medium /// design




“no one ever wants ducks”

Who wants to come to ‘Walkyland’ with me today? Yes, I’m so thrilled to be talking to Swedish born, London based artist and illustrator Monika Forsberg! You can listen right under those lovely ducks, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, this link to “Mummy Needs Gin“, a hilarious animation she did for Channel 4 in England. So, so good! Also good… some of Monika’s pieces I wrote about a few years ago:

Yep, still love ’em!

Ok, we got right into it {well, after talking about dogs and stuff}. Here are just a few of the collaborations she’s done with some very big brands. No.1: Anthropology:

Oh, I love that swan pillow. Next collab… Monika’s patterns walking the runway for Australian brand, Gorman:

That would be surreal… to see your drawings walking down a runway?! Also surreal… getting a call from Valentino! Here are a few of the hearts she did for their Hong Kong store:

Not only was the turn-around time on that project insanely fast, she was also planning her youngest son’s birthday party over the same few days. And her oven was broken. Mummy needs gin, indeed.

These next whimsical pieces are just a handful of the gems she’s done for eeboo:

Ok, it’s official… I need one of those puzzles for the holidays this winter.

I love what Monika said about starting to make / share her patterns. If you want to get certain kinds of jobs that you aren’t getting, show that you can do it and hopefully the phone will start to ring! I’d call about these for sure:

Those horses. Come on! Next, the cover of the crayon book she illustrated … and wrote! The writing part came as a bit of surprise apparently ; )

Of course I had to include a few of the dinos we were talking about:

No quetzalcoatlus, but that’s cool. And finally, last but not least… DUCKS!

She was not kidding … she really does love drawing ducks. She said no one ever calls asking for ducks, but maybe they will now!

So, I always like to end a podcast post with a photo of the artist, but Monika is not a fan of selfies. I’m kinda glad because it forced me to dig until I found this:

Ah! Little Monika in Northern Sweden, moments after “knitting a worm”. LOVE! Thank you so so so much to Monika for putting her phone anxiety aside for an hour so we could hear her inspiring story; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; and of course thank you so much for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Monika on Instagram
  2. Hollie Chastain episode
  3. Mummy Needs Gin animation – for Channel 4
  4. Kate Woodrow, Literary Agent
  5. Barbapapa!

 





michela picchi

Rawr. Ok, just to be clear, Italian born, Berlin based cross-disciplinary artist Michela Picchi does paint more than tigers, but I couldn’t control myself. Can you blame me? Her tigers, and tigers ‘n girls, and more tigers are fan-freaking-tastic … clearly, a perfect way to end the week   ♥ ♥  





jane denton … and a give-away!

… and the winner is… Ngaio Blackwood! Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and of course thanks to Jane for being so generous!

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Ooooh, brand new EMBROIDERY work by New Zealand based artist Jane Denton. Yep, I had to put that in caps so you’d realize this is in fact EMBROIDERY, not graphic prints. I’ve written about her before {and she was on the podcast}, and her colors were much brighter back then. These dreamy, quiet, barely there beauties are my new faves! Now, are you thinking to yourself, “wait, isn’t the first photo in this post the same as the last photo?” Why, yes, yes it is. That’s because Jane would like to give that piece to one of you! Oh Kiwis, they’re so sweet. Just leave a comment below and I’ll select one winner on Monday October 23rd. Good luck, and happy weekend!





music + art = love (and a giveaway!)

And the winner is…. Vikky Hammond! Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and don’t worry, more giveaways coming very soon!

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What do you get when you cross a newly released album by a band in Nashville, with a cross-stitching artist in Toronto? This:

Ahhh, I love this video … a visual artist in action while musical artists play in the background. Yes, this is Old Dominion‘s new album, “Happy Endings”, and the cross-stitching dynamo who you just saw recreating the cover is Toronto based stitcher Caitlin Sailor {aka Cross-Stitching with Caitlin Workshops}.  The original was designed/stitched by an Alabama based artist named Dawn Sylvester, and to celebrate the international release of the album, Sony Music Canada reached out to Caitlin and asked her to recreate the CD cover as a 12″x12″ {the size of a vinyl album} original piece to be given away to one lucky person… see where this is going? Yep, they asked me to give this gorgeous original to one of you! This framed beauty AND a “Happy Endings” CD is destined to be owned by one of you. I told you… music and art and love all rolled into one! Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw one name on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 … happy ending, indeed!





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Art… that you walk on!

