Saturday, January 31, 2009

What I'm Working on Now

Just listed the first few of a new 'mini' series --- 5x5 versions of the Paper Geography pieces...

There are several hanging out in the shop, if you'd like a closer look!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Brown & Blue (8 Flickr Favs)

Stunning photos and art from some very talented people. These eight below are my current brown & blues favorites...

Monday, January 26, 2009

What I'm working on now...

I am working on a bunch of 'minis', 5"x5", all part of the paper geography series --- in all different color schemes (I just finished a purple/browns piece), various levels of layered vs. more open. I love them because they come a little faster, but they still have the same slice of earth and topography feel to them. I hope people like them... I do!

The first 3 of the minis coming soon to the shop --- just waiting on me and the camera to have some quality time with a few wekend daylit hours!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Yarn shop.

This was my morning --- yarn shop with my buddy Terri who is making me long fingerless gloves (because ...neither do I spin. Or knit for that matter). I am surprised that I don't just hang out in yarn shops as a habit. The color. The texture!

And that last one is the yarn for my gloves. Can't wait! (Thank you Terri!) And thank you ladies @ So Much Yarn who put up with me taking too many photos of your shop.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Collections (8)

I've always had collections. Always. One of my most vivid memories is of being 7 years old and for whatever reason, very unsure of the stability of my world. I had a bag that said "VIP, very important person' on the outside - it was orange and blue and circular - and inside of it in little clear plastic boxes I kept my baby teeth, my favorite metal hot wheels cars and my meager sum of money. This all was done, so that if I had to, I could grab my VIP bag and be assured that I would have my most valued treasures with me in a time of flight...

For whatever reason, many of us are driven to collect and arrange and hold --- and I would be astounded if we as a species, didn't hoard objects, things --- pieces of our world and tangible markers of our memories...

Below are 8 of the most arrestingly lovely photos capturing collections that I've seen. Really fascinating 'things' as well as being beautifully composed photos --- they felt like they had to be shared (and not just left sitting in my flickr 'favorites' no matter how many times I might happen look at them with adoration). Enjoy-

1. BisyBackson, 2. rosa.rot, 3. Gali-Dana, 4. Art*Craft*Thrift, 5. curbsidetreasure, 6. koreana, 7. *caramimi*, 8. the lulu bird

I can't stop looking at all of these, but the third one down, wow, a perfect mix of color, shape and a touch of the macabre with the bits of sculptured anatomy... I'm so taken with it. What a great treasure hunt there is to be had, out there in our world...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Shaun Tan (Tales From Outer Suburbia)

Maybe you remember my love for Shaun Tan from my post about The Red Tree? He has a wonderful new book out called Tales from Outer Suburbia... It's a collection of short stories that introduces off kilter characters and elements into neighborhoods and towns that otherwise might be perceived of as mundane . As each story is different so too are the illustration styles. There are some really lovely new illustrations here --- and as always with Tan, the stories are lyrical and full of beauty as well...

I think 'Eric' may be the cleverest little creature I've seen in a long time --- I had a really strong 'cuteness' response to him... He may deserve his own book.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How the day feels

Fog has its magic and charms for sure --- it’s like being in a noir film at all times, but multiple days of thick white air have made for a bit of a heavy spirit within me the last few days --- hmmm…. How do people who live in perennially foggy spots like SF or London deal with it I wonder?

[image by lintmachine, via his photostream]

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ohhh blue, how I love you...

A far more elegant home for my rusty washers than necessary, probably, but such a gorgeous blue! And the beautiful wobbly shape...the little punched holes!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Elizabeth Steiner

When I saw Elizabeth's jewelry work for the first time I was really struck by it --- such a great use of content (nature as coveted objects of adornment) treated very thoughtfully with contrast and scale. Crocheted rocks is a prevalent motif right now, but Elizabeth's creations with rocks below have a rustic, casual fuzziness that totally belies (and then re-enforces) the weight and solidity of the rocks strung around the neck. (Very clever this one.)

