medium /// mixed media




josh meyer & ashod simonian

Collages, totally made up authors/novels, and perfume… what a magical combination! Perfumer Josh Meyer is the creator of Imaginary Authors – a collection of perfumes with personality. Each scent is brought to life using a fictional author, and their stories, to draw you into the scent. So fun! And not only that, each story/perfume also has a custom found-image collage as it’s label. Josh teamed up with artist Ashod Simonian for those. Now, I have no idea what these perfumes smell like, but I’m thinking “The Soft Lawn” might be lovely for a summer day, while “The Cobra and The Canary” might get me into a bit of trouble!

ps. The lovely ladies of Little Yellow Couch are doing a sample set give-away… The deadline is March 24th, so get over there and enter. Oh, and let me know what “Cape Heartache” smells like!





mary anne kluth





Ah, the great outdoors… that has been chopped up and put back together to create the most magical, bizarre, i-wish-i-could-go-there landscapes! I saw some of these gorgeous collages, from a series titled Theme Park by California based artist Mary Anne Kluth, in person when I was in San Francisco last week, and fell madly in love. They look amazing here, but you should see them in person… and you can! Some of Mary Anne’s work is currently in a show titled SKY at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek {not far from Oakland, CA}. It opened last Sunday and will run until May 25th, 2014.

ps. I am soooo excited to announce that I’ll be curating a huge, beautiful “creative block” themed show at the Bedford, opening at the beginning of December 2014.
pps. It’s going to be AMAZING!





ruth hiller




So simple, but oh, so striking. Wood grain and bright flat colors that I kinda want to touch… I think it’s the beeswax coating that’s calling my name! Yes, beeswax, damar, pigment on panel. These are from a series titled Soft Geometry by American artist Ruth Hiller. Oh, and ps, they’re big. I thought they were little, but some of them are 2 to 3 feet! Here’s a shot from her studio showing the scale:

I’m gonna need one of these.

{Thanks to Jeanne for pointing me to Ruth’s site}





david woodward



Strange. Delicate. Creepy. Lovely. Yep, that covers it! I absolutely love these collages on paper by Toronto based artist David Woodward. His color palettes are gorgeous, the compositions are fantastic, and his images choices are the perfect combination of, well, strange, delicate, creepy and lovely.





dylan davis, jean lee & nicholas nyland




Ceramics, wood, brass, and bits of stained glass. Ok, that’s it… I am officially in love with these “Aura Chimes“ by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Seattle based Ladies and Gentlemen Studio. Here’s a little something from Dylan and Jean about these gorgeous, hanging, tinkling works of art:

The Aura Chimes series is a special edition collaboration exploring sound and kinetics. Metal, wood, and leather components by L&G are combined with handmade ceramic pieces by Seattle artist Nicholas Nyland to create miniature functional sculptures. (Each chime is a unique creation with the ceramic parts varying slightly in size and color.)

I want alllllllll of them! Oh, well, would you look at that… a link to their online shop!

{via Anthology Magazine}





a book, 5 years, a give-away & a challenge

Thank you all soooooo much for entering! The winner of today’s give-away is Erin Candela! I’ll pop it in the mail tomorrow, Erin!

But wait… I have to give more away, right?! Right! Stay tuned, as more give-aways are coming in the next month or two {ps. thank you for all of your support, lovely comments, and mostly, for actually wanting this book! I am totally and completely overwhelmed xo}

ps. A few of you asked how to get a copy if you don’t live in North America… it will be on shelves world-wide, but if you can’t find it in your area, you can also buy it through amazon.com or through chroniclebooks.com : )

A BOOK:

Boy oh boy, I love these artists so much! Gorgeous work, and such funny, smart, touching advice… I can’t believe that CREATIVE BLOCK is finally out in the world. Thank you so much to everyone that made it happen, and thank you so much to everyone who plans on reading it! xo {and a big thank you to Leslie Fandrich for these gorgeous photos!!!}

5 YEARS & A GIVE-AWAY:

So, tomorrow, February 22, will mark five years since I wrote my very first post on The Jealous Curator. It also just so happens that my very first book, CREATIVE BLOCK, hit shelves all over the world this past Tuesday… needless to say, it’s been quite a week over here! And so we have to celebrate, right? How about a give-away!? Leave a comment on this post, and on Monday at noon (PST) I’ll draw one name and send that person a signed copy of the book. Deal?

