New Year and New Directions

I cannot believe that it has been over nine years of producing Artwork, Textiles, and Reproductions for the Wholesale/Hospitality Markets.  We have met so many wonderful people and my work has traveled around the world, has been represented by the award winning design firms and even graced the walls of Hotels, but . . . I'm ready for a change!

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A dear friend purchased this original a few years ago which just happens to contain one of my favorite quotes "May you Live all the days of your life", so, with that thought . . . I'm ready to breathe some new life into my artwork and future endeavors.  

Although I will not be producing reproductions personally, I have licensed several of my current images and will continue to work with a great company out of California, "GreenBox Art + Culture"

Thanks to all the wonderful companies whose path we have crossed in High Point and Atlanta . . . stay tuned, I feel the best work is yet to come!

Past Few Months

We just came back from the High Point Market about a month ago and it always takes a few weeks before a good rhythm of work/life starts to flow.  I've exhibiting in several shows and it's always this way . . . no matter how much planning I seem to do. . . so I'm learning to just roll with it!

It was our 6th Market in High Point and I have enjoyed meeting so many new clients and exhibitors through the years. But with that said, we feel its time for a change.  We have decided to look to Atlanta for our next show. 

In the meantime, we will still be available for re-orders and working on those custom projects, so just give us a call or send us an email and we will be glad to help with all your needs.

 Trend Watch High Point Market

Trend Watch High Point Market

We were excited that our pillow design "Mini" was chosen this year as part of the "Fragmentation" vignette.

 

 Our "Mini" design black and white graphic pillow

Our "Mini" design black and white graphic pillow

I loved the York wall covering that was also a part of the graphic space and the punch of pink with the neutral color pallet.

 Our Booth in the Suites at Market Square

Our Booth in the Suites at Market Square

I am also excited that we have licensed some new dog images with Green Box so they will now be available in a wide variety of sizes for your interior needs.  Look for these and other images at the Green Box/Oopsy Daisy booth in High Point this coming April.

As 2016 is winding down, I am looking forward to 2017 and what the new year will bring.  New Years Eve is my favorite Holiday and trust me, it's not the resolution part, it's looking to the new year and all the possibilities it holds.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years and wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!

High Point Market April 2016

Another High Point Market has come and gone.  Orders are being processed and new designs are underway. 

 Suites At Market Square M-5034

Suites At Market Square M-5034

Our new Luxe Linen Pillows line made it's debut shinning bright with their broad color pallets!  If you didn't get a chance to make it to Market and see them in person, please contact me and I will send you a pdf catalog for viewing.

 Original Painting "Contemplation" Acrylic on Panel by Angie Carrier

Original Painting "Contemplation" Acrylic on Panel by Angie Carrier

The Reproductions along with some original artwork made it all come together!

I'm looking forward to working with our new accounts and it was a pleasure meeting you all.  I'm already working on new designs and I will stay in touch as they become available.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions.

See you again in October at The High Point Market Suites at Market Square (M-5034)!

March Issue of TOWN Magazine

I just picked up a copy of the March issue of TOWN magazine and was so excited to see my reproductions installed in the guest rooms at the new Aloft Hotel!

This has been such an exciting project to work on and I am beyond thrilled that my artwork was chosen to decorate each guest room at the Hotel. 

Aloft brings to Greenville such a cool modern vibe and is a great addition to the downtown area. Not only will you receive a warm welcome from the wonderful staff,  it is also a pet friendly hotel with no extra pet fees and a canine guest walk on the 6th floor.  

WXYZ Gallery Wall

As I had mentioned in a previous post, I also have an Art show in the WXYZ Lounge gallery.  I am thankful that some of my puppies that you see in the photograph above have found new homes with some of the locals and Aloft Hotel guest!  I am also proud to have partnered with the Greenville Humane Society for a donation of 10% of all sales during the show.

Yesterday was the first day of Spring and warmer days are ahead so it's a great time to get outside and go to one of the events downtown, have dinner with friends at a great restaurants, and stop by the Aloft Hotel for drinks, live music, and artwork!

