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Darryl Moland {The Decorated Tree}

Artist Profile: The Decorated Tree

November 11, 2013 / one comment, on Behind the Scenes, Design, Trees

The Decorated Tree is a passion of Darryl Moland. As a teenager he started decorating Christmas trees and as an adult he creates deeply moving trees for every season. His book, The Decorated Tree, would be at home on any coffee table, provided the home is as stylish and elegant as the trees featured within. This year Darryl moved beyond decorating trees and now has a tree he designed that is made by Dennis Bauer for Hometraditions.com.

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Lianne and Paul Stoddard of Swirly Designs {Swirly Designs (2013

Artist Profile: Swirly Designs

November 4, 2013 / no comments, on Behind the Scenes, Design, Ornaments

Swirly Designs is the husband and wife team of Lianne and Paul Stoddard that produce hand crafted ornaments for all seasons. From their home studio in Reading, MA they create the most wonderfully whimsical ornaments using polymer clay. I had the pleasure to interview them, finding out more about their creative process.

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Gary Card's Electric Christmas Tree of Vauxhall Ampera Parts (Unknown)

Gary Card’s Electric Christmas Tree of Vauxhall Ampera Parts

December 11, 2012 / no comments, on Trees

Set designer and illustrator Gary Card created this Christmas tree made of recycled Vauxhall Ampera parts, powered by the electric vehicle itself. It will be on display at The King’s Cross Filling Station in London until January 6th, 2013.

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Cai Guo-Qiang’a Black Smoke Tree

November 30, 2012 / no comments, on Event, Trees

Today Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang created one of his gunpowder explosion events for the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. A living 40-foot conifer tree burst into a cascade of black smoke that drifted through the air, creating a larger and ethereal tree mimicking traditional Chinese brush drawings.

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Low Rider Dog Ornament (Lisa Bruns Joerling)

Hand Forged Aluminum Ornaments by Lisa Bruns Joerling of Penland, NC

November 16, 2012 / no comments, on Ornaments

I have been introduced to the work of Lisa Bruns Joerling who hand forges aluminum ornaments in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Angels, holly, kitty cats, and martinis are some of the silhouette outlines she creates. You have to see these designs.

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Millefiori Translucent Clay Ornaments by Heather Martinez {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)}

Millefiori Translucent Clay Ornaments by Heather Martinez of Charleston, SC

November 7, 2012 / no comments, on Ornaments

While on a weekend getaway to Charleston, SC with my girlfriend Nona, we came across the eclectically cute gift shop Indigo. Among the whimsical items on display were ornaments designed by a local artist, Heather Martinez.

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Art on the Avenue 2012 {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)}

Art on the Avenue 2012- Washington, DC Area Christmas Ornament Artists

November 3, 2012 / no comments, on Event, Ornaments

While attending Art on the Avenue I discovered a few collections of wonderful hand crafted ornaments. There were custom ornaments of family pets, ornaments of cardinals and snowmen, and ornaments created from recycled metals. This article includes photos of all these fantastic ornaments and information on the artists who created them.

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St. John Christmas Ornament By Diane {www.thetreetopper.com (CC BY-NC-ND-3.0)}

Handcrafted Souvenir Ornaments from the U.S. Virgin Islands

August 24, 2012 / no comments, on Ornaments

A fun activity to do when you travel is to purchase souvenir Christmas ornaments from locations you visit. Then when you decorate your tree each year you can enjoy the memories. This can be even more special when the ornaments are unique creations by far away artists. This post will look at the work of three such artists in the U.S. Virgin Islands and their mass produced competitors.

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