sonia alins

Gasp! Lovely {and slightly eery} drawings submerged in foggy, watery depths… beautiful, and a brilliant use of materials. This series, titled “Dones d’aigua” or “Water Women”, is the work of Spanish artist Sonia Alins. I’d love to take a dip in one of these pieces, but if my foot touched that “seaweed”, I’m not ashamed to say, I would totally freak out.

{found on Brown Paper Bag ; prints available via Sonia’s shop}





ilka mészely

Seriously, I cannot handle how much I love these. Geometric coats, pompom skirts and, obviously I’m going to need that red bear … thing. These cozy folks are from a series, titled “Stay Warm”, by Budapest based artist/illustrator Ilka Mészely. Her Instagram feed is full of them, and there are a few very affordable prints available in her shop … go get one!

{via Artistic Moods}





wendy matenga

These bouquets, all of them, I need them. Perfectly painted petals, illustrated blooms, flat graphic backgrounds… and those vases circa 1966-ish? I LOVE IT ALL! These paintings are the work of New Zealand based artist Wendy Matenga, and this is a chunk of her lovely artist statement:

“I currently have an obsession with flowers, I love painting them because I can arrange them like a florist can and then play with them in ways a florist can’t, floristry with a brush. I feel the need to honor them with accurate rendering before I allow myself to play. I am immensely thankful to be living in a time when there are so many different medias available and so many artists before me and around me to be inspired by.”

Amen, sister.





“a cat in paris”

If you are not experiencing this episode from Paris, brace yourself because you’re gonna wanna go! Artist, designer, author, shop owner, traveler, and mother (phewf) Cat Seto is my guest today. She owns the lovely shop & studio, Ferme à Papier, in San Francisco. However, as much as she loves the city by the bay, I am quite certain her heart belongs to Paris … and its pastries. You can listen to this episode right under that lovely little collection of all things Parisian, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, Instagram proof of a Cat in Paris:

Are you booking your flight? Yep, me too. (See, that was the photo on the balcony I mentioned… she looks very at home if you ask me!)

Next, a tiny peek at just a few of the gorgeous things (art prints, cards, planners etc) at her shop in San Francisco, Ferme à Papier:

Those shoes. I need this print maintenant!

So, along with everything else she does, Cat is also a mama… so how perfect was this collaboration?! Mom Inc., the inspiring, advice-filled book she co-authored with Meg Ilasco in 2012:

… and, the “Joie du Jour” line of loveliness that she also created with Chronicle Books, with of course, just a petite touch of Paris.

Well, clearly a petite touch wasn’t enough for Cat! Enter her new book (on shelves April 4, 2017 released by Harper Design), Impressions of Paris – An Artist’s Sketchbook:

Oh mon Dieu, so lovely. The book is broken up into four sections: color, pattern, perspective and rhythm … and it captures Paris beautifully. Well, not only does her book do that, so does her dreamy little shop & studio! Here’s a little look into Ferme à Papier’s HQ in San Francisco:

Ahhh… a bike in the window, navy walls, wood accents. Now, I wonder if she has any pastries in there? My money is on ‘YES’.

During the Not-So-Speedy Speed Round™ I asked Cat for her favorite dessert in Paris. She couldn’t name just one. Who’s surprised? Me either. Here are a few that she mentioned… illustrated!

Oui, oui, oui to all of that scrumptiousness! And, if those rainbow-hued macarons aren’t sweet enough for you, how ’bout this:

Aw, come on! The cutest!  Thanks so much to Cat for taking time out of her insanely busy life to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and big high-fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Ferme à Papier on Instagram
  2. ParisToSF on Instagram
  3. University of Michigan (Go Wolverines!) 
  4. National Stationery Show, New York
  5. Anthropologie
  6. Alt Summit
  7. Mom Inc. Book
  8. Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
  9. Kate Woodrow (book agent!) + her episode
  10. Lisa Congdon LIVE episode
  11. Japanese Paper Place
  12. Saving Faces 

 





carly waito

OIL. PAINTINGS. Yeah. This is the absolutely exquisite work of Canadian painter Carly Waito. I wrote about her waaaaay back in 2011… I was in awe then, and six years later my jaw is still on the floor. OIL. PAINTINGS.