New Work and Current Exhibits

Although I've yet to take the time to study my family history, I've been told that we do have Cherokee lineage in the Carrier family.  So over the past few years I've studied the designs of the Native American culture and found it to be very inspirational and have incorporated it into my current art and fabric designs.

One of the latest pieces to come off the easel is a large painting of an Cherokee Indian.   

Acrylic on Panel 30" x 40"

I can be a very detailed painter and wanted to loosen up with this piece. I have to say . . . I was successful this time! It isn't as loose as I had envisioned but I'm very happy with the final piece and will take what I learned and grow from there.

I am also currently working of Native American graphic designs for our New Luxe Linen Pillow line that will debut in April at the High Point Market in North Carolina.

In addition to the Native American pieces, I was ask to submit a piece for a current exhibit at the Greenville Center For Creative Arts with a theme of "Carnival"

This was a fun piece and you know that I love to use typography in my work and saw this as a great opportunity.

So, I'm wearing many different hats in the studio these days but it's a great opportunity to stretch my creativity and grow as an artist and business owner.

So if your local, you can currently see my work at The Aloft Hotel Downtown, Upstairs Artspace in Tryon NC. and also, at Greenville Center for Creative Arts.  

 

New Canvas and Paper Giclee Reproductions

We have just added some brand new items to our shop!  A wrapped Canvas Giclee and a Paper Giclee will be available for purchase on select images.

 "Egret 22" now available in a large Canvas Giclee!

"Egret 22" now available in a large Canvas Giclee!

I am thrilled that our customers will now have more choices for curating the sizes needed when decorating their interior spaces!  The Egret above will be offered in sizes ranging from 24" x 12" to 48" x 24".  The Paper Giclee can be matted and framed to cordinate with the interior design of the room and the Canvas Giclee is wrapped and ready to hang.

All reproductions are made in the USA and utilize a giclee printing method to achieve optimum clarity and color resolution.  Premium archival paper and canvas are used for each custom made reproduction.

Additional images will be added to our selection over the coming year.  So, while we are waiting for spring to arrive, it's the perfect time to get started redecorating a room!

Reproductions and Gallery Exhibit at Aloft Hotel

This was a project that was in the works for about two years but I'm excited to say that it is now  . . . complete!

 Guest Room Aloft Hotel Downtown 

Guest Room Aloft Hotel Downtown 

Two of my original paintings were selected to be reproduced and displayed in each guest room at the new Aloft Hotel Downtown Greenville.

 "Treat" 18" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel

"Treat" 18" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel

"Treat" a Mixed Media on Panel painting was one of the pieces selected for the guest rooms along with "Play" an acrylic on panel piece.

 "Play" Acrylic on Panel 12.5" x 18.5"

"Play" Acrylic on Panel 12.5" x 18.5"

The original painting of "Treat" is sold and resides in the collection of Kim and Barry Trotz of Arlington, VA.  "Play" is still available.  (see my shop for details)

Along with the reproductions selected for the rooms, I will be the first featured artist in the WXYZ lounge gallery on the 4th floor of the hotel.

All of the pieces in the gallery are for sale and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Greenville Humane Society.

The hotel is filled with beautiful artwork from many different regional and local artist and is a must see while visiting Greenville, SC.  Oh . . . you might just see a four legged friend roaming the hotel that might be looking for a forever home . . . another reason to choose this dog friendly hotel during you next visit.

  


New Bird Fact Series coming soon!

Since exhibiting at the High Point Market,  I've been back in the studio working on a variety of exciting projects. One of the latest projects that I'm really excited about is my new "Bird Fact Series".

Already possessing a love for painting birds, I wanted to do something a little different this time. So in this new series, along with the bird subject,  I've included various facts about each species that allows me to play with my other love . . . typography!

The painting above, "Little Blue Heron," is one of my favorite pieces in the series so far.  The numbers that you will notice in each painting is the average lifespan of each species.  After doing a little reasearch on each bird, I incorporate the facts that I find most interesting into the painting.

The "Northern Cardinal" is one of my favorite birds and I have the pleasure of hanging out with them on occasion in my back yard.  In this piece, I included many different facts that help create an interesting graphic pattern in the background without taking to much focus off the beautiful bird.


