Leah Yellowbird’s Detailed Designs

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Meet Leah Yellowbird, American Indian artist.

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And admire her amazing work!

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 You can imagine the awe that swept over us when we received these photos from Leah Yellowbird, our new line of birch plywood products all dressed up in bright beaded suits.

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We were even further blown away to learn that these are not beads at all, but dots of paint applied with a spotter brush.

Leah paints each piece with incredible detail.

Even though some of her work is not visible once the animal is assembled, the animal is reborn with heart and spirit.

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Says Leah,

In my culture we have a “circle of life,” it means to represent all colors of people being together as one. The colors are red, black, yellow, and white. And the tourquise stone is important to us as well. So I did this bear as the circle of life colors . . . He has the strength of all people in the spirit of the bear.

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Leah Yellowbird poured hours into these designs, drawing inspiration from the beading work she did in her youth, applying traditional Indian ways to these North American animal heads, infusing them with profound significance and artistry.

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Says Leah Yellowbird about her work,

I am an American Indian artist trying to understand the world and express myself through learning and practicing the traditional art forms of my Anishinabe people. My preferred medium has been beadwork for many years and I hadn’t painted for about 20 years. I recently decided to try expressing my beading tradition with paint & canvas. I hope that you find my efforts successful.

Each canvas is painted “as if I was beading it” with millions (OK, maybe only hundreds of thousands) of small dots of paint to make the finished piece.

My inspiration is given to me by my ancestors in the way of dreams. “When I wake up from one of these dreams I have seen the completed work and feel compelled to draw and paint the vision as it was given to me”.

My message or point of view is very simple. “Seek harmony.”

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We are so very honored that Leah choose our products as a canvas.

These and other amazing works will be displayed in a show she will have in November,

A Magical Journey with Leah Yellowbird. 

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 Please follow her on Facebook!

Visit her Website.

And if you are anywhere near Duluth, MN, do go and see her show on November 6 at Trepanier Hall at 212 W. 2nd Street.

It is sure to be a magical journey!

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We wish Leah all the luck in the world with her work and look forward to seeing more photos!

To learn more about the Anishinabe people, please check out the following websites!

www.anishinaabemdaa.com

https://intercontinentalcry.org/indigenous-peoples/anishinaabe/

www.ojibwe.org/home/about_anish.html

www.anishinabek.ca

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Thank you Leah Yellowbird for sharing your talent and traditions, and for making this world a more beautiful place!

Think Small!

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It is time for a Small Safari as we are discontinuing our Micro Sized Cardboard Animal Heads to make room for exciting new designs.

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This is the perfect opportunity for you to stock up while supplies last.

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All small sized products have been eliminated from our website, but remain available on Etsy at an all time low price of $13 each.

Order now and be well prepared for the holidays!

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Small safari stocking stuffers are serious fun!

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A Micro size animal head is a sweet surprise for any unlikely space.

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So many small guys to choose from, why not get one of each!

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They are indeed moving quickly, so grab up a few now!

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Create a Colorful Habitat at a Discount!

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Seeking a gift for a friend or family member who could benefit from a focused pastime?

Short on material to take to the next adult coloring party?

Searching for an activity to share with children while educating them?

Straight from the hands of a local Charlottesville artist, we have the perfect solution in two Little Rhino Coloring Books, Costa Rica and Africa.

Both books are spectacularly illustrated by artist, architect, author, and conservationist, Bob Anderson.

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Better yet, they are discounted by at least 20% in our Sale Section.

Purchase these while supplies last!

 

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Diversity

Anderson’s coloring books feature drawings and brief descriptions of a wide range of animals that inhabit savannas, rain forests, and tropical terrains.

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Education

The Africa book includes detailed information about each animal, including scientific name, size, weight, distribution, habitat, and status.

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Fine Art & Fun

The Costa Rica book features black & white coloring templates with the artist’s colored versions on the facing page, making it a book of fine art & fun activity.

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Coloring Book Craze!

Adult coloring books have taken a recent rise in popularity. As quoted by fans of the genre in, Inside the Adult Coloring Book Craze,

“I love it,” said Nichole Schmidt, a stay-at-home mom. “It’s very meditative. It gets me away from the kids. And this is my Zen.”

“Far more people are looking for things that are unplugged,” said Ann Garbarino, an advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook. “And it’s something that a lot of generations can agree on.”

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Also on Sale. . .

Included in the sale are Bob Anderson’s beautiful hard cover story books, When I was a Little Boy I was a Black Panther, based on the author’s own childhood fantasies of being able to turn into his favorite animal, and Obo, a tale about a young spot-nosed guenon monkey who goes off on an quest through the African rainforest in search of paradise.

A coloring book for mom, a storybook for son. It’s the perfect match!

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Wood You Check These Out!

By popular demand we’ve released an exciting new line of wood products.

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You asked and we answered!

The ever iconic Bucky Deer, Fred Moose, and Eyan Elephant are now available in a beautiful Birch Plywood in Medium and Large size options.

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We’ve  also added to our Medium Sized wood line: Billy Bison, Robbie Rhino, Merlin Unicorn, and the US Flag Buck.

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Sturdy and stunning, they are a valuable alternative to our recycled cardboard line and have a beautiful grain and color variance.

Perfect for living room, office, nursery, or dorm, these unique forms will impress your friends!

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It’s not too early to start considering gifts for the holidays.

A gift from Cardboard Safari will bring delight to young and old alike.

