medium /// design




i’m jealous of rrrrrrrroll

I get motion sick reallllllly easily, but these beautiful & mesmerizing animated gifs are totallllllly worth it. This is the work of RRRRRRRROLL, a collective from Japan. There are five artists involved in art directing, shooting, and then animating these gorgeous, simple, muted, dizzying gifs. Lovely. Ok, I have to lie down now.

{via my modern met}





i’m jealous of little owl design

So, by now you probably all know how I feel about beautifully mundane subject matter, right? So when I find a project description that reads as follows: “This work is about finding the beauty in things that perhaps one might over-look” … yep, I’m in! All of these plate clusters are from a series, titled Altered Perspectives, by Little Owl Design – aka Bruce Wayland and Marcello de Simone. They are collaborating artists from the Netherlands with “interests are in Art History, Fine Arts, Fashion, Design, Culinary World, Horticulture & Travel.” Well, that couldn’t be more clear!





i’m jealous of emily fischer {haptic lab}

♥ City map quilts. Paris, New York, San Francisco… and your home town!

Gasp! So gorgeous! They are made by Haptic Lab, in Brooklyn. The company was started by architect/textiles designer Emily Fischer in 2009, but the “soft-maps” were originally part of an academic experiment in tactile wayfinding {2002}; the quilts were inspired by Emily’s mother, Peggy, who had begun losing her eyesight from complications of glaucoma.

There are cities from all of the world available on their website, BUT you can get them to make custom quilts! Your favorite runs at your local ski hill, your tiny town, or have your house/address sewn right onto your street! YES!!! {This is in bold so that you don’t skim over it, because you would hate to miss this part… I just know it.}

I already said Gasp, right? I just moved back to my tiny little home town, and you probably can’t guess how badly I want my town map laid across my bed!!! {Answer: Badly!}

But wait, there’s more… what better way to teach your baby a little local geography:

Love. So, so, so much.

{via Design Crush}





i’m jealous of stefan sagmeister

I’m just back from Alt Summit, but instead of doing a recap post, I have to write about this! Stefan Sagmeister probably needs no introduction, but just in case… he’s an Austrian born, New York based designer. As a designer myself, I’ve admired him for years, and at Alt I got to hear him speak. He talked about the in’s and out’s of happiness – it was fascinating, and to be completely candid, life-changing for me. He, and his “filming accomplice”, David Hillman Curtis {shown with Stefan, above} worked together to make a beautiful film, called The Happy Film. We only got to see 12 minutes of it {it will be shown in film festivals later this year}, but what we saw was amazing! The idea is that “in the course of a year, Sagmeister will experiment with various practices that are widely touted as increasing one’s happiness: meditation, cognitive therapy, and pharmaceuticals.” It was so interesting, touching, inspiring, and don’t even get me started on the typography!

I think that this film is going to be a huge hit, and I truly hope that:

……………………………………… but wait, there’s more ………………………………………..

i’m jealous of stefan sagmeister … part II

So, it’s not quite enough that he’s made this beautiful film, but he has also transformed his happiness research into an interactive art/design exhibition, quite appropriately called The Happy Show. It just left Philadelphia, and is now in Toronto at The Design Exchange {until March 3, 2013}… and I believe LA and Paris are up next. Charts that show happiness when it comes to marital status, free candies {Stefan’s favorites}, gum balls that let you rate your own happiness, and a lovely white stationery bike that reveals an illuminated message as you exercise… all perfectly designed, of course. Have a look:

Brilliant! You know what else is brilliant? This:

Yep! Not even the overly harsh lighting can take away the happiness I felt meeting, talking, and getting a smooch from Stefan Sagmeister!