The "Egret" and "American Crow" are two additional paintings in the series and continue with the typography and bird fact details.  

In all of the paintings I used the resist technique, that I discussed in an earlier post, to get the effects I wanted in the background, both on the text and the graphic dots.

I am also really excited to announce that the all of the images above will be available through GreenBox Art + Cultures in the very near future. Greenbox Art + Culture offers exclusive contemporary giclee prints that are printed in the USA. 

Hope everyone is staying cool in this incredibly hot summer.  It's a great time to stay indoors and paint . . . time to get creative!

 

Star Magnolia on the Easel

Just thought I would post a quick shot of the painting that I have been working on this week...

Its hard to tell from the photo but there is still a lot to be done before this one is completed.

You can see in the last photo that I have added more depth and detail in the above left area.  Before the day was done, I had worked several more areas of the large painting and was ready to head home.

The petals are proving to be the most challenging with all the color variations.  Using acrylic paint which dries quickly is making it especially challenging to get the blending the way I want to paint it.  I might have to try Golden's Open Acryic next painting to see if this will help in this type of blending situation.

I hope to finish this up next week.  After I have spent several days on a painting I'm always ready to move on to the next.  Have a Great Weekend as Spring is finally here!

 

Studio News

Instead of blogging today I should be sweeping up all the paper scraps that surround me...but this is much more fun...so here we go! The mess that is created when new Mixed Media pieces come to life is crazy but a necessary evil the way I work.

As you have seen in my past work, the target image has always been a graphic element that I've been drawn to, so I continue to explore this image in my work.

Both of the new target designs started with many layers of paper and even though I knew I wanted the target image at the center of the design, the rest of the design emerges as the layers of acrylic paint are added.

Warrior

The above three images were also created using the same tecnique as the target designs. Sometimes changing several times until the right combination of color and typography create an interesting and balanced composition.

Other big news in the studio is our new agreement with Empire Art Direct.  Based in Weston, Florida, Empire Art direct has been manufacturing Wall Art since 1948 and I'm very excited about our partnership and the opportunity to increase the visibility and availablity of my artwork.  I will have more information on this partnership as it develops.

Over the next few weeks we will be preparing to head back to High Point to exhibit at The Suites at Market Square so stayed turned for more information and exciting new designs that we will debut.  In the meantime, as spring and warmer temperatures are finally here, I plan to get outside and warm up after this crazy winter and I hope you have the opportunity to do the same.  Enjoy!

 

 

Masking Fluid and Mixed Media

I love this tecnique so much and have found so many applications for it, I thought I would share so that my fellow artist and craftsmen could give it a try.

 Fish ID...Mixed Media on Panel

Fish ID...Mixed Media on Panel

The tecnique involves using a colourless art masking fluid on already painted areas that you want to leave untouched when added additional layers and washes of paint.  

With the piece above, I started with layers of paper and then began adding washes of acrylic paint to the surface. Once I have an area (like in this painting the fish) as I would like them to be in the finished painting, I paint the Masking fluid over everything that I want to remain untouched.  After it dries, I continue on with more layers of acrylic paint.  Once the paint is dry, I use my fingers or a razor blade to remove the masking fluid reveiling the fish.

I love the random edge it can give and if you look close, the linear detail you see is coming from the first layer of paper that made the foundation for this piece.  Sometimes I will do this tecnique a few times before I achieve the results I want.  I also, use sandpaper to remove and create ever more interesting area in the painting. 

On this piece, I went back and added a few detail lines with some black acrylic paint and a liner brush to make the fish more pronounced and give a little more detail.

There are a few brands of masking fluid on the market but I like the Winsor & Newton brand.  Please make sure you purchase the "removable" kind not the "permanent" kind...(yes, I have made that mistake because they do come in identical bottles)...so be aware of this when purchasing because it is what they say...permanent!

Have fun experimenting and let me know what you come up with!

Retired Images For 2015

When I started the business in 2009 I new that I wanted to limit the production of my artwork. The current process I use is not scientific nor do I base my selection on what's popular and what's not.  Its basically just me taking our current catalog and pulling the images that I think have been in production long enough.  So basically, you never know what might end up in the archives each year.  This year we have chosen to retire the following twelve images:

Orders will still be accepted until December 31st 2015.  Now...time to get started on new work!

