Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Interview with the Artists from the Cart Before the Horse

Jo James and Dylan Curry are the artists behind the Oregon based
The Cart before the Horse.

Their unique style of Folk Art can be found on eBay under the eBay ID: cartbeforethehorse

How would you describe your work?
That's a tough one! how about playful, contemporary folk art sculpture with whimsical leanings?

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
We've been doing Day of the Dead stuff for 6 years now, and started to incorporate more traditional Halloween imagery shortly thereafter.

What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
The biggest challenge is keeping up with all of our ideas!

What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
Ehag is a quirky mix of some of the top Halloween artists around, so the talent is inspiring. But more than that, they are really a nice, caring , and supportive bunch.

What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
One year Jo and her brother were hobos under ghost sheets. This accomplished two things
1. It was free 2. we could go to the six apartments that were on the trick-or-treat route - twice!Dylan liked to dress up as a soldier (gave him an excuse to take his BB gun out in public)

Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
We make peanut butter spider cookies, and always buy too much candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters (we buy candy just in case one should ever show up on our doorstep - even though it hasn't happened yet!)

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! lately it has taken the form of antique postcards and circus posters.

What are your artistic plans for the future?
We're working on a series of instructional dvd's that we hope to have ready soon. We'd also love to have a line of kid-friendly products. Publishing books would be lovely too - while we're dreaming.

"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you two.
Jo is totally scared of haunted houses, and clowns. Dylan trick-or-treated till he was much to old to be doing so.

How did your working partnership come about?
We're married, so it seemed a good fit partnership-wise.

How do you balance your personal/professional life?
That's always tricky, isn't it? Even more so when you work at home. We try to keep semi-regular hours, and a separate living and working space. We're not always good at that though. We HAVE managed to make the dinner table off limits to art stuff (for the most part), and we sit down to share a meal together every day.

See more of Jo and Dylans' work at their website

and visit their blog

Their Halloween themed work can be found on eBay by using the word EHAG in your eBay searches.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

EHAG artists featured in Celebrate 365

Congratulations to all of the talented EHAG artists who have been featured in the 2009 Halloween edition of Celebrate 365

Candace Navarrete of Howling Moon designs, Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Designs, Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies, Kristen Beason of Kristen Beason Designs, Carrie Murtha of the SnipPets, David Everret of Chicken Lips, Arbutus Hunter of Arbutus Hunter Novelties and illuminations, Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art, Jorge De Rojas of HoHo Halloween, Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's and our Collector member and ultimate Halloween Fanatic - Robert Brawley!

Celebrate 365 is the premier Journal for the Ornament Enthusiast, the 2009 Halloween edition is choc full of artist interviews, Fabulous Halloween ornaments, and art!

Click the logo to visit the Celebrate 365 website, and to see the new edition.

A special nod to Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's for the truly "retro" cover design.

Lori designed both the front and back cover of the journal as an homage to the Dennison Bogie Books of yesteryear.

Art from all of our wonderful EHAG artists can be found on eBay and in Etsy - just use the word EHAG in your eBay searches or visit our Etsy Group!
Happy Shopping!