thank you' to those who offer their time and assistance and to provide a final farewell to those no longer with us. I was very proud to have my artwork be part of such a wonderful cause.

13 April 2010

Website updates : new shopping cart and links for wholesale buyers.


I updated my website today to include a shopping cart directly on the website. The listings are a bit more streamlined with several containing drop down menus for easier ordering. I'll continue to update with additional listings as time permits. I also added a page for wholesale buyer inquiries, price lists, line sheets and more. If you're a wholesale buyer who has worked with me before, you'll receive the login information via email or on your next invoice. If you are a new wholesale buyer interested in selling products from Kristen Stein Fine Art, please use my contact form to request the login information.

09 April 2010

NEW ITEM - Wrought Iron Garden Stake with Ceramic Art Tile - Custom Designs Available


(Enchanted Garden: 4 Birds)

New for Spring 2010!

Add a little extra art to your yard and garden with these new decorative wrought iron garden stakes featuring my original artwork and illustrations.



I've shown the garden stakes with 9 images from my portfolio that I think work well in the garden. But, you can certainly request one of my other images. A few are shown in this listing, or visit StudioArtworks.com for a more complete portfolio.


(pictured: Mother Nature and Child and Wide-eyed Owl Says "Hoot"!

Details:
The wrought iron stake measures 28" and stands 21" above ground. The plate width with the decorative scrollwork measures approximately 8" wide. The tile measures 4.25 inches square. The artwork will be signed by the artist on the front and signed/titled on the back of the ceramic tile as well.

(pictured: Blue Tree Cluster and Spirit of Autumn Fire)

A unique way add a touch of contemporary art to your yard or garden.

Convo me through my website if you'd like to request a custom garden stake.


Thank you for your interest in my artwork. -kristen


(pictured: Wright's Dragonfly and Text Me Bluebirds)


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NEW Lacquer Jewelry Keepsake Art Boxes w/ Gift Box & Free Shipping




I am excited to offer these beautiful high-gloss lacquered jewelry and keepsake boxes featuring my original artwork. For those who live locally, you might recall these being featured at Moderne Life Interiors in Jenkintown, PA. (Thank you Sandi!)



Description:
These 5.5" x 5.5" x 2.25" solid hardwood boxes are finished with a gorgeous high-gloss lacquer finish. The 4.25" square ceramic tile features original artwork by Kristen Stein. Boxes are either mahogany or black depending on the design.

These keepsake boxes are perfect to store your jewelry, mementos, or other special trinkets. A spring-loaded hinge allows the lid to stay fully-open without tipping over. Each box is fully-lined in velvet and the bottom is covered in felt. Each box is hand-signed by me on the tile and shipped in a white gift box.



Makes a wonderful gift.

Images currently available as Keepsake Box include:
1. Hazy Abstract Sunset
2. Welcome Spring
3. Spirit of Autumn Fire (in collab.w/Lyse Marion)
4. Autumn Fire
5. Singular Beauty: Glow
6. The Pond
7. Fauvist Tuscany
8. The Peacock
9. All in a Row
10. Blue Tree Cluster



Please see my other listings for original paintings, handcrafted jewelry and other art-related gift items.

Interested in a different design? Custom order with the following images, or visit my online portfolio: (click image to enlarge)




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9 Hot Twitter Strategies for Business.


I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brandon De Hoyos, Guide to IM on About.com, for one of his new articles: 9 Hot Twitter Strategies for Business.

In this article, Brandon talks with 11 small business owners who use Twitter to engage their customers. Tips include promoting products with pictures, providing excellent customer service, supporting your city/local economy, seeking job applicants through tweets, and more.

Thank you Brandon for including my experience in your article. I enjoy being on Twitter and interacting with other art enthusiasts and customers. It's a fun, quick way to connect with existing customers and present your current works to a new audience. There's a large artist community on Twitter and I am thrilled to be part of it.

07 April 2010

34th Parallel Magazine Issue 10





Thank you to Martin Chipperfield and Trace Sheridan Swan, editors of 34th Parallel Magazine, for including "Autumn Fire" in Issue 10 which starts selling today.



The 70 page issue features a collection of short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography from a wide-range of authors and artists. It was a pleasure to have been selected to appear in the current issue.

Are you an emerging artist, author or photographer interested in submitting to 34th Parallel Magazine? If so, you can read the submission guidelines here. Good luck! Please let me know if you submit something by leaving a note below. And, definitely write back to let me know if your submission is accepted. Best of luck! -kristen

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