Shop Now!

Celebrating the Rainbow Flag!

In celebration of Equality, Love, and Magical Unicorns, we’ve released a couple of Stunning Rainbow Products.

Our Word Craft Rainbow Wall Art says it all:

love_rainbow_001And any Home is a Happy Home when there is a Rainbow Unicorn on the Wall!

unicorn_rainbow_001The Rainbow Love Text can be displayed on Wall, Shelf, or Table. 

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It is Strong and Solid,  just like Love!

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The Rainbow Unicorn is a Friend to Young and Old alike.

His Unconditional Affection will remind Everyone that Love really does Win!

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100% American Made, These Colors Don’t Bleed!

Be Bold and Display them with Pride.

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P.S. We also have a Rainbow Love Set, at 10% off the full price.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow. . .

. . . there is an awe inspiring crew of characters that would love to hang on your walls! fantasy_pc_04_satu

 Nikita our Cardboard Dragon is a hot new product and will fiercely protect your home, your child’s nursery, your dorm, or your office!

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Choose brown or white in our standard Micro, Junior, and Large sizes. You can also display her with wings, or without. 

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 Why not get a dragon mother and her flameling?

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And don’t forget about our Merlin Unicorns. They come in all sizes, in the standard brown and white, and in some fancy prints as well.

One of my personal favorites is the starburst print, available in purple, blue, and gold.

Truly a Magical Merlin.

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 Not into Unicorns? How about Zombies? Edgar Zombie might give your brain a boost as you assemble this clever cardboard creation.

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 Another great companion is Vince Skull. Micro Vince comes in brown, white, zebra, and black. There is a also a Large Vince, our very Special Edition Vince, and our Vince Wall Skulls. Gather them all around you for some inspiration!

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Invite this cast of characters into your lair!

Or check out our website for more creature creations!

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P.S. If you like buying more for less, check out our very cool Sets!

Find us at Tom Tom Block Party Tonight!

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The Tom Tom Founders Festival is under way in Charlottesville. Events have been unfolding all week from a song writer competition to an innovator award ceremony,  farm to table restaurant week to a variety of local music events,  a founders summit, pop up art exhibits, workshops, poetry readings, and a few block parties. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Do check out the impressive schedule here!

Cardboard Safari is a supporting sponsor and will have a table at the Lee Park Block Party tonight where we will be selling our products, discounted overstock, a great selection of seconds, and our brand new Tom Tom Bison. Stop by our table to meet our cool crew and pick up some awesome, sustainable, locally made, recycled cardboard home decor. You’ll also have a chance to hear a showcase of local bands, drink delicious beer, and choose from a multitude of food vendors. The block party is great fun for the whole family and has become a Charlottesville tradition.

Founded in 2012, Tom Tom is a non profit that holds almost 100 free events in Charlottesville each year. As described on their about page, “The converging disciplines of music, art, design, business, science and technology connect people and new ideas to the future.” The mission of Tom Tom is to “celebrate and empower founders, people who build creative, civic, and entrepreneurial projects.”

Introducing Card Boards!

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This year’s Awesome April Exclusive brings you Card Boards, a wearable type of technology that will feed you inspiration when needed.

Slip these sweet specs on and simply describe what you are seeking. Responsive to voice commands, Card Boards will boost your creativity.

Ask for anything from Pre-Raphaelite Paintings to Pop Art, Nature Essays to Song Lyrics, Famous Photographs to Celebrity Selfies. 

Card Boards will project HD images. The soothing robotic voice will read poetry, sing opera, or step you through DIY projects.

Never again do you have to wallow in writer’s block or stare at a blank canvas.

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Desperate for a beach vacation? Just say the words and Card Boards will visually land you on a Greek Island where you can watch the waves roll to shore, smell the souvlaki, and feel the sun against you skin.

Have you always wanted to bungee jump? Card Boards will simulate the experience.

Card Boards are also predictive. Dial in your weekly horoscope or your quarterly tarot reading. Simply watch your future unfold like a movie on a screen.

Card Boards may be sharp. We recommend wearing a bandaid over the bridge of your nose for protection.

A box of decorative bandaids is included with your purchase. Choose between a pattern of puppies, kitties, or zombies.

Card Boards: For the Visionary Who Needs Some Vision.

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Order Now While Supplies Last!

Slices of Pi

Attention all Lovers of Pi!

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In tribute to Pi Day, coming right up on March 14, we have a brand new kit of colorful cardboard slices for you to assemble into a delicious Pi of your very own.

This vibrant wall hanging is perfect for teachers, students, mathematicians, lovers of Pi, and anyone with a clever sense of style!

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Assemble the Pi into one of two 3D styles ~ open in the back to a white layer, or stacked in a bright solid layer.

All of our products are laser cut and packaged in our small Virginia shop.

Our new Pi wall hanging was designed by Mike Ripple, designer of most of our stunning Print Designs.

Everyone will have an eye on this Pi!

A Fresh Stew for You!

We do take customer suggestions into consideration and a Bear has been a popular request.

Our talented designer Luis Rodrigalvarez has worked up a beautiful beast named Stewart!

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Stewart is currently available in a very limited quantity before the Holidays.

If you are interested in a size Large Bear, act now as there are only 25! First come first serve, one per customer!

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But please don’t fear, there will be more Bears  available in the new year in our usual size and color spectrum.

In the mean time, please enjoy this video welcoming Stewart into the fold!