medium /// mixed media




yumi okita


Ok. Part of me is so in love with these textile moths {the colors, the patterns, the skilled technique required to make them}, but the other part of me… shudder! Yes, I have some major issues with flying things {there’s a story about a butterfly sanctuary in there, but that’s for another day.} Luckily these beauties, by North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita, can’t fly… RIGHT? Oh, and just so you have a sense of scale:

Lovely… but I am sooooo glad that’s not real.  #sanctuaryflashback





camilla engman




How have I not seen these before? I’ve written about Swedish artist/illustrator Camilla Engman several times, and she is one of the artists in CREATIVE BLOCK {you have to try her unblocking project on p.219 – it’s a really good one!}. I love these found envelope collages so, so much… clever, fun, creative, and instantly recognizable as “Camilla Engman”. I love that I recognize some of these funny little characters from her paintings, and now here they are, in found paper form, popping out of envelope houses! They make me want to rifle through all of my recycled paper, grab some scissors, and head into the studio for the rest of the day #donotdisturb





clare celeste börsch





I’m gonna need a pair of scissors, and the name of the used bookstore where Berlin based artist Clare Celeste Börsch shops! Vintage books, cut up and pasted back together into bizarre, yet perfect, compositions… birds, flowers, gemstones, and of course, water skiers!  I love all of them so much, but I happen to own that little birdie perched on his flowery gemstone island, so I’m gonna have to call that one my favorite. Or the water skiers. Or those gazelles. Or that sake drinking bride. Hm.

{To purchase Clare’s work, originals and prints, visit her shop}





shannon rankin



Sigh… gorgeous, layered, stitched-together, colorful cut-vellum by American artist Shannon Rankin. I’ve written about her large-scale paper installations before {and she’s one of the artists in my book}, so when she opened a maker studio on GREAT.LY I just knew I had to have these pieces in GALLERYONE! All of these delicate, papery inkblot-like prints are part of my Bold & Bright collection because, well, they’re bold & bright! I love this body of work sooooo much… so much in fact that I have an original framed and hanging on a gallery wall in my house:

Ahh, so dreamy! Happy weekend everyone, and Happy Fourth of July to my American friends!





lena wolff







Traditional quilt patterns {and a few exotic animals}… with a modern hand-cut ‘n painted paper twist! I am always in awe of precise, intricate hand-cut work {this is when you should scroll back up and have a closer look at that first black & cream piece… I’ll wait} So gorgeous, yes?! Ahhh, the collages of San Francisco based artist Lena Wolff. Love.

{Some of this work is part of a group show at CULT in San Francisco – up now until August 2, 2014}





deedee cheriel





I wrote about Deedee Cheriel and her screaming bears a few years ago, but when I was in LA last week I saw those three zebra girls at a great shop in Silver Lake called Reform School… yep, time to write a new post! Zebra girls, fish-riding birds, and bird girls in a cat fight… so, so, so much love {almost as much love as that burning tree guy and his sassy birdfriend… almost.}





kelda martensen

Don’t you kinda want to peek into that motel? I do! These pieces by American artist Kelda Martensen “celebrate the isolation and function of the rural yet traveled landscape”. Yep. These scream rural landscape… and are those the northern lights I see dancing over the “Alaskan Motel”? Maybe.

{Both of these mixed media prints are part of the Artsy Forager Collection for Mantle Art. So good!}





b.a. lampman



The eyes. I just keep looking at the eyes! Does that eye belong to the girl… or the horse… or both? I don’t know! I’ll keep looking.

It was the vintage horses that got me first, followed closely by those ghostly white-lined girls. This is the beautiful/kinda weird work of Victoria, Canada based artist B.A. Lampman. I met her very briefly at my book event in Victoria at the end of May, and boy, am I glad I did! Such beautifully bizarre collages, that I cannot look away from. I need some big wooden frames from the 1960s for these ladies, and their pets, and then I’d be set!





linda bernhard



Oooooh! Clean, perfect architectural lines sharing the page with natural, saturated hills and great big cactus… um, YES please! I absolutely love this series, titled Houses in Places, by Swiss born / UK based collage artist Linda Bernhard. Sigh. What a view!

ps. She has a new show opening on June 20th {today!} until August 29th, at St.Paul’s Centre – Worthing… if you happen to be in Worthing, West Sussex this summer!





andrea mastrovito


Whoa. Now THIS brings found image collage to a whole, entirely new, super crazy level! This is an installation from 2013 in Switzerland by Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito. It’s titled The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II and is made from thousands of bits and pieces from flora and fauna books, reassembled into the craziest little ecosystem EVER! So amazing! I would love to see this in person so that I could take a really close look at all of the many, many, many layers. And maybe even meet this little guy…

Love.

{Thanks to my friend Mary for posting this on Facebook yesterday… instalove!}