Working with the dead for a living can be hard work, but it doesn't have to be!
Every month at this website, I try to get everyone together for a staff field trip and we do something fun... and also educational.
We go to an industry event, visit a museum, head out to a restaurant, gander around a shop, or go to a nature preserve, or all five. It really depends on the month.
The work we do can be a little heavy around here and these trips help us all stay sane.
They also help lighten the educational mood of the office and they help us get to know other cool artists in our field which we occasionally get so excited about we feature on the blog.
This month we did art shows and so this is how I found Roadside Linen Arts at the latest Trenton New Jersey Punk Rock Flea Market. If you're not familiar with the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, it's kind of like the Oddities Flea Market of New York and Brooklyn, except a little more sweaty. Yes, perhaps you could say it's a little more punk rock. Prepare to be hot, bumping into others, and to see some things that will surprise you. Also, prepare to eat great food - just like at the Oddities Flea, but just a little further down south river.
Roadside Linen Arts was at Trenton Show this year with a bunch of other amazing artists and I picked up a few of their new Calaveras Halloween Shadowboxes because I was actually on the lookout for some fresh Halloween stuff that day and I was just squealing over these, I had to share them.
Here are a few photos of the new 2018 decorations Roadside Linen is putting out this year:
Karen of Roadside Linen creates mixed-media artistry typically reminiscent of old Halloween, and this year she has put out some fun new Halloween Calaveras Shadowboxes, I already bought three.
These are table sized, can be hung on walls, placed on desktops, and these are just the few I purchased (I hardly photographed all the ones she's because she's still making more). There are other designs besides this particular style of ancestral art, she also does old Americana, which is more European-stylee Halloween, so whichever way your heritage flows.
The Shadowbox on the left runs for about $36 USD and the one on the right at $32 USD.
I love them because these are just the types reminders of deaths we do need hanging around - the fun kind of reminders. It can be a heavy topic and many of us, especially those who read this blog, do heavy work so we need to lighten it up sometimes. Which is what makes these boxes great everyday decorations for us regular spooky enthusiasts. For those who only like to show their colors for this next upcoming six weeks of the year, they also truly make great long-term pieces you can pass down.
While I still can't decide what I'm going to do (out as regular decorations year round or only for special occasions?), I will tell you that I have all of them out right now, and I don't think they'll be going away anytime soon.
To catch Roadside Linen Arts, and some of their newest creations, you still can at these upcoming events this Fall:
The Baltimore ComicCon: September 28-30th, 2018, Baltimore, MD
The Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea: October 7th, 2018, Asbury Park, NJ
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea (Halloween Edition): October 20th, Trenton, NJ
These 2018 Calaveras Shadowboxes are currently being featured for purchase at- event only. So, if you must have one, get your hiding-in-public baseball cap on, and come out to one of these events.
Oh, and, I won't notice you - I promise.
Photos by Amanda Linette Meder, Art by Roadside Linen Arts. Copyright © 28 August 2018.
Amanda Linette Meder
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