medium /// photography

daniela tieni




Oh. Yes. This is the lovely work of Italian artist/illustrator Daniela Tieni. First, I found the work at the top of this post, which I loved immediately… and then I started digging around in her portfolio and found those altered Polaroids! Sigh… it’s all so dreamy, kind of mysterious, and clearly, the perfect amount of ‘weird’.

{via Brown Paper Bag}

nicole crock


Gasp! Vintage images that have been found, copied, mirrored, and folded into beautiful installations by American artist Nicole Crock. Both of these stunning pieces are from her series titled Tessellate… I think my heart might be tessellating a little bit.

the land of nod & me!


I’m so excited to finally tell you guys about this! Last April, The Land of Nod asked me to collaborate with them on a series of “Jealous Curator” art collections for nurseries & kids rooms… um, OK! I immediately reached out to ten artists who I thought would be perfect for the Spring collection. I chose them as a curator, but I also had my mom hat firmly on! You see, when my son was a baby, I had a really hard time finding cool art for his room – art that he would like, but also something that I wanted to look at while rocking him in the middle of the night, and during diaper changes, and when we were lying on the floor pretending to be [insert any farm animal here].  That’s what this collection is all about. I chose fun, fresh, candy-hued pieces that your little ones will love, but that can also transition smoothly into the “grown-up” areas of your home… you know, art that you’d be happy to hang in the living room when your baby turns seven and decides to cover his walls in Minecraft posters. Trust me, it happens.

I’ve had to keep this collaboration top secret until the Spring 2015 collection was finally released, and at long last, it’s here! I’m beyond thrilled with this grouping, and so honored to have been able to work with these ten incredibly talented artists. Watercolors, embroidery, paintings and photographs… I love each of them on their own, but also kinda crazy love how they work together! Here’s more info on the full collection {snatched from the LoN site}:


And a closer view of each one {links at the bottom}:


Ahhh, I love them all so, so much. {ps. there are only 100 of each piece!} Thank you to The Land of Nod for bringing me into the family, and thank you to the artists… you’re all insanely talented, kind, and really fun to work with!

1. Sarah Gee  2. Stephanie K Clark  3. Trey Speegle  4. Cassia Beck  5. Aimee Bee Brooks  6. Alice Ferrow  7. Valerie Chiang  8. Joël Penkman  9. Alicia Bock  10. Melissa Ryder


bedford show … a recap

Ok, this might be the longest post ever, but this show is just so gorgeous, I had to show you everything! I was thrilled when the Bedford Gallery asked me to curate a show in their lovely space… and after almost a year of planning, it finally opened on December 7th! The Bedford gave me carte blanche, so I decided to bring my book, Creative Block, to life! We have work from 20 of the 50 artists, unblocking stations set up so that people can try a few exercises from the book, and some of my most favorite pull-quotes are on the wall in vinyl lettering. Have a look, and I’ll see you at the bottom of this gigantic recap…

Ahhhh! So exciting! Six of the artists came to the opening from as far as Chicago and New York… it was an amazing night! So many friends, collectors, art enthusiasts, kids, and even a chihuahua {sorry, no photo of him!}. The days following the opening were action packed too. I did an indepth walkthrough with the 60+ docents that volunteer at the gallery {so many amazing people!}, and artist Trey Speegle was still in town so he stopped by to chat about his work, the book, etc. I also went to a sound studio and recorded the voiceover for the show! You know when you can rent the headset at a gallery to get the details on each piece… yep, I got to record that! Later that night we had Q&A event at the gallery… it was a packed house!

And finally, the badges. I designed these as section headers in the creative talk that I give, and so when Carrie Lederer, the gallery director, asked if I wanted to make anything for their gift shop I said, “YES. Actual, embroidered creative scout badges!” and she made it happen! Originally they were only available at the Bedford, but, I’ve arranged to have them in my online gallery too {$17.50 for the set}, so now anyone anywhere in the world can have them! They’re the merit badges you earn as a creative person. None of us are alone when it comes to asshole-ish inner critics, or being burnt by criticism, or the fact that we love making stuff. We’re all in one giant, supportive, amazing creative club… so put those badges on, and wear them with pride!