[all work/images belong to Elizabeth Esteiner via her flickr photostream]

I personally think the 'Fossil Pocket watch' has an element of imaginative story telling to it that could be turned into a entire world with multiple character arcs and adventures...

For more of Elizabeth's work go here. [Elizabeth has a blog and an Etsy shop --- the shop is unrelated to her jewelry work --- but do visit her there if you'd like to see what else she gets up too...]

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Michael Mew

From the content of Michael Mew's work its clear that he's drawn to botany, science and astronomy --- and his subtle bits of surrealist influence balance very nicely with the distressed and decayed modern sensibility of most of the pieces. And what a great eye for color. Because I really love the use of bright saturated colors that are then rubbed away a bit to a more matured patina I am quite taken with Micheal's work...

This first one is a personal favorite as I only recently discovered the Canna Lily when I was pulling flowers types for arrangements for a friends wedding this past summer --- such a sculptural flower the lily, but the canna has a wildness to it that I really fell for.

[all work/images belong to Micheal Mew, via his Web site]

Micheal is a very prolific artist --- there is a lot more to peruse --- you should go look here!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What I'm working on now

Just getting started on a new piece --- greens and browns and a series of city & topography maps. I'm excited about this one (I get excited about all of them, who am I kidding).

Following my own id on this one, I love me the shades of green...

...pursuit of happiness (shop) now open!

I haven't posted for a few days because I've been 'otherwise engaged'... With opening my shop!!! Officially! I'm official! Hooray! Come and visit me HERE!

And please ignore my voluminous exclamation points if you need to, so girlie of me --- I usually restrain myself but figure now may be one of the times to let go!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Ophelia Chong

Incredibly lovey collage work by Ophelia Chong. There are so many talented artists out there in our world, it's truly amazing and inspiring --- but then, among all those talents there are the ones that just hit every visual pressure point for me; color, composition, content, progression --- and down I go crippled by admiration. In the very best of ways --- I never want to get up again!

Most of these pieces are from Ophelia's '
Slips of Paper' series --- carefully contoured petal shapes, or licks of flames (depending on how you read it) over found background textures. Many incorporate elements of iconic art --- I admit to being totally cemented in my head-over-heels status with Ophelia's art when I saw the piece that brings in a portion of a painting from my favorite historical artist Caspar David Friedrich.

[images/work by Ophelia Chong, via her flickr photostream]

Visit Ophelia's Web
site for more examples of her multi talents --- and if you are as taken by her work as I am you will want to click here to go explore more.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What I'm working on now

I'm really excited about the new pieces I'm working on right now. I've found a bunch of inspiring stuff recently --- among other things; a new stack of vintage postcards, little metal wheels and the very awesome metal red seahorse below. He's chipped, rusty and heavy, in short; perfect! I have no idea where he will end up and in what company but I am waiting with bated breath to find out.

The shot on the left below is a detail of one of the new finished pieces, it's very orange and very bright, I am calling it 'the country one' for now...

For Christmas I received the coolest metal 'nest' thing from my simpatico 'sister-in-law' (a fellow creative) and it is now a part of my favorite piece (above left) to date... I can't stop looking at it and it's possible that I will not be able to part with it.

I'll be working on (good) photos this weekend and hope to list 4 or 5 new pieces as the very first editions for sale on my Etsy site --- I will, of course, post when its all ready. Hooray! Exciting times for little LethaCollen!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How the day feels

Lovely photography work --- taking elements that could be very mundane or everyday and turning them into jewels of visual interest is quite a talent. A talent of which I do not process and thus am extra awe-struck of...

[image by ara133photography, via flickr photostream]

This is just one example from ara133photography's great collection of photos --- do check out her Etsy shop & flickr photostream

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Peter Kuttner

We've all been to those places in the world --- and maybe it’s not actually that far away, could be right around the corner --- where you see the most beautiful textures of decay and age on the horizontals and verticals that surround you... (for me: Old San Juan in Puerto Rico).

Peter Kuttner's paintings & mixed media pieces are the very best embodiment of those world worn surfaces...

[all images belong to Peter Kuttner, via his Flickr Photostream]

Visit Peter's Web site for more...