medium /// mixed media




katherine brickman and kate mitchell (greedy hen)

Oh boy. I found this birdy beard on Pinterest yesterday {via Turn of Fraise} and immediately started writing today’s post! All of these fantastic mixed media pieces are the collaborative work of Australia based artists, Katherine Brickman and Kate Mitchell, aka Greedy Hen. Their portfolio is full of amazing things {posters, album covers} but for me, well clearly, it’s all about that beard. And the log. I loooooove the log.





kim baise






Ok, this is exactly how I want to end this insanely busy week… with hilarious, weird, and ridiculously sweet artwork hanging from the ceiling! LA based artist Kim Baise creates these crazy mobiles with papier mache, paint and found sticks, which she then lovingly assembles with natural hemp twine. So awesome. ps. I’m gonna need that bike-riding-lollipop-licking unicorn, and a strawberry swirl ice cream ASAP.

{via Oh Happy Day}





claire brewster



I wrote about London based artist Claire Brewster waaaaay back in the fall of 2009. Her birds cut from vintage maps made my heart beat a little faster, and they still do! All of these pieces are new to her portfolio {and online shop}, but the true reason for today’s post are Claire’s newest flock. They’re still gorgeous, but instead of being cut from maps…


… they’re brass! Acid-etched brass birds, that look like lace, pinned precariously to a charcoal wall. Love, love, love!

{ps. If you happen to be in London this Thursday, June 5th, you should RSVP to the opening reception of Claire’s latest show: Pitfield London from 6~9pm}





kelly o’connor



I wrote about the collages of American artist Kelly O’Connor almost four years ago {where does the time go?!}, and here we are again. Found images, bits of color, and just the perfect amount of glitter! I couldn’t decide which set of two I loved the most, so I just posted all of them… ladies in fancy glasses, collections of vintage things, and geometric scenery that you can only get from a pair of scissors ‘n some glue! Love. ps. Some of this work is in a show, until June 7th, at the David Shelton Gallery in Houston.

{I found that final piece on a pinboard by Artsy Forager… that led me to do a bit of foraging as well!}





tonya corkey

LINT. These gorgeous portraits are made with lint. On canvas. For real. I thought I should just mention that out of the gate, before I started talking about these fantastic, blurred/mirrored portraits by Toronto based artist Tonya Corkey. They are from her incredibly beautiful/linty series titled See you in the future. Now, you’re probably wondering, “why lint?”, “what’s it all about?”… well, wonder no more:

“Being within the discourse of painting, craft and photography, my work investigates an unavoidable aspect of human nature, the desire to seek memories.  The series, “See You In the Future.” investigates the role that the photograph’s referent plays in memory and its loss over time.

My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Our desire for memory in absence is triggered by sensations of smell and touch, a trait of my work. The void spaces of raw canvas in works such as, “Unknown #1”are intended to reflect memory, described through the standing out of key features: the eyes, mouth and hair. The viewer’s mind fills in these void spaces in the same way a photograph would.” ~ Tonya Corkey

So cool! Oh, and ps. there are also non-mirrored portraits in this series that I love just as much:

Love.

{Thanks to the Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto for pointing me to their insane list of artists!}





adam frezza & terri chiao




LOVE! These papery Dr.Suess-esque leaves and pokey cacti make me want to get knee-deep in neon paint and paper-maché paste… so colorful, so tactile, so fantastic! This is the work of collaborative duo Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. They’ve been working together since 2011, “exploring play and craft across a range of media” … which includes not only these crazy plants, but also things like their pancake prints for example! Hilarious!

{found a FB post by Sandrine Kerfante}





sayuri sasaki hemann




YAY! I cannot believe I found this! Two years ago I was rushing through the Portland airport and was stopped in my tracks by this amazing installation. I quickly looked at the artist’s name printed on the glass and tried to commit it to memory as I ran for my flight… and then I forgot. Well, thank goodness for Pinterest, because yesterday morning I was drinking coffee and scrolling through the art section, and voila… textile jellyfish floating peacefully in a giant glass tank! I now know that this is the work of Japanese born, Iowa based artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann. These gorgeous fabric jellyfish, and felted anemones {is that what those are called?} were part of a huge installation at the Portland airport in 2012, titled “Underwater Flight”. It really did look like a huge, magical aquarium… so peaceful, so delicate, amazing.





maría aparicio puentes



I wrote about an architect/artist yesterday, and here we are again! Instead of giant, precise paper flowers, today is all about black and white buildings and some very precise, colorful embroidery. This is a new body of work by one of my favorite artists, Chilean artist María Aparicio Puentes. If you happen to be in Madrid between now and June 15th {lucky you!} you can pop in and see this gorgeous work in person {lucky you, again!}. Here’s the info:

Title: Geometrías compartidas: Barcelona – Santiago de Chile
Dates: May 20 – June 15 014
Where: Arte Lateral Santa Ana. – Plaza Santa Ana 12, Madrid Spain

ps. María happens to be one the artists featured in my second book, COLLAGE. You should see the piece that she made for it… so, so good!






nicola freeman

It’s Friday… the perfect day to show you some GIANT CANDY! This amazing project is the work of Nicola Freeman, and was part of the degree show at the University of Wolverhampton. Granted, she graduated a few years ago, but when you find a giant candy necklace, and the biggest love hearts you’ve ever seen in your entire life, you just share ‘em, right?! Now, just in case you were planning on eating her entire grad show, please don’t. They’re made of very un-eat-able plaster {and resin for the lollipop}, but boy oh boy, they sure look tasty from here. Sigh… so good. Ok, now, run out to the nearest candy shop and get yourself a weekend treat!

{There’s a great interview, that’s also a few years old, with Nicola on Makezine. I can’t find any information about what she’s doing now, so if you know, let me know!}





daniëlle van ark



Remember how concerned your mother was about getting dirt on the carpet? Well, tell her not to worry because these stunning “carpets” are made entirely of sand. SAND. Amsterdam based artist Daniëlle van Ark spent five weeks creating these sand carpets while in residency at Rijksakademie… and apparently it took the janitor five minutes to sweep it up when the exhibition was over. Ouch. I really hope Daniëlle didn’t watch that! Goodbye beautiful, elaborate designs… and yes you’re seeing that correctly… bye bye PACMAN carpet!