Archive for April, 2009

mayuko fujino paper art

the super-talented, tokyo-based paper artist mayuko fujino (who you may remember from a previous interview here) now has an etsy shop, where we all can marvel in her intricate creations. yay!

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she uses washi paper and collage techniques to create her (so very cool) artwork.

she’s got a website and flickr stream too, for more papery goodness.


tord boontje jewelry: charming

i don’t think i would feel like i was wearing a lampshade around my neck if i had this lovely necklace from iconic dutch designer tord boontje. this charming collection, entitled, er, charming, consists of delicate whimsical charms with a nature motif, and is available in packages of 3, with a 18k gold or silver plated finish.

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the collection is being distributed by artecnica, and will be available in may. if it’s a must, you can hop on the presale wagon over at charles and marie.


the winner is…

i am pleased to report that the winner of the 4×2 photo book contest is paula! congratulations to you!

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many MANY thanks to all of you who dropped by and left comments – i am grateful to all the wonderful friends who have supported and encouraged my photography and our project, whether in person or online. big virtual hug now. 🙂


snapshot sunday

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sculpture by vytautas kavaliauskas

enjoying the natural forms in these organic sculptures from lithuanian artist vytautas kavaliauskas. largely composed of wood, all the materials he uses are salvaged from the sea.

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more here.


blaue blume tea set

it wouldn’t make more sense if it was a dude’s legs sticking out of this ceramic tea set from uk designer tina tsang, would it?

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love that sugar bowl.

purchase the pieces separately at generate, and see more from tina right here.


the 4×2 photo project – and giveaway!

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can i just tell you, beloved readers, how much i love the internet? certain websites exist that are so empowering, and through the tools of one of them i am pleased to announce to all of you the 4×2 project. it’s a culmination of a year-long personal photography project that i embarked upon in 2008 with my dear friend sandra soss. for the project, sandra and i challenged ourselves to take one photo a day for one month from each season of the year, a photo that represented that particular time of the year, and how we experienced it in our daily lives. the collaboration challenged us creatively and the results were frequently charming and complimentary. when we finished the project, we decided to take the best 40 shots (10 images from each season, from each of our collections) to create a 92 page, full-color soft cover book. you can find my shots on the left hand pages, and sandra’s on the right.

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now, a year after the production and post-production work is complete, we are very satisfied with this creative endeavor that we nurtured for so many months. we plan to distribute the book, which is available for $34.95, through blurb, my etsy shop, sandra’s etsy shop and perhaps even some local bookshops. we also plan to release select prints from the book as well as postcard sets in the upcoming months.

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for one lucky reader though, the price is waived, because we are giving one copy away! just leave a comment below to enter. leaving a comment here and on sandra’s blog will double your chances of winning; however, the contest is limited to 2 entries per person. make your comment by midnight central time on saturday, april 25th. the lucky winner will be announced on monday the 27th.

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please enter the contest, and when you can, pop over and have a look at the preview! i hope you’ll like it. if you do, you might be glad to know that we are currently brainstorming for our second book together, which we plan to shoot this summer.


lupe grainne photography

i’m enjoying the soft global poetry in this photography from sonoma-based artist lupe grainne.

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see more beauty on lupe’s website, etsy shop, blog and flickr stream!


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