Last week I wrote about gorgeous hand-painted geodes, and someone said they looked like “suminagashi”. Obviously I ended up going down a research rabbit hole, which ended up reminding me I’d written about a Danish artist, years ago, who did something similar… enter the work of Copenhagen based artist and designer Pernille Snedker Hansen, aka Snedker Studio. In 2011 I wrote about her paper pieces that hang on walls, but today… today is all about these immersive works of art on the floor!

In collaboration with natural phenomenon and inspired by traditional craft techniques, Pernille Snedker Hansen transform interiors into immersive artworks.

A culmination of years of experimentation and development, Pernille has re-purposed the traditional craft of marbling. She works directly with its fluid nature to enhance material and create form. Created one drop at the time and resembling a tree growth rings, Pernilles technique responds to naturally occurring patterns. (read more about the art & process here)

Beautiful.





sideline collective

Ahhh, what a relief… I can feel my shoulders dropping and my brain relaxing. This series, titled “Nothing In The News”, is the work of Sideline Collective – art by Joseph Ernst. Here’s the description:

“We live in a world of constant sensory overload. 24 hours a day we are bombarded with information in real time by every media outlet and platform competing for our attention, one pop-up notification at a time.

And we play ball. We invest hours on end staring at our mobile devices. We want to know what’s going on, the why and the how. We need to know. But in our perpetual quest to fill every spare minute of our time searching for something meaningful, we learn nothing. We are so busy filling every waking moment with things to watch and do, and learn and listen to, that we have forgotten what it is like to just be. To sit around and think. To switch off and be bored. To daydream.

This project offers a little respite to all this information overload.

Yes, we live in particularly sensitive times. Times where the truth really matters, and where newspapers have a more important role to play in modern democracies than ever before. But for a society addicted to breaking news, gossip, and celebrity status, to Facestagram and Twapchat, the latest trends, and the top tens, to sports punditry, conspiracy theories, cat videos, and ridiculous amounts of porn … for this cultural precipice, we offer the one thing you need more than anything else: “Nothing”. Absolutely nothing. Today, and today only, there is Nothing in the News. Enjoy it whilst you can.”

Aaaand exhale, if only for a moment. Happy Friday.

{These empty newspapers are available, while quantities last, in Sideline’s shop.}





“an opportunistic optimist”

This post is filled to the brim with so much amazing work, AND such an interesting back story! From a dairy farm, to art school, to working in flooded basements to selling huge installations in New York. Yep, Molly Hatch has seen it all. Of course, so has Molly Hatch Studio. That’s right, she has a few lives happening at once. No.1 commercial artist designing ceramics for companies like Anthropologie, The Land of Nod, Target … No.2 Fine artist creating huge, detailed, amazing installation work … No.3 Mother to a sweet six year old girl. I’m not sure when she sleeps, but she claims she does. You can listen right up there under Molly installing one of her ‘plates as paintings’ pieces,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of her pieces that you might recognize {and that Mick might like, since they’re blue!}

Ahh, the teacup mug. And that vase… I need that vase!

Next, stepping back a tiny bit, these were a few of the pieces in her show at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia a year after completing her MFA {2010}:

Ah, yes… back where it all began!

So during that time there was a lot of hard work, and not a lot of money. I loved this story… not the poor part, but the hard work part… oh, and that very well-timed email she got from Anthropologie. She’s been working with them for years now, and here are a few of my recent faves:

Clearly, I’m going to need that unicorn mug. And the dachshund.

So, from functional pieces that can be found on shelves in lovely stores around the world, to breathtaking installation art that hangs in galleries and museums around the world. This is the piece she was talking about that is permanently installed in the lobby of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta:

Ooh, I would love to see that in person!

Now, If you happen to be in New York you could pop by Todd Merrill Studio, the gallery Molly’s been working with for the last few years. Here are just some of her insane fine art pieces:

 

Right?! Oh my word – so much talent in one person.

And finally, you’ll be happy to know that Molly’s no longer working in a flooded apartment basement {wearing rain boots with her supplies in tubs}, now she works HERE:

What the wha! Gorgeous and so well-deserved. Here’s to being an “opportunistic optimist”, and saying yes to all of the amazing things that come along with that outlook. Thank you so much to Molly for sharing her story – the good, the bad, the hustle, all of it. Thank you as always to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thank YOU for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Molly Hatch Instagram / Molly Hatch Studio Instagram
  2. RISD
  3. Museum School, Boston
  4. Kathy King, Ceramics 
  5. Miranda Thomas, Pottery
  6. Michael Cardew / Ara Cardu
  7. Rebecca Louise Law episode
  8. University of Colorado 
  9. Betty Woodman
  10. Beth Lipman
  11. Bennington Art Museum
  12. Land of Nod, Molly’s collection
  13. Studio images via Molly’s home tour on Apartment Therapy

