The Goodness of Handcrafted Gifts

Monday, 14 May 2012

The title of this post comes from a beautiful article in Kinfolk Volume Three by David Winward. David writes about a philosophy for creating a home that is near and dear to my heart. It simply involves filling your living space with the works of friends. I've been lucky to receive many lovely handmade gifts for the place that J and I call home, including beautiful ceramics and napkins from my friend Alison.

The latest edition to our home is a beautiful portrait of our cats, Cleo and Hoppy. I commissioned this portrait from Caitlyn Murphy, a friend of mine since my early days in Toronto (and way before that as online friends). Caitlyn said that she was inspired by folk art while completing this piece, and it turned out even more beautiful than I imagined.

In my experience, when commissioning works of art (paintings, bouquets, clothing) it is best to find an artist who's body of work you admire. I love everything Caitlyn creates - especially her baseball series - so I knew that however she envisioned the cats would blow me away.


Alison said...

I check every day to see if you've posted something new! Yay! I have the same feeling about filling our place with reminders of friends and family. Knitting (a new found favourite), ceramics, paintings, prints and photographs cover almost everything at this point, along with a plethora of lovely teas :)
That is such a beautiful painting :) I hope I'll be able to live up to the past gifts I've sent.... I have some planning to do ;)

Julie said...

oh WOW, that is so cool!! Personalized art is my absolute fave, since your home should be unique anyways. I'm going to be asking you for more details on this, I'd love to do this with my cats, too!

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