I’m gearing up for a few weeks of travel…beginning with a trip back to Florida…today! Hooray! I am so looking forward to some quality beach time so let’s hope the sun continues to shine!
Here are some thoughts about my trip – with the help of Mark Addison Smith‘s amusing illustrations:
So…here I go, off to the United States again…
I haven’t packed any lotions, gels, drinks or food because I’m not sure if…
because I’ll have a tan.
Images via Mark Addison Smith’s You Look Like the Right Type.
Today I’m featuring a bit of typography…the simplicity and the interesting form of the ampersand to be exact. I have never been able to actually write it accurately (does anyone else have this problem?) but it does look pretty cool in various typefaces.
via Friends of Type
by Jude Landry
Helvetica ampersand print, $2.95, via BKS Design & Print
These words make me happy.
via French By Design
Enjoy a lovely weekend!
Today I’m spotlighting award-winning Japanese artist Kasuyo Aoki with a few pieces from her Predictive Dream series.
The porcelain pieces have an ethereal, sinuous-ocean quality, don’t they? Not to mention some of the skull-inspired shapes. I love how easy it is to get lost in the movement created by the swirls of porcelain.
Happy White Wednesday, everyone!
All images courtesy of Kasuyo Aoki.
Last fall I featured some artwork that I spotted at ‘wichcraft in NYC. Since then a few people have asked me about the artist but unfortunately I had no idea who painted this very cool extra large muffin tin…
Park Ave. muffin tin, Steve Ellis
But I do now!
After a bit of investigative work (i.e., a few emails sent to ‘wichcraft) I learned that all the artwork in ‘wichcraft locations is by NYC-based artist and art instructor Steve Ellis. The series, entitled Tools of the Craft was commissioned by ‘wichcraft in 2006. Some of Mr. Ellis’ prints are available for purchase here (prices range from $150-$800).
Astor Place Percolator, Steve Ellis
Union Sq Espresso Machine, Steve Ellis
Chrystler Meat Slicer, Steve Ellis
Record Player, Steve Ellis
for MOMA Store, Steve Ellis
Images courtesy of Steve Ellis.
Many thanks to Lauren P. at ‘wichcraft for helping me out.
If you can’t make it to South Africa…
photos by Mathilde
photos by Corie & Jeff
but crave a South African vibe in your living space…
then West Elm’s recent collaboration with South African designers and artisans might be just for you! The collection of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home accessories has been growing in popularity since it hit the marketplace just a little while ago. Some of my favourite pieces are white (duh!) and they are simple, structural and functional.
Mick Haigh oversize serving bowl, $63.09
Ceramic Matters candleholder, $63.09
Anthony Shapiro pillar candleholders, $84.48-$105.87
Source dining chair, $212.81
Pedersen + Lennard hooks, $12.81
Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars. Some items are not available for international shipping.
Many thanks to Mathilde, Corie and Jeff for allowing me to use their photos from their trips to South Africa.
Take a closer look…this is not your average chandelier.
A Noiva (The Bride) by Joana Vasconcelos, via Le CentQuatre
At first glance, this is just a gigantic (as in 5m high) chandelier. But with a closer inspection, you’ll discover that this sculpture by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is actually made up of tampons. Yes, tampons. Over 14,000 of them!
Many thanks to CC for sending this my way.
Chicago-based Studio TwentySix2 combines painting, printmaking and graphic design to offer an exciting and innovative mix of designs and prints in a variety of mediums. Here are just two examples of the work to come out of this studio.
It seems that we’ve got summer activities and art on our brains this week. I was browsing through the amazing work of some Etsy artists last night in hopes that I would find inspiration for the three blank canvases that are waiting for me (this was the last piece I painted – a year ago!). What do you think of the works I’ve gathered here?
$50, Adriane Duckworth
$280, Tainted Canvas
$325, Letter Happy
$260, Linda Monfort
$81, Lulu & Drew
Do you buy original art? Do you always have a budget?
Or, do you prefer to make your own?
Artwork these days isn’t just about landscapes and portraits. We are seeing more and more inspirational words and sayings used as artwork in living rooms, offices, and bedrooms around the world.
via Made By Girl
Toronto-based Evoke & Imagine offers a good selection of inspiring art prints. They also offer a custom option where you can decide form, colour and quote and they’ll print it for you.
The kind folks at Evoke & Imagine are offering one lucky reader an 11×14″ print of their choosing (including the custom design option). To enter this giveaway leave a comment telling us what your favourite print is. It’s as easy as that! Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends Friday July 6th 12pm (EST).
This one made me laugh out loud.
print, $12.00, Ex Libris Paper Design
Mackenzie celebrated an important birthday over the weekend…and I’m sure she is still celebrating for the rest of this week so I don’t feel so bad about the delay of this happy birthday post!
I’m so glad you’re part of the White Cabana team Mackenzie! Happy belated birthday!
On Mondays I love to head over to Jacquelyn’s blog because through her Scenes from My Weekend series, she shares interesting photos from her weekend activities. It is not as though she does something grand every weekend but the subjects and composition of her photos are so lovely. She has a great eye for detail and her honesty comes through in her posts. I encourage you to click on over and check out what Jacquelyn has been up to.
Today I thought I would try out a super mini scene-from-my-weekend à la Jacquelyn. I was in Toronto on the weekend doing an assortment of things, one of which was a trip to IKEA (I needed to stock up on crackers). I took some photos of the interesting patterns I saw. I wonder – can you name the four products in the photos below?
I’m such a fan of repetitive forms.
Things are getting a little wonky in the seating department. First, my friend CC sent me this seat designed by Lila Jang:
modified social benches by Jeppe Hein, images via Beaufort 04
What do you think? Are these pieces functional or are they only for fun?
I’ve barely had my iPhone for a month and I’ve been loving every minute of using it. One of the first apps I downloaded was Instagram and last week I read about StickyGram, a company that turns Instagram photos into small fridge magnets. Well – I ordered a collection of photo magnets for my brother-in-law’s birthday and decided to order a few for myself.
Here I am with my nephews – a photo of the first time I met each of them.
Me and my nephews (who have all grown since these photos were taken)
I am now reminded of these happy moments each time I look at my fridge.
As far as companies go, I was thoroughly impressed with the ease of uploading, the speedy delivery of my order, and the competitive price ($14.99 for 9 magnets plus free shipping worldwide). I’ll definitely be a repeat customer!