Friday, May 28, 2010

Art of the Day (5.28.10)

"Trough on Potomac" by Sally Levie (oil)

Cluster: MAPS

clus·ter [kluhs-ter]
a number of things of the same kind, growing or held together; a bunch: a cluster of grapes.
verb (used with object):
to gather into a cluster or clusters.

These Are Things USA Map (via Design*Sponge)

Collection of 6 World Map Silkscreen Prints, Callaghan Art Gallery (Etsy)

Map Art by Chris Kenny (via DesignBoom)

Marley Mungaro World Map

Antoine+Manuel Paris subway map (via Crib Candy)

NYC Papercut Map by Famille Summerbelle (I posted their Paris Map here)

CitySilhouettes Urban Landscape with Map (via Etsy)
Typographic World Map by vladstudio

 "Oregon" by artist Rachel Austin (via her blog Paper and Planes)
 Do you have favorite map art?  Share!


This Lego Lamp (my husband would freak)

Or this pigeon lamp, all from Smallable (thank you Design Mom)

And last but not least, this lamp to go over my dining room table
(thank you Design for Mankind, I too, want them all!)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Weekly Winks

ICFF Trends (on Design*Sponge): 
Textures and Shapes 
Wood and Metal
Facets and Organic Shapes 
Inspired by Nature

- Get the Look – Etsy does Denise Huxtable (say what?!)

- Love as seen by Flickr (via Sfgirlbybay)

- For all my fellow renters out there with paint-envy, some GREAT tips for decorating when you can’t paint: All Things Thrifty

- Party Tree! (Oh Happy Day)

(Disclaimer: Ok, so if you're paying attention, you know I didn't really post this on Wednesday. (Oops). One day when blogging is my FT job, you can get mad at me.  But for now, I'm making it up to you with a massivepostingextravaganzaFriday.  Besides, better late than never, right?  RIGHT?!)

Art of the Day

Moving Houses by Holli Schorno (book cuttings on rag paper)
Note: Click on the picture or follow the link to really appreciate this work! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LWN (5.25.10)

Print of handcut map of Paris by Famille Summerbelle

Art + Function = Design (Solutions)

Problem: Don’t have any fresh flowers?  
Solution: Make some arrangements out of veggies and herbs. (Small Stump

Problem: I need a light, summery meal to make this weekend.
Solution: Make this delcious mozzarella/strawberry/arugula salad! (Etsy)

Problem: Kids are a bunch of monkeys, and it’s raining outside.
Solution:  Go ahead… let them climb the walls! (Handmade Charlotte)  

Solution: Read this for some inspiration. For the home; for the heart. You won’t regret it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

For the Love of Paper - Part 3

I know I'm bombarding you with paper artists right now; it's an obsession. But, really, with such beautiful works of art... who's complaining?
Eloise Corr Danch's Paper Flowers were recently featured in W Magazine (first pic) and at Macy's Flower Show.  I especially love the window display in the second pic - so gorgeous and creative!

Images courtesy of Elise Corr Danch
Scissors and Paper Rock has a great post on artist Ivano Vitali, who CROCHETS paper. Totally different from anything I have ever seen:

Images Courtesy of Scissors and Paper Rock

And Upon a Fold has a beautiful post on an exhibition from French Artist Daniel Mar.

Daniel's work incorporates elements both elements of whimsy, but also some works a bit on the macabre side (see the final pic above). I especially love how he uses the pieces of paper he has cut out back into the work, making it especially three-dimensional and layered.

Image courtesy of Upon a Fold

Images courtesy of Daniel Mar

Find even more great posts on Paper Artists at Upon a Fold and Scissors and Paper Rock.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Winks

Violet Jam? I'm intrigued. (Soule mama

Beautiful print-and-patterned shoes (Oh Joy)

An oldie but goodie about what's now a hot trend – Steampunk 101! (More Ways to Waste Time)

Mmm... pics from the National Stationary Show in NY from Beautiful Paper. Swoon. 
Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Update:  Part 4 and Part 5

Beautiful sampling of stylist Twig Hutchinson - that name just screams cool, no?  (Decor8)

Speaking of romanticism... the stylish world of Pride and Prejudice (Design*Sponge)

For those in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Fine Art Fair is this weekend!

Art of the Day

Because art makes people happy.

Blue Dancer by Misti Pavlov

PS: I chose this painting because I saw it in person last year in Carmel. It was breathtaking - I can't even describe the texture of it up close.  The picture does not do it justice.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


A friend of mine tweeted this amazing cover of Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone."  Check it.

LWN - 5.18.10

Mar y Sol “Guadeloupe” Tote in Sunflower

Monday, May 17, 2010

Color Flash - Blue and Orange (!)

- Squeeze Card Company Airplane Card (at Etsy)

- Boden Orange Stripy Shoal Boys Bathers

- Pattern People Flora & Fauna Wall Art (at Fawn and Forest)

- GEOX Kids' Jr Vita P Sneakers in Blue Orange

- Susana Monaco Pop Art Print Front Slit Dress (at PiperLime)

- Aqua Oranges Oilcloth and Blue Daisy Orange Geometric Fabric (at Warm Biscuit)
- Sycamore Street Press Letterpress Alphabet and Numbers Poster in Tangerine/Aqua

Friday, May 14, 2010

Art + Function = Design (5/14/10)

Problem: I spend way too much space and money on magazines.
Solution: E-mags! Decor8 has a round-up of some of the latest and greatest.

Problem: I love all those cute girly blouses, but I can’t afford JCrew, let alone a designer shirt.
Solution: DIY Ruffles! Tea Rose Home has a ton of tutorials.

Problem: I’m craving donuts (I really am today, and yes, this is a problem)
Solution: I’m going to make some of my own this weekend! Thank you Pioneer Woman!

Problem: Need to bake a sweet summer pie (for all that farmer’s market fruit), but no pie pan?
Solution: Use a jar! Not Martha shows you how.

PS: Use a jar for cobbler too!

Problem: I want a garden, but have no backyard (I hear ya):
Solution: Container gardening! Be inspired by this post from sfgirlbythebay.

For the Love of Paper - Part 2

My previous post on artist Yulia Bordskaya got me thinking about all the other great paper artists I have come across as of late. I thought I'd share some more inspiring paper art:

Rob Ryan (who I posted about as a Midweek Inspiration

Rob Ryan's blog here, Shop here.
Next up, my friend Cindy Ferguson (who I met during my lovely years in Seattle):

Shop Cindy here.
And last but not least, Su Blackwell, who does uh-mazing book cut sculptures (shout out to Cindy for introducing me to her work):

Sorry, no shop for Su that I know of!
I just love the feeling you get when you discover something beautiful and new - a new song, a new artist... Do you have any favorite artists to share?