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We're having a blast so far in San Francisco at ArtPad SF. Not only is our booth (ok, hotel room) beautiful, but it overlooks the pool! And who can say no to an in-booth en suite? Last night Founder Chrissy Crawford mingled with guests and press at the VIP opening and today she'll be at the booth from noon - 8 tonight. Stop by and say hi! Plus join us for a free kids tour tomorrow at 12:30 led by artist Matthew Carden whose work is also featured in the booth. Need tickets? Click HERE for your 3-day VIP pass & enter code: LC
Wondering about fun things to do in SF? Check out Design Sponge's city guide to for all of the dreamy Bay Area highlights.
Join us in San Francisco!
Hot on the heels of NADA New York we are delighted to announce that LittleCollector will be exhibiting for the first time at ArtPad San Francisco from May 16-19 at the historic Phoenix Hotel. Stop by our booth to say hi and pick up work by some of your favorite artists or join in with one of our ever-popular kids tours (NADA's were packed!). I look forward to welcoming you! - Chrissy Crawford, Founder
Featuring work by: William Wegman, Matthew Carden, Libby Black, Larry Moss, Julie Heffernan, Trey Speegle and MORE!
Free Kids Tours
Saturday May 18, 12:30 with artist Matthew Carden
Sunday May 19, 12:30 with artist Libby Black
Free and open to kids 5+
Learn more here
Sunday May 19th at 1:30
Join LittleCollector Founder Chrissy Crawford and a group of artists, curators and educators as they discuss the benefits of introducing your children to art at an early age. Learn how to inspire creative play, which art resources are the best for young learners and how to start them on a path of creative critical thinking. Check in at the front desk for tour and panel information.
As an office that reads and follows a lot of publications about design, kids and parenting we're familiar with the decidedly female tone of much parenting journalism. So we were very heartened to see the release of Kindling Quarterly, a beautifully-designed magazine about fatherhood that is available via subscription through their website. Launched in January 2013 in Brooklyn, Kindling is now in it's second quarter with issue #2. We particularly love this line from their About page: "There is no shortage of familiar portrayls of dads in media, yet we aim to present a thoughtful dialogue about fatherhood that is missing from our cultural landscape. Men who are active caregivers are not a novelty and we do not depict them as such." Check out more from Kindling Quarterly and subscribe here.
GoGirl Finance video
LittleCollector Founder Chrissy Crawford made a video for GoGirl Finance about mistake that all rookie entrepreneurs should avoid. Check it out on their fantastic website and for everyone who aspires to own their own business, take note!
This interview with Shantell Martin for Style Like U is an absolute delight: "when the plumber tells you he likes what you're doing then you must be doing something right" she says. Watch Shantell talk about her personal style, growing up in working class London, how she dresses for formal occasions and the endless room for exploration that she finds in the palette of black and white. It's a wonderful video and a peek inside the world of a truly creative spirit.
We had a blast yesterday exhibiting at NY Tech Day at Pier 92 and billed as the world's largest startup event. The pictures above show our table which was showing some pieces from our sister gallery ArtStar, but we discovered loads of new tech startups and met tons on inspiring people. Not to mention Beefy the dog was there! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth - we can't tell you how much we love talking about our company - and we hope to see you all again next year.
Take a peek insite Maria Brito's new book Out There which features work by many LittleCollector artists including Mickalene Thomas (Portrait de Priscilla Petite Chien, above), FriendsWithYou, Larry Moss, Sonni and Robert Jackson.
Larry Moss's Soup Can hangs above Sonni's Things at the Sea in Maria's sons' room. "I wanted my sons to have their own experiences living with contemporary art, so I listened to their opinions when selecting the pieces in the room" she writes.
Kenny Scharf's Cosmic Doughnut hangs above FriendsWithYou's Power Prism and Robert Jackson's "Swimming in the Fishing Hole." The wallpaper is by Morag Macpherson.
We're in Maria's Go-To Guide alongside some of our favorite art resources.
Pick up your copy of Out There from Pointed Leaf Press.
On Monday night Chrissy was interviewed on Fox Business' Willis Report along with Ginger Shulick Porcella from Art Connects NY about how to start an art collection on any budget. It was a great informative segment and we are so honored that Chrissy was featured! Check out the clip above and get inspired about starting your own art collection whether you're spending $50 or $5000. As Chrissy notes, find your niche and go for it!
Note: Chrissy's dress is courtesy of Ports 1961 and her jewelry is courtesy of L-Atitude.
Big thanks to Cara Ober and Purple Bike Design for featuring LittleCollector on their blog! Writes Cara, "[I] received a lot of reactions to the article on my child’s art collection. While most people said they approved of the idea in theory, and they would love to purchase original art for their children, most had no idea where to get started! How do you do this, exactly?! There’s so much art in the world, much of it is very expensive, and very few parents have extra time to do the research to find affordable, appropriate works of art.
If this is a concern for you, I have two great online options - LittleCollector and Cureeo - to help you begin an art collection, for yourself or your family. Both are extremely affordable and both make a valiant attempt to demystify the process of purchasing art.
The first online gallery I would personally recommend is called LittleCollector. They offer limited edition prints by a number of highly respected contemporary artists. Prices are based on size of print and edition size. For $40, you can purchase an 8x10 print, with an edition run of 250. If you want it framed, you pay $85. You can also purchase an 11x14 print for $125 (edition of 150), or a 20x24 inch print, with an edition run of 50.
If you are not familiar with the concept of editions, please know this is an extremely important indicator of value. The fewer prints available, the more valuable the images are. An unlimited print edition, like a poster or other mass produced image, is worth significantly less. LittleCollector’s prints include lithographs, photos, and other types of illustrative printing, and all use archival printing methods and paper.
More importantly, the high quality of artists participating on LittleCollector is a huge indicator of quality. Nationally known artists like Mickalene Thomas, Shepard Fairey, Saya Woolfalk, William Wegman are intermingled with well-known children’s illustrators, like Cynthia Rowley, and a number of young contemporary artists, like Darlene Charneco, Jay Cover, and Margaret Morrison. It is worth noting that many of the works of art feature subjects which are of interest to children: animals, cowboys, alphabets, candy-colored landscapes, and fantasy, but none of the works pander to children. Every single piece would also be a handsome addition to an adult collection as well."
To read the full article click here & many thanks to Cara and the Purple Bike team. Plus gather more design ideas from their lovely and colorful blog here.