medium /// contemporary




livia marin

Sigh… melted china. Love, love, love.

Ok. I know this might not be the first time you’re seeing these (they’ve been all over the interweb), but come on, they’re just so beautiful I had no choice but to write about them too! This is the ceramic work of London-based Chilean artist Livia Marin. These gorgeous pieces are from her series titled Nomad Patterns, and I love them all. So much.





lucy sparrow




Oh my word. I wish so much that I lived in Bethnal Green, east London, so that I could pop into this newly transformed cornershop! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING {even the cash register!} is made of felt! British artist Lucy Sparrow has taken a rundown storefront, and turned it into a completely stocked “felt” market {just under 4000 items!}… felt chips, felt beer, felt magazines, felt canned ravioli, felt candy, felt ketchup, felt popsicles… ok, I’m sure you get it, but it’s all just so awesome, I feel like I should make a little grocery list! Speaking of awesome, this quote by Lucy is just about perfect:

“I’m very obsessive and I want that to come across in the work and get people thinking ‘Who would be crazy enough to do this?’”

Yep. We’re all thinkin’ it! This crazy little shop is open for business until August 31… GO!!!!!! ps. if  you aren’t in London, you can also visit her online shop!

{Open every day from 10am – 7pm : 19 Wellington Row, London : via The MIRROR}





luis cornejo




The little girl in me that wanted to be Snow White and or Cinderella, is just as happy as the teenage me that spent countless hours reading fashion magazines… but you know what I love the most? That all of this is painted! At first pass, I thought these were fashion photographs that had been painted over with cartoonie bits, but nope, all of these images are oil and acrylic on linen. Yep, I absolutely love that El Salvador based artist Luis Cornejo basically defaced his own perfect paintings by adding Micky Mouse hands and Pokemon hats! So clever, and so well done.





rafael varona




Gasp! I’d love to swim in that rainy lake, or hang out in a tree with that bearded jungle man! Oh, if only I could be magically transported into one of these Impossible Bottles… that is the title of this fantastical series of animated gifs by Berlin based illustrator/animator Rafael Varona. Sigh. Living & breathing illustrations… gorgeous.

{via The Verge}





pablo s. herrero





Gorgeous. This is the work of Spanish artist Pablo S. Herrero. He’s quite well known for his large-scale murals on and in buildings, but I just love love love these ink on paper pieces. Mysterious and beautiful, simple and striking. In fact, I’m now inspired to spend a few days in the forest… ok, I was going anyway, but now I’m even more excited! I don’t usually take days off from posting, but it’s my little boy’s birthday and he only asked us for one thing… to wake up in the forest on his actual birthday. Done. I will be computerless for the next few days, and will be back with a new post on Thursday. See you then!





#makegood : lisa golightly

Celebrating artists? Oh, I can do that! GREAT.LY is knee deep in the middle of a campaign, called #makegood. You’ll see that hashtag around a lot in the next few weeks as a whole bunch of GREAT.LY tastemakers will be working together to shine the spotlight on their favorite makers. I’m on a little team of artsy tastemakers, and just to make it extra fun for ourselves, we’ve decided to do a “summer lovin” theme! So… One of my faves + Summer Lovin? Clearly I’m going to be writing about Portland based artist Lisa Golightly:

I have “hung” all of these pieces in my online gallery, and I literally cannot pick a favorite {can you?!}. Lisa is so lovely, as is her work and the inspiration behind it:



So, so gorgeous. Check out the posts written by my “summer lovin” team:  Artsy Forager // Bird + Beau // Mai Autumn … and #makegood by supporting independent artists & makers, like Lisa, whenever you can! Happy weekend xo





tammie rubin




Oh. Yes.

The colors! The shapes! The weirdness… I love it all! These stunning sculptures are by American ceramics artist Tammie Rubin. She describes her work as an exploration of “invented narratives utilizing recognizable objects and ideas of the role of ornament and trophy in our daily lives.”  Ok. What do I have to do to win one of these “trophies”… because I will sooooo do it!





martha rich



Oh. It’s all just so awesome. I mentioned American artist Martha Rich in yesterday’s post, which of course made me want to rush over to her site immediately… so I did. As always, I found a whole bunch of stuff that I LOVE {that first piece is especially perfect given the topic of the Oprah post from yesterday!}. And the pink boobs, well, I think they speak for themselves #storyofthenudes





‘o’ is for oprah

A few weeks ago I put up a very vague ‘O’ post on my Facebook page. I had exciting news but couldn’t say much… until now:

Yep! My book, CREATIVE BLOCK, is mentioned in the current issue of O, The Oprah Magazine! It’s the “Breakthrough” issue, so I am ridiculously honored to have the book be included. Down the left hand side of page 100 you’ll find three of the unblocking projects – one by painter Martha Rich, another by multi-disciplinary artist Kelly Lynn Jones, and a road trip idea from photographer Jennifer Altman – they’re all such smart, creative women! Have a peek:

Amazing! But wait, that’s not all!!! They also asked me to come to LA and shoot a few segments for #OWNSHOW. Um … I SAID YES. I was so nervous. Excited, but yes, nervous. Luckily I didn’t have too much time to overthink it, because about a week later, I packed my suitcase and was on my way. It turns out, there was nothing to be worried about. I have never met a nicer group of people. So fun, so encouraging, and so professional… what else would you expect though, right?! I ended up shooting five segments with their lovely #OWNSHOW host, Danisha Danielle Hoston. Thanks goodness for Danisha – she instantly made me feel comfortable. Anyway, we talked about shame, inner-critics, blocks, and finding a way out of all of that. I think everything went pretty well … wanna see them? (they’re all less than five minutes each, I promise):

No.1  How Artists Handle Self-Doubt:


No.2  What Artists Know About Creative Blocks:


No.3  How Shame Stifles Creativity:


No.4  Three Ways to Find Inspiration:


No.5  A Simple Way to Free Your Mind:

Ahhh!!! Craziness. Thank you so much #OWNSHOW – I loved every minute of my time with you guys, especially drawing those flowers!

So, next stop? Super Soul Sunday with Oprah herself. Ok, that’s not actually happening (yet!) but I’m going to put it into the universe anyway, because, hey, you never know!





bovey lee



Power lines, freeways, pavers, rebar, steel bridges, and dizzying high rises… and plum blossoms. Yep, somehow these delicate flowers work seamlessly with these hard urban textures thanks to the exquisite hand-cut paper work of Hong Kong born, Pittsburgh based artist Bovey Lee. Ah, if only every city could create such a harmonious balance between nature and industry. Sigh. Lovely.

{via Colossal}