krista svalbonas

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I love pretty much any piece of art that features houses, apartments, or buildings of any kind – so when these collages by Chicago based artist Krista Svalbonas found their way into my inbox I knew I had to share them. They are part of her “Migrants” series:

“Ideas of home and dislocation have always been compelling to me as the child of parents who arrived in the United States as refugees. Born in Latvia and Lithuania, my parents spent many years after the end of the Second World War in displaced-persons camps in Germany before they were allowed to emigrate to the United States. My family’s displacement is part of a long history of uprooted peoples for whom the idea of “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanent definition and undermined by political agendas beyond their control. Perhaps as a result, I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the impact of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human environment.”

Lovely, thoughtful, so good.

{Thanks to Jeanne Heifetz for sending me a link to Krista’s work}





#creative UNblock no.3

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Oh, hello #creativeUNblock project no.3! {If you missed the first two projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, so the next unblocking project from Creative Block : I have to admit, I tried this one before the book even hit shelves… and I’m gonna to do it again because it’s just that good! This project is given to us by Chicago based artist/illustrator Kate Pugsley. Ready?

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#creativeunblock // March // by Kate Pugsley p.175

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“When I’m in a creative rut, this simple activity always helps me to get excited. Start with a stack of white or off-white papers. Sometimes I use scraps or sometimes I take large pieces of drawing paper and cut them into pieces around 8×10 inches. Then get out your watercolors, acrylics or other paint and mix up some of your favorite colors. Paint the surface of the papers. Sometimes just seeing all the lovely colors together on the papers inspires me. Once the painted papers have dried, get some scissors or an x-acto knife and cut out some shapes. They can be totally arbitrary, or they can be recognizable as objects, animals, faces, etc. Open your sketchbook or get a blank sheet of paper and start arranging shapes. Just play with the shapes and colors, layering until you see interesting combinations. You can start gluing them down in your paper or book, painting on top of them, or just save the pieces you like. I keep envelopes around full of colored pieces for loosening up when I am stuck. Working with these painted shapes helps me see things that I may not see just drawing or painting directly because my mind wanders and there are always a lot of surprises.”

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Love! Now, If you get hung up on what recognizable shapes to cut out (I did!) just start chopping! Triangles, squares, bits ‘n pieces, whatever. I can’t wait to see the colors you choose, the shapes you make, and the compositions you come up with… and if you’d like to, please post your work on twitter and instagram with #creativeUNblock. Let loose, have fun, and I’ll see you out there!

 





#creativeUNblock // february project recap

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Um, how is it the last day of February? Well, it’s here, and the one thing I can say about February… my bathroom drawer is a lot tidier than it was in January! Yep, I did Kate Bingaman-Burt’s challenge from “Creative Block” {ie. document everything in your bathroom cupboard in any medium you like}. I have to be honest. I struggled with this one in the beginning! I was trying to make everything look realistic, and let’s just say… it WAS NOT working. I decided to just let go and make it super simple… cut paper, a bit of masking tape, and some washy gouache. Yes, that was a lot more fun! I ended up being fairly happy with it – and speaking of being happy – here are a few fantastic pieces that some of you created! Who knew toilet paper, cough syrup, and foot cream could look this good:

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by Naomi Vona

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by Mary Gaspar

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by Amanda of e.tches.ca

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Ah, so many ways to approach this project… love it! Ok. So, who’s ready for the March assignment? Me too! It goes up tomorrow. See you then!





tasya kudryk & lesia paramonova

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It’s Friday, and I think all of us could use a little glitter, a few diamonds, and a pink unicorn – am I right? Kiev, Ukraine based photographer/collage artist Tasya Kudryk collaborated with fashion designer Lesia Paramonova on these pieces – these magical, pastel-hued, dreamy pieces. Ahhh, the twelve year old girl in me is so happy right now.

ps. Be sure to pop back over here this weekend – I’ll be posting the March #creativeUNblock project!





daniela tieni

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Oh. Yes. This is the lovely work of Italian artist/illustrator Daniela Tieni. First, I found the work at the top of this post, which I loved immediately… and then I started digging around in her portfolio and found those altered Polaroids! Sigh… it’s all so dreamy, kind of mysterious, and clearly, the perfect amount of ‘weird’.

{via Brown Paper Bag}





jános huszti

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Old photos from days gone by, transformed into lovely oil paintings. This is the gorgeous portrait work of Hungarian artist János Huszti. The interesting thing about all of the images… the original photos were taken in Hungarian jails. True story. From the female police officers in blue, to jailhouse employees poring over documents, to the guilty woman signing her final verdict. I went from thinking they were just beautifully painted portraits of random vintage images to wanting the full inside CSI-esque scoop on each piece… what did that pretty lady do!?

{via Saatchi}





sanda anderlon

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Um, how do I get an invitation to this collage?! I want to pop a bottle of champagne, grab a seat, and be a fly on the wall inside this two story collage by Croatian artist Sanda Anderlon. Yes, I said “two story” collage… there’s a giant, layered, detailed party going on in the living room, and all sorts of crazy cut ‘n pasted stuff going on upstairs! This large-scale {40″x17″} fabulous piece is titled, you guessed it, “Party” – and Sanda describes it as “a drunken jungle”. I’m so in. Who’s with me!?

ps. She’s also got a similar piece titled, “At the Beach”. That’s the collage where I’ll be spending my next winter vacation.





jane denton

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Oooh… new, quiet, dreamy embroidery work by New Zealand based artist Jane Denton! I’ve written about Jane’s work before – gorgeous, beautifully embroidered geometric shapes – but for those pieces she used bright pops of color like hot pink and deep yellow. This new series is so soft and quiet. Shhh, I think I can hear them whispering my name… “Danielle, you need to have all of us in your house. Immediately.”

{Photos: styled/shot at LET LIV by Kirsty Gibson Photography}





time flies…

Wow. Thank you – all 693 of you!? – so much for your lovely, heartfelt, encouraging comments! I may have teared up more than once. Anyway, it’s time to announce a winner for this gorgeous print by Lola Donoghue. Ready? Congratulations to Sabrina Kirwam! And again, thanks to all of you for entering… I wish I had 693 prints to give away. Don’t worry, more giveaways are just around the corner! xo

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Yep. Today marks six years since my very first post on The Jealous Curator. Craziness. Six years of amazing, awe-inspiring, damn I wish I thought of that art! There have been curated shows, and book deals, and trips to Oprah’s studio… and absolutely none of it would have happened without all of  YOU showing up to read, comment, and ooh ‘n ahh right along with me every day! Thank you!!! And, a big thank you to Irish painter Lola Donoghue, because she’s letting me give away one of her gorgeous 30″x40″ abstract prints to celebrate…

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This beauty is titled “French Fancy” … oh, I love it so much! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Wednesday February 25 at 9am PST. Good luck, and thank you again! xo ps. Anyone can enter… this is a world wide giveaway because you guys are a world wide crowd!





kubo ayako

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So sweet. So simple. All of these lovely pieces are from a series titled “Collapsed Appearance” by Japanese artist/illustrator Kubo Ayako. I’m not sure if there is significance behind these garments for Kubo, but it feels like each one has a personality and a story to tell. I would love for her to document my favorite sweater from childhood… you know, the knitted one with the rainbow stripes that doesn’t fit any more but I’ll still love it forever anyway. Yeah. That one.