medium /// design




tracy hung

tracyhung_collages

Bizarre, dream-like scenes complete with found images, little sketches, and a lovely/quiet palette. This is the mixed media collage work of LA based artist, illustrator, and designer Tracy Hung. I love each of these pieces on their own, but when you see them all come together, as part of this album cover design that she was commissioned to do for Satoshi Gogo, an acoustic guitarist based in Nara, Japan… well, it’s a dreamy “bedtime story” waiting to happen:

tracyhung_cdcover

Sigh. The collage artist and graphic designer in me are totally smitten.





christine lantz

christinel

Sigh. Nature… on the wall. I’m pretending all of these pieces are framed and hung on my wall! This is the mixed media work of Swedish artist/designer Christine Lantz. These pieces are from a couple of different series {“Nature Collection”, “Arctic Journey”}, but since this is my pretend gallery wall, I decided to mix them up and “curate” a few of my favorites ♥





bri land

adrift

Modern, geometric design meets old oak floors! Yep, Texas based artist Bri Land reclaimed this wood from an old home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, and transformed it into these gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces. I love this work, and I love Bri’s story too … after losing her marketing job a couple of years ago, she found herself with extra time, so she did what every creative person with extra time would do… she decided to build herself a table. Well, one thing led to another and Bri realized that she had a knack for building things {I’d say!} and she hasn’t looked back! ps. Keep an eye out for her work on HGTVs Blog Cabin 2015 remodel!

{All of the pieces shown here are now available in my online gallery Yay!}





tiffanie turner & simone truong

I cannot even express how much I love this. I wrote about both of these artists during 2014… the first is the paper-sculpture work of San Francisco based artist Tiffanie Turner, and the second is the manipulated photographic work of UK based artist Simone Truong. Have a look:

Gorgeous, right? Well they thought so too! Tiffanie saw Simone’s work when I wrote about it, and reached out to see if Simone would be up for doing a collaboration… she said YES! Amazing! Here’s the result:

Gasp! Tiffanie’s paper flowers melting like birthday cake icing in July! Here is their joint statement about this project:

“Although working in different mediums, different scales and even different countries, artists Simone Truong and Tiffanie Turner both have one element in common; their subject matter. Flora are at the center of both of their works, inevitably forging an exploration into the difference in scale and mediums. In this new work, Truong strays away from exploring the transitionary states that occur in natural phenomena to embrace the delicate and still beauty of Turner’s giant, intricate paper flowers. By scaling these large, explosive blooms back down to a size manageable on the printed page, Truong captures their solitary beauty in a way their original capacity never would have granted. Truong and Turner worked together to find the tension and balance in these compositions, which were executed by Truong in her UK studio.”

Love. You can find & buy these lovely pieces right here.





paperpusher

And the winners are… Jay Barnham (UK), and Jill Ehlert (Can)! Congratulations! {I’ll email both of you to get your mailing addresses.} Thank you to everyone that entered, and thanks so much to Jp King for giving away two of his gorgeous calendars! If you’d like to buy one, you can find them at his site here. ps. Yet another giveaway coming up this Friday – stay tuned : )

Ahhh, I love this so much… a stunning, super designy, neon-hued calendar by Toronto based artist Jp King {he’s a featured artist in my book, “Collage”!} This is one of his projects done through Paper Pusher, his experimental Risograph print and design studio. Last year he gave me one for my office and I love it so much, which you’ll know if you follow me on instagram… I take a photo of it on the first of every month because each design is more gorgeous than the last! Anywho, the 2015 version has just come off the Paper Pusher presses, and Jp has offered to give TWO of them away to TWO of you! YAY! Leave a comment below and I’ll draw TWO names on Monday at 9am PST. Good luck!

ps. It’s only $24, so if you want to buy one, please do! Click here >





VIDDY… (giveaway!)

AND THE WINNER IS…. Denise Davis!!! Congratulations, Denise! I’ll email you shortly to get your address : )

ps. soooo many of you that entered asked how to buy it if you didn’t win… just click right here to buy one [scroll down on their site a tiny bit & you’ll see a blue ORDER button on the left]. Thanks to everyone that entered, and don’t worry, I’ve got yet another giveaway coming up later this week for a new special little treat!

A DIY, screenprinted & diecut by hand, pinhole camera made of recycled card… that works! So cool!!! This is VIDDY. So designy, so creative… it’s a little box of creative potential! I love it, and I love it’s back story too. There’s more to it than this, but here’s the gist… UK based artist/designer Kelly Angood made her very first pinhole camera while in University back in 2010, but it was a one-off. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a few refinements {wow, I really cut that story short} VIDDY was born! And guess what… Kelly and her very cool company, The Pop-Up Pinhole Co. want you to have one! YES! Leave a comment below to enter and I’ll draw one name on Monday Dec 1 at noon PST. Oh, and if that wasn’t exciting enough, the winner gets to pick the color of their choice… green, black, blue or red! (ps. if you can’t wait for the giveaway, you can also order one right here)

ps. Here’s a look at what VIDDY can do…

So good! {Um, can I enter this giveaway!?}





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!  ♥