medium /// mixed media




ana beltrá

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It probably won’t be surprising if I tell you that Spanish artist Ana Beltrá has just spent a significant amount of time exploring the jungles of Borneo, right? All of these gorgeous pieces are from her latest series, titled “Conjugar Jungla”, clearly inspired by her travels. The electric colors, the layers and movement in her sculptural collages… ahh, it’s almost like being in the jungle {without the snakes and spiders and stuff. Yep, I prefer jungle art to actual jungles I think.}





d iris sigmundsottir

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Oh. So pink, so feminine… these are the collages of Iceland based artist D Iris Sigmundsottir. That top piece is absolutely genius {I need her to do a whole series!} – and don’t even get me started on that pink hair and torn-paper cotton candy. Killing me.





gabriela ibarra

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Gasp! Bold botanicals that are calling my name! These are “embellished linoleum prints” by Atlanta based artist Gabriela Ibarra... I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded fancy so naturally I needed to know how she made these gorgeous, layered, neon color-blocked bouquets! Gabriela told me that for each piece in the series she starts with layers of collaged tissue paper, then arranges the lino-print flowers individually, and finally she paints & draws on top of the botanical layers below. Sigh. Gorgeous. 

{These three pieces are available in my online gallery.}





mairi timoney

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So many beautiful bits & pieces that have been snipped & torn – birch trees, little run-down dwellings, that laundry line! Love! This is the collage work of Edinburgh based artist Mairi Timoney. She is a recent-ish (2013) graduate of Edinburgh College of Art… if this is what she’s making now I’m excited to see what the future holds for Mairi!

{ps. I have the piece with the little peach garage door in my gallery, the rest of the work can be found on Saatchi Art}

 





#creative UNblock no.5

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I am so, so, so excited for May’s #creativeUNblock project! {If you missed the first four projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} Ok, I was waiting ’til the weather was decent all over the world for this one, and so I think May is the perfect time for this assignment from Australian ceramics artist Mel Robson. All you need is a set of dice and a sense of adventure! Ready?!

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“This is a way to help move you out of your usual environment, an exercise in random experience and inspiration! It can be done on your own, or with friends [or with your kids]. Here’s how it works:

Choose a mode of transport – bike, train, foot, bus, car, roller-skates, unicycle. Throw a die to determine how long you will stay on that mode of transportation. A 3 followed by a 2 means you stay on for 32 minutes. A 2 followed by a 4 means you stay on for 24 minutes. 

Travel for this amount of time, and then stop. This is where you can spend the next hour (as long as you feel safe). Explore. Observe. Collect. Walk around, watch, draw, talk, sing, listen, sit, take photos, record sounds – whatever takes your fancy. Just explore somewhere new. Really take notice. The idea is just to let something completely random perhaps lead you in to something new.”

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Oh yes… my cruiser bike is coming out of her winter hiding spot, I’m dusting of the bell, and filling the basket with whatever I find at my destination! If you want to share your adventure AND whatever you make as the result of your adventure, just upload everything to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. See you out there!





rebecca louise law

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Oh my. I would love to stand underneath, and inside of, any one of these stunning floral installations by British artist Rebecca Louise Law. Literally thousands of flowers, both fresh and dried, connected by copper wire and strategically hung from various ceilings around the world! Why flowers? Her explanation is almost as lovely as the work itself:

“Rebecca traces her decision to be an artist back to a defining moment in her life. The day her dad hurried the family out to have a look at a field of daisies: “it was incredible, thousands of flowers as far as the eye could see, since then I’ve wondered how it would be possible to recreate that moment for others to enjoy.” Then while studying fine art at university, she replaced paint with flowers.”

Love.





hey, mama … a little mom’s day round-up

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Mother’s Day always makes me feel really nostalgic. I have so many sunny childhood memories of my mom, and now that I’m a mama there are so many moments with my son that I wish I could bottle forever … hence my latest collage! Days at the beach, road trips in the family car, playing in the garden, and homemade popsicles in the backyard. Sigh. Good times. Here’s an artsy little round-up of pieces that tug at my mama heart strings:

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{Mother’s Day is on May 10th, so there’s still time to order. To buy these prints, and super sweet ceramic wall hangings, just click on the images above, or use these links: 1. Me  2. Lisa Golightly  3. Nathalie Cusson  4. Alicia Zwicewicz  5. Kelly Ventura  6. Liora Saad  7. Kelly Ventura, again!}





anne ten donkelaar

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I just spent the better part of my weekend obsessed with cutting things out of old books, and the always stunning work of Utrecht based artist Anne Ten Donkelaar makes me want to put Monday on hold so that I can just keep cutting! Perfectly snipped flowers, leaves, and cacti delicately pinned into position creating the most magical gardens EVER. Sigh. Happy Monday.





lisa krannichfeld

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Washy portraits AND cut Japanese paper? Oh, yes please! These pieces are from a new mixed media series, titled “Dressed” by American artist Lisa Krannichfeld. I wrote about her back in the summer of 2013, but the moment I saw that Japanese paper outlined in acrylic, I just had to write again. Those rich, gorgeous, precise patterns next to three ladies who, well, are a little less than precise {um, you’ve got a bit of lipstick on your face} … it’s really kind of a fabulous combo.





#creative UNblock no.4

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April! That means it’s time for #creativeUNblock project no.4! {If you missed the first three projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} The next unblocking project from Creative Block is by American mixed media artist Cassandra Smith, and instead of being paper based like the first three projects, this one is all about altering objects:

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“Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something around your house, at a thrift store, a wacky junk store, anywhere! An object that is about as big as your hand or smaller is probably the best size to start with, so it’s not overwhelming. And make sure it’s something you don’t mind ruining. This is just suppose to be fun after all! And then transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it in half and glue it back to itself, or glue it to something else. Use the objects color and shape to inspire you.”

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Ok, I’m going to the thrift shop immediately {any excuse}. I’m excited/nervous for this one, as I’ve never really worked in “sculpture” before. Should be interesting! If you want to share your weird little sculpture(s), just upload them to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Relax, like Cassandra said, do NOT worry about “ruining” anything. Forget “perfection” and just have fun … I’m thinking glitter and macaroni, who’s with me?!