Archive for December, 2009

Lucy Welch-Allen’s Coastal Decor Tip’s Of The Day

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
school of fish turned to coastal decor

school of fish turned to coastal decor

A fun decorating tip for those of you lucky enough to already enjoy cottage living, try introducing some subtle coastal accents to your decor with the addition of some hand crafted sculptures made by your favorite folk artisan.

(1)As a wonderful ‘tongue in cheek’ way to diffuse lighting glare, utilize random fish sculptures as wall sconces. Where? Anywhere there is a need. Sky’s the limit!  The iron fish sculptures would be fantastic in the kitchen or breakfast room.

(2) I’d love to see the mermaid sculpture ‘swimming’ gracefully up a staircase wall  or ‘diving’ down that same staircase for that matter.  This is coastal decor in it’s most classic and vintage form.

Designer Lucy Welch-Allen’s Nautical/Coastal Art Introduction to Iron Fish Customers

Friday, December 11th, 2009
fish sculptures-coastal decor-coastal art-nautical art-nautical decor-fish art-hand crafted

fish sculptures-coastal decor-coastal art-nautical art-nautical decor-fish art-hand crafted

NAUTICAL ART-COASTAL ART–Before I begin to show you how anything on this website can be integrated into your home in a variety of ways, a few important things that you should always bear in mind about home decorating:
Always remember that you are not married to any one design element when choosing your home’s decor.

Regardless of what your design “roots” are or what design your home’s exterior is….a healthy mix of styles, furnishings and visual ‘textures’ is not only permissible, but preferable. (Chase Allen’s nautical designs and iron sculptures are great forms of texture and outside of the box coastal decor) The saying “variety is the spice of life” is spot on when it comes to creating a style within your home that speaks to warmth and comfort as well as beauty. (more…)

Last Second Shoppers Might Miss Out On Perfect Handcrafted Gift

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

hand crafted iron mermaid and fish sculptures make great gifts

hand crafted iron mermaid and fish sculptures make great gifts

Since I began offering my sculptures online, I have picked up on a couple trends that I wanted to share with everyone in regards to holiday shopping.  Obviously, the first trend most of you are far too familiar with.  That’s right, I am talking about procrastinating the purchase of that perfect gift for someone during the holidays.  If you have no idea what I am talking about, please feel free to stop reading now.   If you can relate and are considering purchasing an iron fish, crab, stingray or mermaid sculpture from me for someone this holiday season, please read on.

You will notice that in a couple places on my website I have placed an “FYI Urgent” in red font color text about the need to get your orders in early for Christmas and the holidays.  I want to stress this point to remind all customers and collectors that I am only one artisan/artist.  I employ one apprentice and we always start the holiday season a bit behind.  This leads me to tell you about the second trend I mentioned earlier.

September and October are dependably busy months due to increased wedding orders.  Also, for some reason, I notice that many customers and collectors get busy buying for themselves during this time of year.  I can’t explain why, but I can say that this puts us in a  position of strain(welcomed no doubt) in catering to my holiday customers time constraints. (more…)

The Iron Fish, Daufuskie Island School, and Volunteers in Medicine

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

torch cutting iron fish

torch cutting iron fish

2009 Volunteers In Medicine Christmas Ornaments are here!!!!

The Iron Fish Studio is proud to announce that our 4th annual Volunteers in Medicine Christmas tree ornaments hand decorated by the Daufuskie Island Elementary children are ready for purchase.  This year we made 300 uniquely designed ornaments that sell for $10 per ornament.  This is a suggested price and 100% of all ornament sales go directly to VIM which is an organization that offers free health care to residents of Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island who are not insured and who also meets financial qualifications.

Every year, VIM handles 31,000 patient visits served by approximately 700 volunteers!  The cleaning of VIM, which would cost $25,000 is donated by grateful patients doing their best to give back.  One last important statistic is that 70% of the patients are employed and 20% are children not old enough to work. (more…)

Cari Halsey Provides Top 10 Coastal Decor Tips For Iron Fish Designs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

10 coastal decorating tips provided by Cari Halsey of J. Banks Design

Cari Halsey's Interior Design Tips for The Iron Fish

Cari Halsey's Interior Design Tips for The Iron Fish

Interior Designer

Cari Halsey has a Bachelor of Science in Housing and Interior Design with a Minor in Art from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She enjoys contemporary styling and loves color – the more color the better. Cari is an interior designer for J. Banks Design Group of Hilton Head, SC.

  • Take your mermaid sculpture and hang it in any direction.  Swimming up, down, left or to the right.
  • For larger rooms try a “school of fish look.” Place your wall mounted fish sculputures in groups of 2, 3, 4, or more on an empty wall at various heights. Remember, fish swim in schools.
  • Where space is limited, try hanging over a door with an antique rod on one side catching the iron fish on the other side.
  • To add “splash” to your child’s room, paint waves on a wall and have multiple fish sculptures jumping in and out of the water.
  • If you have accent lighting in your home place your fish sculpture underneath and watch it come alive.
  • They’re the perfect coastal decoration for hanging outdoors or on a covered porch.
  • Use numerous fish sculptures around the perimeter of the room to make a “one of a kind” border.
  • Add life to your bookcases by displaying the smaller fish sculptures on plate stands.
  • Hang them in your stairwell. These iron fish can “swim” upstream, traveling as the staircase rises.
  • The fish look best when they are decorated in odd numbers.
  • These fish sculptures are great decoration even away from coastal environments.
  • Let them serve as reminders of a relaxed way of life. They are also great for mountain, lake, or river homes and retreats.
  • For a totally unique concept, try using 3 or 4 of these coastal decor sculptures as a headboard in a bedroom.

The Iron Fish Handles Custom Corporate Gift Orders

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

corporate sculptures and custom designs

corporate sculptures and custom designs

Over the past eight years, a number of large businesses and corporations have commissioned private Iron Fish collections of their own.  Custom colors, custom designed shapes, signatures, sizes and stamps for  marking the sculptures are a few examples of different methods involved in making the order both unique and special.

We have created customized lines of fish designs for Gorton’s Seafood, Phizer, and RBC Real Estate to name a few.  These sculptures are usually given out as employee or customer appreciation gifts.  With the Gorton’s Seafood project, we stamped the company name as well as the specific years slogan, “Don’t Hope, Decide”, on to every fish sculpture created, which were then given to a number of employees at a year-end company retreat. They also commissioned four framed and mounted fish sculptures using reclaimed pine and incorporating a plaque in the frame that they could present to a valued customers. (more…)