medium /// contemporary




lotte maja bjerre

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Piles of geometric up-dos? Perfectly stacked, shiny french braids? I’m not sure, but that’s what I see! I do know that these perfectly wrapped parcels of whatever they are were created with only pencil, and pen, on paper {up to 2’x3′} Love! This is the most recent work of Copenhagen based artist/illustrator Lotte Maja Bjerre… and now I want someone to french braid my hair. In a square.





maya hayuk

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Whoa. This is the work {painting (1), screenprints (2,3), murals (4-14)} of Brooklyn based artist Maya Hayuk. Gorgeous, colorful patterns that “recall traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.” My first thought was wow, she must go through a lot of tape, but I’m pretty sure it’s all freehand, which is even more amazing. On one hand, they’re so precise {the patterns, color choices, angles}, but on the other side they’re so free {no tape, drips, wavering lines}… what a stunning combo! Her work is so vibrant and full of energy… and it looks like she is too! I’m going to start posing like Maya in every photo from now on! #handsoverhead

{via spitfiregirldesign}





layla holzer

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These feel like a dream… or maybe a beautiful nightmare. This monochrome meets neon work is by UK based artist Layla Holzer. She describes herself as a storyteller, and by the look of these stunning narrative pieces, I’d have to completely agree.





sammy slabbinck

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Must find scissors immediately. Gah! The portfolio of Belgian collage artist Sammy Slabbinck is full, and I mean FULL, of bizarre scenes that have been brought to life through clever cuts and precise pasting… but, clearly, something about those surreal soups and sleepy mountain girls were speaking to me. Loudly ♥

{via Saatchi Art}





maurice sapiro

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American artist Maurice Sapiro has a huge portfolio filled mostly with landscapes that look like they were painted by one of the French masters in my art history books… but his portraits… oh, his portraits. These hauntingly beautiful oil paintings also feel like they just came from those same pages, but with a modern twist. Those pops of yellow and electric orangie-pink, perhaps? So inspiring, and I thought this was also a nice little hit of inspiration for a Tuesday morning:

“I have been painting for over 60 years, and still enjoying every moment at the easel. ~ Maurice Sapiro”

Ah-mazing. Makes me want to spend a day at the easel.





sonia pulido

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A paper doll… made from porcelain. So. Much. Love. This is the work of Barcelona based artist/illustrator Sonia Pulido. All of her work, but especially the ceramic pieces, are so whimsical, feminine, with a little touch of weird {my favorite!}. That final piece, titled “The Weights”, is killing me. So gorgeous.

{some of Sonia’s pieces are available in her shop, UHALLA!}





mapping memories

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Oh, washi tape… I love it so much, so when Sara Barnes of Speckled Canary {she was the woman behind the Collage Scrap Exchange that I wrote about last year} asked if I wanted to take part in this creative challenge, called “Mapping Memories”, I said ‘YES’! She has teamed up with a Canadian shop called Omiyage that are alllll about washi tape, and here’s what they want you to do. Create pieces of art, based on personal memories, completely out of pretty, cut or torn, washi tape! Ok, if you want to draw here or there, or add a tiny found image you can, but try to collage the whole thing out of tape!  Here’s the deal:

“Memories are a powerful thing. Sometimes, they’re so clear that we can recall how something looked, smelled, or even tasted. Speckled Canary’s latest project celebrates this phenomena and invites you to recollect memories with washi tape!

Lovely. If you want to play along, just sign up by August 16th. It’s $15 for a starter kit of washi tape, but if you already have your own stash {that would be me!} it’s $3. At the end of all of this, there will be a big interactive map of everyone’s memories from around the world, including yours… oh, and there will even be some prizes from Omiyage and Speckled Canary! Can. Not. Wait. Have fun exploring all of your colorful memories! All details re: submitting your work etc can be found at Speckled Canary. *All images above from Omiyage’s blog.





pippa young

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I wrote about UK based artist Pippa Young‘s paintings last year… and those bonnets made a lasting impression on me I guess, because today as I was scrolling through Pinterest {as you do first thing in the morning over coffee} I saw these lovely little interventions. I knew immediately that they had to be Pippa’s work… those bonnets again! Sigh. And now I want to finish my coffee and rush off to the thrift shop to look for old images to paint on. Gorgeous.





art-a-porter : a group show … kinda

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You guys, this is crazy  {I’m not very good at keeping secrets, and I’ve managed to keep this one since last winter… #miracle}. I’ve curated shows for galleries, created online collections, and now I’ve curated an art-inspired clothing collection. What?! Yes. So, so crazy. Last winter, Montreal based fashion house Art-A-Porter reached out and asked if I would curate an exhibition, that instead of hanging on a wall, would be displayed on clothing. Originally I said no, I was too busy {and nervous that there were no walls involved} … but I couldn’t control myself… it just sounded too fun! And so they gave me a huge folder of artists to choose from and off we went. This lovely, limited edition collection is the result, and I’m so proud of it! Here is my “curatorial statement”, and then a peek at some of the artwork/pieces:

From collage, to painting, to mixed media – the work of Joe WebbMonica Trastoy, J.D Doria, Niki Hare, and Erin Case is very different, yet all of the individual pieces come together beautifully, creating one unified collection that is dreamy, modern, black and white – with just the perfect pop of vintage-inspired color. I chose these pieces because, well, each one is stunning on it’s own, but when brought together the combination of organic shapes and geometric lines was something I couldn’t resist – amazing on a gallery wall, and even more exciting when you can actually take this exhibition off of the wall, and wear it.

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Gah! I love it all! And there is so much more to the collection… see it all right here. Thank you so much to AAP for giving me this bizarre and wonderful opportunity to curate on something other than a wall, and thank you so much to all of the amazing artists who are involved… it was an honor working with your art!

{Artists in order of images above: Monica Trastoy // Joe Webb // JD Doria // Erin Case // Niki Hare}

*A great article about AAP and this idea of wearable art came out yesterday. Read it here.





ximena escobar

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Felt collages? Love! And those color palettes? Love… again! This is the work of Colombian artist/pattern designer Ximena Escobar, and these pieces are from her series, titled “Blooming”. She posts some pretty fantastic work to her Facebook page as well, that you can see right here.