Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Well my faithful readers (I know there are 3 of you). We have decided to call it a day in the blog-o-sphere; at least with this collaboration that just couldn't get it's feet off the ground.
Perhaps we'll pick this up again someday and give blogging another try. But for now, we plan on spending time making and doing things instead of writing about people making and doing things.
Action is the word.
Good luck in all of your crafting/designing/sewing/shopping/photographing endeavors.
Keep in touch!
p.s I leave you with one of my favorites from Hel-Looks
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It reminds me a lot of Vancouver's The Regional Assembly of Text , even down to the wall of stacked filing cabinets (albeit a smaller version), but the difference is Reform School carries a variety of cool things...not necessarily printed by them. Actually I'm not sure anything is made by them. But they have gathered such a cool collection of art, stationary, books, tableware and fabrics that you won't notice. It's everything a girl like me could ask for.
I also signed up for their Pen Pal Club. I have yet to hear anything and honestly I can't wait. Pen pals are so cool!
Images from Paper pastries blog
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I feel like this is 'illustration' month because really it's all I've been thinking of lately. Maybe it's because I have a big beautiful frame laying empty waiting for a new print, or maybe it's because there are so many wonderful artists working in this particular medium.
meh, who knows. But Julianna Swaney is the girl for me today. I am really drawn to her work and her blog and shop are super cute too.
Her style, which reminds me of my previous post on Julie Morstad, has such a child-like narrative quality to it. I'm guessing it's watercolour and coloured pencil?
Also, she makes these wonderful cut-out paper dolls. I could see these as a mobile in a nursery or just a cool gift for a cool friend.Stay tuned for a post on our trip to L.A!!...
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Bon Voyage to us! And see you back here soon!
Monday, July 5, 2010
This poster, dating from World War II England, has brought along with it an increasing trend in print art and design: text, but most specifically motivational and sentimental phrases. Is it the rise in DIY decorating and art that has spawned this trend or the surging interest in and popularity of typography? Or maybe the renewed interest in all things 'vintage'. Whatever it is these posters like these are everywhere
Trey Speegle described his use of text: "I use found words and images to create work with, hopefully, multiple layers of meaning. The picture plane, interuppted by the lettering, reveals the underlying architecture and the tension between the two."
Would love to hear what your thoughts are...What do you think about text in prints?
Friday, July 2, 2010
Second up, Illustrator
We often see the work of illustrators in more places than we expect. Be it as an opening for an article in a magazine, as artwork in a book or website, as packaging design, in a fashion look book or even just as fine art prints.
I think that's what makes this profession seem so interesting; the various outlets in which to sell your work. It's basically a known fact, like most freelance jobs, that you have to market yourself in such a way that your work can span the divides of art, design, marketing, commerce. And with the renewed popularity of wallpaper, screen printing, and DIY fashion, there are endless ways in which to do this.
I used to hold to the firm belief that I simply could not draw. After years of art lessons, and finally art school I was determined that their way of drawing was the only way, and I just resigned myself to not drawing.
But after being out in the world more and being exposed to a variety of artists and styles, I am finally starting to realize that there are more acceptable ways to draw - styles that sell! Even 'bad' drawers are successful ones! So alas, I have not given up hope that one day my quirky little doodles may one day serve another purpose other than lining the pages of my various notebooks and 'think' books.
Wait, not to say that these artists fit into that 'bad drawers' category. Crap, open mouth insert foot.
I really like Allyson Fox, Julie Morstad. Actually they are the two illustrators that came to mind when I first thought up this post. Just goes to show you how memorable they are. (Have I redeemed myself yet?)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010