I've been getting some more questions about my flags at West Elm, for anyone who missed it-- they are no longer there and here is the story from my Instagram (@cortneyheimerl):
If anyone is interested in a wholesale relationship with me, send me an email to email@example.com. I am working it out to have wholesale accounts set up in time for the holidays. I will put you on my list and I will be in touch with details when they are solidified.
I suppose I should add a "stockists" tab to my website. My very first wholesale account has been created. You can now find my flags at West Elm in Milwaukee. Kinda exciting. Pretty pleased.
I've been embroidering for weeks -- this is what the result of that looks like! Soon, they'll be hanging in a gallery and I cannot wait. More on this soon!
Well, this is what Mitten Fest looked like this weekend. That line of tents right there was the craft fair I organized. 10 vendors -- pretty small, but with a crowd like this I don't think there is much room to grow. The whole goal with a 10 vendor fair is to make sure everyone has different stuff, and that all that stuff can fit into a pocket or be carried easily. If you have never been to Mitten Fest, mark it on your calendar for next year. It is the weekend after the Super Bowl, just as everyone is so tired of sitting inside Burnhearts invites the neighborhood into the street. I always say this, but it's true -- best day of the year. (Photo by Burnhearts Bar)
After making flags for a few months straight, I had a little down time and I had a little show I needed to make something for. I decided I would shake out the cobwebs that were made through relentlessly sewing flags (let's just say I blew up two heavy duty machines in the process) and I started making color study paintings. The goal of all of them is to create a pattern through shape and color and see what I could pull from them. Here's one!
I made nine paintings. They are up at Freya Salon for the next three months. Yes! They are for sale! And not shown in these images are the gorgeous frames I had made by Norman & Roberta. The opening is tonight from 6-9. Here's the address: 2318 South Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Wisconsin flags are now up in my shop! As a collaboration with Patchwork Printshop out of Madison, Wisconsin we have been working on the design, printing and flag making since the idea came to me way back in July.
I met Leslie of Patchwork Printshop through Maker Market - a monthly market I organize in the summer months here in Milwaukee. I was immediately drawn to her style of bright colors with finely articulated layering + her hand-drawn aesthetic. I asked her if she would ever consider re-interpreting the crest of the Wisconsin flag for me.
After going through a few different ideas, we finally decided on a design. It ended up being the perfect partnership of two people who were uniquely on the same page. I am very proud to announce they are made it into my shop just in time for the holiday season.
Lesley finds her inspiration from song lyrics, book passages or random phrases that resonate with her. She will usually let the words stew for awhile and think up images in moments of quiet. She finds inspiration from children's book illustrations, local plants, folk art, vintage textiles and objects and people in her life. For these Wisconsin crests, she fell in love with they Byrd's album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. "My main desires are to create art that is thoughtful, playful, and engaging and to contribute to the local creative community through collaborations," explains Lesley.
Leslie pulled her first screenprint in high school and immediately fell in love with the medium. "I never thought I could be an artists, whatever that means, so I studied Community Art in New York city and Asheville, North Carolina and eventually got my degree in Art Education at UW-Madison. Over the years, I studied printmaking when I could, attending workshops and apprenticing at a letterpress studio. After the birth of my daughter, something shifted inside of me and I felt this urgency to make my own art and found the courage to start putting it out into the world."
Flags are coming. I'll have a few of the top two color ways up in the shop on Monday, December 8th. I'll also have a handful of Wisconsin flags -- so either keep your eyes peeled for them here or sign up for my newsletter (click "Keep in touch" to your left) and I'll just email you when they go live. This is my last round of flags for a bit, so if you want one.. now is the time! Actually, December 8th is the time.