Thursday, February 28, 2008

New at CB2


I love CB2 but I have to admit lately they have been disappointing me. Things seemed pretty blah and more for the "under 25 I'll buy this because it's cheap crowd."


So when I checked out their site last night I was surprised to find some pieces that were totally cool and would fit equally well in a big kid house as well as an apartment. I think my favorite is the Bauhaus arc floor lamp below. The lamp has a total high ticket price look but it's only $199. It comes in white as well for a more classic post-modern look. My second favorite was the Alchemy stool, a steal for $129. I love the wood seat against the industrial iron base. To check out more visit, CB2.com.





Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Paint By Numbers Postcards


I am a huge fan of paint by numbers painting. There is something so genuine and authentic about "art for the masses" paintings. The Curiosity Shoppe has a great collection of cropped vintage paint by numbers painting made into to handy postcards. I'm kinda thinking I just want to buy them all to frame for myself. All of the postcards are one of kind so grab them up before their gone. At $10 a postcard they won't last long. Buy: curiosityshoppeonline.com.





Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Henry Road


Henry Road just released on their website thirteen new Spring 2008 pillows. The pillows feel innately beachy in the bright happy colors and crisp whites. It's making me dream of being outside with a warm summer wind and a mojito! All of the pillows picture here 18 x 18 and priced at an affordable $75 each. To view more visit, henryroad.com. Oh and I almost forgot to tell you a little secret about the site. You can buy fabric remnants in sets of six for $12.50. The prints would be the perfect spice to a funky quilt or other craft projects.




Monday, February 25, 2008

Crewel-Pillows


I am totally jealous of my sister's new pillows she had made for her couch. The fabric is from a piece my mom picked up at an auction. The pillows are backed in a blue velvet. I guess she has one more piece that I could use. I am thinking maybe a long narrow pillow to go across my bed. I love the pinks and blues in this fabric. So pretty!


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Adolf Wölfli


Wölfli is the poster child of the Outsider Art movement. This guy had it all a troubled childhood, a history of abuse, and broken homes. He was institutionalized in 1895 to the Waldau Clinic in Berne, Switzerland, for a third count of attempted child molestation. He was very disturbed and sometimes violent leading to him being kept in isolation for his early time at hospital. In isolation he began to have intense hallucinations shortly after this he began to draw.



With limited supplies using only pencils and notebooks, Wölfli created hundreds of drawings. His work is dominated by a patterning that covers every inch of the paper. The intensity of his work is complex and eccentric. "His images also incorporated an idiosyncratic musical notation. This notation seemed to start as a purely decorative affair but later developed into real composition which Wölfli would play on a paper trumpet."



Later work that is show here is part of series called "Bread Art: Single-Sheet Drawing (1916-1930)." This group includes drawings he does for others in exchange for plain or colored-pencils, paper tobacco, and so on..." To check out more of his work and learn more about Wölfli's life, adolfwoelfli.ch. I would also highly suggest picking up the book, The Art of Adolf Wölfli, St. Adolf-Giant-Creation, American Folk Art Museum, 2003, amazon.com.





Outsider Artist-Ian Pyper


I found these great drawings by U.K. artist Ian Pyper on outsiderartist.info. An outsider artist is usually an artist that has no formal training or experience with the art world. Outsider artists usually create art based upon some primal expression that is often times undeliberate and aggressive. They create art that is fundamentally different and often times dysfunctional. What arises from these deliriums are unobstructed visions that create something beyond the realm of any overly educated and trained artist.

I introduce Ian Pyper. A man of few words that creates drawing that are primal and spontaneous. The images seem mystical and exotic. To view more of Pyper's drawings, click here.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Things I Love-02.23.08

Brienna McLaughlin Pruce, Male and Female Betta, $3,000, shopscadonline.com.

Check out things I loved for the week of February 18, 2008. This week I was checking out a lot of art. I guess I am trying to get some inspiration to do some of my own work. See above and below for out what I ripped, clipped, and scoped out for this week. See more things I love by clicking here. Enjoy!


Fred Tomaselli, Geode, leaves,photocollage, acrylic, gouche, and resin on wood panel, jamescohan.com.


Gary Komarin, The Alderman's Parlour, Mixed Media on canvas, karolynsherwoodgallery.com.


Susan Dory, Flotilla, oil, acrylic, graphite on canvas over panel, susandory.com.





William Betts, RCS - 164801, plusgallery.com.

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1963, oil on canvas.


Takashi Iwasaki, Hachmakiyousei, acrylic on canvas, takashiiwasaki.info.

Shop SCAD


Amy Kalyn Sims, Honeycomb, giclée print, $200.


Spring is right around the corner and with spring comes some great new art shows like the Whitney Biannual (March 6) and a pleothra of student thesis shows. SCAD shop is a great place to check out student artwork year around. The online gallery represents students, alumni, and faculty of Savannah College of Art & Design. The store is a mix of relatively inexpensive fine art, jewelry, ceramics, and handmade knick knacks for the home and self. I frequently check out the fine art section to view a wide range of photographs, prints, and painting. Here are few of my picks above and below. Check out shopscadonline.com for more.



Clifton Henri, Wings, $125.

Michael Brown, Esse Hook, oil on canvas, $800.


Nathan Abels, Houses, acrylic on panel, $700.


Stephanie Howard, Jonatha, ink on paper, $1,200.






Friday, February 22, 2008

Thomas Moser


Thomas Moser has been building hand crafted furniture for 36 years in their Maine workshops. A family run business that prides itself on reviving the art of fine woodworking. "Solid wood furniture, crafted by hand, made to last a lifetime."

I've been in love with furniture since I was kid. The cherry dining tables are beyond gorgeous. The color and luster are stunning—sanded so smooth you won't be able to stop running your hands over the tabletop. The images don't do justice to the quality of the workmanship in each and every piece. When you buy a piece from Thomas Moser your buying an heirloom that will be passed down for generations.



Above are some newer lounge pieces that play off the modern "Barcelona" chair. Below some classic pieces influenced with simplistic shaker lines that put the gorgeous wood at center-stage. To see more, thomasmoser.com.




Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Living Green Interiors

Domino's annual green issue is now on newsstands. The March issue is jammed-packed with loads of eco-friendly decorating ideas. Be sure to check out dominomag.com to get all this great info and much more including videos, an exclusive under $100 with design*sponge, and one of my new favorite slide shows: Gorgeous Green Interiors. I grabbed these shots from the slide show to prove that eco can be chic and sustainable.




Walnut Papers


One stop shopping for the best in modern wallpaper design. Find all the papers that you've fallen in love from your favorite home interior magazines. Walnut Wallpaper carries brands like Cole & Son, Allegra Hicks, and Florence Broadhurst. Extensive collections are sorted by color, designer, or motif which makes the site easy to browse as well as finding the looks that could inspire you. Check out more, walnutwallpaper.com.






 

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