desert hijinks

posted by the scholar on May 5th, 2008
filed under: flotsam & jetsam

my birthday was yesterday and we are still celebrating in sunny las vegas, so i just wanted to tell you that posting will resume on wednesday. feel free to buzz around in my archives though — lots of good stuff!


snapshot sunday

posted by the scholar on May 4th, 2008
filed under: photography



best of the week on roadside scholar

posted by the scholar on May 4th, 2008
filed under: art, design, glass, illustration, metal, mixed media, paper
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i am writing you from sunny las vegas because it is my birthday weekend and i so enjoy the desert, and the pool by the desert, and being with my sweetie and going places. my favorite is being with my sweetie though. i don’t want to leave you in the lurch though, so here are some of the week’s most popular stories. as always you can click on the photos to read the articles, and click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the artists, items and companies.


holly grace glass and amanda spicer’s illustrations


three questions for susan graham and erin smith’s collage work


interesting tidbits in an interview with gilah press

we had a server outage this weekend which took the site down for quite some time, but now we are back up. if you happened to come over when we were down, thank you for your patience. and thanks too for stopping by to say hi and check in all week. i love visiting with you! next week will be filled with lots of beautiful things, and a few tidbits about me because i’ve been tagged — fun!

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outline vase by mocha

posted by the scholar on May 2nd, 2008
filed under: clay, design, home accessories
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i am enjoying the shape of this little porcelain outline vase from the folks at uk’s mocha.


purchase this piece for £29.95 (about us $60) and see many other cool things right here.

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monseigneur collection by philippe starck

posted by the scholar on May 2nd, 2008
filed under: design, furniture
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yeh, i know philippe said a few very negative things about being a designer just recently, but i am willing to turn a deaf ear to it when i look at this monseigneur sofa he has made for driade.




very glamorous design from a guy who said that design is a dreadful form of expression, don’t you think?

find the collection here.

via trendir

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bento box photography by sakurako kitsa

posted by the scholar on May 2nd, 2008
filed under: design, humor

extraordinarily executed bento box food photography by sakurako kitsa. i so admire the fabulous and humorous precision here.






please! you must go look at her collection (you must)! thank you.


gilah press and design: let’s chat!

posted by the scholar on May 1st, 2008
filed under: design, let's chat!, paper
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in the world of handmade stationery, choices abound that reflect many facets of our personalities. i for one have a bag full of cards in my closet that range from elegant letterpress to hipster sarcasm to simple pretty greetings. my stock reflects my ever changing moods, which is one of the many reasons why i love the clever, bright and pretty stylings of kat feuerstein and her company, gilah press. when i look at the collection of witty and just sacastic enough humor wrapped up in a classy letterpress card, it makes me howl with laughter. gilah (which is hebrew for joy) is a design company that not only creates clever cards and accessories, but also does custom work for corporate identities and invitations for special occasions. i enjoy this collection because it makes quick written correspondence so much more personal (and humorous) than a generic greeting card, and leaves the receiver not just with a gorgeous physical souvenir of a moment in time but also a fond memory to keep. let’s have a chat with kat and find out more!


q: where do you live, and where do you create your collection?
a: i live in a little eclectic neighborhood (hampden), which is located in baltimore, md with my husband (adam) and two cats (reo & mel). i create my collection in the very same neighborhood, a few blocks away in a big pink warehouse that i share with two assistants (whitney & nathalie), two interns (justin & maggie), a colleague (emily) and a cat (pica).


q: what is your background, and did you study art formally?
a: i went to maryland institute college of art (mica) where I earned a degree in graphic design. from there i worked for a couple of design firms, knowing that one day i would start my own company. i started doing some freelance design and happened upon letterpress through a friend of mine and the rest is history.


q: how did you come to work in paper as a medium?
a: i’ve always had an obsession with the printing process, so it was a pretty natural progression. there’s something so rewarding when you see a project come to life as the ink hits the paper and your vision becomes a real, tactile object. i love working with a variety of different paper types because every paper will react in its own way to the design.


q: are there any distinct challenges and rewards in working with a letterpress?
a: YES and YES. rewards wouldn’t be so rewarding without the challenges. with letterpress there are a lot of variables and almost every project we print comes with its own special set of challenges. the 100 year old presses we use can be finicky buggers, there are lots of rigs to help the process along. it literally depends on the weather some days, if it’s humid out the rollers will swell and we have to compensate for that. if the project we’re printing has a large solid area of ink coverage, we will print that differently than we would print a block of text. if we’re printing white ink on brown paper a whole new set of rules applies. if the ink is pushing out too much (looking sloppy) we can add masking tape to the rails that the rollers ride on to help correct that problem by bringing the rollers back to “type high”. so, to make an already long explanation longer, there are certainly lots of challenges every day, but that’s what we love about it and that’s what makes it so rewarding every time we print a beautiful looking piece.


q: are there any differences in your creative process between custom work and production work?
a: the custom work certainly takes more time in the beginning phases. there’s a lot more thinking involved, you know, in the shower, at the bar, on the couch to come up with the design and the specifications of what will work best for the design in terms of paper and printing. with the production work we really just have to make the time to bang it out, we already know what we’re getting into.


q: what inspires you to make the line?
a: inspiration comes from the things i surround myself with. my friends, my neighborhood, wine, the studio, etc. i also enjoy traveling to become inspired by new sites. a few months back we took a studio road trip to tennessee to visit yeehaw industries and hatch show print, talk about inspirational. the more sarcastic lines come naturally out of my acerbic sense of humor that i’ve had since i can remember. i’m a smartass at heart.


q: what is the price range of your collection?
a: our single greeting cards generally retail for between $4 and $6. we have some boxed notes and postcards that go for $10-25.

you can find gilah press cards around the country, at places like kate’s paperie (ny and ct), and powell’s books (or) and anthropologie (everywhere). if you’re a retail buyer you can see kat and the crew at the national stationery show in new york from 5/18-5/21/08, and if you’re looking for a perfect design for your special event in charm city, the studio is open by appointment. those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live in the are can stop by the gilah press website to see their full collection and say hi.



thank you kat!

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cedar stump side table

posted by the scholar on May 1st, 2008
filed under: design, furniture, wood

ooh i love these versatile holeystump stools from canada’s thout. these substantial pieces are made from white cedar, which apparently is a weed tree up there. i can think of at least four different places i could use these, whether as side tables or for extra seating.




delightfully rustic!

find them in four colors and three different sizes at design public.

via more ways to waste time (leah has great taste — go over there if you can!)


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