2014 End . . . 2015 Begins

Love this time of year for so many reasons.  I actually allow myself to slow down a bit, spend time at home with family and friends and start looking forward to what 2015 might have in store.

Studio Space

As I write this I have a stack of new books that I can't wait to dive into searching for inspiration and new techniques.  Sometimes it seems that I get caught up in the day to day operations of the business and don't allow time for exploration with painting.  I feel like every new work has to be a success. (did i mention that I'm very hard on myself : ))

View in Studio

So, I plan on setting aside a few days for development and research . . . and play!

I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season and I look forward to sharing the artwork as it develops.  Don't forget to follow my progress on Instagram.  Excited!!!

Preliminary Ski/Lodge Pillow Designs

Over the past few weeks I've been working with a company in Canada to conceptualize designs for a new pillow line that would be focused around skiing and the cabin/lodge lifestyle.

The Ski Patrol red cross had to be a part of the lineup and it was the first one completed.  It is a mixed media piece with a topographical map, handmade paper and vintage typography embedded into the piece.

 

The second was a mountain landscape. This is also a mixed media piece with maps of the West Coast, Aspen mountains, ski information and handmade papers.  I have worked a little more on this piece since this photograph and can't decide if it should be lightened a bit for the pillow fabric.  I May have to print a few different color samples before that decision can be made.

"Schuss" is another design that is still changing a bit but I like the direction it's going.  This design was created using a resist technique and the layering of many different paint colors for interest.  It's the only lumbar design on the board at the moment.

The next one, The Lift, started just as winter trees.  After looking at it for a few days I decided It just wasn't interesting enough so I added the ski lift to the foreground to give more depth and interest.

The last one to date is the deer and the winter trees.  This piece is based on a 18th century cutout design that I loved for it's simplicity. A mixed media piece with various papers embedded into the piece like most of the other designs gives the tress and deer a texture and visual interest.

Over the next few weeks I have a few more designs that I want to work on along with refining the current pieces.   I'm excited to see all the designs printed for the new pillows and I'm also looking at some new fabric choices.  Stayed tuned to see the fabric and watch the design evolve.

 

New Work . . . "CoCo"

Meet Coco . . . my latest painting!

My very first dog growing up was this a black Chihuahua mix we named CoCo.  This little guy reminded me of him with his cute little face and gray beard and as always, I'm captured by the eyes.

CoCo was created in the same mixed media style as "Companion".  Using a textured handmade paper, I drew the outline of the dog on the paper and then used an knife to cut the desired shape.  After adhering the paper to the wood panel, I use molding paste to transition the edge of the paper to the panel so the edge is no longer pronounced.  After the paper and paste is dry, I begin the painting process layering several layers of acrylic paint until I achieve the look I want.

I have been extremely busy this year and have several projects underway as I write this.  I'm trying to incorporate more time each day to devote to creating new work.  Being pulled in many different directions each day tends to make it challenging for me to find a rhythm and with the Holidays approaching, I'm sure it will just become even more challenging.  Wish me luck!

 

New Furniture Line . . . High Point Market October 2014

I just returned home from the High Point Market after spending the day working on setup in my booth at The Suites at Market Square.  We started here . . .(notice the large pallet of goods).

Starting Point

Although setup can make for a very long and exhausting day,  I couldn't wait to arrive because our new furniture pieces had been delivered and I had yet to see the finished products.  It was like Christmas as I unwrapped each piece. 

Five of the Benches with our exclusive fabric

The Furniture is crafted in Hickory, North Carolina with our exclusive fabrics by a company with over 60 years in the furniture business.  

Our Exclusive fabric "Midnight Snow".

Artist canvas was used for the upholstery on the side.  I felt like these pieces were little works of art and it seem very fitting that the sides carry that theme also.  The frames are kiln dried with a walnut finish and all of these pieces have a brushed nail head finish.

Our Exclusive fabric "Mini"
Five More Designs

We will be showcasing 10 different designs next Saturday at the High Point Market.  We are located in The Suites at Market Square in Booth M-5034.  Please stop by and say hello and see all the new pieces available for purchase.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please send them our way.

