Archive for October, 2008

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asg letterpress print by andrea everman

As you may or may not remember, I love artwork with graphic style. Give me something inventive, beautiful or clever looking with some cool words on it and I will totally put it in my house. It looks like I’ll be giving my credit card a workout today, now that I’ve taken a look at the latest Art School Girl (ASG) letterpress print available in the monthly series. It’s called Comfort and it was designed by Andrea Everman, the creative genius behind those adorable shadow puppets that I know you all have seen, right?

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I like the geometry of powerlines.

Here are a few puppets, just in case I made the wrong assumption up there in the first paragraph:

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I don’t have personal call for the puppets right now, but they haunt my dreams. This print will definitely stave off my desire to own them, at least for now. I think.

Purchase the limited edition print at Art School Girl, and see more of Andrea’s mastery of puppetry (ooh I like that!) at her Etsy shop and her website.


boogie man rug by jellio

When I was a kid I was totally terrified of boogeyman monsters in my closet and under the bed, and now as an adult if I watch Dexter or True Blood too late in the day I have a hard time getting to sleep that night. Too bad I didn’t have this wildly colorful Boogie Man rug from our friends at Jellio back when I was young. Maybe I would have been emboldened with more pluck to face any ogres that came my way, instead of hiding under the covers. Or maybe it would have scared the monsters away on its own, also a positive thing.

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Purchase the 8′ x 10′ hand tufted wool rug and see more nostalgic designs at the Jellio website.


tomasz zarachowicz art prints

omG I love this work from Paris-based artist Tomasz Zarachowicz, aka Etsy seller ittichips. I love the colors, the styling, the whimsy, the surreal motifs, the floaty feeling I am getting the longer I stare at them. THese are prints from his original paintings.

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Tomasz works in gouache and ink but also does the occasional screenprint too. I love his collection so much any medium will do for me.

Say hi to Tomasz on his blog and purchase these works right here.

via Bloesem


ceramic urban gnomes by vitamin

London design house Vitamin has created a whole new way of dressing your modern garden with these urban gnomes. Made from bone china, they don’t possess the cheezy kitch the ubiquitous plastic kind has. They are much more sculptural and contemporary, which is either a relief or rather alarming, depending on your point of view…

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These pieces if left in a leafy green garden will absolutely light up the night. I say two thumbs up.

Find the gnomes at Generate, and see more of Vitamin’s products on their website.


mr. wilson towel holder by loony design

I think this little suction cup wall hook, designed by Dominik Langhammer for Germany’s intriguing Loony Design, is terrifically useful as well as cute and hilarious. And the fact that its name is Mr. Wilson just makes me laugh even harder — so formal! As you can see, it’s made out of a tennis ball and has most excellent grommet eyes. The functional mouth serves to hold your hand towel, keychain, magic bean collection – or whatever else you think could fit in his mighty mouth.

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FYI, Loony Design is a joint project of the Industrial Design degree course at the State Academy for Fine Arts in Stuttgart and the Evangelical Charitable Mission in Baden. Students from the Academy develop exclusive designs for everyday objects, which are produced by people with mental disorders living and working in centers run by the mission. That’s quite a provocative name for this venture if you ask me, but the collaboration has produced many other playful and functional design work.

Loony ships within Germany and also to other EU countries if you are over on the continent. If you’re in the States, try the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. And see a lot more for yourself right here on the Loony Design site.


regin igloria works on paper

Look at these energetic works on paper by Regin Igloria here. Regin focuses on nature themes and his relationship – both positive and negative – with the great outdoors, using, ink, graphite, gouache and acrylic to convey his stories. Having been an urban dweller most of my life, I can completely relate to the kind of mystique and reverence he has for bucolic surroundings, as well as the telltale signs of urban life that coexist within them, that I am seeing in these pieces.

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See more works on his website and be sure to stop by his solo show at the Zg gallery from October 17th – November 22nd, 2008 if you are local.


erica sanders fabric collage

I am enjoying these fabric collages by Australian artist Erica Sanders for her line, little birdie. She uses vintage fabrics to tell personal childhood narratives by combining them on canvas. The bright colors and little stitching details remind me of my own childhood sewing projects, though they never were as nice as these.

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Purchase these pieces and more at the kindergallery where you can see more fun artwork from high quality artists.


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