{The Happy Show credits: CREATIVE DIRECTION: Stefan Sagmeister // ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: Jessica Walsh // DESIGN: Verena Michelitsch, Jordan Amer, Simon Egli, Martin Gnadt}





i’m jealous of garima dhawan

Love with a capital L! I saw that final piece, titled Painted Pebbles I, on Pinterest the other day {via Meighan O’Toole} and absolutely loved it… so, of course, I dug a little further and found a whole bunch of work by New York based textile/printmaker Garima Dhawan that I loved just as much! Well, maybe not quite as much… I’m about to pop over to Society6 and order this:





i’m jealous of haley ann robinson

Oooh, so pretty! I love these little painted objects by LA based artist Haley Ann Robinson. By day she is a graphic designer, and at night… well, I assume that’s when she paints these gorgeous little chunks of wood! All of this work was done for Totokaelo, a shop filled with lots of fantastic things {Dear Santa, I would like a chunk of wood with gold on it. Thank you.}





i’m jealous of putput

Oh! Look what arrived in my inbox a few days ago… sponge popsicles! They are the work of PUTPUT – a Swiss/Danish artist group established in 2011, and based in Copenhagen. They make, and then photograph some pretty fantastic things… like those sponge popsicles, of course, and these perfectly cut cinderblocks made from pink foam:

Yep. Jealous.





i’m jealous of jim lambie

Tape. In elaborate, perfect patterns. On the floor… which is where I currently am. Yep, I’m in complete awe of these insane installations by Scottish artist Jim Lambie. I can’t even imagine the patience something like this would take. Whoa. Ok, so maybe I’ll just stay down on the ground until I catch my breath – see you on Monday! Happy weekend : )





it’s here…

1000 posts. WHAT?! Now that’s a lot of jealousy… the good kind, that is! And, by “the good kind”, I mean the kind that punches you in the creative gut, and instead of stopping you in your tracks, inspires you to get back into the studio so that you can work your artsy butt off! To put it bluntly.

I have to admit, I’m really proud of hitting 1000 posts, and so I want to celebrate! But before we do, I want to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for showing up every day and reading/being jealous too! Now… how to celebrate? I reached out to a few of the lovely people that I’ve met over the past three years, and they all generously donated a little something for me to give to you. I have to be honest, I wish I could enter! But I can’t… right? Right : ( Ok, so all you have to do is leave a comment below, and on Thursday September 13th, at 12pm PST I’m going to draw one winner. Yep, one winner who will get all of these prints:

Whoa! I hope you have a lot of frames, and a lot of blank wall space! Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, I got an email from one of my readers who offered to throw in one of her very cute messenger bags:

A gnome on a wiener dog? How could I not take Amy up on her lovely offer! So there you have it. Leave a comment below, and I’ll let you know who won on Thursday… and with that, here’s to 1000 more posts!

{Huge thanks, and big hugs, to 1. Victoria Smith 2. Tali Yalonetzki 3. Hollie Chastain 4. Lisa Golightly 5.  Leah Giberson 6. Jennifer Davis 7. Alyson Fox 8. Amy Fancher} xo!





gather round y’all…

It’s finally here… an entire weekend filled with art, design, workshops {i’m teaching one on saturday morning}, & gourmet popsicles! That’s right, GATHER POP UP is opening on Friday night in Vancouver’s Gastown. If you live in Vancouver, you have to come!

…and, if you live in Vancouver, not only do you get to hang out all weekend, you could also WIN A FABULOUS GATHER GOODY BAG! Yep, it’s true. Everything shown below is included, and all you have to do is comment. I’m drawing one winner {a Vancouver based winner… sorry rest of the world!} on Thursday at noon (PST). See you at Gather, Vancouver peeps!

{Thanks so much to everyone who popped something into this lovely gift bag: 1 My Little Lights // 2 Henderson Dry Goods // 3 Nostalgic Links // 4 Wild Rabbit // 5 Meeralee Illustrations // 6 Jola V Designs // 7 Little MoSo // 8 LoveJules // 9 Bouchée Cheesecakes // 10 THIS IS EAST VAN // 11 visamexicana }