{Her work is available through Narwhal Gallery, Toronto}





kristine zingeler

Canadian artist Kristine Zingeler does all sorts of amazing things, but it’s her latest series of oil paintings that take my breath away. Ornate vessels with backdrops that are equally as elaborate … those brushstrokes, her color palettes. Sigh. Gorgeous.





emily fromm

These are the comic book inspired acrylic paintings {paintings!?} of San Francisco based artist Emily Fromm. Her color choices are stunning, her subject matter is fabulously kitschy, and I cannot get enough of her hand-painted signs! And, I hope she doesn’t mind me making the comparison, but there is a touch of Margaret Kilgallen in some of her pieces {who happens to be one of my most favorite artists of all time.} Here are a few words from Emily’s site about why she paints what she paints:

“Having been raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles, she was heavily influenced by the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West, and often highlights signage, architecture and the iconic style of the region in her paintings. She applies a graphic style that is familiar and nostalgic to these settings, incorporating imagery that is mundane and often low brow, to contrast these grandiose scenes with everyday life.”

… and so  you can see the ‘grandiose’ scale of some of her work:

*This image is from a show at Mighty Box Gallery, SF





shawna gilmore

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Ahhh, such a pretty game of hide & seek. These paintings {acrylic on cradled wood panel} are the work of American artist Shawna Gilmore from her series, “Chameleon”. I’ve never been much of a wallflower, but I’m suddenly inspired to give it a try!

{These paintings are exclusively available at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis}





emily filler

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Silkscreen, paper collage and paint on paper. Gah!!! These gorgeous, color-saturated, flower-filled pieces are the work of Canadian artist Emily Filler. They’re already beautiful, but when you hear the story behind them, they’re even more lovely:

“The images photographs of flowers from my father’s garden that I arranged in bouquets from his vase collection.  My father is a very serious gardener and photographer, and being surrounded by flowers had a big impact on me growing up.”

Yes, clearly! {Emily must have one very proud Papa}. Happy first day of spring to my friends in the Northern Hemisphere… here’s to more flowers, less snow!





“starting from square one. again.”

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Today is about starting from square one, AFTER you’ve done all of the things you were supposed to do to get the life you wanted. It’s also about jellyfish alien creatures. Yes, Rhode Island based collage artist Jenny Brown in my guest today. She wrote a really heartfelt story on Facebook the other day, and I just had to get the inside scoop.  You can listen under that flowering jellyfish, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s begin with a few of her recent pieces that I’m currently obsessing over:

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I would happily swim with these elegant creatures. Look at those thin beautiful lines, those perfectly cut bits ‘n pieces. LOVE.

And now, stepping back in time. A dark time. These were the large, very black, incredibly dense (and sad) pieces that Jenny transitioned to during her MFA:

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So different than her now very effervescent work. But, she pushed through and found the light again. Here are the first few pieces as Jenny began finding her way back to her “creatures”:

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Ah, that’s more like it. Although those charcoal pieces were beautiful in their own right, these are just Jenny… and she knew it.

I asked about the kind of paper she uses for her lovely colorful backgrounds, which seems like a perfect excuse for me to show a few more of my favorite “Jenny Brown” collages:

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Yep, love them all… So. Much. Color! I’m totally going to give pink card stock a shot. Beautiful.

Ok, so I found these WIP shots on Jenny’s gorgeous Instagram feed. Clearly, she’s a woman after my own heart:

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Gasp! Seriously, I need my scissors RIGHT NOW. Look at that cut-image covered table! Call me a collage nerd if you must, but my heart is racing.

What else makes my heart race? Sugar! The only thing I regret about this episode was not asking Jenny about her deep passion for donuts. All of these sweet gems are also from her Instagram feed. I want ALL OF THEM:

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Unicorn donut!    

And finally… Jenny, her cat Max, and Jenny’s perfect (apparently high maintenance) red lipstick:

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Perfection. Max must’ve been too tired to put lipstick on for this shot. Thank you so much to Jenny for sharing her story of full-circles, loops, and starting over… so inspiring. Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting another episode, and thanks to YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Bennington College
  2. Amy Sillman
  3. School of Visual Arts, NY
  4. RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
  5. Jessica Brilli Episode
  6. Sidney Pink Episode
  7. Anthony Zinonos Episode
  8. The Philadelphia Story (Jenny’s fave movie from high school)
  9. Kirstin Lamb Episode
  10. Jenny on Instagram
  11. BUY Jenny’s work 

ps. Oops, I forgot to mention this! The sign-up page for the course I’ll be part of in VENICE is ready! Yes, two weeks this August during the Venice Biennale!?! I’ll be teaching a few classes and workshops from August 7 – 20th via the European Cultural Center’s Academy, alongside several other instructors, curators, etc. Tours of galleries, meeting with curators, art making, passes to the biennale, AND gelato? There are only 20 spots for the weeks I’m going to be there, so if you were thinking about it, pop over there asap. Hope to see you in Italy… ciao!