Friday, January 7, 2011


Monday, January 3, 2011

Wendell Gilley

Wendell Gilley started carving birds in the 1930's after being fascinated by a collection of miniature bird carvings he saw at the New England Museum of Natural History in Boston. He had gone to the museum to visit the massive collection of taxidermy dioramas (his primary hobby at the time) but was profoundly inspired to try carving birds himself. As his collection grew and his skills improved he began driving from his home on Mount Desert Island, Maine, to the original Abercrombie and Finch in New York and selling the birds for $3.75. Mr. Gilley estimates he created over ten thousand works from 1931-1983. The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine houses hundreds of Mr. Gilley's sculptures, as well as gives classes on the art of carving.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Saturn Press

Saturn Press is a two person card company on Swans Island, Maine. They have no website or web-store. The only way to get these beautiful cards is through their old fashioned catalogue or if you are lucky your local bookstore or museum might carry them. All the prints are done the old fashioned way from beginning to end, from a pencil drawing to a color reduction print, printed on a press nearly 100 years old. Computers are not used in the process at all.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Grandfather Frost

These "New Year" cards are from Soviet Russia circa the late 1950's and early 60's. It was (and still is) popular in Russia to appropriate western images and ideas about Christmas to New Years because religious holidays were not permitted in the USSR and New Years was the only holiday not associated with communist ideology. The card's space and satellite imagery coincide with the launch of Sputnik in 1957. I love the one where grandfather frost has horses AND a spaceship.

found here

Thursday, December 16, 2010

more from the workshop

Brand new and available only on our webstore:

Two log carriers and a new totebag, available for purchase only on our webstore. More information available here

Saturday, December 11, 2010


we here at rogues gallery want to wish you all a festive and warm holiday season. we've strung up the lights and are ready for some good cheer. stay warm and whimsical.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas From Rogues Gallery

Just added to the online store are some great new one-of-a-kind items: pillows, sachets, stockings, ornaments, coin purses, mapcases and zippered pouches. Each piece is handmade here in Portland Maine and are very limited, check them out in our new Holiday section here. Also if you haven't yet make sure you check out our online Advent Calendar for returning favorites at great prices. If you have any questions about sizing, availability, shipping, etc please email:

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Psychedelic Marine Life

These works were created by Iori Tomita. He used a chemical to destroy all the animals proteins, then injected dye into the bones.

found here

Monday, December 6, 2010


Bookplates are one of the earliest examples in which a form of branding which is/was serving the practical purpose of claiming ownership over one's library, evolved into it's own artform. I love the limitations of the bookplate (size, text, personal message) and how these "rules" free the artists and designers who create bookplates. Check out Mussolini's bookplate above, creepy.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

free shipping weekend

As part of our online advent calender at we're offering you free shipping on your order. Please enter the code mentioned on the site when you're checking out. Also check out the new Daily Dish t-shirt colors and tote bag that are up for grabs here

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On The First Day Of December

Today is the launch of our online Advent Calender. We're going to be re-issuing old classics, offering great sales, free shipping, some awesome new winter jackets, special edition t-shirts, Christmas stockings, more. We are able to expedite shipping for the holidays, for questions call: 207-773-4900 x 13 or email

Monday, November 29, 2010

In collaboration with Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish we're now offering these three limited edition t-shirt designs. For more info check out our website and get informed at the Daily Dish.