In September the talented textile artist Lisa Chin, a fellow member of the Printed Fabric Bee, visited Artistic Artifacts for the first time. She wrote the nicest blog post about her visit — and she is serving as as a guest blogger and letting us reprint it for us below! I love the beautiful photographs she took — thank you Lisa! (With the gorgeous fall color we’re experiencing, take a look at her website’s tutorial Gelli Plate Printing with Leaves and create a permanent memory!)
A Tour of Artistic Artifacts Brick and Mortar Store, Alexandria VA
by guest blogger Lisa Chin
[Recently] while I was in DC, I stopped at Artistic Artifacts. Artistic Artifacts is a quilt/mixed media shop and it was HEAVENLY! I got there a little late in the day and really didn’t have the time to inspect everything closely. I know I will be returning when I am in the DC area. Let me give you a little tour of the shop:
Panorama shot from the front of the shop.
I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy some of Seth Apter’s stamps.
I don’t know if the sewing machines are for sale or just for show but I LOVE them!
Lots and lots of beautiful paints.
I bought a nice selection to try out.
These cigar boxes remind me of my grandfather.
Lovely vintage photos to include in your art work.
LOTS and LOTS of Tjaps for batiking or enjoying.
And a great big wall of stencils.
And this is just a small part of the shop. I didn’t take photos of the wall of beautiful fabrics, the racks of vintage papers, game pieces, game boards, threads, dyed linens and so much more!
If you are ever in the DC area make sure you make time to travel the short distance to Alexandria and see Artistic Artifacts. If you don’t have a car, you can take the Blue line on the Metro to the Van Dorn St. stop and walk the 3/4 of a mile down Eisenhower Avenue to the shop, which is what I did!