She creates the most amazing whimsical felt pieces!
Amanda is an artist from Baltimore, Maryland who studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduation, she started her own business creating and selling handmade felt pieces, as well as a variety of other hand crafted goods. They can now be found in stores around Baltimore, as an online exclusive for Anthropologie, and now at Rala!
We love the light hearted, cozy feel of her work. She doesn't just do mushrooms & plant life, but adorable caterpillars and snails, too!
Each piece is assembled by hand from start to finish. Amanda designs, cuts, stuffs & stitches every piece- each one is truly unique! She uses vegan friendly and recycled materials, so not only are the pieces adorable, but they're kind to the environment.
Be sure to stop by this Friday from 6-10 pm. These adorable pieces should not be missed!
Rala is excited to welcome back local artist extraordinaire, Bran Rogers. A true renaissance man, he does everything from puppeteering to painting!
His new body of work is about tortured poet, Edgar Allen Poe. As a unique twist, each illustration uses red wine and dirt from one of the houses Poe lived in.
Our second featured artist is Asheville based painter, Julie Armbruster. We're always enchanted by the fantastic worlds and characters she creates!
"My most recent work delves further into the imaginative world of the individual characters and their personal struggle to understand their unique potential. Often realized as human-animal hybrids, they attempt to make sense of the reality they are presented with. The characters evolve and shift seeking some sort of resolution, but they are often faced with difficulty."
Stop by Rala this Friday, September 4th from 6-10pm
Get ready, Knoxville. We've got a truly fantastic First Friday artist this month!
For the month of August, we will be proudly letting our nerd flag fly with local artist, Jon Pemberton!
A resident of Maryville, Jon makes wildly creative pop culture art work, featuring icons such as Nick Cage, Loretta Lynn (yeah, girl!), Ira Glass, and even Admiral Ackbar.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Jon says "I used to hide the fact that I may or may not be a geek, but I have come to understand that being a geek means that you are passionate about something to an extreme point. These are images of my passion, and I accept that."
We love his creative repurposing, such as turning a vintage suit case into a mini bar or a skate deck into wall art. His use of a variety of materials makes his work even more special!
One of the great things about shopping at Rala is enjoying the special connection we have with our artists. We wanted to share more about them, so we are introducing a new blog feature: Artist Spotlight.
First up: Pollen Arts. These two kick-butt people are Peter and Juwels from Flagstaff, AZ. The proverbial wearers of many hats, they keep themselves very busy, but always make time for the incredible nature that surrounds them. When they are not taking in beautiful sunsets, they are making pure beeswax candles, raising goats and chickens, saving and relocating unwanted swarms of bees, AND raising their new baby girl, Lily. Shoo!
They started out 7 years ago in California making antique bottle-shaped beeswax candles in their home-on-wheels: a 1975 Winnebago named Miss Winnie. Since then, they've settled into a picturesque plot of land in Arizona where they live, love and pour candles in their new studio built in a 1968 trailer they named: The Hive.
By purchasing Pollen Arts products, you are helping save the bee population in America. By shopping at Rala, you are supporting artists all across the USA.
Look at that: you're a hero!
Want to know more about the folks at Pollen Arts? Check out their blog The Winnebago Diaries and follow them on instagram @PollenArts .
It's Summertime and our scruffy little city is alive and kicking! We're honored to present local artist Lindsey Teague as our June First Friday artist. She photographs beloved places in Knoxville and then prints the images on wood.
Stop by Rala this Friday from 6 -10 to meet Lindsey and see her work.
It's First Friday again, and we're so proud to be featuring one of our own this month. Alaina Smith is our store manager, but did you know that she also makes leather goods and geometric jewelry?
In just two years, Alaina has grown her brand, Cold Gold from a modest Etsy store, to being a featured seller on Etsy Wholesale. Her work is now carried in boutiques and shops around the country! In addition to that, she will be showing her work at Knoxville's Retropolitan Craft Fair on May 30 AND Nashville's Porter Flea on June 5-6.
As if that isn't enough, Alaina has been chosen to be 1 of 22 Etsy Wholesale shops showing at NY NOW in August of this year. Sheesh!
She's on a roll, so make sure to see her new work this Friday from 6 -10pm. Mother's Day is only 2 weeks away, so grab up something special for your mama.
Spring has sprung, and we're ready to celebrate the rebirth of beautiful living things.
For April's First Friday we present the beautiful pastel organisms that grow out of
Carri Jobe's artistic brain.
Carri works with oil paint and hand embroidery, making her work come to life in the detail.
Stop by Rala this month and check out Carri's collection of unique colors and shapes.
Spring is almost here, and we are celebrating its arrival with new ceramics by Knoxville artist, Amy Hand. As our featured artist for March, Amy designed her pieces for the season by using pastel glazes, soft textures, and cloud shapes! There are even a few feathery friends...
Come to Rala, and we will help you prepare your nest for warmer weather. Amy's work is fired, glazed, and ready to add some Spring to your morning routine. She will be featured all month long, so don't miss it!