A CHALLENGE:

I’ve heard from quite a few people that they plan to go one by one through the creative “unblock” projects given by each of the 50 artists in the book. So fun! If you do one, snap photo of whatever you make, pop it up on twitter or instagram and hashtag it with #creativeUNblock … I’m going to keep an eye out for them, and then I’ll set up a Facebook album to share some of my favorites from each month. I can’t wait to see what you make!

ps. BOOK EVENTS: I’ll be in San Francisco on March 5, and LA on March 22 and NYC on April 2 {links on the left sidebar}. The book will be available to buy in SF and LA because the events are at stores, but the event in New York is not at a bookstore, and is limited to 100 people so we’re selling tickets to it… right here {the ticket is $25 and gets you a book, drinks, snacks, and a super fun evening!}. More info coming soon on the May 15 Vancouver event.





marcela cárdenas

When I read the materials list, and it said “drawing on glass and skin”, it was pretty safe to say that I had my next post! All of these gorgeous, furry, geometric mixed media pieces are from a series titled “Transitional” by Colombian artist Marcela Cárdenas. Here is her description of this work:

“Transitional” arises from the intention of hybridizing two opposing natural kingdoms as animal and mineral. I am interested in the contrast between the geometry suggested by the crystallographic feature organic shapes and animal skin that is a drawing motion itself. The term “Transitional” is rooted in psychology and refers to objects in infancy act as bridge between your inner world and the cultural experience. The contained animal fur, trapped in the glass refers to how man prevails and controls surrounding nature.

Gah! I love them all! But there’s so much more in her portfolio that is completely different, yet still totally amazing. Case in point:

Ok, there’s still fur involved, but this fur is gouache… many, many, many, little delicate strokes of gouache. Oh, foxes and dots {the black dots are actually perforations in the board}sigh. So much love.

{Thanks to Valentina for sending me a link to Marcela’s site}





ben skinner… again, always






Oh, I love love love the hilarious and beautifully executed work of Vancouver based artist Ben Skinner, and I so desperately want that “pressure and time” text/mirror piece {glass, mirror, gold two-way mirror film, plexi, LEDs}, but clearly it has been snapped up! {that’s Ben installing one of his latest pieces in the studio of Hume Atelier, an amazing jewelry design company, also in Vancouver}. Ben’s familiar, yet slightly distorted phrases crack me up every time, and his material choices… well, what can I say… mirrors, gold leaf, candy sprinkles… he’s kind of  genius.

[insert nostalgic moment here...]

Ben was the first artist that I ever wrote about, he was the first artist that I curated an art show for, and he was the first artist that I interviewed for my book, CREATIVE BLOCK. I am forever grateful to Ben for his generosity, his friendship, and for keeping me jealous over and over and over again for five years {yep, Saturday will mark five years for TJC?!}. Anyway, it seemed fitting to write about him again, because after almost two years of interviewing and writing and editing… CREATIVE BLOCK hits shelves today! If it weren’t for Ben making me really jealous five years and three months ago, I never would have started this site, and I never would have had the chance to meet the editors from Chronicle, which ultimately led to this book that I am so very proud of. Ok. I’m done. Hopefully I will get a chance to see you at one of my signing events {Check out the side bar for dates… oh, and Ben will be at the Vancouver event on May 15th to sign his section of the book! More details coming on that, and my NYC event in April, very soon.}





pei-san ng



Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a bunch of lovey-dovey words that could go up in a roaring hot blaze at any moment! US based artist Pei-San Ng creates these gorgeous pieces from vintage matches {and occasionally even lights them}. Have a lovely, romantic, passion filled day… but be careful… you know what too much passion can lead to:

Hot.





lotta olsson

Oh my… where do I get the magical seeds to plant one of these beauties!? Sigh… these stunning tree collages by Swedish artist Lotta Olsson are helping me believe that spring is on it’s way. So delicate, so detailed and just lovely enough to distract me while that last bit of snow melts. Gorgeous.

ps. She might not have the seeds for sale, but you can buy her prints in her online shop.