Saturday, February 28, 2009

What I'm working on now

A new addition to the Paper Geography series --- the little bare branched skeleton key trees are my favorite part...


Just listed in the shop --- have a look see here.

I'm going to be doing a show locally here at the beginning of June (more details to follow as it gets closer), suffice to say, given that I only have 10 items in the shop I have a lot of pieces that need to get made for good homes between now and then. Yikes! Better get me to my creative space and get busy!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Neato! (IndieSpotting)

Hey! Neat!


One of my pieces made it onto IndieSpotting! IndieSpotting is 'window shopping' for handmade... you can scroll through large thumb nails of images and click and get connected to the sellers web site wherever it may be. That's me in the bottom right hand corner.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Ohhhh. So lovely on a day that feels less than delicate --- for me personally --- to find this contemplative and thoughtful work by Australian artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove...

[found via mint, all photos via NGArt Gallery's web site]

Here is a good overview of her art, story and process; especially in regards to the 'Into the Woods' series which all the images above are a part of.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lost in Paris/Urban 'Witch'

In my moments of day dreaming about 'Letha's ultimate shelter experience' I inevitably dream of living walls, the outside in, trees in the dining room & moss underfoot...

Today I found an amazing version of that dream come true in many ways. Located in Paris and called
'Lost in Paris' it's a concrete urban dwelling covered in 1,200 Hydroponics ferns and 300 hand blown glass rain catchers. Designed for a 'urban witch' (yayyyy!) by R (and) Sei Architects it's an anomaly in such high contrast to it's neighbors that appears as if it could take over the city by the sheer force of nature's will. I love it. Of course.

[found via Inhabitat, all images from R and Sei's web site]

Monday, February 23, 2009

Elemental Alchamy

Elemental Alchemy is the name of one of Luann Ostergaard's lovely textural photos and I think it's actually a great description for the whole body of her work. There are quite a few digital abstract/textural photographers out there, but what I think is special about Luann's work is that it has a point of reference to it. Textiles, Tibetan rug designs, natural fungi, etc. --- thus the work is even stronger as an abstract. Plus she is a wizard at capture of light and use of color!

[all images belong to and by Luann Ostergaard, via her flickr photostream]

She has a lovely web portfolio to peruse, here.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What I'm working on now...

I just finished some new pieces --- this one is one of my favorites. Ever.


It's all called 'Webbed' and it's listed and ready for a new home in the shop. As are two new additions to the Paper Geography mini's series. Here & here. Thank you and goodnight!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

rune guneriussen

My good friend Elizabeth read my post about lantern light and sent me a link to the work of rune guneriussen thinking I'd be interested in his lamps at night --- E is one smart and thoughtful cookie --- not only am I interested, I'm in awe!

rune guneriussen, a Norwegian photographer, makes absolute magic out of ordinary objects. Amazing work. I am not sure how he does it, but he is able to imbue lamps, chairs and telephones with personality and distinct ones at that.

So full of mystery and allure these photos...

[images belong to rune guneriussen, via his Web site]

I choose this series of photos because they told me a story... but there is a lot more to be seen --- visit rune's Web site here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tiel's Handiwork

Oh such lovely work Tiel does... I love the subject matter, the shapes, the color and line work --- such a great eye and talented hand! Lovely, lovely work. I had a really hard time narrowing down my choices to share --- in the end I went with MY personal favorites (which will almost always be growing nature things, FYI.)

[all images by Teil, via her flickr photostream]

You should definitely look through her flickr sets --- she creates beautiful bird, animal & 'doll' illustrations (inspired by nesting dolls) --- custom alphabets based on a child's name and all manner of soft creations... (This one with his scarf up to his beak is my favorite.)

Visit her Etsy
shop, Big Cartel shop & Tsk Tsk her blog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lantern [light]

I am working on a new (commissioned) piece that will be all about landscape in shadow --- using "darker" tones (navy, brown, deep green) with slight points of color --- color as light is what I am imagining. I'm very inspired by lanterns in the dusk or dark of night as these excellently talented photographers seem to have caught the spirit of what I am hoping to capture as well:

[images via flickr by: 1. Cathycracks 2. sahrizvi 3. ajpscs 4. Happychan 5. Dyrk.Wyst 6. Sanctu]

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Garden & Cosmos

I get enthralled every time I walk by this poster on the street... Seattle Asian Art Museum is hosting Garden & Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur --- the exhibit runs through April 26th. The collection contains 50+ Indian master pieces of varying sizes and subject matter that have previously only been seen by a handful of scholars and are now in the US for the first time.

This is definitely one I will be going see... And did I mention how well done and effective the poster is!!!?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What I am working on now

Just found some wonderful new things to be inspired by and daydream about where it will all end up in the art work...

I admit to having an unholy botanical print/ botany illustration love and these colored plates are my favorites. That purple beauty in the center! Wowza!

Ever noticed how beach creatures have the most appropriate names? How could a Whelk not reside near an ocean or a sound?

The climate chart satisfies a scientifically precise part of my heart (while still undulating, like weather does) and I want to find a way to do something high contrast with them --- no clue yet where they will find their way too, but I can't wait to find out.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

ParkeHarrison

My photographs tell stories of loss, human struggle, and personal exploration within landscapes scarred by technology and over-use…. I strive to metaphorically and poetically link laborious actions, idiosyncratic rituals and strangely crude machines into tales about our modern experience.
--Robert ParkeHarrison


This --- what Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison do --- photographic tableau's is art work that I have loved for a very long time. I can't believe I haven't shared it before now --- I'm talented at forgetfulness so I guess I am not surprised.

Such content and concept --- breathtaking seems a appropriate descriptor as does highly imaginative and thought provoking. What I always feel, looking at their work, is a instant flash & glimpse back to a time period when my imagination really ran wild. I love being reminded of that, and then realising that the same wildness still exists in my world as an adult (I just don't get to follow it quite as freely as I did when I was a kid.)

This last one almost always brings tears to my eyes...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How the day feels

I've been working furiously towards a work related deadline this past week (culminated today) and feel as if the world, and myself in it are a bit of a fractured blur --- I've been too over stimulated, haven't been able to turn my brain off enough to post or create much for a week or so which makes me feel a bit bereft. Hoping for a quite weekend and will work on a mental re-set...

[image by Antoine Rouleau, (talented guy) via his flickr photostream]

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Masks

I forget sometimes, how much I like certain things. I guess the brain can only hold some much beauty or interests at one time (mine especually). I was reminded recently (by the below) how much I like masks --- on people or off, but in this case on.

[images by cole.anets, via his flickr photostream]

More masks (and fairytale story telling) posts on the way...