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the clever 2010 calendar by noa bembibre

The stylish, Helsinki-based Noa Bembibre is back with her whimsical words in her calendar for 2010, cats let nothing darken their roar. Here are some highlights:

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With all this crummy weather we’ve been having over here, octagon, be nicer is especially appropriate.

For the 5th year anniversary of making her calendar, Noa is offering a limited edition of 500 and 2 sizes to choose from, price range $39-60 usd. Get your name on the list and purchase the calendar beginning the 19th of October right here.


mind body spirit print

i like contrast of metallic ink against this soothing blue paper emily of orange beautiful used to make her mind body spirit print. also available is metallic ink on yellow paper, and black ink on white paper.

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the 8″x10″ prints are just $10 each on etsy – a great deal!


the art of emily wick

i like maps, and what fun style we have here from artist emily wick. this linocut series of state mottoes she’s created would definitely make for some fun gift giving. to myself.

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this reminds me a little of those awesome neighborhood map posters from jenny beorkrem. except these are much, much different.

see more of emily’s work here, where you will find a lot of other wonderful lino prints and some paintings too.

via brian


noa bembibre 2009 calendar

Hurrah, hurray and hurry — Noa’s back!

Many may duplicate, but I accept no imitations of the clever typographical style of Helsinki-based graphic designer Noa Bembibre. I think these calendars are truly special and if you do too then you might want to preorder now. Shipping of the 500 limited edition pieces begins on November 5th, 2008.

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Big fan here.

Purchase the €32 calendar (about US $25 and an awesome holiday gift for your most visual/designy friends), and see more of Noa’s work on her website. You can also buy the calendar online at the Curiosity Shoppe,  Present and Correct, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum shop and MOCA LA.


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.


saturday musical musings

wheee! it’s saturday today and i am very excited to go and see the gipsy kings tonight at ravinia with my studmuffin husband. if you haven’t heard their fabulous guitar stylings and have about three and a half minutes today, check out the video:

fun, and i wish you all a happy weekend!


sixth and elm wood accessories: miniview

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we are circling back to some lovely burned wood boxes and frames i featured back in march for today’s miniview, since i loved them so and i think you all did too! these tactile pieces are made by toronto artist tellie finley. i think her collection is so pretty, collectible and timeless, and was curious to know more, so i asked three quick ones…

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q: how did you get into this type of craftwork?
a: i got into woodburning as a child with a cheap kid’s woodburning kit and i was horrible at it. almost anything i am good at it seems that i have to fail at the first time, and it isn’t until i pick it up again that it starts to feel right. in a fit of boredom one cold winter i thought longingly of the cheap woodburning pen that used to burn my fingers after a while and, seeking some warmth since my husband refused to turn up the heat, i dug it out and started to burn a design on some scrap wood. then i burned on a blank wood picture frame. then our spice rack. soon my husband was hiding all our wooden items, sure that i was going to brand every piece of wood we own.

although i have graduated from the child’s wood burning pen, this was a recent upgrade and many of my original designs were done with nothing more than that children’s woodburning kit from 1989.

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q: what inspires you to create these pieces?
a: i am inspired by anything lasting, timeless. the first (and most popular) piece i created was the french script box, which uses the text from love letters that are almost 900 years old. i love the lasting impression the written word can have and i try to create pieces that compliment the age of such.

nature is another thing that inspires me with it’s permanence. to look at an ancient redwood tree and try to imagine how many lifetimes of men it has stood sentinel is quite an experience. i think that is why i am drawn to wood as a medium, and woodburning as an art. i try to use wood from earth-friendly sources and i feel that i am giving wood a way to live on as art after it’s life as a tree is over. and i can’t deny that i love having my house smell like a permanent campfire.

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q: do you have an arts background?
a: i did go to arts school, but it was for performing arts. i learned vocal, violin and drama for nine years, but i still think it was relevent as it meant i was surrounded by creativity. i don’t think being classically trained in a particular art is a requisite for being an artist, however.

every artistic technique i have ever learned was from the internet. a lot of great advice and some really bad advice all cobbled together to form the core of my “formal” training. a little success and a lot of failure has sufficed for my apprenticeship. time, more than formal instruction, made me the artist i am today. my official advice to beginners is simple: just keep doing it until you don’t suck at it anymore.

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you can find tellie’s beautiful creations at her etsy shop, and see what else she is up to on her blog.

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thank you tellie!


erin smith mixed media art

i love the rich and humorous mixed media collection from georgia artist erin smith. these printed giclee collages are crafted from a combination of acrylic, watercolor, inks, paper, found objects and digital media. the folks in the vintage photographs are her relatives, and the witty prose of course is her own.

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this may come as a surprise to some of you but the feeling of being on edge comes quite naturally to me. i think these pieces are an almost perfect reflection of some of my innermost thoughts. do they reflect your thoughts too?

find erin’s collection at uncommon goods and mud and metal, and be sure to visit erin at her website too.


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