Bonnie Barrett is a self taught artist that started her career airbrushing artistic creations on vans, race cars and other motor vehicles. She ventured into the wholesale / retail market in 1990 opening Boardwalk Originals, a family operation that she started in her basement.
Boardwalk Originals’ hand painted dummy boards have been seen in many venues including movies, restaurants, major retail stores and small shops across the country. Bonnie has become well known for her unique style, quality, and versatility of her boards. Bonnie has made many products throughout the years including paper mâché and clay sculptures. She is not limited to just painting, although painting is her passion.
As far back as I can remember, I always had to have my hands in something – whether it was “Play-Doh” or finger paints, I have always had a need to create. Over the years I’ve worked in many different mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, quilt making and soft sculpture. It wasn’t until I started working in papier-maché that I really felt “at home!”
Using my background as a professional Graphic Designer and Illustrator, I design my creations based on the inspiration that I find in vintage toys/advertising and traditional folk art images of the past. My love of all things seasonal (especially Halloween!) is found in all that I create. I chose the name “Chicken Lips” because it simply makes folks smile. And that’s what my work is all about….putting smile on your face!
Like many Artists, I am deeply influenced by the antique bug and collecting. A self-taught artist from an early age, I have left my mark on most everything I came in contact with… literally!!
For many years, with the support of my loving husband, we did Art & Craft Shows plus an occasional Doll Show with my own designs. During this time I was always learning and experimenting with all types of mediums. The ‘magic moment’ happened when I tried Papier Mache. This was it! It’s easy to get lost in the momemt of creating – some are planned out and others are happy accidents. They are my babies. They all have a familar look or trait, but each is its own character. Faces are what I look at and what I enjoy doing most. All my work is colorful, sometimes humorous, just silly, sweet or even a little scary!! At this point in life, I’m just getting into my stride. So many ideas and critters yet to be born.
Bethany Lowe had acquired “HopHopJingleBoo” original creations for her personal halloween collection before teaming with Debra to market handmade paper pulp reproductions of her work. We are excited that Debra is part of our wonderful group of talented folk artists.
Since early childhood, whimsical art has been a natural way for Johanna to express her creative imagination. Her artistic mother led her along the path of crafting, and encouraged Johanna to start exhibiting her folk art at the age of 12.
Illustration and paint became the focus of her talents, and as a young adult, she was drawn to the arts in papier mache, discovering that her abilities as a painter complemented her sculptured creations.
Inspired by her collections of vintage holiday novelties and a birthday on October 31st, Johanna admits that her favorite subject matter is indeed Halloween, but all holiday themes are fun to create. Her wish is to spread smiles and cheer with each creation and for every generation.
My desire to express myself through art was something I inherited as a child. Growing up in a family of wildly creative and imaginative women, I cannot remember a day when we were not up to something. Creating dolls and whimsical figures was a way of life. I owe my love of the holidays to these women who wove a magic web of merriment and mischief around me, spurring my imagination on.
Over the years, my artistic journey has taken me through several mediums such as porcelain, polymer clays, to my favorite sculpting medium, paper clay. I am honored and thankful to say my art has been featured in several doll and craft magazines over the years. Sculpting my Charmed Confections is definitely my passion and giving each a little “twinkle” in their expression brings them to life. It is my hope collectors will find the charm in my pieces, evoking feelings of their own childhood memories. I am excited and thrilled to be part of the Bethany Lowe family of artists and share my art with you!
Michelle Allen began her artistic career by creating cloth dolls (mostly snowmen and rag dolls). In 2004, her doll pattern line “Raggedy Pants Designs” was born. Michelle’s hope and ultimate goal is to create pieces of art that will be cherished for generations.
As a child I loved the holidays and the tradition of decorating with the same festive collectibles year after year.
Some memories I will never forget- like the little red brick house Christmas tree ornament with the fuzzy white roof, or my Rudolph ornament with the shiny red glass bead as the nose.
Ever since those days I’ve had a strong passion for art and creativity, but never knew where it would take me- until 2008, when I found my niche for sculpting and creating playful characters with paper clay.
I enjoy incorporating new mediums to my work that add whimsical features and unique textures that are reminiscent of my childhood past- I’m always striving to keep a creative mindset in order to produce quality pieces of artwork. Alongside the support of my husband, Michael, and two children, Dylan and Casey, I’m happy to be creating art from my home studio just north of Seattle, WA.
My hope, as an artist, is to be able to have my art awaken joyful times and memories for people of all ages, just as it did for me.
The company Nostalgie-Christbaumschmuck UG creates beautiful nostalgic Christmas ornaments that are mouth-blown and artisan-made just like at the beginning of the 19th Century. Made from restored original old molds, they are affectionately hand-painted, patinated and topped with stylish iron caps in the proper traditional style. These Christmas tree decorations and manufacturing methods are derived from the old Thuringian glass-blowing tradition at Lauscha. The forms originate from the collection of a traditional third-generation glass-blowing family. Each mold has been carefully restored and is a work of art. Bethany Lowe Designs is proud to be working together with these wonderful artisans to bring you authentic hand-blown German ornaments.
Robin was born with a whimsical imagination to a very creative mother and father. She spent much of her childhood building homes in the woods for the fairies and gnomes and rock shelters in creeks for the frogs, snakes and turtles. Robin is inspired by fantastical creatures in fantasy movies, childhood poems, nursery rhymes, and nature.
After 21 years as an RN, she took the plunge and retired from nursing jumping headfirst into designing fabric originals. She is forever grateful to her collectors and to Bethany Lowe for the rare opportunity to see her art in fine gift shops.
Her doll company is Outside the Box Primitives. Robin’s work has been published in many popular craft and doll magazines and newspapers. She continues to create originals available on her website.
Robin lives on a circa 1850 farm in PA. She and her husband, have 6 children, and 8 grandchildren, along with horses, cats, and a pair of ducks called Charlie and Maisy Floater.
For nearly 300 years, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making—reflecting the distinctive characteristics and values that define the American way. Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell.The Post went on to feature artwork from over 500 illustrators including J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth, John Falter and Stevan Dohanos. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, to name a few. Having been at the side of Americans in various forms since 1728, through the events and cultural shifts that have shaped the country’s character, The Saturday Evening Post remains America’s Magazine.
We are always taking submissions of artwork from prospective artists. Bethany Lowe will review all submissions personally.
Artists should include their contact information, a letter of introduction with a short bio, a description of their designs, photos of their work and website/and or blog if they have one.
Please send all inquiries or submissions attention to Wendy Taets at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to our office address:
Bethany Lowe Designs, Inc.
Attn: Wendy Taets
16655 County Hwy 16, Osco, IL 61274