medium /// design




niamh barry



Gasp! Bronze, glass, LEDs… the simple but elegant ingredients that go into these stunning sculptures, that happen to double as lighting! I’m kicking off my week in Dublin by featuring the breathtaking work of Dublin based sculptor/light designer Niamh Barry {great start, yes?}… this is her description of what goes into creating these works of art:

“With as many as twenty individual pieces of bronze to create just one ring section of a final piece and without moulds, I begin the time consuming process of hand joining each piece together using methods developed and perfected over twenty years. Slow and precise work, this is when we see the three dimensional form of the final piece emerge from the two dimensional material.

With the making process completed, which can sometimes involve as many as three thousand hand cut, hand polished pieces of glass and hundreds of hours of craftsmanship working with and finishing the bronze, the work is completed. Each piece is authenticated by a signature plate and dated.”

Gasp… again.





stacy altiery (and me… kinda)





Now this was fun! Artist/designer Stacy Altiery makes lovely prints, specializing in gold foil. She reached out and asked if I’d like to collaborate… she would do the typesetting design and production – I would come up with the words and paper colors… UM, ok!!! The phrases {and quote} I chose are all things that seem to come up over and over again when I talk to people about my book, CREATIVE BLOCK. I thought it would be fun to take a few of these thoughts and turn them into gold {on your choice of white, pink, mint or charcoal no less!}. Stacy and I decided to make them into lucite trays so that you can actually use these gems in your studio! The next time you’re in there, reaching for a pin or a bead or a bit of paper you’ll get a little creative reminder, like…

HA! This is the one I got for my studio… ah yes, there’s just something about seeing Asshole typeset in gold script on a pretty pink background! LOVE.

{All of them are available right here – and Stacy, thank you for doing this with me! I love what you did for each and every one of them.}





daniel ramos obregón



These are so weird, and so beautiful! Daniel Ramos Obregón is a Colombian designer/fashion artist who just recently graduated with an MA Fashion Artefact at London College of Fashion. This body {pun intended} of work is titled Outrospection, The Body and Mind. It is a collection of hand crafted porcelain body casts, gold plated brass metal frames that encompass the body, hand turned Colombian kingwood handles, and vegetable-tanned leather harnesses. Weird. And so beautiful.

{For the slip-casting, he worked side by side with ceramicist Kate Luck. Photographed by Jorge Perez Ortiz}





nick dilallo



I love numbers, and I love New York … so yes… I love this photo series titled New York Numbers by Nick DiLallo. He sent me an email with a link to his number-covered instagram feed, and I wanted to start working on this post immediately. I wrote him back to do a bit of pre-post fact checking, and silly me, assumed he was a professional photographer. Nope. He’s a copywriter at an ad agency by day, and an instagramming / number loving genius later that day. Don’t you love it when super talented people surprise you like that? Me too.

*How great is that 85? Coral & teal, those shapes… it’s so perfectly 1985!  ♥





lyndie dourthe



Je t’aime… mushroom terrariums, and perfect petals. So, so gorgeous. These little bits of nature, in textile form, are the work of Paris based textile designer/artist Lyndie Dourthe. Delicate, whimsical, and beautifully made. I know this sounds greedy, but I really truly want all of these beauties… yes, even those poisonous mushrooms. It’s ok. They’re under glass.

{via Galbie}





dylan davis, jean lee & nicholas nyland




Ceramics, wood, brass, and bits of stained glass. Ok, that’s it… I am officially in love with these “Aura Chimes“ by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Seattle based Ladies and Gentlemen Studio. Here’s a little something from Dylan and Jean about these gorgeous, hanging, tinkling works of art:

The Aura Chimes series is a special edition collaboration exploring sound and kinetics. Metal, wood, and leather components by L&G are combined with handmade ceramic pieces by Seattle artist Nicholas Nyland to create miniature functional sculptures. (Each chime is a unique creation with the ceramic parts varying slightly in size and color.)

I want alllllllll of them! Oh, well, would you look at that… a link to their online shop!

{via Anthology Magazine}





jp king (and a give-away!)



Um, how gorgeous is this designie calendar?!

I know Jp King as a Toronto based collage artist. I wrote about him in 2012, and his work will be in my second book, which is all about [spoiler alert], collage! However… I did not know that Jp spends his “spare time” running Paper Pusher - his experimental Risograph print and design studio. This calendar is one of the results of these experiments… and I love it. If you love it too, well, have I got some good news for you! Jp said that he’d like to give one of these calendars away! Just leave a comment below {anyone can enter!} and on Monday Dec 16th at noon PST I’ll draw the name of one lucky reader who will receive one of these beauties, mailed directly from Jp’s studio. I’ll post the winner on my Facebook page – deal? Deal. Good luck, and happy weekend : )





studio fludd




Oh. I really love this – especially those ice cream cones {and not just because it’s perfectly coordinated with my site design}

004 GELATOLOGY – Change and Persistence

Everything melts or nothing changes?
This booklet explores visual and conceptual analogies between ice-cream and geology.
Semifreddo cakes, rocky cones and creamy desserts in vibrant colours are models of cause-effect relations and incredibly slow transformations. The mixed media technique attempts to evoke the layering of experiences and the metamorphosis of our states of mind.

The text is the result if a cut and paste operation from a milestone of Geology:
the Charles Lyell’s “Principles of Geology – Being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface, by reference to causes now in operation”, London 1830.

Limited edition of 100 copies. Digital + risograph print / size: 19 x 28,5 cm.

This is the work of Studio Fludd – a collective based in Venice. They are Matteo BarattoCaterina Gabelli, Clara Giaquinto, Sara Maragotto, Valeria Sanguin.

{via art hound}





annica lydenberg



Hey! Today is 11.12.13… and speaking of important dates… I don’t know about you, but I reallllllly want to remember when “ice cream for breakfast day” is… and now I can thanks to this hilarious, chalkboard-esque, hand-lettered calendar! The “Calendar of Silly Holidays” is brought to you by Brooklyn based art/design studio Dirty Bandits, which was founded by artist/designer Annica Lydenberg. So, if you’re doing any early holiday shopping you might want to throw one of these bad boys {it’s only $12!!} in your cart… especially if you know someone who still owns a fanny-pack {Ok Australians, stop giggling…. that’s something else in this hemisphere!}





los carpinteros

Houses, and wooden chairs, being taken over by geometric, glass-like crystal formations? I’m in. These are the watercolor drawings of Los Carpinteros, a collective {Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez} that live and work between Madrid and Havana. Their portfolio is full, and I mean FULL of fantastic things! In fact, I found them on Booooooom yesterday, through an entirely different body of work. Naturally, I popped over to their site for a closer look… and found piece after piece after piece after piece that I LOVED! Of course, what with my soft-spot for houses, this was the work that I had to show.

{via Booooooom}