Well, there you have it. The show is still up until February 1, so if you find yourself in the Bay Area over the next couple of months you should totally go! Thanks again to the Bedford… Carrie, Eric, Christine… you guys are amazing, and I loved every second of my time with you! xo

ps. Thanks to WCTV for doing this interview/peek inside the show with me!

liesl pfeffer

I wrote about Brooklyn based, Australian artist Liesl Pfeffer YEARS ago. I featured her series of mountain collages, but when I saw this new work, titled “Garden Study”, I knew it was time to write again! I’m seeing cactus and succulents in a lot of work at the moment, but I haven’t come across any others that made out of lakes and skies… sigh… I would love to spend an afternoon in this garden.

VIDDY… (giveaway!)

AND THE WINNER IS…. Denise Davis!!! Congratulations, Denise! I’ll email you shortly to get your address : )

ps. soooo many of you that entered asked how to buy it if you didn’t win… just click right here to buy one [scroll down on their site a tiny bit & you’ll see a blue ORDER button on the left]. Thanks to everyone that entered, and don’t worry, I’ve got yet another giveaway coming up later this week for a new special little treat!

A DIY, screenprinted & diecut by hand, pinhole camera made of recycled card… that works! So cool!!! This is VIDDY. So designy, so creative… it’s a little box of creative potential! I love it, and I love it’s back story too. There’s more to it than this, but here’s the gist… UK based artist/designer Kelly Angood made her very first pinhole camera while in University back in 2010, but it was a one-off. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a few refinements {wow, I really cut that story short} VIDDY was born! And guess what… Kelly and her very cool company, The Pop-Up Pinhole Co. want you to have one! YES! Leave a comment below to enter and I’ll draw one name on Monday Dec 1 at noon PST. Oh, and if that wasn’t exciting enough, the winner gets to pick the color of their choice… green, black, blue or red! (ps. if you can’t wait for the giveaway, you can also order one right here)

ps. Here’s a look at what VIDDY can do…

So good! {Um, can I enter this giveaway!?}

naomi vona

These are the original mixed media works of Naomi Vona. She’s an Italian artist living in Dublin, and I had the great pleasure of meeting her when I was there a few weeks ago. We had a few minutes to talk, and I asked her about these pieces. She buys vintage photographs from people all over the world… sometimes just one tiny photograph, sometimes a whole package… and then she gets to work! She draws, paints and collages right on top these little pieces of personal history. I’d be scared of “making a mistake”, but not Naomi! Her portfolio has hundreds of these creative interventions. The fancy masks are my favorite {can you tell?!}… they add even more mystery to these already mysterious images.

chino otsuka

How would you spend a day with your childhood self? Baguettes in Paris? Hopping a train to Spain? Building slushy snowmen in Japan? Well, for Tokyo born, London based photographer Chino Otsuka the answer is “all of the above”! She has placed her grown-up self into old photographs with her little self… flawlessly {look at those shadows!}. The series is titled “Imagine Finding Me”, and it is fantastic! Yeah, this gives #tbt a run for it’s money.

{via Designbooom … and thank you to Beatrice for sending me the link!}

maría aparicio puentes

Ok, that metallic braid is killing me. I have loved the work of Chilean architect/artist María Aparicio Puentes for ages! This is her newest, most glitteriest work from a series titled “Be Brilliant”… brilliant, indeed! A lot of artists that do this kind of work use found photos, but María actually collaborates with photographers. For this series she worked with Tatjana Radičević, Lukasz Wierzbowski and Ksenija Jovišević. So fantastic!

ps. María is one of the artists in my second book, COLLAGE. Here’s what she did with the starting image that I gave all 30 artists… I love this so much:

anthony gerace

GET IT FIXED… love! I wrote about London based artist, Anthony Gerace, a few months ago… but that was for his gorgeous collages. Today is all about his photography {yes, he’s multi-talented!}. These images are from his newest series titled, Box Elder Co. UT, that he recently shot in, you guessed it, Utah! Simple subject matter, beautifully composed. And yes, the beer can stuck on a bush is my absolute favorite.