Monday, February 6, 2012

Terra Terrific

I certainly need one of these - terrariums with a difference by The Slug And The Squirrel, available from Anthropologie, of course. Made by designer (I'd say more of an artist) Jose Agatep, who also has a charming blog.
He boldly claims he can recreate a landscape from a photograph or a sketch - "Nothing is impossible so just ask"
What about a memory?

Excerpt from the New York Times article about them~
The containers are welded together from vases, bottles and cups Agatep that finds at flea markets and then embellishes with silver. He fills them with plants from a local Philadelphia flower shop and soil and wood chips from along forest trails and train tracks. (He particularly likes taking components from the outdoors because they come with the bacteria and insects necessary to maintain the self-contained ecosystem, and sometimes they sprout mushrooms, much to his customers’ surprise.)

Article in the New York Times. All photographs copyright of JoJo via The Slug And The Squirrel

Friday, February 25, 2011

Come Again?

Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Werning asked her friends to re-enact old photos of themselves to the very last obsessive detail.
All photos are copyright of Irina Werning

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The first series I did when I started painting was on remembered architecture, kind of like these found on inimitable ManMakeHome. I could never quite find enough good "ghostitectures" to photograph, but Marcus Buck surely did.
According to comments left on MMH blog,
Budapest and Hobart, Tasmania are hotbeds for these.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Papier Mache Children's Magazine

Why didn't I know about this sooner? Australian kid's mag.

Online. Free. Adorable.

Issue 3 is a standout. All images from Papier Mache

Saturday, July 31, 2010

In The Navy (Suite)

I'm awaiting the arrival of 2 sofas, a wing back chair, ottomans and a small hill of cushions I've ordered in yummy coordinated Warwick fabrics; a bold combination of navy blue geometric patterned and floral. Bold because I'm usually the safe cream dream girl.

Am considering the decor to revolve around them.
A flirtation with dark blue walls leaves me thinking the sofas might disappear into them, but an accent colour like the lime green below might make all the difference. The black and white stripe adds a French je ne sais quoi, non?

Blue pattern on pattern. Like. Like very much.

Okay these might be grey walls and not blue, but the patterned sofa truly stands out especially when paired with white accents. The tasteful artwork is always a necessity, but the dead stuffed owl just lifts the whole scheme, doesn't it?

Blue gloss lion heads certainly suggest "I'm an exciting individual with good taste".

All photos from White & Wander blog, except for pattern on pattern photo from ChiChi & Luxe blog

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Louise Bourgeois

Artist Louise Bourgeois died May 31, 2010

I was lucky enough to catch a showing of her 'greatest hits' at the Tate Modern three years ago in London where her most well known works
- symbol-heavy fused sexual organs sculptures and soft-sculpture of human forms -
as well as her larger scale 'Cells'
- mostly cage-like constructions of environments which represent her childhood -
and a few of her earlier drawings were on display.

The Tate Modern is also permanent home to her famous spider sculpture 'Maman' at the entrance.

Besides her obvious monumental influence on contemporary art-making, the thing I admire most of her life is how she journeyed the long distance; Louise Bourgeois only gained fame for her work in her 70s and worked prolifically right up to her death.

Read a brief but informative summary of her life by the Guardian here. Read about the inspiration of her work in this New York Times article here, and see her most well known works in the slideshow.

I came across these photos of the studio of printmaker Judith Solodkin who worked closely with Louise Bourgeois, amongst other illustrious artists. These are her some of her later print works in progress.

The above trio of works are embroidered and sewn works from 'Ode A L'Oubil'.

Photos from the New York Social Diary

Monday, July 26, 2010

Country Monkey, City Monkey

Usually I make a face like a two-year old threatened with cabbage when I hear the words "Country" and "Style" used consecutively. Tragic images of 'quaint' from the 80s haunt me, the kind with rustic (read:new with bad faux paint job) signs that say "Home is Where the Heart Is", wooden barnyard animal attached. And a putrid floral pattern or nineteen thrown in to complete the look.
* Yech *

Then I stumble upon this beauty by designer John Loecke and his partner, and my Country world is rocked. This 1840 Federal-style converted schoolhouse they've christened "Monkey House" is located in New York's Catskills (wherrzzat?).

Comments on inspiration from the article in Country Living, written by Sara Bliss:
"The overall design was meant to harken to the classic interiors found in the English country house of a century ago--rooms filled with antiques, sculptural furniture pieces, and botanical patterns and prints on the walls. John and Jason reinterpreted the look, however, by introducing some decidedly offbeat pieces, including silver scallop sconces, giraffe print pillows, and a tropical-inspired chandelier."

On the use of patterns according to John:
"The trick to combining many patterns in a room is to choose a common color scheme. A variety of bold patterns won't clash when linked by a limited palette." To avoid overwhelming the space, John advises using no more than two large-scale prints and keeping other patterns geometric."

Photos are by Lucas Allen, article by Sara Bliss

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Is Happy

6 weeks ago on the 3rd of June my life changed.
I gave birth to a little boy
And now I'm both hopeful and happy

View of baby's room

A mobile made by Grandma