Suites at Market Square M-5034

Oh, and this is how we ended.  Minus a few things that were left of the pallet and small details, we're ready to open this Saturday!  See you soon!

New Work . . . Hung Out To Dry

An all to familiar object from my childhood was the clothes pin.  Many summer days were spent hanging the laundry on the line.  My mothers argument was she didn't want to waste money on running the dryer and although I strongly disagreed, it didn't quite matter to her and out I went with my two sisters to hang the laundry.

With this painting I wanted to paint all the furry little details I saw on the wood, but knowing I would go crazy, I focused on the light, shadows, texture and color adding a few bright pops of color on my own.  The background was achieved building layers of color and playing with resist and sand paper.

This painting is available in a Framed Wood Reproduction. I just received the first one off the printer today and it looks just as good as the original.  Check out the Shop for more details.

 

New Work . . . Lemon Tonic

I usually work from photographs but occasionally I will work from still life as is the case for my new painting "Lemon Tonic".  

My focus was to remain loose with the paint and focus on color instead of detail.  Although I did dive down into some detail on the lemons, I achieved a more relaxed approach in the background with the play of color and shadow.  I also used a black All Surface Pencil to create a different texture around the lemon shape.  Because this pencil is water soluble, I used my brush to blend some of the line and left other parts organic creating a very interesting visual effect.

I'm very happy with the results and will continue to work on a more expressionistic style as I begin to approach abstract painting soon.  It's so hard to let go of wanting to paint the detail that I see in the image but I do feel that when I can, the paintings see to take on a little more life.

 

 

New Work for June 2014

Wow, this year has been flying by!  I can't believe that it's June already and we are entering the extremely warm days of summer here in South Carolina.  Fortunately, I am finding time to relax inside and get started on some new work. Acrylic on Panel "Polka Seabird"

Sometimes if I've been away from painting for an extended period of time, I find it hard to transition back into the grove. Choosing a familiar subject matter helps me when it's time to approach the canvas again.  In this painting I combined two of my favorite things, polka dots and birds.  I used a resist technique that I often use for typography in my paintings.  You never know what effect you will get once the resist is removed and that's part of the fun in using it.

Mixed Media still in process

Dogs are another familiar subject matter and personal love.  This piece is a Mixed Media on panel and began with a piece of textured handmade paper. Layers of acrylic paint are added once the paper is dry and details shortly follow.  I'm still working on this one but I'm already in LOVE.  On a lot of my paintings, I often begin with painting the eyes of the animal.  I feel if I can get the eyes looking the way I want the rest of the painting will fall into place . . . (or not ; )

There are a few that didn't make this blog post and have been filed into the category of "To keep working on or walk away".  Yes, I hate when a piece just doesn't come out as expected but I have to remember that no work is wasted.  I have learned from every success and every mistake although sometimes I have to admit, I have experienced it a couple of times before the lesson has sunk in. Oh well, what can I say, I can be a little hard headed sometimes : D!!

 

New Office Space on E. Washington Street!

You know how in life sometimes your planning can be way off?  Well, somehow I scheduled the closing of my former Studio and moving my business right after returning home from The High Point Market.  Yes, and as you can imagine, it has been extremely busy at Carrier Collective to say the least. Our office is now located at 1322 E. Washington Street Unit C2 and we are loving it! The dust is starting to settle and I'm finally seeing a faint light off in the distant.  Here are some shots of the new space...

Ltd. Framed Wood Reproductions with Art Panel Prints Display

The Shipping and Packing area . . . this always takes up to much room

Painting area overlooking rooftop terrace

Vintage Shelf with Industrial Spools . . . (love my wheels)

Four Ikea Ivar's with casters to create counter/storage

Stillness Reproduction on Vintage Door

Our first experience exhibiting at High Point Market was great!  We met so many wonderful people and had the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful Home Furnishings.  We Plan on returning in October and are working with a US Furniture Manufacturer to offer a few more exclusive furniture pieces when we return to High Point in October.  So many exciting things happening and we can't wait to dive into creating in our new space!