 





“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 

 





“simply complex”

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Simply complex, indeed! Beautiful colors, clean designs, and perfect stitching. Today I’m talking to New Zealand artist Jane Denton. As always, Jane and I have “known” each other for years, but today is the first time we’re talking. We recorded this just before Christmas so it was cold and snowing in my Canadian backyard and Jane was boiling hot on holiday at a lake in New Zealand! Well, even though we were on opposites sides of the world, I was still able to ask her all of the questions I’ve had for years. Ready? You can listen right up there under Jane and her gorgeous work, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

As usual, let’s start with a few of my favorites:

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Sigh. The designer in me, who’s also obsessed with embroidery thread, is smitten. I mean, those colors, come on!

So, it turns out that Jane and I have a friend in common… the always fabulous LA based designer and stylist, Emily Henderson. She loves Jane’s work as much as I do, and in case you need proof, here are some images from Emily’s site. Oh, and first image below is the cover of Emily’s book, STYLED. Look to the far top right… oh hello, Jane Denton circles:

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Gah! That light pink X and O in Emily’s nursery might be one of my favorites of Jane’s. Lovely, lovely detail and that delicate pink thread is killing me. So continuing with this artsy connection, Emily and Jane just did a “maker collaboration” together. Here’s the simple, yet complex, design that resulted:

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Beautiful! I love how much texture Jane’s pieces bring to a gallery wall. {All of the photos are from Emily’s site, on the post she wrote about this project.} 

This is a perfect segue into these next few images. Circles. Tricky on a square grid, yes? Um, yes:

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… yet somehow Jane makes them look simple. Ahhhh, gorgeous. I had wrongly assumed that Jane went to design school – wouldn’t you think so with these beautifully composed pieces? Yeah, me too. Nope, business school. Hm. Perhaps that’s why she’s so good at the whole marketing thang.

Up next, the two pieces I was a little bit involved with. The top piece was the pointy triangle piece that I brought to New York for a maker event, and the bottom piece {triptych on the far left} was her contribution to my Land of Nod collection:

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Dreamy. All of it. And that’s that! Thanks so much to Jane for taking time out of her family holiday to do this with me; thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; and of course, thank you so much for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other Links:

  1. Jennifer Pudney’s kits
  2. Emily Henderson Collaboration
  3. Framebridge
  4. Jane’s online shop
  5. My new art site
  6. Susanna Bauer, Episode No.40
  7. Flight of the Conchords

ps. This is my 4’x4′ “Type A” button piece I mentioned, along with photographic proof of how “organized” my thread jar is:

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Yeesh.





“patterns ‘n positive passwords”

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If you were an early adopter to the world of Etsy, you’ll know exactly who my guest is today. Yep, I’m talking to Portland based artist Ashley Goldberg! I loved her work before I even started this blog {which was almost 8 years ago}, and watched from across the interweb as she evolved into what she refers to as “Ashley 2.0″… I wanted to hear alllll of the stories that went along with that, and she told me! Weird little critters, vibrant patterns, and the positive passwords that helped her along the way. You can listen right up there under those little faces, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Ok, let’s start closer to the beginning… remember these? I love all of them, and these pieces are actually still available in Ashley’s Etsy shop:

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Ah, love! Quite a few of those pieces were from the “ashley g 1.0” phase of her art career, but as 2.0 came along, so did these patterns:

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Ok, I could have posted thousands of them {literally}, but I tried to control myself. Well, to a point… here are more of Ashley’s patterns out in the world! Wallpaper and bedding and teepees, oh my!

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{1. Jimmy Cricket  2. Urban Outfitters  3,4,5. Land of Nod}

That teepee. I mean, come on! How cool would it be to see your work this way? Very. What about seeing your work all over your own clothes!? Even cooler:

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{1,2,3. Gorman  4. Lazzari}

YES! I need that sweet “All My Little Friends” dress! I totally pictured Ashley wandering around Portland in head-to-toe “Ashley Goldberg”, but apparently it’s all black, all the time, for her. I understand. Completely.

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See. Black… with just a bit of color on her paint-covered hands! I loved every second of finally getting to talk to Ashley. There are links to her karaoke choices below… yep, they paint quite a picture! Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting episode 74; thanks to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – it’s officially available now;  and thank YOU so much for listening every week… there will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Byeeee!

Other links:

  1. Ashley’s Etsy shop
  2. Ashley’s insane number of patterns on Flickr
  3. Ashley’s lovely Instagram feed
  4. The two karaoke songs were Biggie Smalls- Juicy (the PG version) and R Kelly ignition remix