Saturday, December 1, 2007

Featuring: Yaslani

Am I ever glad that I didn't leave yesterday's feature for today! I have very little time as it is for this one ~ I'm heading off to a friend's place for the night and part of tomorrow. Fun fun! But, it means this post will be a little shorter than I'd like it. Lucky for me, Yaslani is really a shop you have to browse through yourself, there's just so much there! Stocked full of gorgeous bamboo pendants and mixed media art, you'll be sure to find that unique gift you were looking for! Plus, if you live in the US, you'll benefit from FREE shipping!

The creator behind Yaslani was born and raised in New Jersey, before heading to LA to study fine art painting at Otis Art Institute. She soon found herself back in Jersey (home is home) and in a corporate career. Naturally, this didn't work for her artistic tendencies, so she turned back to her art. I think she talks about what influences quite nicely in her profile, here's an excerpt:

"My work consists of bamboo pendants and mixed media paintings. I use found objects, bamboo, ephemera, old paper, acrylic, goauche, pencils, pens, ink, glitter… and anything else within my grasp. I’m influenced by pop culture, color, music, animals, fashion, movies, magazines and too many artists to mention. There are no heavy messages in my work. I consider my art to be an aesthetic conversation. A lovely chat between friends sometimes relaying a story or an inside joke. The only judgement I make with my art is “am I feeling this or not.” The “not” pile gets recycled for another day."

Here are a few of my favourites, in pictures instead of words. First off, some of her bamboo art pendants, which you can get as singles, doubles, trios or more.

First, a trio of red butterflies ~ how pretty! As you can see, each pendant is made from a bamboo tile. Definitely something original and unique, if you're looking to buy for someone who has everything!

Want something eye-catching? How about this LOOK pendant? Someone is bound to do so! I like this one because it's unisex ~ it would make a great gift for a secret santa!!

Next, a trio of lovely geishas. These would look stunning alone or in combination!

Finally, you can get more than just a couple of pendants. Here are eight flower and bird ones, sold as a set. This would be perfect you if you were having a party and giving out favours (the flowery theme is perfect for young girls, but look through Yaslani, you'll find many more styles to choose from!)

And then a better look at the Conversation piece you see above. A mixed media canvas featuring 2 wooden giraffes over paint and paper. I love the fact that it's 3D. Be sure to check in store for more pieces with these lovely giraffes!

Like I mentioned, there are over 300 items in store, so please go check it out! You're definitely going to find something you like! And don't forget to check out her blog too!


Yasmin said...

Thank you for the awesome post! You're writing is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

My favorites from Yaslani are those painting/dioramas. I just love them. Nice feature.


Amy A said...

I'm loving your site! As if I wasn't addicted to etsy enough...sigh. Anyway, thought you might like a sneak peak at the cracker I made you for the swap...or don't want a peak, then this is a warning, I posted a peak on my blog lol!